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Athletic Directors Conference
January 16-17, 2018
Charlotte Executive Park 5700 Westpark Dr, Charlotte NC 28217

A professional development opportunity for new and experienced athletic directors from across the region. Learn alongside colleagues as you discuss leadership, communications, and best practices unique to the culture of an independent school athletic department. Take advantage of this focused workshop to discover solutions to current issues and stay informed on the latest trends.

Finance Institute
January 16-17, 2018
Charlotte Executive Park 5700 Westpark Dr, Charlotte NC 28217

An overview of independent school finance for aspiring and early career heads of school. Informative and engaging sessions will be led by financial professionals and independent school leaders. Enjoy opportunities to discuss and reflect with colleagues as you learn to make sense of your school's financial landscape.

March 7, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Stop by SAIS booth #905 in the exhibit hall and also our reception on Wednesday night.

Leadership Retreat
April 23-24, 2018
Embassy Suites Downtown, 501 South 4th St, Louisville KY 40202
Pushing Our Horizons: How Do We Tackle the Big, Hairy Challenges of the Next 20 Years?
An opportunity for leaders to sharpen their skills in today’s evolving educational landscape that will go beyond “why” and focus on “how” change can best be accomplished in a setting that is often change-resistant. Led by Grant Lichtman, an internationally-recognized K-12 transformation thought leader, attendees will work together as they imagine futures that may look very different from the past and build a capacity and comfort with ongoing change. Participants will examine what it means to shift schools from being teaching organizations to learning organizations, which traditions are important to preserve, and which traditions hamper this shift to a long-term growth mindset.

Institute for New Heads
June 13-15, 2018
Atlanta, GA

An informative program preparing administrators for a successful transition to headship. The Institute for New Heads offers an opportunity to build a supportive network and gain valuable leadership skills. Learn from experienced heads as you acquire the tools needed to be an effective leader including: best practices for working with the board, personnel, and parents; developing a strategic plan; issues related to budgeting, finance, and fundraising; and managing the media.

Institute for Heads
June 19-22, 2018
Asheville, NC
This energizing and nurturing retreat offers an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and engagement with colleagues on key issues facing heads of school and their spouses. The number of participants is limited to foster connections and allow for contributions from all attendees. Featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson.

Dean of Students Symposium
June 27-29, 2018
Asheville, NC
A program designed specifically for deans of students. Develop a network of peers, discuss best practices on current issues, and gather practical ideas from colleagues. Learn from experienced deans and work with focused groups to share specific challenges and solutions for middle and upper school students.
Division Heads Conference
June 27-29, 2018
Asheville, NC
Designed for those that lead from the middle, the new Division Head Conference offers networking, skill building, and resources for division heads at all grade levels and years of experience. Learn together in small groups, discover new strategies, and celebrate successes around topics such as curriculum, assessment, scheduling, working with faculty, and communicating with parents.
Institute for Administrative Assistants
June 27-29, 2018
Asheville, NC

This program provides resources and tips for the varied tasks included in the administrative support role. Learn practical strategies for handling the types of issues related to supporting a school administrator. Network with other assistants to share time-saving tricks and proven solutions.
Administrative Leadership Institute
June 27-29, 2018
Asheville, NC

This workshop helps develop your leadership style and expand your management skills. Gain a new perspective on what it means to be a leader in an independent school with practical techniques and real-life solutions. Featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson.

Institute for New Teachers: Public to Private
July 12-13, 2018
Atlanta, GA

This program is designed for experienced public school teachers who are making the move to an independent school. Teachers attending this seminar should have at least three years of teaching experience in a public school setting. To support a smooth transition, topics include the unique culture of an independent school, working and communicating within the school community, navigating HR/legal issues, and balancing new responsibilities with a healthy home life.


Institute for New Teachers
Atlanta, GA | July 9-11, 2018
Charlotte, NC | July 16-18, 2018
Nashville, TN | July 24-26, 2018

This interactive experience will equip new teachers with the skills and understanding to guide and support their first years. Participants will present a videotaped sample lesson to a small peer group. Guided by an experienced educator, discussion will focus on strengths and opportunities observed during the lesson. New teachers will learn best practices for lesson development, parent communication, and classroom management. They will address anticipated challenges and difficult conversations through real-life scenarios and role play.


Board/Head Retreat
October 14, 2018
Charleston, SC

Designed to strengthen the communication and partnership between the head of school and members of the board, this program offers the opportunity to collaborate on current challenges and identify common goals for the success of the school.


Annual Conference
October 14-16, 2018
Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston SC 29403

An informative, innovative, and comprehensive opportunity for independent school leaders to gather and discover proven strategies and emerging trends. Drawing over 300 administrators from across the Southeast, join us as we delve into hot topics and relevant issues. Attend sessions that fill in gaps in your experience, converse with leaders from schools with a similar size and budget, and learn from top-notch keynotes.

Accreditation Workshops & Chair Training

Accreditation Workshops | for school coordinator, steering committee chair, etc
Dates & info here

Accreditation Chair Training | for current and potential visiting team chairs
Dates & info here


Other Events / Virtual Bulletin Board

Check out our virtual bulletin board for info about events of interest to the independent school community, not hosted by SAIS.



Payment is required by credit card at the time of registration.

Please note the cancellation policy for each event.  After the cancellation deadline has passed, no refunds can be processed.  For some programs, replacement registrants are welcomed. 

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Athletic Directors Conference
January 16-17, 2018 | Charlotte, NC
A professional development opportunity for new and experienced athletic directors from across the region.

Finance Institute
January 16-17, 2018 | Charlotte, NC
An overview of independent school finance for aspiring and early career heads of school.

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