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2017 SAIS Annual Conference
Featuring Alan November & Dr. Johnnetta Cole
October 22-24, 2017

The SAIS Annual Conference draws independent school leaders from throughout the region. In 2016, we hosted over 300 heads of school and administratorsJoin us to network with regional colleagues as we delve into relevant independent school issues.


The 2017 SAIS Annual Conference will take place October 22-24, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346.


The SAIS call for sessions has already closed.


The block at our host hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, is sold out. If you would like to get on the waiting list, please call 1-800-554-0055.

Nearby properties include:

Please note that SAIS is not using a housing bureau for room reservations. SAIS nor 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. Please make your reservations online or by calling the hotel directly.


{ through September 22 } { September 23 - October 12 } { after October 12 }
MEMBER $395 $145 $295 $195 $455 $185 $355 $235 $495 $205 $385 $255
NON-MEMBER $449 $199 $329 $249 $509 $239 $369 $289 $549 $259 $389 $309
VENDOR/CONSULTANT $750 $250 $500 $300 $850 $350 $600 $400 $900 $400 $650 $450



Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Dr. Johnnetta Cole is a principal consultant with Cook Ross, a consulting firm that provides solutions to organizations in the areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, leadership development, and organizational change management. Before assuming her current position, she served for eight years as director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Cole received a Ph.D. in anthropology with a specialization in African studies from Northwestern University. After holding teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at several colleges and universities, she served as the president of both of the historically black colleges for women in the United States, Spelman College and Bennett College, a distinction she alone holds.

Dr. Cole was the first African American to serve as the chair of the board of United Way of America. She formerly served on the corporate boards of Home Depot, Merck, and Nation’s Bank South, and was the first woman to serve on the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises. She currently serves on the board of Martha’s Table, an organization in Washington, DC, that provides support for children, families, and communities. She is a past-president of the president the Association of Art Museum Directors and currently co-chairs the American Alliance of Museum’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. She is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Throughout her career, and in her published work, speeches and community service, Dr. Cole has consistently addresses issues of racial, gender, and all other systems of inequality. She has authored and edited several books and numerous articles, received numerous awards, and is the recipient of 64 honorary degrees.


Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders: Lessons From My Journey
Reflecting on a lifelong career as an educator, Dr. Cole will share her thoughts about what leaders will need to stress in preparing their students for an increasingly diverse, complex, and interconnected world. Drawing on personal experiences and research, she will emphasize the critical importance of creativity and community.

Alan November

Alan November thrives on confirming and challenging educators’ thoughts about what’s possible in the world of teaching and learning. More than anything, he is a teacher at heart, with a wealth of experience teaching learners of all ages.

Alan is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments, and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building, and leadership development.

Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Tech and Learning magazine. His writing includes numerous articles and best-selling books. Alan’s most recent book Who Owns the Learning? is on the New York Times education bestsellers list for 2013. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and was selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development.


What is the Added Value of a Teacher in the Age of the Internet?
As more and more knowledge is available on the web and on demand, the added value of a teacher’s skill is being rebalanced. We are moving away from the classroom knowledge transfer model to an environment where students “learn to learn” and are more connected to the world. In some classrooms, students are applying their content knowledge to solve increasingly sophisticated global problems. The role of the teacher is complex, connected, diagnostic, inventive, and collaborative. If we redefine the role of the teacher, then we also have to revise evaluation practices, staff development, the role of the learner, curriculum, and assessment. This keynote will offer seven key questions useful for both hiring new teachers and developing current ones.


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Click here for information about previous conferences, including keynote speakers, dates, and locations.


  • The SAIS conference continues to represent the best value of any state, regional, or national conference of which I am aware.
  • Both the sessions and the conversations are wonderful, and vital to improving my ability to further my school's direction.
  • The SAIS conference is consistently the best educational event that I attend.
  • The sessions were all so good, it was hard to decide this year! The conference was extremely valuable and one I will continue to attend!
  • Top notch "right now" trending talks. The presenters were knowledgeable, smart, clear, fun and made a real difference with me.
  • I always love this convention. I learn as much through networking opportunities as from the presenters.
  • I find that SAIS events are always above average and exceedingly well-organized, well-planned, and full of relevant and intriguing content.
  • This is the one conference I insist upon attending every year.
  • Best value for the dollar.  Great job!
  • I learned, once again, that there are both others out there experiencing and striving for the same things I am, and that there are others finding the same frustrations I am. This is good to know.
  • The most important thing about the conference was the opportunity to network with administrators from schools whose demographics were similar to our own. The conference schedule allowed for a great deal of such interactions that were very useful to me.
  • I was able to attend sessions that filled in gaps in my experience as an educator.
  • I was happy to make new connections this year, and I also appreciated the collaborative format in the workshops. Clearly much time was spent working with the presenters in advance. SAIS just keeps getting better and better.
  • Excellent presenters, with pertinent content, strategies, and ideas that can easily be used upon returning to my school.
  • This was my first visit to the conference and I gained so much that I definitely plan on returning next year.
  • With economic issues, I only attend one conference a year and I always select the SAIS Annual Conference.
  • Great content, well executed, up to usual SAIS standards.
  • The conference is excellent and a great value.  It is amazing how SAIS provides all this for the price!


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. The cancellation deadline is September 30.

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