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August 2012
What's On Your Bookshelf? 
The Summer Read and Faculty Engagement

This summer did you enjoy the classic experience of lounging by the ocean flipping through a casual read?  Perhaps Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, or Brain Rules?  Wait, what ... Brain Rules?  That's right.  Faculty at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, collectively read developmental molecular biologist John Medina's book on how the brain works. 


School's out June and July, but those months still offer a strategic opportunity for teachers and administrators to engage in learning by reading and reflecting on new ideas and approaches for the coming school year.  If you're thinking about a faculty read for next summer as part of your school's professional development, three SAIS member schools offer a model of how to choose the right book to fit your school's focus, how to process the information as a faculty, and lastly how to use the information gained to make new decisions or restructure existing models. MORE ...

2012 Annual Conference | October 21-22
Leaders of the Future


Mark your calendar for the 2012 Annual Conference, on October 21-22, in Atlanta. Keynote speakers include Scott McLeod and Pat Bassett. You'll allso find 27 different breakout sessions that address almost every facet of independent school life. 

The conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead, located at 3300 Peachtree Rd NE.  The discounted room rate is $169 and reservations can be made online or by calling 1-888-441-1442.  Please note that we are not using a housing bureau; all reservations should be made directly via either of the above methods.   


We look forward to welcoming over 400 independent school leaders as SAIS and MISBO host our first parallel conferences. Breakouts, keynotes, and exhibitors will be shared, and each organization will host a separate luncheon and annual business meeting.  


VIDEO:  Flipped session videos - preview the breakouts here!  

Teaching Teachers
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INT Instills Love of Learning

This summer, 67 independent school educators embarked on a lifetime of learning by participating in one of SAIS's Institutes for New Teachers. This three-day workshop, facilitated by master teachers from SAIS member schools, engages participants in lesson planning, exploration of best practices, assessments, school culture, classroom management, child and adolescent development, 21st century expectations, and understanding the independent school parent.  


The highlight of the INT is the creation and presentation of lessons that are videotaped and replayed, to celebrate excellence and identify opportunities for improvement, while incorporating the content of the sessions into developing better teaching habits. MORE ...


VIDEO: Doug Jennings talks about the early years of the program 

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Summertime, and the Living is Easy ...

Not at Darlington, where teachers are hard at work strategizing in teams, learning uses of new technology, and incorporating project-based learning into their curricula.


What It Means to Be Known, Challenged, and Loved

Randolph head Byron Hulsey reminds us of the infinite power a teacher has to unlock a student's heart, freeing the confidence to share her gifts.


On Trey Erwin and Living and Dying in God's Grasp

Presbyterian Day School head Lee Burns shares how a remarkable young man confronts the possibility of an early death with grace and confidence.


Olympic Fever

New Galloway head Suzanna Jemsby takes time out to enjoy the Olympics, but struggles to explain to her 4-year old daughter why she and daddy aren't competing.


The Precursors of Messy Assessment

Grant Lichtman, author of The Falconer, examines why teachers take comfort in assessing content knowledge and resist tackling curiosity, courage, or resiliency.


Is College Still Worth the Money?

Brainerd Baptist School head Sean Corcoran argues yes and not just because statistically you'll make $800,000 more over the course of your lifetime.

New Accreditation Guidebook 

View the NEW Accreditation Guidebook (for schools hosting a visit beginning in fall 2013) at


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The Summer Read
Annual Conference
Love of Learning
Blogs of Note
Lunch & Learn
Finance Institute
Governance & Leadership Institute
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Lunch & Learn
September 24
11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Join us for the SAIS Lunch & Learn with Matt Scully, Director of Technology at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC.   
This lunch & learn is about the flip - flip your lid, flip out, flip your classroom.

Join us for some swingin' on the flippity-flop as we learn and discuss flipping your classroom: what that looks like, how to set it up, how to assess, and why to go down this road at all.

You can attend in-person or virtually, get all the details and register here. 
Finance Institute
January 28-29
Learn to speak your CFO's language! 
The 2013 SAIS Finance Institute will be led by veteran school business officer Barb Egan (CFO, Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA), and Dale Cermak Mullarkey, who has over 19 years of experience in the education and employee benefits fields.

The curriculum will cover a variety of aspects of day-to-day business operations and is an excellent view into school finance and the worries of the business manager's office. It helps those who are primarily from an academic background better comprehend the complexities of school life and just how many moving parts there really are.

Get all the details and register here
Governance & Leadership Institute  
February 3-4
The  focus of this program is strengthening the relationship between the head and board. The GLI will position this team to provide joint leadership that helps schools achieve excellence.

Registration  opening soon here.