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2016 Board/Head Retreat
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This retreat offers an excellent opportunity to strengthen the communication and partnership between heads and board members. It will be led by John Littleford and will feature the following sessions:

  • Developing Healthy Boards: The Key Role of the Committee on Trustees
  • Trends & Patterns in Independent & International Schools, from a Global Perspective
  • The Board/Head Partnership: Guiding & Empowering Each Other
  • The Chair/Head Partnership: Focusing on Honesty and Mutual Support
  • The Longevity of Heads & the Effectiveness of Schools

It will be held immediately prior to the 2016 SAIS Annual Conference.

Download the retreat materials here:


October 22, 2016, from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM


Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346


 SAIS Member School 
 Non-Member School 
Through September 22
 $250  $289
September 22-October 12
 $275  $319
After October 12
 $295  $349


SPEAKER: John Littleford

Littleford & Associates was founded by John Littleford in 1994. Mr. Littleford has served as head of school for 18 years, a teacher for 25 years, and a board member and chair of schools and nonprofit agencies.

He has written and spoken extensively worldwide on each area of the firm’s consulting expertise. John Littleford is the co-author, with Valerie Lee, of the book, “Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools”. This landmark publication on this topic was published by NAIS from 1983-94. His articles on the career ladder concept of faculty compensation are found in Larry Frase’s book, entitled “Teacher Motivation and Compensation”, published in 1992 by the Technomic Press.


You may make hotel reservations online or by calling 1-800-554-0055. The discounted conference rate of $129 is available through October 4, 2016. As we expect the block to sell out, be sure to make your reservations early. Check-in time is 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 PM. Please note that SAIS does not utilize the services of a housing bureau. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel. Neither SAIS or the hotel will call you and ask you to make reservations over the phone. If you receive a phone call saying you need to make reservations, it is a scam.


Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (airport code = ATL)


The hotel is 1 mile from the Dunwoody MARTA station on the red line ($2.50 one way). Cabs are also available to/from the airport ($60 one way).


The hotel provides self-parking. Follow signs to self-parking, which is located in an underground garage to the left side of the hotel.


Your registration fee includes Saturday lunch.


Business casual (erring on the side of casual) is always safe with us. We want you to be comfortable. Be sure to bring a jacket or sweater in case you find the meeting room chilly. We tend to skew cooler rather than warmer.


There will be wireless internet available throughout the conference center.


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If you require any special accommodations, please contact


Please contact or (404) 561-5841 with any questions about this event.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing to 21 days prior to the event will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. After that date no refunds are available, but replacement registrants are welcomed.

Media Release: Registration, attendance at, or participation in SAIS meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to SAIS’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities.


  • The BHR was very helpful for my relationship with the chair.
  • Very valuable and my board chair was very appreciative of the information shared/learned.
  • The retreat was very helpful in affirming as well as challenging our current practices as a board. I appreciate the fact that SAIS offers this learning experience for heads and chairs to attend together.
  • The most important thing about the BHR was validation that these relationships between boards and heads are unique, intimate, and that it's absolutely necessary to cultivate them. 
  • Glad to have the opportunity to bring the board chair to SAIS to see what it's like, how much support and collegiality there is, and that he is doing a great job!


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