2016 SAIS EVENT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Visit www.sais.org/events
Letter from the President
Kirk Walker, Ph.D.
Setting Up a Successful Succession 
The Last Season:
A Father, a Son, and
a Lifetime of College Football
By Stuart Stevens
Reviewed by Jay Watts, Assistant Director of Athletics, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta

Few things are as iconic as college football in the Deep South, especially to those who grow up with it all around them. In The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football, Stuart Stevens tells a story about his journey to see every Ole Miss football game in the 2013 season. Stevens, who was a part of the presidential campaign for Republican Mitt Romney in 2012, is not undertaking this adventure solely for the love of the Rebels, however. After decades of hard work and being away from home, the author, at age 60, is using these gridiron expeditions to reconnect with his 95-year-old father. The Last Season chronicles Stevens' experience of staying with his parents throughout the football season to recapture much more than just the glory of football seasons now passed, but the unique bond between a father and his son. >>Read more.
Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grant Recipient Report: Bodine School

In the next five issues of SAIS HeadLines, reports from the 2015 Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grant recipients will be published. These reports detail the programs funded by the grant program.
Now in its fourth decade of serving Mid-South children with dyslexia and their families, Bodine School in Germantown, TN, is leveraging its experience and resources to dramatically increase literacy throughout the Memphis area by addressing the unique needs of functionally dyslexic young people in our public schools. >>Read more.
FastStats: Heads of Schools

In this FastStats, an analysis of important head of school data is presented. The purpose is to reveal trends over time and to provide heads with some valuable comparative data. The analysis has two parts. The first will summarize seminal demographic variables including experience, gender, race/ethnicity, and teaching duties to determine how they have shifted over time. The second will assess how both salary and other compensation have trended over time. >>Read more.
Submit a Proposal for the 2016 SAIS Annual Conference

Proposals are currently being accepted for breakout sessions for the
2016 SAIS Annual Conference which will be held Oct 22-24 in Atlanta. The deadline is April 5. Please submit your proposal using this formPlease contact Lori Spear with any questions at [email protected].
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. 
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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.

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 SAIS Institute for Heads

Take advantage of a unique opportunity for heads of school and spouses at the SAIS Institute for Heads, June 21-24, 2016 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, FL. This engaging, energizing, and nurturing retreat offers an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and engagement with colleagues on key issues facing school heads. Featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson, heads can dig into the topics that only other heads of school can understand. "In this particular setting, we come together and talk about what really matters," said Arch McIntosh, head of Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, NC. "No event has a greater impact on my personal and professional life, and it's the only thing I attend where my wife feels like an equal partner."
As part of the Institute for Heads, heads and their spouses may attend optional sessions that look at the personal side of leadership: the challenges of being the "first couple," the particular burdens for spouses, partners, and children of heads, and more. Select spouses also may participate in a panel discussion with Q&A time.  
"I always leave this event feeling like I received twice the value for the investment of time and money - three days of a good conference and three days of good therapy!" McIntosh said. "The timing is great and allows me perspective at the end of each school year."
Join us at Amelia Island, June 21-24!  >>More information.  >>Register here.
2016 Accreditation Workshops 
Call for SAIS Board of Trustee Nominations

Nominations for the SAIS Board of Trustees are now being accepted. To nominate yourself or someone else, please review this information about board service. Please submit your nomination by May 17 here.

The board is responsible for the supervision, control, and direction of the association.  According to the bylaws, trustees must be heads of SAIS member schools. The board seeks to represent geographic diversity as well as diversity of school mission and a variety of other factors. Review the current board of trustees here.

The SAIS Committee on Trustees will process the nominations and review the nominees. The slate will be presented for approval by the membership at the SAIS annual business meeting, which takes place at the SAIS Annual Conference, October 22-24, 2016, in Atlanta. New trustees will begin their terms on January 1, 2017. Submit a nomination for the SAIS Board of Trustees here.
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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].

Successful Successions
Book Review
Collaboration Grant Report
FastStats on Heads of Schools
Submit a Proposal for the SAIS Annual Conference
Heads Leadership Retreat
Lunch and Learn
Institute for Heads
Accreditation Workshops
SAIS Trustee Nominations
WANTED: Your School's Logo
Tweets of Note
SAIS Featured School
 Epiphany School of Global Studies

The Epiphany School of Global Studies is an independent, co-educational K-12 school located in the heart of New Bern, NC. Founded in 2006 by Nicholas and Catherine Sparks, Epiphany is young and thriving, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Anchored in the Judeo-Christian commandment to Love God and Your Neighbor as Yourself, Epiphany is a college-preparatory, globally focused school where dynamic and innovative learning stretches beyond the classroom walls. >>Read more.

Would you like to be an SAIS Featured School? Contact [email protected].
Blogs of Note
Tweets of Note
Marshmallows, yoga, and kudos for several students.  

Just Say Cheese: 
Your Photos Wanted!

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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.
Technical Assistance Services: Benchmarking and Bylaws

Now is the time to use NAIS DASL data to plan for next year. Do you need benchmark salary information? SAIS can help and can teach you how to use this powerful tool. 
Do your bylaws need a refresh? We have read quite a number and are happy to read yours and will provide suggestions on aligning your bylaws with your aspirations of being and remaining a strategically effective board. 
Contact Damian Kavanagh at SAIS, (404) 918-8850 or dam[email protected].
NAIS Webinar

NAIS is offering a free webinar to all independent schools on the subject of 
Preventing and Investigating Educator Sexual Misconduct on April 14, 2016, 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Presenters: Laura Kirschstein, Vice President of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division, T&M Protection Resources, and Debra Wilson, NAIS General Counsel
This presentation will explore the following questions and more:

What can schools do to mitigate the possible appearance and actions of a predator?
If an allegation is made, what are the steps that all schools must take?

What can we learn from past claims and experiences?
The webinar is an NAIS member benefit that is being extended to the members of other independent school associations. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact NAIS at [email protected] or (202) 973-9700.

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