SAIS's Collaboration Booklet is Now Available Online 

This booklet highlights some of the many collaborations taking place in and among SAIS schools. Strategic collaborations will be a game changer for schools in the coming years. Understanding what your school has to offer and seeking like-minded partners can help your school expand its reach and impact. What existing and new collaborations might benefit your school and your community? >>Read more. 

Fundraising for Schools:  
8 Keys to Success Every Head of School Should Know
by Linda Wise McNay
The topic of fundraising is front and center in Linda Wise McNay's recent book, Fundraising for Schools: Eight Keys to Success Every Head of School Should Know. The book is practical and easy-to-read with multiple examples, worksheets, and tips. McNay explains how schools can identify, win, and keep donors, organize and time campaigns, build endowments, and encourage a culture that supports development. Considering most heads rise through the academic ranks and the experience of board members varies, the book is a great tool for any school.  >>Read more. 
Philanthropy in Independent
Schools: A 20-Year Look
by Jeffrey L. Mitchell 
Head of School, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN

This issue of FastStats analyzes the 20-year trend for participation rates among four key constituent groups (trustees, current parents, faculty/staff, and alumni). What does the data indicate regarding trends in giving at independent schools? Additionally, is there any evidence of a difference among major constituents in independent schools? >>Read more.

SAIS Announces the Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants
SAIS is now accepting applications for the Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants. A total of $25,000 in grants will be awarded to SAIS member schools who propose unique collaborations with other schools, institutions of higher education, businesses, and/or non-profits. Proposals will be accepted between October 20 and December 31, 2014, and funds disbursed by February 1, 2015.  >>Read more or apply for a grant.
Five Learning Lessons From Hunting Wild Turkey
by Michael Zavada 
Middle and Upper School Principal, Trinity Presbyterian School, Montgomery, AL
Last spring I had the opportunity to go on my first hunting trip. I'm told that turkey hunting may be some of the most difficult hunting in North America. Ben Franklin had a point when he suggested the turkey as the national bird. They are prudent, have great vision, and always have an ear to the ground. You have to be smarter than the bird to catch one. The experience allowed me to learn more about Southern culture and unexpectedly resonated with me as an educator. Here are five things that hunting can teach us about student learning. >>Read more.
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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 is now open with no money due until spring.  Reserve your seat today!

See the full SAIS calendar of events at

WANTED: Your School's 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].
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
Book Review
Collaboration Grants
Planning Ahead: 2015 Calendar of Events
Benchmarking Data Collection
Survey Center
Blogs of Note

Braxton Brady, Chaplain and Director of the "Building Boys, Making Men" program at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, TN, shares ten questions every father must ask himself.

Guided Imagery & Sports

Jean Bonnyman, Upper School Learning Specialist at Darlington School in Rome, GA, discusses the use of guided imagery with athletes to improve their attention and focus.


Polly Rob, Head of the Middle School at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, discusses non-cycle days, a new format where regular classes are exchanged for an opportunity to dive deeper into projects or explore topics that can't be covered in class.

Steve Whitaker, Head of The First Academy in Orlando, FL, shares life lessons he learned from the personal struggle and persistence of one of his middle school students. 

Tweets of Note
Ok Go,  
Oh My!

SAIS Survey Center
Visit 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.