John Edward Chubb

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. John Chubb who served as the NAIS president since 2013. The independent school community has lost a friend and colleague and the country has lost a champion of education.
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Friends, Neighbors, Rivals: Big Competition Equals Motivation to Shine  
By Christina Mimms, SAIS

Nothing beats a football Friday in the fall. Crisp weather, falling leaves, and a favorite team is ready to take the field. It's even sweeter when the opponent is the top rival, adding to the energy among the players and the fans in the stands. With school spirit at a peak, many schools capitalize on their biggest rivalry game to boost attendance, engage alumni, host events, and even solicit donors>>Read more. 
2016 SAIS Athletic Directors Conference
SAIS is hosting an Athletic Directors Conference, January 14-15, 2016, in Atlanta. Topics will include strategic leadership, marketing and social media, legal issues, and operational excellence in the athletic offerings at the school. >>More information.  >>Register here.   
An Interview with
Steve Robinson
By Christina Mimms, SAIS
After eight years as president of SAIS, in July 2015 Dr. Steve Robinson took on a new role as the canon for education for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. In this position, he supports and assists the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, with education programs, strategic planning, system development, and leadership development with the seven bilingual schools of the diocese, which serve 1,650 students>>Read more. 
The Cage-Busting Teacher 
By Frederick M. Hess  
Reviewed by Leah Slawson, English Teacher, Trinity Presbyterian School, Montgomery, AL  
At first glance, the value of Frederick Hess' book,
The Cage-Busting Teacher, for the independent school educator may not be as obvious as it should be. Though I agreed with his presuppositions that "routines, rules, and habits that exhaust teachers' time and energy" become cages to keep us from having influence beyond the classroom, and that policy-makers, though well-intentioned, further create cages by often setting "inane demands" and rewarding "good work with more work." I was initially distracted by the numerous examples from public education regarding the layers of administration and bureaucracy teachers must navigate to affect change. I found myself thinking how the lean model of independent school administration makes our job as teachers much easier and our opportunities for creativity, innovation, and leadership much greater. >>Read more. 
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2016 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
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The Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants 
The Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants were created to encourage independent schools to form new partnerships with other schools, institutions of higher education, businesses, and/or nonprofits. SAIS will annually divide a total of $25,000 among two to five member schools. Those applying must demonstrate a vision and capacity to pursue and carry out meaningful collaborations. Successful examples have demonstrated efforts that benefit the greater community or region in unique ways. SAIS will accept proposals for the 2016 Collaboration Grants until December 31, 2015. >>Read more. 
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 
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.
Your School's Logo 
Does your school's logo appear in the SAIS Online Member Directory?  If not, please send your school's logo to [email protected].
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. 
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].

Friends, Neighbors, Rivals
2016 SAIS Athletic Directors Conference
An Interview with Steve Robinson
Book Review
2016 Calendar of Events
Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants
On-Site Board Workshops
Retiring in 2016?
WANTED: Your School's Logo
SAIS Featured School
Blogs of Note
Tweets of Note
The Great Thanksgiving Listen
SAIS Featured School
Admiral Farragut Academy
Admiral Farragut Academy is a private, college-prep, boarding and day school which serves students in PreK-12th grade and is located in St. Petersburg, FL. Our Upper School, which starts in 8th grade, is known worldwide for its boarding program and Naval Science program's military structure. Farragut offers signature academic programs, including aviation, scuba, marine science, naval science, sailing, and leadership. Our students create a foundation hard to find anywhere else.  
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Would you like to be an SAIS featured school? Contact [email protected].
Blogs of Note
Annie Murphy Paul writes about how to engage students with various types of feedback.

The Rev. Peter M. Carey, chaplain at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, FL, encourages students to slow down and enjoy the here and now.

Jennifer Gonzalez shares insights about entering the teaching profession later in life.

Educational consultant Janelle McLaughlin writes about a teacher's true impact. 

Tweets of Note
Veteran's Day celebrations, a home-grown turnip, and SAIS out and about.
The Great Thanksgiving Listen
Teachers and students are invited to participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen, an oral history project of StoryCorps in partnership with NCSS, NNSTOY, NYSAIS, Teach for America, NEA, and others. On Thanksgiving weekend, high school students are asked to record an interview with a grandparent or another elder using the free StoryCorps app. With permission from the participants, the interviews will then be uploaded to the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress.

>>For more information, visit
>>Teachers may download a toolkit here.