Revamping Pre-planning
By Christina Mimms, SAIS
After leaders at Atlanta’s  Davis Academy  heard some rumblings about dissatisfaction following the school’s pre-planning program last fall, they decided to conduct an all-faculty survey to get to the root of the problem. Although the results did not show a clear consensus, responses to one key question led the administration to introduce innovative changes to this year’s pre-planning sessions. 
FastStats 2018: Essential Questions for Trustees
By Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, Head of School, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN
For this first FastStats of 2018-2019, a strategy and process are presented that help the head of school keep trustees up-to-speed on the answers to  essential questions . I have found that keeping a list of essential questions, and the data that answers the questions, to be helpful.
Company Profile: Mills Uniform Company
For more than 70 years, Mills Uniform Company has provided a top-quality experience for customers all over the U.S. Knowing that the independent school parents who shop at Mills retail locations or online have certain expectations, the company aims to create a positive shopping experience on all platforms.
SAIS Needs You! How to Join an Accreditation Team
The people behind an accreditation review perform highly important work for SAIS member schools. The visiting team commends a school for its many accomplishments, provides valuable insight and advice, and helps a school with its growth plan. People visiting from outside the school community offer a fresh perspective that schools undergoing accreditation generally enjoy and appreciate. The team members also gain ideas and typically enjoy the experience so much that they are eager to serve again. Are you ready to join a visiting team? 
Book Review of "Leading Change Together: Developing Educator Capacity Within Schools and Systems" by Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano
Reviewed by Dr. Mary McPherson, Elementary School Principal, St. Martin's Episcopal School, Atlanta
Schools are for children. This is a simple statement and one that is (or should be) inherently true. What we, as administrators tend to neglect as we focus on developing children to be the best within the time we have them is fostering growth among the adults who have the greatest influence over that development - classroom educators.
SAIS Featured School: Seacrest Country Day School, Naples, FL
Seacrest Country Day School is an early childhood through grade 12 independent school in Naples, FL, committed to fueling intellectual engagement, teaching ownership of the educational experience, cultivating quality of character, and inspiring students to lead lives of significance.
It's time to register for the
2018 SAIS Annual Conference!
October 14-16 | Charleston, SC
Join us in Charleston, SC, for the
2018 SAIS Annual Conference!
Sessions include:
Imagine 2028: Next Gen Schools, Moral and Practical Leadership in Contentious Times, and Branding is More Than Your School's Logo.

Price increases September 22!
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2019 SAIS Calendar of Events

We are offering three new programs in 2019:
  • Auxiliary Programs Conference, January 27-29, Nashville
  • Academic Support Conference, January 27-29, Nashville
  • Independent School Counselors Conference, June 10-11, Atlanta
Registration for the new programs will open soon. Check out the 2019 SAIS Calendar for more information.
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It's Time to Enter DASL Data!
It’s time to submit your school’s information to the NAIS DASL ( Data and Analysis for School Leadership ) database . Benchmark and compare your data with other schools regarding tuition, enrollment, demographics, and more. The deadline is October 10.
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