Letter from the President
Steve Robinson, Ph.D.

Here we are again, graduations and the end of school behind us. We've had the Memorial Day weekend to relax and reflect, and I imagine you are already thinking about your plans for summer and the coming year.

This end of year was especially poignant as it marks the end of my tenure as the president of SAIS. I cannot express what a remarkable privilege it has been to lead your association and represent independent schools. I have treasured the many opportunities I've had to learn about you and your schools, as well as the ability to take part in conversations about the future of education. Just eight years ago when I started this position, we faced an uncertain climate and many daunting changes in technology, parental expectations, and school business models. As the dust settles in the economy, independent schools are poised to be leaders in our field, preparing young minds to be the future leaders of our country and world. So while I am sad to leave this position, I could not be more excited about what this next chapter holds for all of us. 

With respect and gratitude,

Dr. Steve Robinson
SAIS Summer Events: Which One is For You? 

Still finalizing plans for summer? Sign up for one of SAIS's many institutes and get your career moving in the right direction! Whether you are a new teacher, a seasoned administrator, an assistant to the head, or the head of school, SAIS would like to partner with you in your development. Moreover, SAIS events allow you to expand your professional network while brainstorming with colleagues. Get outside of your classroom, school, or office and see what other leaders are doing in the field of independent schools.  >>Read more.  >>Visit our events page to sign up!

2015 SAIS Institute for Heads
The earlybird deadline is June 3!

The 2015 SAIS Institute for Heads will take place on 
June 24-26 at Airlie in Warrenton, VA, less than an hour from Dulles. This unique program combines the wit and wisdom of Michael Thompson and Rob Evans and is 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. 
SAIS Undertakes Strategic Planning Process

At its summer meeting, the board of trustees will begin work on a new strategic plan for the association. Ian Symmonds of Ian Symmonds & Associates will be serving as a consultant to the group. Once the plan is in draft form, the trustees will seek reactions from member schools with the goal of sharing the major features of the plan at the annual conference. Dennis Manning (Norfolk Academy) who serves as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee commented:  "This is a dynamic moment for SAIS as we emerge from a national search with a sense of excitement and confidence about the impressive, seasoned and visionary leadership that Kirk Walker, our new president, will bring to SAIS. Our board, with the involvement and investment of our full membership, wants to develop a strategic plan that will guide the organization to even greater heights."

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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 www.sais.org/events . Also, plan ahead for 2016 at www.sais.org/2016. 

SAIS Welcomes New Member Schools in 2015 

SAIS is thrilled to welcome new members to its independent school network in 2015! Please take a chance to become familiar with these excellent schools and connect with them at future events. >>Read more.
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'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.
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.  
SAIS Summer Events
Institute for Heads
2015 Calendar of Events
SAIS Welcomes New Member Schools
Retiring in 2015?
Virtual Tribute to Steve Robinson
WANTED: Your School's Logo
Blogs of Note

Gil Perl, head of Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis, TN, shares an infographic outlining the future of Judaic studies in the classroom.

A Full Life
Ian Craig, head of Harding Academy in Nashville, TN, shares how seeing the best in others and cherishing each day can lead to a fulfilling life. 
Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, FL, shares five ways students and teachers can make the most of the summer.

Jill Gough, director of teaching and learning at Trinity School in Atlanta, GA, shares how teachers and schools can break familiar constraints to affect change. 

Jennifer Carey, director of educational technology at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, FL, shares tips for using infographics in the classroom.

Tweets of Note
Administrative Leadership Institute
 The earlybird deadline is 
May 29!

Emory Conference Center & Hotel | Atlanta, GA

June 17-19, 2015
Event Details 
Trends in Education
Catch up on education topics in the news! Here are some articles that have been circulating in the independent school world.
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