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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: Women in Leadership
April 15-16, 2019
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

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


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

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.

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,

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.

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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SAIS@NAIS Reception
February 27 | Long Beach, CA
Please stop by SAIS booth #882 in the exhibit hall too!

Leadership Retreat
April 15-16 | New Orleans, LA
Join us for a real conversation about women in independent school leadership.

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