Hi Friends:

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing some of the clergy associated with our schools for our podcast. (Make sure to click below if you would like to subscribe.) Fr. Josh Woods (St. David's, San Antonio) reminded me that our word for "religion" comes from the idea of "connecting"--think of a ligament or a tendon. At the core, our faith is about deeper connections--deeper connections with our God, deeper connections with the world God created, and specifically deeper connections with each other. Our faith prepares us for this holy work.

This is the same holy work facing Episcopal schools in this moment. At a time when the world feels very disconnected, the things that you are doing in your community are providing the all-important "reconnection" that people desperately need.

Several heads have expressed anxiety to me about whether or not they will be able to maintain the special connectedness of the community during this challenging time. I propose that you are already doing that. True, it's not the exact same as when we were all physically together. As Fr. Woods also noted, however, spending time comparing ourselves to others or comparing the current times to past times might not be helpful in the moment.

I would encourage you to keep doing what you are doing--and that's putting yourself out there to connect with your people in a real and genuine way. Keep saying "yes" to the challenge.

Please know of my prayers and how I stand in awe of the things your are accomplishing each and every day.

With blessings,

The Coronavirus Resource Page contains a curated library of articles, advisories, and webinars to help you and your school navigate the many issues that the pandemic has presented. Recently added items include:

  • Information relating to the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program
  • Resources from the SBA on applying for the Payroll Protection Program
  • Resources from the Enrollment Management Association
  • Distance Learning resources from the Global Online Academy

Also, Heads of School can access the password-protected Heads Discussion Board for additional support and discussion. Please contact the SAES office if you need assistance.
NAES/SAES Heads of School
Zoom Chat #3
May 20, 2020
3:30 pm (CST)
David Madison, Executive Director of SAES, and Dan Heischman, Executive Director of NAES, will host a Zoom call-in of Episcopal school heads. This will be an opportunity for schools heads across the country to check in with each other, as we have been busy making the switch to online learning and seeking to preserve our unique mission and culture as Episcopal schools in the midst of this transition.

While the agenda is flexible, we are interested in the following questions:

1. What have been some of the challenges of your school community over the past two months?
2. What have been some of the experiences that have been most meaningful and satisfying?
3. What are some of the ways in which you have been able to leverage your Episcopal identity in responding to this crisis?

Dr. Lisa Pena
Keynote Speaker

JUNE 25-26, 2020
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.
David Epstein
Keynote Speaker
OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
"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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