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2020 Institute for New Teachers | July 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 | Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville
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This interactive experience will equip new teachers with the skills and understanding to guide and support their early years. Participants will present two sample lessons to a small peer group. Guided by an experienced educator, lessons will be recorded and reviewed in the small group setting. Discussion will focus on strengths and opportunities observed during the lesson. New teachers will learn best practices for lesson development, parent communication, and classroom management. They will address anticipated challenges and difficult conversations through real-life scenarios and role play.

View a sample institute schedule here.

NOTE: Teachers transitioning from a public school with more than three years of experience may now attend the new Institute for New Teachers: Public to Private.


  • July 14-16: Atlanta | hosted by Mount Vernon School
  • July 21-23: Charlotte | hosted by Providence Day School
  • July 28-30: Nashville | hosted by Currey Ingram Academy


The earlybird member school rate is $895. 

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Date: July 14-16, 2020

  • Registration opens at 12:30PM on Tuesday, June 14
  • First session begins at 1PM
  • Final session concludes at 5PM on Thursday, June 16

Location: Mount Vernon School, 510 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta GA 30328

Faculty: Allen Broyles, Jennifer Rundles, Matt Scully

Charlotte, NC:

Date: July 21-23, 2020

  • Registration opens at 12:30PM on Tuesday, June 21
  • First session begins at 1PM
  • Final session concludes at 5PM on Thursday, June 23

Location: Providence Day School, 5800 Sardis Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270

Faculty: Sheri Burkeen, Ed Fox, Renee Prillaman, Matt Scully

Nashville, TN:

Date: July 28-30, 2020

  • Registration opens at 12:30PM on Tuesday, June 28
  • First session begins at 1PM
  • Final session concludes at 5PM on Thursday, June 30

Location: Currey Ingram Academy, 6544 Murray Ln, Brentwood, TN 37027

Faculty: Renee Prillaman, Jennifer Rundles, Matt Scully, Meera Shah


Allen Broyles is the assistant head of school at The Children’s School in Atlanta. With 26 years of experience in independent school education, he has held positions that include administration at the lower, middle, and school-wide levels, teaching positions at the lower, middle, and upper school levels, director of technology initiatives, music and math instruction, and outdoor education. He holds an M.Ed. in educational leadership with an undergraduate degree in music and French.


Sheri Burkeen is currently the director of professional development with SAIS. She has more than 20 years' experience in education. Sheri has been a lower school classroom teacher in both public and private schools. She has also served as a technology coordinator and curriculum director in coed and single sex schools. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in educational psychology.


Ed Fox currently serves as a middle school science teacher with Charlotte Latin. Ed holds a B.S. in geology and forestry from Sewanee, The University of the South, a master's degree in educational administration and supervision, and a second masters in geological and earth sciences. Ed is also the varsity coach for Latin's ultimate team.
Renee Prillaman is the assistant head for teaching and learning at the Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC. Renee earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and early childhood, a master's degree in education, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Renee is a lecturing fellow in the department of education at Duke University. She has taught with both public and private schools in early childhood, lower school, and middle school.

Jennifer Rundles is the associate dean of student life at the Darlington School in Rome, GA. She has a B.S. in chemistry and an M.A. in education. Jennifer has been a science instructor for more than 15 years and brings extensive experience as a dean of students in a day/boarding environment.
Matt Scully is the director of digital integration & innovation at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. Matt's classroom experience was spent with seventh, eighth, and ninth graders as an English teacher. His role as director of technology has grown to include the development, implementation, and assessment of new practices at Providence. Matt currently manages Providence's Center for the Art & Science of Teaching, Learning, & Entrepreneurship. Matt holds a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in educational technology.
Meera Shah currently serves as the associate head of school for teaching and learning at Carolina Day School in Asheville, NC. She has 15+ years experience in boarding, day, co-ed, single-gender, 6-12, and pK-12 schools and has served as a teacher, department chair, academic dean, grade dean, sustainability coordinator, and coach over the years. Meera earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Brown University and a masters in teaching and learning from Harvard.



"Christ Church Episcopal School consistently sends faculty new to teaching to the SAIS Institute for New Teachers (INT). SAIS delivers spot-on programming and networking for independent schools that is cost-effective and convenient. Attendees are able to return to school after attending the INT feeling more connected and more secure in their understanding of the tasks of the job and the missions and identities of the schools where they work. Cost, access, and quality of programs and mentors make the SAIS Institute for New Teachers a superb orientation for teachers new to teaching. Our own orientation builds on the SAIS programming. I recommend this service enthusiastically.


-Dr. Leonard Kupersmith, head of Christ Church Episcopal School



  • I left the INT with a solid understanding of what I need to do to get started and how to get feedback and resources to keep improving.
  • I think the institute faculty complemented each other very well and provided a nice range of personalities and presentation styles. They provided a good, relaxed, enjoyable environment in which to learn more about teaching.
  • This is probably the most helpful new teacher PD out there. So much is packed into two and a half days but it’s worth every second.
  • The most important part of the INT was definitely the videotaping. I was pretty skeptical about it going in, but it turned out to be incredibly useful to see myself teach, but also to see other people with my level of experience teach. You so rarely get to step inside of your contemporaries' classroom, so this was incredibly valuable.
  • I just loved the experience. It was one of the best trainings I have ever been to!
  • I learned how to really be prepared to identify myself and my style as a preparatory measure for the classroom. I think it will help me maintain quality in a way I hadn't considered before.  Improv is valuable, but so is preparation!
  • This is THE workshop to go to as a new teacher! It is not to be missed! You will learn so much about yourself as a teacher and leave with a renewed sense of enthusiasm!
  • This conference helped me understand the culture of independent schools. As a former public school teacher, it was helpful to learn some of the differences between the two.
  • As a new teacher who went through various teacher preparation programs in college, I learned far more than I ever expected to in only 3 days.
  • The taped sessions provided what I think will become indispensable feedback as I start teaching. The sessions covered information and strategies that I expect to start using in my classes right away.
  • To quote a fellow participant, "this provided me with 90% of what I think I'll really use as a new teacher" … compared to 10% that I already thought I knew!  Such rich, straightforward information was SO HELPFUL – thank you!
  • This is the best 3-day crash course I could have ever asked for.
  • As a brand new teacher, I found it incredibly helpful to have others in the same boat with the same fears and working together to overcome them. I also think that one of the most valuable things was developing an entry plan, and I enjoyed the time outside of the "classroom" to get to know other new teachers and reflect on the sessions with them.
  • I was encouraged to think about some practical applications that I never had thought of before. I come from an education program that only addressed theoretical issues, and it was refreshing to think about my pencil sharpening policy and encounter specific examples with parents.
  • I learned the importance of planning ahead. I feel that I have not been particularly good at this in the past and I got some great ideas and strategies to use. From knowing where I want my students to be at the end of the year to creating a constructive, engaging classroom for my students to walk into on the first day.
  • My favorites were the hands-on things (for example, when they gave us a list of difficult parent scenarios and we had to brainstorm how to address them).  Also, the personal anecdotes from the instructors will really stick with me.
  • I enjoyed practicing teaching and watching others teach to learn new strategies to improve.  It also helped to play the role of the student, since it's easy to forget how new information sounds.  I learned that the one who does the work does the learning, so I will definitely step back from spoon-feeding so much.
  • I appreciated how the seminars touched on various aspects of the teaching experience, and how all of the instructors gave great personal advice from their own successes and failures. They also gave great advice about how not only to do a good job teaching, but also how to simply enjoy doing the job.
  • Listen and pay close attention to the comments from your peers and supporting faculty members during the videotaping, as it's very rare to get such valuable feedback from so many people all at once.
  • The feedback I received during my videotaped lesson was very insightful. It gave me a lot to think about as far as my strengths and weaknesses, new ideas to add to my lesson, and ways to improve certain areas of my lesson.
  • This conference was so, SO helpful. This will only be my second year teaching (my first year in an independent school) so I really knew nothing. The information provided was so relevant and has already been helpful. I would definitely recommend this conference to any new teacher.
  • My teaching techniques have improved tremendously from this seminar.  The videotaped sessions were the most valuable.
  • It's absolutely the best 3 days a new teacher can spend before their first year of teaching!
  • The Institute for New Teachers made me much more comfortable with the idea of starting teaching right out of undergrad, which was something I had been worrying about.
  • It was wonderful!  I feel very prepared to go into my classroom -- and this is my third year teaching. Thank you for all your time and effort to make sure our kids get the best we have to give.

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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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