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Annual Conference
October 21-23, 2020 | Virtual                                                         

An innovative virtual opportunity for independent school leaders. Content will be geared toward heads of school, division heads, other administrative and aspiring leaders as well as deans and directors. Learn from top-notch speakers including Heather Hoerle, John Katzman, Nina Kumar, Suniya Luthar, and more coming soon! Additional information will be shared as plans are finalized.


Board/Head Retreat
TBD | Virtual                                                       

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. Participants will examine tensions inherent in the board/head relationship and explore current issues and pressures that complicate the independent school environment. To navigate these difficult waters successfully, the head and board must communicate effectively with one another as well as the wider community. Led by Stephanie Rogen.


2021 Calendar of Events

Academic Support Conference                                     

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

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.

MISBO-SAIS Academy: Operational Leadership

An inside look at the what and the how of the business of leading schools. These informative and engaging sessions will provide opportunities to discuss and reflect as you make sense of the business and operational aspects of a school’s lifecycle. Designed for senior administrators and emerging leaders from both the academic and operational sides of the school. This program is offered in partnership with MISBO.

Leadership Retreat
April 19-20, 2021 | Chattanooga, TN

Different from the whirlwind of conference sessions, this program offers administrative leaders time to focus on current issues and leadership abilities surrounded by colleagues who face similar hurdles and aspire to reach common goals. Led by Amada Torres.


Independent School Counselors Conference
June 13-15, 2021 | Greenville, SC

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 16-18, 2021 | Greenville, SC

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 Strategic Leadership
June 16-18, 2021 | Greenville, SC

Expand your understanding of strategic leadership and build skills to positively impact your school. Sessions will be based on engaging exercises that can easily be replicated for your team or faculty and staff. Particularly helpful to those considering headship in the future and for teams to attend together. Featuring Keith Evans and David Mahler.


Institute for New Teachers: Public to Private
June 16-18, 2021 | Greenville, 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. In 2020, this program is being offered in partnership with PAIS.


Administrative Leadership Institute
June 23-25, 2021
| Asheville, NC

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 23-25, 2021 | Asheville, NC

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 23-25, 2021
| Asheville, NC

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 23-25, 2021
| Asheville, NC

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 Heads
June 27-30, 2021 | The Foundry, Asheville, NC

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.


Institute for New Teachers
Atlanta, GA | July 2021
Charlotte, NC | July 2021
Nashville, TN | July  2021

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.


Board/Head Retreat
October 17, 2021 | 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. Participants will examine tensions inherent in the board/head relationship and explore current issues and pressures that complicate the independent school environment. To navigate these difficult waters successfully, the head and board must communicate effectively with one another as well as the wider community.


Annual Conference
October 17-19, 2021 | 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.


Session Proposals

The power of our association network resides in the willingness to share resources and knowledge. Both members and non-members are encouraged to propose sessions. This form collects ongoing session proposals for all SAIS programs. You will be notified if your proposal is accepted. While we are unable to respond to those that are not chosen, proposals stay on file for possible future selection. Please note that these are not vendor presentations. While presenting provides visibility to your organization, it must be appropriate for both clients and non-clients, be based on a body of evidence, and highlight your expertise rather than your product.


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,

Cancellations received in writing to 21 days prior to the event will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. After that date no refunds are available, but replacement registrants are welcomed. Please complete this form to notify us of your cancellation and request a refund: 

In accordance with our privacy policy, we cannot share attendee email addresses.

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.

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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Annual Conference
October 21-23 | Virtual
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