Letter from the President
Kirk Walker, Ph.D.
SAIS Summer Programs an Outstanding Success 
An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education
By Tony Little
Reviewed by Damian Kavanagh, SAIS

Of the many charms of this book, principal among them, to me, is that it is written by a former head of school. Tony Little's narrative reflects the hopes and dreams we all have for school and yet may have difficulty expressing because of fear, an insufficiency of the vocabulary necessary for description, or a lack of the wisdom and perspective that only comes from a distinguished career of experiences and choices. Little gives voice to concerns and complaints about mandatory testing, well-meaning but misguided parents, and the influence of shifting societal norms. He weighs in on overprescribed adolescents and the innate value of imagination and reading.  >>Read more.
SAIS Athletic Directors Conference - Call for Proposals

SAIS is currently accepting proposals for the 2nd Annual Athletic Directors Conference to be held January 12-13, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. We are looking for sessions about leadership, gender equity, parent-coach relationships, event management, and more! Proposals are due by September 15, 2016. Submit your proposal here.
The word Events in cut out magazine letters pinned to a cork notice board. Events may refer to news
2016 SAIS 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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Technical Assistance Services:

Benchmarking and Bylaws

Now is the time to enter NAIS DASL data. This powerful tool is open to NAIS and non NAIS members. 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 [email protected].

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Summer Events Wrap-up
Book Review
SAIS Events
On-Site Board Workshops
Tweets of Note
Looking for Advice?

The SAIS listservs provide a great resource for heads and other administrators to learn how schools handle common issues, share ideas, and more.

Just recently, SAIS added listservs for Deans and for Librarians/Media Specialists

Not on our listservs? Contact [email protected] to sign up and join the conversation!    
SAIS Featured School


In May of 2016, Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, FL, celebrated Commencement for its 84-member graduating class. Among the graduates were 12 athletes committed to college teams, seven students recognized by the National Merit Program, five Scholastic Art Award winners, three national championship sailors and a U.S. Presidential Scholar nominee. Collectively the Class of 2016 completed more than 14,000 service hours over their four years of high school. As the summer comes to a close, the Shorecrest Class of 2016 will matriculate to an impressive list of 51 colleges and universities in 18 states, Washington, DC, and Canada. 
 >>Read more. 

Would you like to be an SAIS Featured School? Contact [email protected]
Blogs of Note
Drew Frank, associate head of school and principal at The Davis Academy in Atlanta, asks 'Why blog?'

Summer Reflections: Shark Week, Jaws and Learning in Infested Waters
How does the movie 'Jaws' relate to teaching? Mike Zavada, middle and upper school principal at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, AL, tells us. 

Connie White, director of learning design & innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA, writes about the anxiety associated with college applications.
Tweets of Note
Ed Fox, middle school science teacher at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, NC, entertains us with his wit and wisdom.  
Retiring in 2017? 
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 savingsIf you are a head of school who will be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 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 annually. Please complete our Legacy Club bio form.

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