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2020 Administrative Leadership Institute | July 16 | Virtual
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This workshop helps develop your leadership style and expand your management skills. Gain a new perspective on what it means to be a leader in an independent school with practical techniques and real-life solutions. Featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson.

This enriching opportunity on relational and personal leadership is for independent school administrators who supervise adults, evaluate teachers, and/or work with parents. This program is designed for division heads, directors, and other administration who are not heads of school. It focuses specifically on the challenges of these roles. 


  • Classic Dilemmas in Middle Management: Understanding the Built-In Tensions in the Role
  • Changing Voice, Changing Perspective: How Administration Changes Your Psychology
  • The Rising Tide of Parental Anxiety: Dealing With Difficult Parents


Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 10 am - 3 pm





Member School 



Through June 26
$175 $329
After June 26
$225 $429


  • This was one of the most helpful professional learning experiences I've ever had. The speakers' depths of knowledge and communication skills were incredible. Very well done, SAIS!
  • Highly recommend! My wife is probably already tired of hearing me talk about it!
  • It was so important to hear that all of my questions and concerns are shared by other new administrators.
  • Both speakers created a welcoming atmosphere where I felt supported and ‘not alone’ in some of the difficulties that arise in leadership roles.
  • The ALI created a space for me to bring closure to my first year experience as an administrator and begin to look ahead to the work of next year and beyond
  • I have been to a number of conferences but this ranks very high on my list. The hotel and accommodations, the quality of the program and speakers, and the overall friendly and professional atmosphere were wonderful. Instead of feeling careworn at the end of a rather stressful school year, I felt uplifted. Thank you so much.
  • At the ALI, I found out that I am not alone in a very isolating role.
  • I thought it was great. I would love to come back again, if only to feel renewed and reminded of the things I know after a tough year!
  • I am grateful to have been able to spend several days with such a great group of educators. Michael and Rob have a wealth of knowledge that is grounded in research and their personal experience. They were interesting and easy to take in. I sincerely enjoyed the learning experience provided.
  • The ALI allowed our admin team to learn and grow together and gave us things to think about as we begin a new school year.
  • I have been in administration for 14 years. However, I just finished my first year as a division head. Not only was this conference tremendously helpful from an educational view, but I also regained my self-confidence and found reassurance in many of the difficult decisions that I had to make this year. I suffered from much self-doubt this year, but through validation, humor, and insight, Michael and Rob helped me reinvigorate myself for a new year.
  • I found just about every minute of this conference valuable and illuminating.  I hope to come back in a couple of years when I have a little bit of experience under my belt.  I have a feeling that I will get just as much out of it then, too.
  • The I think the networking was a key part of the institute for me. I'm new to my position and the region, so I really needed to meet other people in similar positions to mine. The topics covered in the workshop were all pertinent to my current and future needs, so the entire workshop will ultimately prove helpful to me
  • The ALI was a fantastic three days of learning, connecting, and questioning.
  • This conference exceeded my expectations in every way.  The conference center was easy to navigate and a perfect setting for this event.  The speakers had such expertise in their ability to speak, draw conclusions about situations, and interpret possible situations.
  • So glad I attended! The single best conference I've attended in years.
  • This conference made networking and talking and sharing so easy and seamless.  I credit our instructors for fostering this spirit by eating with us, listening to our concerns, and being the great leaders that we all aspire to be.
  • The best thing for me was realizing that all of the struggles that I have faced as a division head this year are not unique. They are to be expected, and the way I have processed them and reacted to them is in line with what others have experienced. It was really great to learn that I was not alone. I walked away from the conference with specific techniques for successfully implementing change and dealing with challenging parents and teachers. Overall, and I think probably the most important thing, is that I left the conference feeling like I have knowledge and tools that will give me more confidence and thus the ability to be a stronger division head.
  • This program helped me gain perspective regarding what administration looks like and the differing paths you can follow.
  • I found each session applicable to my own experiences. I have attended many conferences and workshops where the speaker "preached to the choir" without ever getting around to solutions. I appreciated that there was some information given for the underlying problem/issue but possible solutions were also given. Like most administrators, my time is limited, but I know I have much to learn. I appreciated the practical, straightforward delivery.
  • What a wonderful experience! Very meaningful and lots of laughs. Many many words of wisdom. Provided the perspective I needed and keys to understanding the dynamics I deal with every day. Gave me the tools I needed to be more effective in my work.
  • Definitely continue with this institute. I consider it a huge success and do not know of anything else --especially at this time of the year -- that addresses the issues of administrators in the same way this one did. Thank you!

Regarding the speakers:

  • Rob and Michael brought a wealth of experience and calm expertise to the institute. Their professionalism, candor, and sense of humor were refreshing and rejuvenating.
  • Tremendous speakers--very relatable. They created a unique and "real" environment for all.
  • Rob and Michael are a great team and play beautifully off of each other. They are acutely sensitive to their audience and are very honest in their language. They provide wonderful models for effective interpersonal communication. Also, they have a great way of explaining issues and experiences that everyone can relate to but that people might not have articulated for themselves.
  • Words cannot express my admiration for Michael and Rob. I greatly appreciated how candid each were when talking and sharing - they spoke it how it is! So important. I also feel that they really balanced and complimented each other. It was easy to tell that they love what they do and enjoy doing this together. The presenters' passion was evident in every way and that makes what they shared even more powerful.
  • Rob and Michael are a delight to be around; I have been with them at conferences before, but not exclusively for three days; they are professional, knowledgeable; have great balance with seriousness of purpose with appropriate sense of humor; both are highly relevant resources for any independent school administrator.
  • Great thoughts and ideas were presented to us in such a fun and entertaining manner. It was a 5-star event in terms of information as well as presentation. I was never bored, always inspired!
  • Michael and Rob worked together beautifully, wonderful counterpoints . . . bright, witty, engaging.
  • I can't say enough positive things about both Rob and Michael. They are amazing presenters and are truly wise about the inner workings of independent schools. There was so much information that was completely relevant to what I have experienced this past year.
  • They are top-notch. Accessible and approachable even though they are at the top of their field(s).
  • Michael and Rob are the perfect balance of one another ... there was never a lull or boring moment. They are sincere, thoughtful, and witty. They provided me with affirmation for what I do as a division head while also providing me with the nudge to think bigger. I found them to be just the "shot in the arm" I needed this summer. I am energized and full of ideas, questions, and reflection!



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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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