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Welcome to the SAIS virtual bulletin board for events hosted by schools and related organizations. 

Big Bang - The International Conference on Student-Centered Learning

Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
July 24, 2018
During the week of July 23, Big Picture Learning brings its international conference -- Big Bang -- to Atlanta to celebrate the power of student-centered learning. As Big Bang is made better by the culture and perspectives of our host communities, we invite students and educators to attend our marquee sessions at no cost! On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 24th, filmmaker Ted Dintersmith (Most Likely to Succeed) will be hosting a conversation about 'What School Could Be' (from 1:00-2:30) immediately followed by a session from Education Reimagined (3:00-4:30) on 'Education Reform and the Role of Innovation'. All attendees will receive a copy of Ted's new book! As mentioned above, attendance is free, but registration is required. We hope to see you there!
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Woodward's Summit for Transformative Learning

Woodward Academy (main campus), College Park, GA
July 26-27, 2018
At STLinATL you’ll learn innovative approaches and new teaching methods and ideas from outstanding conference speakers and presenters while experiencing the southern charm Atlanta is known for. Spend two powerful days of learning with many of the nation’s top educational experts in small group settings. Participants will learn to take research-based, sustainable learning practices that provide the foundation for meaningful change to meet the needs of today’s students. Speakers include Donna Orem (NAIS President), Marcia Spiller, Jay McTighe, Dr. Janet Zadina, Dr. Ayanna Howard, Scott Sanchez, Sue O’Connell, Suzie Boss, Vicki Davis, Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Laura Terrill, Dr. Amanda Stanec, and more.
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EE Ford Summer Teachers' Colloquium

Santa Fe Preparatory School, Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 31-August 3
Our program is intended to provide professional teachers a chance to explore their subject deeply with a diverse group of colleagues at an adult and deep level. Each course will use a community approach that involves seminar-style discussion, field trips and outings, and guest speakers to incorporate the many learning partners and resources unique to Santa Fe.
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MakerTech Summer Professional Development

The Steward School, Richmond, VA
August 13-17, 2018
At Steward MakerTech Week, you’ll learn how to use high-tech tools and coding to bring your students’ ideas to life. If you’re ready to add to your teaching toolbox so you can use and integrate robotics, 3D printing, and programming languages such as Arduino and Scratch, this is the workshop you’ve been waiting for. Learn how to use a makerspace to foster inquiry, critical thinking, creativity, and social skills. Get ready for a week jam-packed with ideas to prepare your students to meet the future head on. The cost is $750 for the week, and scholarships are available.
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Youth Mental Health First Aid: For Adults Assisting Young People

The University Center of Greenville, Greenville, SC
September 5, 2018
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. It is designed to teach teachers, school administrators, school nurses, parents, family members, caregivers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis. What is the Course Content? Introduction to common mental health challenges for youth Review of typical adolescent development 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. $50 Registration includes Youth Mental Health First Aid Participant Manual
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Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer Certification Course

The University Center of Greenville, Greenville, SC
October 2-4, 2018
Visit for an application, registration information and tuition costs.
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2018 MISBO Fall Conference

Hilton Head Island, SC
October 3-5, 2018
For the past several years independent schools have been asking some big questions. Are we still relevant in today’s world of ever-changing education? What will the students of tomorrow need, and how do we anticipate those needs? Do we have the right mix of programs, facilities, faculty, and technology to support those needs? The 2018 MISBO Fall Conference will connect you with industry professionals, along with some of our schools’ brightest leaders, providing you with answers to these questions. Keynote speaker Ian Symmonds will kick off the conference with three critical questions facing independent schools today, and better yet, he will guide you to find the answers for your school; you will be inspired by the engaging “Leadership Lessons from the Fields of Gettysburg,” which draws parallels between battle strategies and critical leadership traits (who knew?); the final day will have you reimagining student assessment and what that could mean for our country’s future leaders with The Mastery Transcript Consortium. Additional breakout sessions will broaden these themes, designed to offer solutions to many of the issues you face every day: hiring for key positions, compensation design, security, as well as long range and capital budget planning. This conference will also feature MISBO’s signature “Sourcing Solutions” session, providing attendees an opportunity to leave with valuable takeaways from MISBO vendors in short 15-minute mini-sessions, along with dedicated exhibit time to talk with vendors and sponsors. And as always, there will be endless opportunities to network and collaborate with your peers. Join us as we not only ask the important questions, but also provide the answers for you to take back to your school. Don't miss this opportunity for first-class professional development and networking in beautiful Hilton Head!
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TAIS Biennial Conference

Memphis University School & Hutchison School, Memphis, TN
November 4-5, 2018
This conference is the largest gathering of Independent Schools in Tennessee. There are offerings for all school administrators and educators. The conference has two keynote addresses, three featured speakers, over 250 session choices, over 300 presenters/facilitators, 30 vendors and a dinner to recognize and celebrate special award recipients. Registration opens in August.
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Olweus Bullying Prevention Blended Learning Trainer Certification Course

The University Center of Greenville, Greenville, SC
January 22-23, 2019
Blended Learning Trainer Certification Course Schedule Online Independent Study: November 1, 2018-January 21, 2019 Online Instructor-facilitated training: January 9, 2019 Two day In-Person Training: January 22-23, 2019 Online Independent Study: February 2019-January 2020 Online Instructor-facilitated trainings: 1st Quarter - April 23, 2019 2nd Quarter - July 23, 2019 3rd Quarter - October 22, 2019 4th Quarter - January 21, 2020
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Institute for New Teachers
July 24-26, 2018 | Nashville, TN
Designed to equip new teachers with the skills to guide and support their first years in the classroom.

Board/Head Retreat
October 14, 2018 | Charleston, SC
Designed to strengthen the communication and partnership between the head of school and members of the board.

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