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The World is Your Classroom 
 By Christina Mimms, SAIS 

Many schools boast of elaborate science labs, art classrooms with beautiful windows and natural light, and technology labs with the latest and greatest tools, but sometimes, teachers just step away from their classrooms to lead students on a journey of experiential learning - a hands-on, highly detailed adventure to take students out of the classroom, off campus, and into a larger world.  >>Read more.
How to Raise an Adult 
By Julie Lythcott-Haims
Reviewed by David Skeen, Middle School Director, Canterbury School, Greensboro, NC

If I could get a show of hands through a book review, I wonder how many of you would raise your hand if I asked if you've ever said, "I swear, I'm not THAT parent, but...." I imagine there would be quite a few hands up out there. As an educator, I swore when I became a parent I would never let that phrase enter into any parent/teacher conference I participated in. In my experience as a teacher, whatever follows this statement is, at its most innocent, an attempt to smooth their child's way by a well-meaning parent or, at its most egregious, an outright request for favor when something didn't go this parent's - err, child's - way.  >>Read more.
SAIS @ NAIS Next Week

Coming to San Francisco for the 2016 NAIS Annual Conference? Stop by and say hi! SAIS will be at booth #117 in the exhibit hall at the Moscone Convention Center. You're also invited to our reception on Thursday, February 25, in Salons 10-11 of the Yuerba Buena Ballroom on the Lower B2 Level of the Marriott Marquis. >>RSVP here.
FastStats: The Rising Cost of Independent School Tuition
By Jeffrey Mitchell, Head of School, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN

It is the season that independent schools set their tuition for the next school year. Setting tuition is perhaps the most important enrollment management decision an independent school makes.  >>Read more.
2016 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat
Attendees at the the 2016 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat should prepare for a time of collaboration, growth, and getting "Vip'd." Vipul Kapadia (aka Vips) of thinqshift will serve as facilitator at this year's retreat, April 18-19, 2016, in Asheville, NC. He is well acquainted with the challenges that school leaders face, and as a leadership coach, advisor, and consultant, he helps executive leaders to work through problems, change behavior patterns, and function with more purpose. Watch a short video about Vips' work with schools here. 
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SAIS Lunch and Learn Webinars
Join SAIS over your lunch break for a virtual seminar. You provide the lunch and we'll provide the webinar. Registration is free.  >>Register here.

Heads, Boards and Strategic Thinking
Friday, February 19, 2016: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, EST
Is your board strategically effective? How do you know? This is a presentation of ground breaking new research on organizational effectiveness of boards of trustees in independent schools. 

The CWRA and You
Friday, March 18, 2016: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, EST
Are you using data and information to improve teaching and learning? This is a look at one data source, the CWRA, and how three schools are using the results to help departments, teachers, and ultimately students improve critical thinking, reading, and writing. 

What Are All These Tests? 
Thursday, April 21, 2016: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, EST 
 There are so many tests available - and your school probably gives most or all of them. Join former NAIS Head of School and assessment expert Jonathan E. Martin for this fast-paced webinar. We'll tour more than half a dozen of the most interesting, popular, and exciting innovative and alternative assessments of student learning and perceptions of learning.
2016 Accreditation Workshops 
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2016 Calendar of Events
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 http://dasl.nais.org 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 

Book Review
Heads Leadership Retreat
Lunch and Learn Webinars
Accreditation Workshops
Calendar of Events
On-Site Board Workshops
Tweets of Note
SAIS Featured School
 Episcopal Day School

Episcopal Day School of Christ Church Parish (EDS) in Pensacola, FL, serves students from six months through 8th grade, and has welcomed children of all faiths since 1952. EDS prepares students for a life of learning and meaningful service in a diverse and global world by providing academic excellence and character formation inclusive of all of God's children and grounded in the Episcopal tradition. Our core values - 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Student-Centered, Stewardship, and Episcopal Identity - inform all programs at the school. >>Read more.
Would you like to be an SAIS Featured School? Contact [email protected]
Blogs of Note
Tweets of Note
Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day, snow days, and more! 

Your Photos Wanted!

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.