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2019 Academic Support Conference | January 27-29
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This professional development opportunity is designed for those who offer academic support in an independent school. Classroom teachers, learning specialists, and directors of academic support are all invited to learn together about the latest research, curriculum, instructional strategies, and best practices for supporting all learners in an independent school. Network with others in the field to discover practical solutions and strategies to foster student success. 

Sessions will focus on deeper-level executive function skills, moving beyond definition and surface knowledge. We will look into the latest research and neuroscience, as well as practical application in the classroom. Speakers will come from peer schools, both traditional institutions and schools specifically focused on learning differences, as well as universities. Roundtable options will also be offered to explore specific areas of interest like Orton Gillingham, return-to-learn concussion protocols, accessible technology, testing, etc.

Session include:

  • Now That You Have More Students With Learning Differences in Your School ...
  • Cognitive and Neurobiological Processes in Reading Development: The Science Behind Reading Disabilities
  • Unraveling the Puzzle of Dyslexia
  • Neuropsychology of Concussion: From Bump Back to School
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Psychoeducational Assessments
  • Putting It Into Practice: Practical Teaching Strategies

For questions about speakers or session content:

For questions about registration or other logistics:


Sunday-Tuesday, January 27-29, 2019

  • Welcome reception at 6PM on Sunday, Jan 27
  • First session begins at 9AM on Monday, Jan 28
  • Final session concludes at 12PM on Tuesday, Jan 29


Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067



Member School 



Through October 31
$425 $479
November 1 - December 14
$445 $499
December 15 - January 11
$465 $519
After January 11
$485   $539



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  • AIRPORT: Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: The Franklin Marriott Cool Springs is located 20 miles from the Nashville International Airport. Please see the hotel's maps & transportation page.


Your registration fee includes:

  • Sunday: cocktail reception
  • Monday: breakfast, lunch, reception
  • Tuesday: breakfast


Thank you to the members of the advisory group for the 2019 ASC:

  • Scott Hamilton, Assistant Head of School for Academics, The Howard School, Atlanta
  • Gay Landaiche, Director of the Erika Center, Bodine School, Memphis
  • Fran Linley, Middle School Learning Specialist, Harpeth Hall, Nashville
  • Shelley Mikszan, US Learning Specialist, Providence Day School, Charlotte



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.


If you require special accommodations or have any questions, please contact


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.

Consent to Use of Photo / Video / Audio:  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.

Can't make it this year? Sign up HERE to be notified when registration opens for next year (January 29-31, 2020, in Atlanta).

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