Top Trends in Independent Education  
*2015 SAIS Annual Conference Preview*
Laptops for every student. Google classrooms. Student ambassadors. Teacher Twitter accounts. These are just a few of the recent trends that schools have examined and sometimes incorporated into their curriculums or programs. Are they destined to be permanent fixtures on campuses or are they merely flash-in-the-pan moments? Hear from Ian Symmonds, president and director of strategic services for Ian Symmonds & Associates and 2015 SAIS Annual Conference keynote speaker. >>Read more.  >>Register for the 2015 SAIS Annual Conference. 
Join Us for the 2015 SAIS Board/Head Retreat 
Are you an INTJ or an ENFP? That's not a pickup line - it's a reference to the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or personality test. Believed to reveal how people perceive others and their decision-making style, the MBTI will play a role at this year's SAIS Board/Head Retreat, led by Pat Bassett on October 17. Attendees are asked to submit their profile along with their registration. Prior to the retreat, Bassett, the president & senior consultant for Heads Up Education Consulting and former president of NAIS, will analyze the profiles to determine assets and deficits, insights and blind spots among the school leaders. >>Read more.  >>Register for the 2015 SAIS Board/Head Retreat. 
Inspiring Creativity  
*2015 SAIS Annual Conference Preview*
With myriad information about learning and the brain and new cognitive research available in recent years, it can be challenging to wade through and determine what is most relevant for shaping the minds of young people. How can school leaders turn their students into great thinkers who know how to analyze, how to work through problems and how to be effective in their own way? This topic will be the subject of Rick Wormeli's keynote address at the 2015 SAIS Annual Conference. >>Read more.  >>Register for the 2015 SAIS Annual Conference. 
& Associates
In a school's lifetime, its community members will celebrate anniversaries, successes, and, inevitably, the retirement or departure of colleagues. Decades-long tenures are rare, which leaves schools frequently filling vacancies for high-level positions such as heads of schools, principals, and advancement officers. Many schools turn to Carney, Sandoe & Associates to assist them with identifying potential candidates - and have experienced great success with their services. >>Read more. 
Retiring in 2016?A blue nametag sticker with the words Hello I Am Retired to illustrate that you are done with your career and are living off a pension or 401k or other retirement savings
If you are a head of school who will be retiring at the end of the 2015-16 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.
2015 SAIS Annual Conference 
October 17-19
Crowne Plaza Ravinia | 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd | Atlanta, GA 30346
Saturday, October 17
  • 10:00-4:00 PM - Board/Head Retreat (separate registration required at
  • 1:00-5:00 PM - Chair Training Workshop
  • 4:00-7:00 PM - Registration Desk Open
  • 5:30-7:00 PM - Opening Reception - sponsored by FLIK
Sunday, October 18
  • 9:00-10:00 AM - Breakfast Buffet + Exhibit Booths Open
  • 10:00-11:30 AM - Breakout Sessions
    • FEATURED TRACK: The Amazing Minds You're Missing Out On - sponsored by SCHOOLADMIN
    • Business Thinking / Engineering Thinking / Design Thinking: Strategy & Board Development 
    • Leadership & the Uses of Market Research
    • Leveraging New Media Trends to Engage Constituents
    • Highlights from the SAIS Steve Robinson Collaboration Grants
  • 11:30-12:00 PM - Break + Exhibit Booths Open
  • 12:00-1:45 PM - Lunch + Annual Business Meeting
  • 2:00-3:30 PM - Breakout Sessions
    • LGBTQ Issues & Independent Schools
    • A Crash Course in Major Gift Fundraising
    • FEATURED TRACK: Leadership Team Development & the Birkman Method - sponsored by SCHOOLADMIN
    • Six Game Changers for Your Marketing Strategy
    • The Broader Systemic Implications of the 21st Century School
  • 3:30-4:00 PM - Break + Exhibit Booths Open - sponsored by MARKEL
  • 4:00-5:30 PM - Keynote - Ian Symmonds - sponsored by CARNEY, SANDOE & ASSOCIATES
  • 5:30-7:00 PM - Reception + Exhibit Booths Open - sponsored by BRACEWELL & GIULIANI LLP
Monday, October 19
  • 7:30-9:00 AM - Breakfast Buffet + Exhibit Booths Open
  • 7:45-8:45 AM - Breakout Sessions "Meet & Eat"
    • FEATURED TRACK: Lost in Connection: The Impact of Technology on Childhood, Family Life, & Education - sponsored by FOLLETT
    • Collaborative & Innovative Learning Spaces
    • Making Effective Technology Decisions
    • Hey, That's My Name! Best Practices for Protecting Your Schools Brand
    • Boosting Enrollment Through Inbound Marketing
    • Current & Coming Legal Topics
    • Brand Diaries: The Making of a Mount Vernon Mom
    • Building an Ethical Community in Your School
    • Roundtable - Middle School Heads
  • 9:00-10:30 AM - Keynote - Rick Wormeli - Cultivating Personal Creativity -sponsored by TADS
  • 10:30-11:00 AM - Break + Exhibit Booths Open
  • 11:00-12:00 PM - Breakout Sessions
    • FEATURED TRACK: Mary Had a Little iPad: Rebooting K-8 Education in the Digital Age - sponsored by FOLLETT
    • Practical Cognitive Science Principles for Differentiated Instruction with Rick Wormeli
    • It's a Trans New World: Creating Safe Spaces for Transgender Students
    • Independent Schools in the New Economy: Re-Imagining Sustainability
    • Schools Must Think & Act Like a Brand
    • Current & Coming Legal Topics
    • Leading with Trust
    • Access, Affordability, & the Competition Facing Independent Schools
    • Governance & School Sustainability
  • 12:00-12:45 PM - Lunch + Exhibit Booths Open
  • 1:00-1:45 PM - Breakout Sessions
    • FEATURED TRACK: The Big Disconnect: Your Students in Class & Your Students Online (Grades 9-12) - sponsored by FOLLETT
    • Advancement Team Self Knowledge & Team Building
    • Roundtable: Small Schools
    • 2,300 Parents Tell All: Realities of the Changed Admission Funnel
    • Can You Be a Successful Head of School?
    • The Technology Director on the Academic Team?!
    • Take Action & Create Positive Change
    • Smartphones, Tablets, & Laptops, Oh My!
  • 1:45-2:00 PM - Break
  • 2:00-2:45 PM - Breakout Sessions
    • Got Grit: The Call to Educate Smart, Savvy, & Socially Intelligent Students in the Digital Age (all ages)
    • 10 Tidbits You Should Know About Independent School Law
    • Google Apps Create a Collaborative School Culture
    • What to Do When Your School Is Thrust in a Scandal
    • Survival Guide for Building Programs
    • Roundtable - Special Needs Schools
    • Roundtable - Lower School Heads
    • Roundtable - Upper School Heads
  • 3:00 PM - Conference Adjourns 
Featured speakers include:
Rick Wormeli, Ian Symmonds, Catherine Steiner-Adair
                Rick Wormeli                         Catherine Steiner-Adair                     Ian Symmonds
             Monday Keynote                       Monday Featured Track                      Sunday Keynote
 $450 (until October 13)

The registration fee includes all sessions plus these meals:
Saturday reception / Sunday breakfast, lunch, reception / Monday breakfast & lunch
SAIS has a room block at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia. Don't forget to reserve your hotel room online or by phone at (800) 554-0055. Please note that SAIS does not use a housing bureau; you should make your reservation directly with the hotel.

Sponsors & Exhibitors:


Top Trends in Independent Education
2015 SAIS Board/Head Retreat
Inspiring Creativity
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
Retiring in 2016?
2015 SAIS Annual Conference
Blogs of Note
Tweets of Note
Benchmarking Data Collection
On-Site Board Workshops
Blogs of Note
Henri Helstowski and Nichole Knapp, teachers at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, take us inside a new classroom approach.

Jay Underwood, head of High Meadows School in Roswell, GA, reflects on the wisdom of the school's co-founder.

Amber Chandler, English language arts teacher at Frontier Middle School in Hamburg, NY, shares three mistakes you don't want to make as a mentor.

Hannah Little, library director at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN, writes about the ever-changing landscape of social media high schoolers use. 

Tweets of Note
STEM topics, a color run, a boys' chorus sings "Carolina on My Mind," & the top 21 signs you're a 21st century principal. 
Benchmarking Data Collection
It's time to enter your data into DASL by NAIS. We are not collecting this important statistical information and encourage all schools, regardless of NAIS membership to enter data. When you need a benchmark on salary or student ratios or operational expenditures, you will need it. Don't delay - data entry has already started. Visit for more information and to get started.
On-Site Board Workshops
SAIS President Dr. Kirk Walker and Vice President Damian Kavanagh are available to visit your campus and conduct on-site governance workshops. 

Trusteeship for Independent Schools

New Trustee Orientation

Becoming an Outstanding Board

The Changing Landscape of Independent School Governance
Our thoughts go out to our member schools and all those who have been affected by the disastrous flooding in South Carolina.