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2020 Academic Support Conference | January 26-28 | Atlanta, GA
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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.

For questions about speakers or session content:


  • Think Differently About Dyslexia
  • Legal Issues Impacting Academic Support in Independent Schools
  • Be True to Your School
  • Using Technology to Differentiate
  • Your Brain on Math: It All Adds Up
  • Get a Move On
  • Unlocking Greatness: Empowering Students Who Learn Differently
  • Renewable Synergy: Effective Independent School-Community Provider Partnerships
  • Technology Tools for Students with Learning Differences 
  • The Impact of Learning Differences on Executive Functioning
  • Learning for ALL Learners: Best Practices for Specialists, Teachers, and Students
  • Beyond the Graphic Organizer: Writing Strategies and Technology
  • Navigating the Sea of Learning Disabilities Without Watering Down the Curriculum

Session descriptions available at the orange schedule button above.


Sunday-Tuesday, January 26-28, 2020

  • Welcome reception at 6PM on Sunday, Jan 26
  • First session begins at 8:30AM on Monday, Jan 27
  • Final session concludes at 12PM on Tuesday, Jan 28


Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346



Member School 



Through November 1
$425 $479
November 2 - December 6
$445 $499
December 7 - January 10
$465 $519
After January 10 $485 $539



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The SAIS block is closed. Rooms may still be available at the regular hotel rate. Visit or call (770) 395-7700.


  • AIRPORT: Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (airport code = ATL)
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Uber/Lyft fares are approximately $36 one way. Cabs are also available to/from the airport ($60 one way).
  • MARTA: The hotel is 1 mile from the Dunwoody MARTA station on the red line ($2.50 one way). To get from the MARTA station to the hotel:
    • Uber/Lyft – $8 estimate
    • Taxi – $6 estimate
    • Hotel Shuttle – Free within a two mile radius
      • When you arrive at the Dunwoody MARTA station, call the hotel at (770) 395-7700 to request the shuttle.
      • The shuttle will pick you up by the elevator on parking level 1.
      • The shuttle operates on a 1st come/1st serve basis and is typically a 5-10 min wait, except between 4-7pm can be 20-25 min due to traffic.


Your registration fee includes:

  • Sunday: reception
  • Monday: breakfast, lunch, reception
  • Tuesday: breakfast, grab & go lunch 


Thank you to the members of the advisory group for the 2020 ASC:

  • Deb Cook, Lower School Learning Specialist, Pace Academy, GA
  • Courtney Rose Dykeman-Bermingham, Assistant Director of the Academic Development Center, Woodberry Forrest, VA
  • Teresita Hurtado, Upper School, Cannon School, NC
  • Anna Claire McKay, Middle School Learning Coordinator, University School of Nashville
  • Kathy Rawlins, Lower School Learning Specialist, Bolles School, FL
  • Bonnie Smith, Learning Center Director, Brookstone School, GA
  • Melissa Wilson-Baker, Learning Specialist, Episcopal Collegiate, AR



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. Please complete this form to notify us of your cancellation and request a refund: 

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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