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2019 Institute for New Heads | June 12-14
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An informative program preparing administrators for a successful transition to new headship. This institute offers an opportunity to build a supportive network and gain valuable leadership skills. Learn from experienced heads as you acquire the tools needed to be an effective leader including: best practices for working with the board, personnel, and parents; developing a strategic plan; issues related to budgeting, finance, and fundraising; and managing the media.

Speakers will include:

  • Jack Hall, The Walker School
  • Brett Jacobsen, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School
  • Keith Evans, The Westminster Schools
  • Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Woodward Academy
  • Kirk Walker, SAIS

For questions about session content, please contact kirk@sais.org.

WHEN:

Wednesday-Friday, June 12-14, 2019

  • Registration opens at 1:30PM on Wednesday, June 12
  • First session begins at 2PM
  • Final session concludes at 2:30PM on Friday, June 14

WHERE:

Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

REGISTRATION:


SAIS

Member School 

 Non-Member

School 

Through March 29
$825  $949
March 30 - April 26
$925  $1,049
April 27 - May 31
$1,025  $1,149
After May 31
$1,225  $1,349

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

Reservations may be made online or by phone at (800) 933-6679.

  • Group rate = $175
  • Cut-off date = Friday, May 20, or when the block is full
  • Complimentary wifi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary parking for meeting attendees
  • Check-in 4:00 PM
  • Check-out 12:00 PM

LOGISTICS:

  • AIRPORT: Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (airport code = ATL)
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: The Emory Conference Center & Hotel is located 30 minutes from the Atlanta airport (ATL).  We recommend using a taxi or Uber/Lyft.
  • MAPS & DIRECTIONS: If you are driving, please see the hotel's maps & directions page.

MEALS:

Your registration fee includes:

  • Wednesday: snacks, reception, dinner
  • Thursday: breakfast, snacks, reception, dinner
  • Friday: breakfast, snacks

SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • TWITTER: Tweet us @SAISnews. The official Twitter hashtag for the conference is #saisINH. Please tag us when tweeting about the conference.
  • YOUTUBE: Check out the SAIS YouTube channel.

PAST PARTICIPANT COMMENTS:

  • Connecting with the presenters and other participants has laid a solid foundation as I move into this new position. The topics discussed have accelerated my learning and preparation. The wheels are turning!
  • I've been to a lot of conferences in my career, and this is the best I’ve ever attended. There are other courses for new heads available, but the SAIS Institute for New Heads is by far the best value for the money.
  • As a young head of school, I found the INH to be exactly what I needed to deepen my understanding of the position.
  • I gained an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom! I put it right to work in dealing with a delicate issue at my summer camp.
  • A good chance to reflect on a vision for your first year(s) -- perhaps one of your last times to reflect with leisure and to plan for the big picture.
  • I appreciated the chance to build friendships and professional relationships with fellow new heads that will be a valuable resource in the days, weeks and years ahead. I visit by email or in person with several of my classmates regularly.
  • The SAIS Institute for New Heads was a rich experience to learn from some of the most experienced independent school leaders in the country, to collaborate with other new heads in the same position, and to go away with a notebook of synthesized materials covering every school topic a new head confronts. More than a traditional conference, the collegiality and mentorship from the INH will last a lifetime. If there is any conference a new head should attend his or her first year, this is the one.
  • It validated much of what I hope to accomplish as a new head as well as sparked new ideas.
  • I benefited so very much from the kindness, support, and brilliance of the facilitators. It was an opportunity that I am glad I did not miss in my first year as a head of school.
  • The opportunity to develop relationships at the INH was most encouraging. Networking with experienced heads and having the opportunity to learn from them was also a high point for me personally.
  • The institute was extremely worthwhile. It gave me the time to figure out what goals I have as a head of school and what drives me. It also reminded me that I am to be the leader for which I was chosen ... not to try and copy my predecessor.
  • The most valuable thing I will take away from the conference was being able to observe the attitude and perspective of great leaders.
  • I feel like SAIS and a cohort of heads will help me become more successful as a new head.
  • Networking with other heads was the most important part of the institute for me. Hearing the small pieces from the heads helped me realize that being a head is not all about budgets, technology, and curriculum. Being a head is about relationships with parents, community, and students. I was afraid that becoming a head would remove me from the students, but Scott Wilson proved to me that you can still be involved by opening car doors during carpool and engaging in school spirit as well.

DRESS CODE:

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.

QUESTIONS:

Please contact info@sais.org or (404) 583-6452 with any questions about this event.

THE FINE PRINT:

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing to info@sais.org 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.

Target Audience: SAIS professional development events are designed for those currently employed in a K-12 independent school. Topics are presented and discussed from an independent school perspective and working within the unique culture of our schools. As such, registration is limited to those from schools that are either already members of SAIS or from non-member schools that meet the membership criteria. This includes established schools that offer an academic program within the K-12 continuum and is financed almost exclusively by private rather than public funds.

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