2015 Stephen P. Robinson Inaugural Collaboration Grant Winners Announced


We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2015 Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants:

  • The Bodine School, Memphis, TN, will provide instruction in Orton-Gillingham (OG) methodology to Teach For America (TFA) teachers in the Memphis public schools.
  • Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC, will partner with Duke University and Peaceful Schools NC to help Carter Community Charter School become a Peaceful School, a designation that demonstrates training to minimize bullying and aggression and support child-centered learning environments.
  • McCallie School and Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN, will launch "Consequential Philanthropy," a course where students will engage with non-profits and government organizations to learn about the problems facing Chattanooga. The students will research and interview organizations they want to support, and disperse funds to those organizations.
  • The Master's Academy, Oviedo, FL, will support collaboration among math teachers in their region by establishing Central Florida Math Educators. The group will share best practices through digital communications and hold an annual CFME Collaboration Workshop.
  • The Westminster Schools and The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA, will launch "Atlanta 2.0: Urban Design Fellowship," where students from each school will study how the design of Atlanta's public spaces impacts community development.

Read more details about the winning grants here, and plan to attend to the SAIS Annual Conference in Atlanta in October 17-19, where the recipients will share their collaboration journeys during a breakout session. All recipients will also deliver a publishable paper to SAIS outlining the results of their projects.


Grant applications for 2016 will open in October and will be due by December 31, 2015. Recipients of grants will be notified during the first week of February 2016.

SAIS @ NAIS | Boston

Going to Boston next week for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference? SAIS will be in the exhibit hall at booth #1138, so please stop and say hello.  You're also invited to the SAIS reception on Thursday, February 26, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Sheraton Boston in Fairfax A (3rd floor). >>RSVP here. 

Empowering Head Leadership
2015 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat


The 2015 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat will take place at the Union Station Hotel on April 19-20 in Nashville, TN. This annual event offers heads a chance to reflect on improving their leadership style and culture while networking with colleagues from around the region. This retreat is designed primarily for heads of school, but the audience for this year has been widened. Each head attending may bring one additional person - an assistant/associate head or a division head.  >>Read more.   >>Register.   >>Event details. 

Pursuing Digital Leadership

As technology becomes more ubiquitous in daily life, educators are constantly pressed with rethinking how it is used in schools. The push to get devices into the hands of every child has largely been accomplished. However, what students can do with those devices has been a developing reality. In an environment where schools and teachers have always had complete control, the internet has at times been an unnerving addition. How do schools keep kids safe, and teach them how to act online, while giving them the freedom to explore their passions? >>Read more

Revisiting the Technology Arms Race in Independent Schools
by Jeffrey Mitchell 
Head of School, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN

Three years ago, I wrote a FastStats piece entitled The Technology Arms Race in Independent Schools. The data in that article clearly indicated that technology expenditures had skyrocketed faster than any other budgetary expense line over a 10-year span. The data also indicated large per-student differences in technology spending relative to enrollment. This article revisits the data three years later to assess whether and how things have changed.
>>Read more.
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2015 Calendar of Events
SAIS offers a variety of affordable, accessible, and relevant professional development programs for independent school leaders.

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

Benchmarking Data Collection

Benchmark reports and statistical tables with 2014-15 data are now available from NAIS DASL. Additionally, NAIS members can update dashboard charts to include new data. Didn't get your data in? No problem. You can use the "Update Past Survey" tool to enter data you missed and/or to correct data incorrectly entered. Once you enter the data, you can run reports in those data categories. Also, check out a webinar on how to use the data reporting tools in DASL, which continue to grow and develop based on user input.
Please visit http://dasl.nais.org.
McLeod's Master List for Digital Leaders
by Scott McLeod 
Ready to lead in a digital world? Consider this extensive list of resources from expert Scott McLeod, speaker, consultant, and author of What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media>>Check out the list.
Just Say Cheese: Your Photos Wanted!
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 high-resolution files to [email protected].
SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat
Pursuing Digital Leadership
2015 Calendar of Events
McLeod's Master List for Digital Leadership
Blogs of Note

Keith Evans, Head of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA, reflects on the role of change in modern society and offers advice on how to process it. 

Staying #DAStrong
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of Durham Academy in Durham, NC, highlights the inspiring service of two teachers in the face of a recent tragedy at their school, as well as a beautiful and heartfelt quilt made for one of the students still in recovery.


Jennifer Carey, Director of Educational Technology at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, FL, offers numerous ways administrators can empower their faculty in a mobile learning environment.  

Vicki Davis, aka Cool Cat Teacher and Technology Administrator at Westwood Schools in Camilla, GA, reflects on a recent setback and how we must view our failures as part of growth.


Tweets of Note
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.