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2019 Institute for New Teachers: Public to Private | July 15-16
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Monday-Tuesday, July 15-16, 2019


Porter-Gaud School, 300 Albemarle Rd, Charleston, SC 29407


This program is designed for experienced public school teachers who are making the move to an independent school. Participants should have at least three years of teaching experience in a public school setting. Topics include the unique culture of an independent school, working and communicating within the school community, navigating HR/legal issues, and balancing new responsibilities with a healthy home life.

This program is being offered in conjunction with PAIS. 


 PAIS or SAIS Member School 
 Non-Member School 
through May 24
 $625  $699
May 25 - June 28
 $675  $749
After June 28
 $775  $849



Reservations may be made online at a discounted rate for the following properties: 

  • SpringHill Suites Charleston Downtown/Riverview
    98 Ripley Point Drive Charleston, South Carolina 29407
  • Residence Inn Charleston Downtown/Riverview
    90 Ripley Point Drive Charleston, South Carolina 29407
  • Courtyard Charleston Waterfront
    35 Lockwood Drive Charleston, South Carolina 29401



  • It was so important learning about the differences between public and private and feeling more confident in making the switch.
  • Thank you all for bringing this information to us. I really enjoyed that this 1 1/2 day workshop was offered for those of us who are not new to teaching, but just to the independent school environment. I felt that the time I spent there was worth my time and that I got great information in all of the sessions.
  • I cannot say enough about how wonderful the speakers were. They were all so knowledgeable, so personable, and so interesting to listen to. I was fully engaged when each of them were sharing their tips and information. I would recommend this event to every teacher going from public schools to independent schools!
  • The most important part was meeting other teachers and hearing the real world experiences of the faculty. Overall the institute made me feel more secure and comfortable about transitioning from public to private.


Please contact or (404) 583-6452 with any questions about registration. Please contact Sheri Burkeen at with any questions about the content of this event.


Payment: Payment is required by credit card at the time of registration.

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.

Target Audience: SAIS professional development events are designed for those currently employed by K-12 independent schools. Topics are presented from an independent school perspective and discussed based on that unique culture. As such, registration is limited to faculty/staff from SAIS member schools or from non-member schools meeting the SAIS candidacy criteria. Please contact if you have questions about eligibility.

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