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Athletic Directors Conference
January 27-29, 2019
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Nashville, TN 

A professional development opportunity for new and experienced athletic directors from across the region. Learn alongside colleagues as you discuss leadership, communications, and best practices unique to the culture of an independent school athletic department. Member Price = $445

Finance Institute
January 27-29, 2019
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Nashville, TN

An overview of independent school finance for aspiring and early career heads of school. Informative and engaging sessions will be led by financial professionals and independent school leaders. Enjoy opportunities to discuss and reflect with colleagues as you learn to make sense of your school’s financial landscape. Member Price = $445

This program is being offered in partnership with MISBO.

Academic Support Conference
January 27-29, 2019
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Nashville, TN

This new conference will welcome professionals who support students with learning differences. Whether they work within a traditional classroom setting, as part of a learning support team, or in a special needs school, this conference will offer the latest research and methods to help all students reach their fullest potential.Member Price = $445

Auxiliary Programs Conference
January 27-29, 2019
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Nashville, TN

This program is for all things before and after the bells ring. After care, extended days, summer camp, and enrichment programs are all important to the school community. Offerings outside the classroom can mean additional revenue for the school, much needed childcare for parents, and exposure to a variety of activities for students. This conference will offer professional development, networking opportunities, and an exchange of ideas for those that work with auxiliary programs. Member Price = $445

This program is being offered in partnership with MISBO.

February 27-March 1, 2019
Long Beach, CA

The SAIS reception will be held on Thursday, Feb 28, from 6-8 PM at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. RSVP here. Please stop by SAIS booth #882 in the exhibit hall too! 

Leadership Retreat
April 15-16, 2019
New Orleans, LA

Different from the whirlwind of conference sessions, this program offers administrative leaders time to focus on personal growth, leadership abilities, and relationship development surrounded by colleagues who face similar hurdles and aspire to reach common goals. Whether a new administrator or a seasoned veteran, the leadership retreat provides an opportunity to take a step back from the day-to-day demands of school life and focus on the cultivation of individual strengths and leadership skills. Member Price = $595


Independent School Counselors Conference
June 10-11, 2019
Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA

Join school counselors from across the region for this informational and inspirational CEU opportunity. Grow your professional network and make contacts to call on for support throughout the year. Discuss the latest research and learn new ideas to implement at your school. Trending topic presentations and roundtable conversations will offer practical tips, best practices, and proven strategies you can immediately put into practice. Member Price = $525

Institute for New Heads
June 12-14, 2019
Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA

An informative program for a successful transition to new headship that 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. Member Price = $825


Institute for Strategic Leadership
June 12-14, 2019
Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA

Examine the nature of strategic leadership and explore a path for continual growth. Open to heads and administrators. Particularly helpful to those considering headship in the future. Especially useful for leadership teams to attend together. Featuring Keith Evans and David Mahler. Member Price = $995


Dean of Students Symposium
June 19-21, 2019
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL

Develop a network of peers, discuss best practices on current issues, and gather practical ideas from colleagues. Learn from experienced deans and work with focused groups to share specific challenges and solutions for middle and upper school students. Member Price = $695


Division Heads Conference
June 19-21, 2019
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL

Designed for those who lead from the middle, this event offers networking, skill building, and resources for division heads at all grade levels and years of experience. Learn together in small groups, discover new strategies, and celebrate successes around topics such as curriculum, assessment, scheduling, working with faculty, and communicating with parents. Member Price = $695


Institute for Administrative Assistants
June 19-21, 2019
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL

This program provides resources and tips for the varied tasks included in the role of the assistant to the head of school, division head, or other school leader. Learn practical strategies for handling the types of issues related to supporting a school administrator. Network with other assistants to share time-saving tricks and proven solutions. Member Price = $550


Administrative Leadership Institute
June 19-21, 2019
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL

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. Member Price = $1,395


Institute for Heads
June 25-28, 2019
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL

This energizing and nurturing retreat offers an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and engagement with other heads on key issues facing heads of school and their spouses. The number of participants is limited to foster connections and allow for contributions from all attendees. Featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson. Member Price = $2,295


Institute for New Teachers: Public to Private
July 18-19, 2019
Charlotte, NC

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. Member Price = $625


Institute for New Teachers
Atlanta, GA | July 8-10, 2019
Charlotte, NC | July 15-17, 2019
Nashville, TN | July 22-24, 2019

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. Member Price = $895


Board/Head Retreat
October 27, 2019
Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA

Designed to strengthen the communication and partnership between the head of school and members of the board, this program offers the opportunity to collaborate on current challenges and identify common goals for the success of the school. Member Price = $295


Annual Conference
October 27-29, 2019
Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA

An informative, innovative, and comprehensive opportunity for independent school leaders to gather and discover proven strategies and emerging trends. Join us and over 300 colleagues from across the Southeast as we delve into hot topics and relevant issues. Attend sessions that fill in gaps in your experience, converse with leaders from schools with a similar size and budget, and learn from top-notch speakers. Member Price = $425

Also, mark your calendar for our future conferences:

  • October 18-20, 2020 | Franklin Marriott Cool Springs | Nashville, TN
  • October 17-19, 2021 | Crowne Plaza Ravinia | Atlanta, GA

Accreditation Workshops & Chair Training

Other Events / Virtual Bulletin Board

Check out our virtual bulletin board for info about events of interest to the independent school community not hosted by SAIS.



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

Please note the cancellation policy for each event. After the cancellation deadline has passed, no refunds can be processed. For some programs, replacement registrants are welcomed. 

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.

SAIS professional development events are designed  for those in the K-12 independent school community. Topics such as working with parents and the board are presented and discussed through the lens of the independent school culture. As such, registration is limited to those from independent schools that are either already members of SAIS or from non-member schools that meet the membership candidacy criteria.

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November 28, 2018 | Nashville, TN
Join SAIS and Vanderbilt for a PoCC reception on Wednesday, November 28.

Winter Conference
January 27-29 | Franklin, TN
SAIS Academic Support Conference, SAIS Athletic Directors Conference, MISBO-SAIS Auxiliary Programs Conference & MISBO-SAIS Finance Institute.

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