2016 SAIS EVENT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Visit www.sais.org/events
Letter from the President
Kirk Walker, Ph.D.
Keeping Up With Bells, Schedules, and Uniforms: A Day in the Life of a School
By Christina Mimms, SAIS

The daily aspects of school life, such as bells, schedules, and uniforms, don't wow people like a shiny new STEM building or a talented artist in residence. They do, however, impact every student every day, and thus impact the actual learning taking place on campus. Many schools have dramatically changed their bell system, their daily academic schedule, and their uniform policies to improve how students and faculty function each day to align better with their goals for learning, as well as with their overall missions. >>Read more. 
You Have a Brain: 
A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. 
By Dr. Ben Carson
Reviewed by Josh LutkusDean of Students for grades 5-12 at Gaston Day School in Gastonia, NC

I am not a big follower of politics, but I would have had to be living under a rock to have not heard of Ben Carson. This instantly became a case of judging a book by its cover or better yet, judging a book by its author. It reminded me of all the times my upper school students relayed their disdain for reading Shakespeare or Hemingway, again. I, like they, and probably all of us at some point, was making a judgment without even opening the cover of You Have A Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.  >>Read more.
Engaging Parents @School 
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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.

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 Institute for the Head's Assistant

Featuring Michael Thompson, Rob Evans, and other panelists, this second annual event will focus on the role of supporting the head of school and division heads, as well as the challenges and innovations of this position. Attendees will learn more about the psychology of the relationship between the head and the assistant, and enjoy role-playing and collaboration with peers. "I remember feeling very empowered," said 2015 attendee Lisa Edenfield, executive assistant to the head at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, VA. "I had the tools and ideas that I knew would help me be successful. I'm definitely coming again this year." 
Join your colleagues June 14-15, 2016, in Atlanta. >>More information. >>Register here.
2016 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat
Attendees at 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 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. 
2016 Accreditation Workshops 
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2016 Calendar of Events
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 
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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 

Now is the time to use NAIS DASL data to plan for next year. Do you need benchmark salary information? SAIS can help teach you how to use this powerful tool. Contact Damian Kavanagh at SAIS, (404) 918-8850 or [email protected].

Keeping Up With Bells, Schedules, and Uniforms
Book Review
Engaging Parents @School
Lunch and Learn
Institute for the Head's Assistant
Heads Leadership Retreat
Accreditation Workshops
WANTED: Your School's Logo
Tweets of Note
SAIS Featured School
 Hilton Head Preparatory School

Hilton Head Preparatory School is a co-educational college preparatory independent school with approximately 400 students in grades junior kindergarten through 12. >>Read more.

Would you like to be an SAIS Featured School? Contact [email protected].
Blogs of Note
Tweets of Note
NAIS, STEM activities, Barbara Bush at her alma mater, Black History Month and more! 

Just Say Cheese: 
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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.