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 2019 Calendar of Events

Leadership Retreat: Women in Leadership
April 15-16, 2019
Renaissance Arts Hotel, New Orleans, LA

Join us for a real conversation about women in independent school leadership. We will reveal and unpack research-based competencies women leaders need to be successful. We will build a healthy discussion around these sought-after skills, habits, and mindful practices. Participants will have the opportunity to sort these competencies based on their current position and uncover needs for their next role. Featuring Erin Fischer. Earlybird 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 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. Earlybird 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. Earlybird 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. Earlybird 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. Earlybird 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. Earlybird Member Price = $695

 

Institute for Administrative Assistants
June 19-21, 2019
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
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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. Earlybird 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. Earlybird 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. Earlybird  Member Price = $2,295

 

Institute for New Teachers: Public to Private
July 15-16, 2019
Charleston, SC

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. Earlybird Member Price = $625

This program is being offered in conjunction with PAIS.

 

Institute for New Teachers
Atlanta, GA | July 8-10, 2019
Charlotte, NC | July 17-19, 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. Earlybird 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. Earlybird 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. Featuring Kathy Pearson. Earlybird 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

 

2020 Calendar of Events


Academic Support Conference
January 26-28, 2020
Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA

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.




Athletic Directors Conference
January 26-28, 2020
Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA

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. Take advantage of this focused workshop to discover solutions to current issues and stay informed on the latest trends.




Intro to School Finance
January 26-28, 2020
Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA

Join us for an introductory overview of independent school finance for academic administrators as well as aspiring and early career business officers and heads of school. These informative and engaging sessions led by financial professionals and independent school leaders will provide opportunities to discuss and reflect with colleagues as you learn to make sense of the financial landscape of the school. This program is offered in partnership with MISBO.




NAIS Reception
February 27, 2020
Philadelphia, PA

Stop by and say hi at our reception on Thursday night and also our exhibit booth on the show floor.



Leadership Retreat
April 20-21, 2020

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, this retreat provides an opportunity to step back from the day-to-day demands of school life and focus on the cultivation of individual strengths and leadership skills.

 

Independent School Counselors Conference
June 14-16, 2020

Join school counselors from across the region for this informational and inspirational 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.

 

Institute for New Heads
June 17-19, 2020

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.

 

Institute for Heads
June 23-26, 2020
Serenbe

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.

 

Administrative Leadership Institute 
June 29-July 1, 2020
Atlanta, GA

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.

 

Dean of Students Symposium
June 29-July 1, 2020
Atlanta, GA

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 29-July 1, 2020
Atlanta, GA

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.

 

Institute for Administrative Assistants 
June 29-July 1, 2020
Atlanta, GA

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.

 

Institute for New Teachers: Public to Private
July 2020 TBD

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.

This program is being offered in conjunction with PAIS.

 

Institute for New Teachers
Atlanta, GA | July 13-15, 2020
Charlotte, NC | July 20-22, 2020
Nashville, TN | July 27-29, 2020

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.

 

Annual Conference
October 18-20, 2020
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Nashville, TN

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.

Also, mark your calendar for our future conferences:

  • 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.

 

EVENT FAQs

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

PURCHASE ORDERS
County/state funds are accepted if submitted at least 45 days prior to the event start date, but seats are not reserved based on a PO. In order to guarantee a seat, please register with a credit card and we will refund the credit card payment when the county/state monies are received. Please send POs to Julia Grantham, Director of Administration, julia@sais.org

CANCELLATION POLICY
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. 

COMPLAINT NOTICE
SAIS desires for participants to receive quality professional development in a conducive learning environment. If there is a concern regarding any aspect of a workshop, participants are invited to address it with Lori Spear, executive vice president, via verbal and/or written documentation aimed at achieving a satisfactory resolution for the participant. To assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, the program’s advisory group may be included in the process.

CONSENT TO USE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC AND VIDEO IMAGES
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 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.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE / CEUs
SAIS provides certificates of attendance that include clock hours for the number of instructional hours offered during each professional development opportunity. SAIS does not offer official continuing education credits through a university or state agency.

As to state and/or licensing requirements, those will vary from state to state and with the level or type of certification. Please consult with your supervisor or head of school for further clarification.

Per the SAIS Accreditation Guidebook, a set number of CEUs is not required for SAIS accreditation:

  • Q:Are schools required to count the number of professional development hours?
  • A: SAIS requires a program of continuous professional development for all faculty and staff that is meaningful and related to the school’s mission, culture, and goals for the future. The school determines the specifications. The school must also comply with any state regulations that apply

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Leadership Retreat
April 15-16 | New Orleans, LA

Independent School Counselors Conference
June 10-11 | Atlanta, GA

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