Institute for the Head's Assistant 
Earlybird registration deadline is May 25!


SAIS is offering a new workshop this summer to support a critical member of the independent school team - the head's assistant. Part gatekeeper, liaison, supporter, and planner, the head's assistant works tirelessly behind the scenes to help the head function at high capacity. The inaugural Institute for the Head's Assistant will be led by school psychologists Michael Thompson and Rob Evans as well as Kay Betts of Bettstrategic Group.  It will take place June 16-17 in Atlanta. 
SAIS Interviews John Katzman on the New SAT

There's no shortage of talking points or arguments surrounding high-stakes testing and the evolving admissions process in higher education. Experts agree that high-stakes tests do not accurately measure a student's skills and that tests like the SAT are outdated. SAIS recently sat down with John Katzman to talk about the SAT and the topic of testing in the United States. Katzman is an educational entrepreneur and activist. He is the founder of The Princeton Review, Noodle, 2U, and author of the New York Times bestseller Cracking the SAT.  >>Read more.
Summer Reading Round Up 


Summer is right around the corner! Time for vacations, hobbies, professional development, and of course, summer reading. Whether you are a history buff, social scientist, fiction or non-fiction reader, we have some recommendations to get you started.  >>Read more.
Damian Kavanagh Named Outstanding Student 


Damian Kavanagh, SAIS vice president of accreditation and membership, has been named the Outstanding Student in the Educational Leadership Ed.S. Program at Kennesaw State University. The ceremony for the Bagwell College of Education University Scholars was held on May 4. Damian and his selected advisor, Susan Banke, Ph.D., were recognized for their achievements.

SAIS Board of Trustees: Call for Nominations

Nominations for the SAIS Board of Trustees are now being accepted. To nominate yourself or someone else, please review this information about board service. Please submit your nomination by May 18 here.

The board is responsible for the supervision, control, and direction of the association.  According to the bylaws, trustees must be heads of SAIS member schools.  The board seeks to represent geographic diversity as well as diversity of school mission and a variety of other factors.  Review the current board of trustees here.

The SAIS Committee on Trustees will process the nominations and review the nominees.  The slate will be presented for approval by the membership at the SAIS annual business meeting, which takes place at the SAIS Annual Conference, October 17-19 in Atlanta.  New trustees will begin their terms on January 1, 2016.   Submit a nomination for the SAIS Board of Trustees here.
2015 SAIS Annual Conference Breakout Session Proposals


Breakout session proposals for the 2015 SAIS Annual Conference are being accepted through May 15. The conference will take place October 17-19 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta.

 >>Event Details.  >>Submit proposals here. 

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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 calendar of events at . Also, plan ahead for 2016 at 

Board/Head Retreat

The 2015 SAIS Board/Head Retreat will offer an excellent opportunity to strengthen the communication and partnership between heads and board chairs. It will be led by Pat Bassett, President of Heads Up Educational Consulting. The retreat will be held on October 17 in Atlanta in conjunction with the 2015 SAIS Annual Conference. Mark your calendars and tell your board chairs!
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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. Please complete our Legacy Club bio form.
Virtual Tribute to SAIS President Steve Robinson

Help us send SAIS President Steve Robinson off to Honduras with great memories of his tenure at SAIS! Leave him a note on a special bon voyage blog. The blog will remain open through June 30. >>Visit the blog and leave your message. 

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.  
SAIS's Booklet Collaboration is 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 organizations, schools, or businesses as partners, can help your school expand its reach and impact. What existing and new collaborations might benefit your school and your community?  >>Read more.
WANTED: Your School's Logo

Please send us your school's logo for use in our online member directory. 

Email logos to [email protected].
Interview with John Katzman
Summer Reading Round Up
Damian Kavanagh Named Outstanding Student
Board Nominations
Annual Conference Session Proposals
2015 Calendar of Events
Retiring in 2015?
Virtual Tribute to Steve Robinson
WANTED: Your School's Logo
Trends in Education
Blogs of Note

Jackie Westerfield, head of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL, shares some science-based tips on the best ways for students to study.

Why We Hold the Line
Byron Hulsey, head of Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, VA, discusses the difficult but necessary realities of maintaining a school's high standards of conduct. 
The Cannon School in Concord, NC, shares a powerful letter of appreciation to teachers for the important work they do.

Polly Robb, middle school head at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, shares the top nine insights her middle school teachers want parents to know about their children's development.

Keith Evans, head of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, shares highlights from a visit to a sister school, Mount Kenya Academy, in Nyeri, Kenya.

Tweets of Note
Administrative Leadership Institute 
Emory Conference Center & Hotel | Atlanta, GA
June 17-19, 2015
Event Details
Earlybird registration deadline is May 25. 
Trends in Education
Catch up on education topics in the news! Here are some articles that have been circulating in the independent school world.
Institute for Heads 
Airlie | Warrenton, VA
June 24-26, 2015
Event Details
Earlybird registration deadline is May 25.