What's Your Change
Leadership Style? 
2015 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat


Change is constant. It cascades in waves bringing new challenges, situations, and realities. According to the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), studies consistently show that 50 to 70 percent of planned change efforts in organizations fail. How can leaders chart a successful course with such daunting odds?


CCL has built a reputation for helping leaders and organizations become change agents in their communities. This year, SAIS has invited CCL's Al Calarco to facilitate its second annual Heads Leadership Retreat in Nashville, TN, on April 19-20. Calarco, who has 20 years of experience with CCL as a facilitator, speaker, and executive coach, will help attendees unpack the elements of successful change leadership.  >>Read more. >>Register.   >>Event details. 

SAIS Goes to SXSWedu 


SAIS recently traveled west to Austin, TX, for SXSWedu, held on March 9-12. A prelude to the popular music, film, and interactive SXSW festivals, SXSWedu hopes to foster innovation in education in the United States and around the world by bringing together a diverse mix of stakeholders and visionaries. This year's event drew more than 6,000 attendees from 35 different countries, representing educators from K-12 to higher education, as well as researchers, entrepreneurs, media outlets, and organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and Common Sense Media. Sessions covered every topic imaginable in a whirlwind four-day education extravaganza. Highlights also included a tour of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, and an ongoing education film festival eduFILM.  >>Read more. 

The Teenage Brain   
by Dr. Frances E. Jenson 
Reviewed by Jacqueline Westerfield, Head of School, Grandview Preparatory School, Boca Raton, FL  

It often seems that everything old is new again. Theories, methodologies, and strategies abound when it comes to raising and educating successful young people. It isn't often that a new book presents significantly useful data to add to an already expansive library of information, but The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Young Adults, by Dr. Frances E. Jensen, does just that. The author is a neuroscientist and mother of two sons. Her perspective is personal, and the data undeniable, regarding both the strengths and vulnerabilities of the adolescent mind.  >>Read more. 
Registration Now Open! 
2015 SAIS Institute for Heads 


The 2015 SAIS Institute for Heads will take place at Airlie on June 24-26 in Warrenton, VA, less than an hour from Dulles airport. This unique program combines two experienced independent school consultants, Michael Thompson and Rob Evans. Designed specifically for independent school heads and spouses, this institute offers an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and engagement with colleagues on key issues facing school heads. Many participants attend year after year to enjoy the combination of learning and laughter, plus time for reflection, relaxation, and recreation - a perfect way to refresh for the year ahead.  >>Register.   >>Event details. 

The word Events in cut out magazine letters pinned to a cork notice board. Events may refer to news
2015 Calendar of Events
SAIS offers a variety of affordable, accessible, and relevant professional development programs for independent school leaders.

See the full 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.
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 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.  
What's Your Change Leadership Style?
SAIS Goes to SXSWedu
Book Review
Institute for Heads
2015 Calendar of Events
Trends in Education
Blogs of Note

Tommy Hudgins, Head of Carlisle School in Martinsville and Dansville, VA, reflects on a recent
USA Today story citing school principal as one of the ten happiest jobs in the country.

Understanding Peer Pressure 
Jessie Hill, Upper School Director at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, reflects on the upsetting acts of racism at the University of Oklahoma and the dangers of peer influence among young adults.
Geoff Richman, Director of the Academic Resource Center at The Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, discusses how its Global Online Academy encourages students' collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Payton Hobbs, Lower School Head at Ravenscroft School in Durham, NC, blogs about the school's first Identity Day, an event established in the lower school to promote inclusion and diversity.


Trends in Education 

Catch up on education topics in the news! Here are some articles that have been circulating in the independent school world. 

Read more here. 

Tweets of Note