Pursuing Mindfulness
SAIS Annual Conference Preview

A growing number of schools are teaching their students mindfulness techniques to help them cope with stress, focus, and improve their well-being. The practice has become more popular in numerous circles, ranging from hospitals to prisons, and is supported by research. Studies show how students participating in mindfulness programs see significant gains in emotional awareness and regulation, as well as the ability to focus. Also, teachers who participate see improvements in their self-regulation, self-compassion, and empathy for students and co-workers.  >>Read more.

Plan to attend the session Is Mindfulness Right for Your School? on Sunday, October 19, at 10:00 AM, at the 2014 SAIS Annual Conference.  View Schedule | Register | Hotel
Board/Head Retreat
October 18, | 10:00 AM-4:00 PM | Atlanta, GA
Featuring Rob Evans, Michael Thompson, and Steve Robinson

A strong working relationship between the head and board chair is critical to a school's success. On Saturday, October 18, heads and board chairs will have the opportunity to deepen this important relationship at the SAIS Board/Head Retreat, led by noted school psychologists and consultants Rob Evans and Michael Thompson as well as SAIS President Steve Robinson. 

Evans will kick-off the day at 10:00 AM with a joint session for heads and board chairs titled Governing in the New Age of Anxiety.  After lunch, heads will spend the afternoon with Evans and Thompson.  Board chairs will enjoy an afternoon session by Robinson, who says that a great board chair/head relationship should be approached with the same care and respect as a marriage. He suggests that board chairs and heads should focus on three key ingredients when building their relationship: maintaining a common purpose, excellent communication, and respect. Plus it is important for all parties to maintain a service mentality. They should continuously reflect and refocus on their primary goal and make decisions based on what is best for the school's students. 

The retreat will precede the SAIS Annual Conference. $195 per person.  >>Read more.
What Teachers Can Learn from Sports Coaches
by Nathan Barber
Reviewed by Jay Watts, Assistant Director of Athletics, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA

Nathan Barber's What Teachers Can Learn from Sports Coaches will resonate with teachers who are looking for new perspectives in the classroom, or perhaps with those looking for affirmation for new ideas already in practice. The book could also be an eye-opener for coaches who have yet to see the connection between their coaching techniques and their classroom teaching. However, this book's greatest value may be that it reinforces the value of athletics as part of a school's total curriculum and the need for more recognition for coaches as innovators in education and, in many cases, masters of 21st century teaching pedagogy.  >>Read more.
Annual Conference
Oct 18-20 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA
*Deadline for earlybird registration and hotel cut-off:  Sept 26

DON'T MISS THIS:  Be sure to register for the special dinner Celebrating Steve Robinson on Saturday, Oct 18.  Cocktails at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM.  Advance reservations required ($65 per person).

>> A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our sponsors and exhibitors for their support!
SAIS Partnering with NAIS / DASL on Benchmarking Data Collection

This year's benchmarking data collection is being conducted in conjunction with NAIS and DASL. This is important information and all SAIS schools (even those not members of NAIS) are invited and encouraged to participate. If your school has not already received login instructions and credentials, please visit http://dasl.nais.org.
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Retiring in 2015?

If you are a head of school who will be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year, please let us know so we can induct you into the SAIS Legacy Club, a group of retired heads of school who gather twice a year.  The induction ceremony will take place at the dinner on Saturday, October 18, 2014, in conjunction with the SAIS Annual Conference and the dinner celebrating Steve Robinson.  Please email [email protected] before September 19 to make sure we have you on the list (and please include a bio and photo).
SAIS Board of Trustees
Nominees for 2015

The SAIS Board of Trustees proposes the following slate  of new trustees for service beginning January 1, 2015: 

JAY UNDERWOOD, High Meadows School (Roswell, GA)
SARAH WHITESIDE, The Altamont School (Birmingham, AL)

The membership will have the opportunity to vote on these trustees at the SAIS Annual Business Meeting, which takes place during the Annual Conference, on Sunday, October 19, at 12:00 PM.  Register for the conference at www.sais.org/AC.
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2015 Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars now for 2015!  SAIS offers a variety of affordable, accessible, and relevant professional development programs for independent school leaders each summer. Pre-registration open now with no money due until spring.  Reserve your seat today!

See the full SAIS calendar of events at www.sais.org/events.

Academic Planning for Online & Blended Learning 
In-person kick-off session:  October 20, from 1:00-5:00 PM
Presented by SAIS and the Online School for Girls

This blended course will help curricular leaders, department chairs, and senior administrators understand the academic implications, challenges, and advantages of online and blended learning for independent schools. During the course, participants will be exposed to national leaders and experts in online learning, including (and most importantly) experts within the independent school community. 

This course is appropriate for schools that are beginning to incorporate online or blended learning into their curriculum, or that are contemplating doing so.

Following the in-person kick-off session on Monday, October 20, from 1:00-5:00 PM in Atlanta, participants will complete four weeks of online coursework (averaging four hours of work per week). The online coursework will be fully asynchronous, allowing participants to schedule their own involvement as their schedules dictate. The course will conclude on November 14.  >>Info & registration.
Board/Head Retreat
Book Review
Annual Conference
Benchmarking Data Collection
Calling all 2015 Retirees
Board of Trustees
Planning Ahead: 2015 Calendar of Events
Academic Planning for Online & Blended Learning
Survey Center
Blogs of Note

Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA, reflects on the importance of teamwork after watching first graders solve math problems together.
Learning from Entrepreneurs
Michael Zavada, Middle and Upper School Principal at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, AL, shares four lessons schools can learn from start-up businesses. 

Philip Cummings, Reading Teacher at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, TN, shares class activities that encourage his students to be reflective, critical thinkers. 

Ruth Thomas, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, shares a reading list that teaches children the value of collaboration. 

Read more blogs here. 
Tweets of Note

"Peaceful pines and tranquil trails; turning your school into a maker haven; changing the conversation: grades vs. learning; and being 21st century leaders."
Read more tweets here.
WANTED: Photos!
Got any great photos of your campus, students, or a special occasion at your school?  Would you be willing to let SAIS use them on our website, in marketing materials, and in publications such as this?  If so, please send them to [email protected].
SAIS Survey Center
Visit www.sais.org/surveys to see the stakeholder surveys available to your school community. SAIS has created a series of highly reliable and valid stakeholder surveys for use either in conjunction with a strategic visioning process or just to take the pulse of your community. Be sure to check out the video, sample questions, timelines, and sample reports.