From China to Enrollment Management 
A Note from SAIS President Steve Robinson

I recently returned from a meaningful and productive trip to China. Along with seven leaders from SAIS schools, we networked with a number of student management agencies like Three W International, and interacted with students and families interested in studying in the United States. The value of such trips cannot be overstated and I encourage you to make time in your busy schedules to pursue such rewarding and professionally transformative opportunities. Please also see the article below chronicling the trip.


The SAIS spring forum series this year is titled: Creating a Road Map to Your Strategic Enrollment Management Planning Process. Partnering with the Executive Director of AISAP (Association of Independent School Admission Professionals), Janice Crampton, we will help schools better understand the elements, aspects, and requirements for creating a successful enrollment management (SEM) plan. We will present topics such as understanding the role of tuition elasticity in the creation of your school's financial model, and understanding SEM from the perspective of different school leaders (heads of school, business officers and financial professionals, communications and marketing staff members, and admissions and enrollment managers).  We'll be speaking at schools across the region. Visit for specific dates and locations. 



Dr. Steve Robinson 

Connecting With the World  

Experience is always the best teacher, and as many a traveler will say, if you haven't been there, you don't really know. With the push to teach our students to be more globally-minded, it is critical that school leadership become proficient themselves. Trips abroad foster cultural competency, awareness, and empathy in a way no other experience can. They also are the bridge to building long-term strategic partnerships, finding new opportunities, and identifying trends and resources.


SAIS organizes trips for school leaders to interact with educators, agencies, administrators, schools, and students from countries around the world. The SAIS approach to global engagement is four-fold: network SAIS member schools with international sister schools and colleagues; provide an experience where school leaders and educators can gain cultural competency and empathy; introduce school leaders to options or agencies for matching students with their school; and helping students and teachers engage in exchange opportunities.  >>Read more HERE.

Athletics & 21st Century Skills


Do high school sports hinder students' academic performance? The question has spurred much discussion following an article published in September 2013 in The Atlantic, "The Case Against High School Sports," which was part of a best-selling book The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley. While Ripley's argument is entertaining and sells books, it's disproved by decades of research. Studies abound as to the correlation between participation in student athletics and academic achievement, as well as the overall benefits of students' participation in sports.  >>Read more HERE.
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Finance Institute 
Atlanta, GA
For heads & administrators who don't have a background in business or finance - learn to speak your CFO's language!
April 6-7 - registration open!
Heads Leadership Retreat 
Francis Marion Hotel - Charleston
Growing Leaders in Your School
featuring Ian Symmonds


June 15-17 - registration open!
Institute for Senior Administrators 
Emory Conference Center - Atlanta
featuring Keith Evans & David Mahler
June 18-20 - registration open!
Administrative Leadership Institute 
Emory Conference Center - Atlanta
featuring Rob Evans & Michael Thompson
June 24-27 - registration open!
Institute for Heads
Grove Park Inn - Asheville
featuring Rob Evans & Michael Thompson

June 29-July 2 - registration open!
Institute for New Heads 
Atlanta, GA
featuring Billy Peebles & Scott Wilson
Institute for New Teachers 
June 24-26 | Atlanta
July 15-17 | Charlotte
July 22-24 | Memphis
July 28-30 | Atlanta

October 18-20
Annual Conference 
Atlanta, GA - Crowne Plaza Ravinia

Blogs of Note
Compassionate Courage
Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of The First Academy in Orlando, FL, shares a personal story and discusses the importance of empathy, courage, and helping others in need.  


Writing Redefined

Jennifer Carey, Director of Educational Technology at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, FL, covers the many ways technology is changing how people write, tell stories, take notes, and collaborate on projects.
Art Smart

Jennifer Moore, Art Teacher at Darlington School in Rome, GA, shares how art critiques engage her middle school students in "Can You Critique a Work of Art Like a 4th Grader?"  

Dr. Jeffrey L. Mitchell, Head of Tuscaloosa Academy in Tuscaloosa, AL, discusses how schools are changing and must change to prepare students for the 21st century, and exhorts educators and parents to be fearless.

Joseph Freeman, Dean of 11th and 12th Grades, English Teacher, and Assistant Director of College Counseling at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, encourages families to see the college placement process as a dynamic journey, and debunks the myth that only one school, the coveted "first pick," is the best choice. 
SAIS Stakeholder Survey Center Now Open!


  • Visit to see the new stakeholder surveys available to you and your school community.
  • SAIS has created a series of highly reliable and valid stakeholder surveys for you to use either in conjunction with a strategic visioning process or just to take the pulse of your community.  
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