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3rd Annual Divergent Thinking Summit

Summit School, Winston-Salem, NC
March 15, 2017
Conference participants will engage in conversations, simulations, and a hands-on idea exchange around creating a culture of thinking that fosters innovation, creativity, and design thinking in students and educators. Those who attend will discuss ways to design and sustain engaging, enriching, and rigorous learning opportunities in classrooms and designated maker spaces. Keynote Address by Mark Church - co-author of Making Thinking Visible & Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero Consultant. Conference Themes AMPLIFYING DESIGN THINKING Projects, curriculum and current practice in design thinking, making, tinkering, coding REINVENTING MATHEMATICS Innovative, authentic and motivating mathematical thinking practices that can be applied at any level STUDIO THINKING IN THE ARTS Creating and designing in the visual & performing arts, choice-based art, process and improvisation in theatre CREATING A CULTURE OF THINKING Strategies on creating a culture where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted UNLOCKING CREATIVITY THROUGH TINKERING Ideas for preparing an environment that invites whim, imagination and curiosity.
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International ELLs in the American Classroom

The Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL
April 20-22, 2017
Are you a private school leader, dean, director, counselor, or teacher who wants concrete strategies, best practices, and tools, to move your International ELLs (English language learners) forward in their linguistic, academic, and social growth? Do you seek ways to make your entire school a true hub of global understanding? This 3-day workshop is designed for school administrators and teachers with International ELLs in the classroom. Though the primary focus will be on Upper School issues, many discussions will be applicable to Middle Schools as well.
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ATLIS 2017 National Conference

Sheraton Universal City, Los Angeles, CA
April 23-26, 2017

Keynote speaker is Jaime Casap, Google Global Education Evangelist!
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Neuroscience and Education: The Connection Symposium

Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN
June 1-2, 2017
Neuroscience and Education: The Connection is a two-day summer symposium for educators and other professionals to learn about the latest research as it relates to education and evidence-based strategies for implementing this research in classrooms.
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East Alabama Technology Conference

Lee-Scott Academy, Auburn, AL
June 6, 2017
The first annual East Alabama Technology Conference will be hosted by Lee-Scott Academy on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8:30am. Registration begins at 7:30am. This conference is your chance to learn from experts, connet with peers, and grow professionally. Online registration begins Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Early bird registration fee is $110 and ends March 1st. Full registration is $130.
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NOLS - Independent School Leadership Expedition

Wind River Range, Lander, WY
June 19-23, 2017
Characterized by rugged, glacier-carved mountains and phenomenal fly fishing, the Wind River Range is the perfect setting to reflect and recharge. In this high-altitude country you will travel through valleys surrounded by towering granite peaks, patches of perennial snow, and glistening alpine lakes. Amid this natural majesty you will encounter new and challenging circumstances and as you build your competence and confidence in outdoor skills, you will explore new approaches to leadership. This 5-day expedition is designed for Independent School Leaders to collaborate with peers in a challenging and adventurous learning model. On this expedition you will encounter challenges that mirror those in your secondary school leadership teams -- communicating with your team effectively, collaborating to problem solve, impacting positive influence, and thinking strategically. Without the distractions of modern conveniences, you and your peers will share perspectives, leadership best practices, and teamwork tactics as you explore the vast wilderness of the Wind River rage. Following this expedition, you will return to your school equipped with a broader perspective of transferable skills and stories for greater leadership effectiveness.
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Catherine Cook School, Chicago, IL
June 26-28, 2017
IDEA:TE (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art: Transforming Education) is a conference that invites preschool through 12th grade educators to learn to integrate traditional and emerging technologies into their curriculum. In our state-of-the-art facility, attendees will learn in workshops with some of the leading experts in fields such as robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting, and wearable technology.
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Heads Leadership Retreat
April 3-4, 2017 | Savannah, GA
A leadership experience for heads and division heads.

Institute for Heads
June 27-30, 2017 | Palm Beach, FL
Engaging, energizing, and nurturing retreat for heads and spouses on the challenges of headship.

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Survey Center
SAIS offers a variety of value narrative surveys to its member schools.

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