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Dean of Students Symposium
June 27-29, 2018
Renaissance Asheville, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801
A program designed specifically for deans of students. 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.
Division Heads Conference
June 27-29, 2018
Renaissance Asheville, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Designed for those that lead from the middle, the new Division Head Conference 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.
Institute for Administrative Assistants
June 27-29, 2018
Renaissance Asheville, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801

This program provides resources and tips for the varied tasks included in the administrative support role. 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.
Administrative Leadership Institute
June 27-29, 2018
Renaissance Asheville, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801

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.

Institute for New Teachers: Public to Private
July 12-13, 2018
St. Martin's Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA

This program is designed for experienced public school teachers who are making the move to an independent school. Teachers attending this seminar should have at least three years of teaching experience in a public school setting. To support a smooth transition, 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.


Institute for New Teachers
St. Martin's Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA | July 9-11, 2018
Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC | July 16-18, 2018
Currey Ingram Academy, Nashville, TN | July 24-26, 2018

This interactive experience will equip new teachers with the skills and understanding to guide and support their first years in the classroom. Participants will present two brief sample lessons to a small peer group. Guided by an experienced educator, lessons will be recorded and reviewed in a 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.


Board/Head Retreat
October 14, 2018
Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston SC 29403

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. Led by Debra Wilson, general counsel for NAIS.


Annual Conference
October 14-16, 2018
Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston SC 29403

An informative, innovative, and comprehensive opportunity for independent school leaders to gather and discover proven strategies and emerging trends. Drawing over 300 administrators from across the Southeast, join us 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 including Dr. Shimi Kang, Dr. Khyati Joshi, and Tim Fish.

Accreditation Workshops & Chair Training

Accreditation Workshops | for school coordinator, steering committee chair, etc
Dates & info here

Accreditation Chair Training | for current and potential visiting team chairs
Dates & info here

Upcoming Events: 2019 and Beyond

2019 Winter Conference - January 27-29 - Nashville, TN

  • Athletic Directors Conference
  • Academic Support Conference
  • Auxiliary Program Coordinators Conference
  • Finance Institute

2019 Annual Conference - October 27-29 - Atlanta, GA

2020 Annual Conference - October 18-20 - Nashville, TN

2021 Annual Conference - October 17-19 - Atlanta,  GA

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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Institute for Heads
June 19-22, 2018 | Asheville, NC
This retreat offers an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and engagement with colleagues on key issues facing heads of school and their spouses.

Dean of Students Symposium
June 27-29, 2018 | Asheville, NC
Develop a network of peers, discuss best practices on current issues, and gather practical ideas from colleagues.

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