SAES NOTES - MARCH 2020
Hi Friends:

This is a period of heightened anxiety due to all of the questions surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. While we have not been informed of any confirmed cases in our schools, this is the time for planning and preparing.

To those ends, we have curated a variety of resources to help you navigate the questions popping up quickly around the topic of keeping our communities healthy and safe. You can locate the resources from our home page (under the "News" section). Or, simply click on the link below.

First and foremost, I would recommend that you maintain contact with your local or county health agency. That will be a critical source of information should the outbreak become an issue in your city or community. Make sure that you are up to date on the advisories and notices released to the public as the local situation can change very quickly. Being informed is critical.

Next, I would recommend that you begin exploring questions around how to maintain continuity of education should you experience an extended closure. There are a variety of strategies you can deploy regardless of the age of the students in your community. It would be prudent for leadership teams/crisis response teams to explore that question now as opposed to a day or two before such a closure or before increased absenteeism affects your school. Take a look at the articles on our resource page if you would like some guidance.

Finally, don't hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance. SAES will continue to monitor the situation alongside our partner organizations around the globe.

Stay safe!

With blessings,
David+

SAES EVENTS
Goal Setting: Critical for Heads and Boards Alike
March 12, 2020
12:00 Noon (CST)
 
Goals are a necessity in school management. Goals provide a roadmap for school leadership and also provide a way to evaluate the performance of the head. The webinar explores practical advice for the conversations needed in order to set goals for the upcoming year. The role of the strategic plan as well as a “Head Support and Evaluation Committee” will also be explored.

Thoughts on a Dynamic Annual Fund
Faculty Members
March 13, 2020
12:00 Noon (CST)
 
Experienced school leaders understand that tuition only pays a portion of the cost to educate a child in an Episcopal school. Do our stakeholders understand that? In this webinar, we will explore the “case” for the Annual Fund and also look at practical steps you can take now to make sure that next year’s Annual Fund is the most successful in your school’s history. Get ready to break records!

Dallas, TX


Contact:
Karla K. Wigley
Director of Advancement
St. John's Episcopal School
210-328-9131 x105
St. John's Episcopal School
Partners With Teach For America

March 5, 2020
St. John’s Episcopal School and Teach for America DFW will host an in-depth conversation about cultivating young leaders, colloquially known as Gen Z, on March 5. This invitation-only event will include independent school thought leaders, respected community influencers and TFA alumni from throughout the DFW area.

St. John’s collaboration with Teach for America, a renowned leadership development organization, marks the first time that TFA has joined with an independent school to extend its reach. This pioneering experience is the first step in building a strong relationship that will affect future educational leaders.
Dr. Lisa Pena
Keynote Speaker
EARLY LEARNING CONFERENCE
JUNE 25, 2020
8:30 am - 3:00 pm CST

ALL SAINTS' EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
FORT WORTH, TX
Dr. Lisa Peña is a Today Show Parenting Team contributor and the founder of The M.o.C.h.A.(TM) Tribe which stands for (M)oms (o)f (C)hildren that (h)ave (A)utism. She is the author behind The M.o.C.h.A. Tribe Diaries which is a website/blog devoted to squashing the idea that autism has a single story. She is passionate about working with educators on the front lines of serving students and is looking forward to sharing her research and strategies. She is a mother of a child with an incredibly unique subset of autism called pathological demand avoidance (PDA). Dr. Peña is a proud coach's wife, a clinical pharmacist, a passionate public speaker, and a busy mom of three who happily resides in South Padre Island, TX.
New Law Affecting Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship (Oklahoma) 
Governor Stitt has signed HB 1230 into law. This law addresses private schools that participate in the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program. Moving forward, those schools participating in this program will be subject to additional paperwork and reporting requirements to the Oklahoma Department of Education. Further, the law requires the Department to post some of this information on their website for public access. 
 
If your school participates in this program, please be aware of the new law and its implications on your school. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Fr. Madison.
SAVE THE DATE!
David Epstein
Keynote Speaker
2021 BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
THE WESTIN GALLERIA
HOUSTON, TX
"Range is an urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance."--Daniel Pink

"I want to give Range to any kid who is being forced to take violin lessons--but really wants to learn the drums."
--Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World

David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World , and of the bestseller The Sports Gene . He has master's degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated . His thesis explores how students prepared to be generalists as opposed to specialists are primed to excel.

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ACCREDITATION NEWS

The SAES Standards Committee and the Board of Directors voted in June of 2017 to change the finance standard (F.3) regarding audits and reviews. The announcement about the change was made to all Heads of School in August 2017, published as pending each year in the  Standards of the Association, and due to take effect with the coming 2020-2021 school and budget year.  
 
As you finalize the budgeting process for 20-21, be aware that your school may be affected. The new standard reads:
 
(Beginning 2020-2021) Every year, the school’s Board of Trustees will engage an independent certified public accounting firm to perform an audit with an accompanying management letter. A school with an annual revenue of less than $1,000,000 may alternate annually between an audit and a review.  

Schools are required to comply with the new standard beginning EOY 2021. Please contact Jeanie Stark ( jstark@swaes.org ) for further information.

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