From Science Students to Scientists
By Barbara KennedyDirector of External Affairs, 
Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN
Even before the announcement that the Tennessee Aquarium would relocate its freshwater research facility to Baylor School's Chattanooga, TN, campus, Baylor's science department chair Dr. Dawn Richards and her colleagues began paving the way for advanced research experiences for highly motivated students in grades 10-12 through a new Scientific Analysis and Research Program.   >>Read more.  
 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat - April 3-4, 2017 

Andaz Savannah | Savannah, GA
Featuring Korrel Kanoy from Developmental Associates. While you've heard plenty about how to manage risk, have you considered the impact that risk type type - an inherited tendency to either take more risks or be more cautious - has on decision-making in areas ranging from expanding programs to addressing enrollment decline? Risk type is affecting you, your board, and your admin team as you consider these types of issues. You will leave the HLR better attuned to your own risk propensity and better prepared to lead others with different risk-taking profiles. Designed for your entire leadership team.
>>Read more. >>Register here. 
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance 
By Angela Duckworth
Reviewed by  Ellen Smalley,  K-6 Athletic Director, The Randolph School, Huntsville, AL

In 2009, I was the head coach of our Middle School girls soccer team. During that season, our leading scorer was also the most likely to kick the ball over the goal. Multiple times per week, I would work with her and remind her about how to position her body over the ball and with which part of her foot she should use to shoot. As a parent of three young children, I have spent the better part of the last seven years teaching my children how to do things.  Whether they are learning how to read or to tie their shoes, they do not master skills on the first try. There is failure, frustration, encouragement, repeating the cycle until they are finally successful. >>Read more. 
Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grant Report: Canterbury School
In the upcoming issues of SAIS HeadLines, reports from the 2016 Stephen P. Robinson SAIS Collaboration Grant recipients will be published. These reports detail the programs funded by the grants.
By Nicole Schutt, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Canterbury School, Greensboro, NC 
According to Georgetown University's Center for Workforce and Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers are expected to be the fastest growing employment sectors; yet, the U.S. education system is not producing enough STEM capable students to keep up with the growth. In addition, women and minorities are highly underrepresented in STEM education and careers. Not only is STEM education a national priority but North Carolina has developed a statewide STEM Education Strategic Plan. An integral part of this plan is connecting potential STEM students with institutions of higher learning, groundbreaking research, and STEM industries early to promote interest in STEM education and careers. In 2014, Canterbury School partnered with Dr. Daniel Herr at NCA&T/UNCG's Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) to create the Canterbury Summer Science Academy (CSSA).    >>Read more.
Submit Your Session Proposal for the Dean of Students Symposium 

Proposals are currently being accepted for  breakout sessions for the NEW SAIS Dean of Students Symposium, June 19-21 in Atlanta.  The deadline is May 1. Please submit your proposal  using  this form

Call for SAIS Board of Trustee Nominations

Nominations for the SAIS Board of Trustees are now being accepted. To nominate yourself or someone else, please  review this information about board service . Please submit your nomination by  May 12   here .

The SAIS Board of Trustees is responsible for the supervision, control, and direction of the association. Per the bylaws, trustees must be heads of SAIS member schools. Review the current board of trustees  here.

The SAIS Committee on Trustees will process the nominations and review the nominees. The slate will be presented for approval by the membership at the SAIS annual business meeting, which takes place at the SAIS Annual Conference, October 22-24, 2017, in Atlanta. New trustees will begin their terms on January 1, 2018. 
News from Schools

Woodward Academy's (College Park, GA) Vice President for Academic Affairs Marcia Prewitt Spiller has been awarded the 2017 Administrative Support of World Languages Award by the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG). The award recognizes school administrators who have evidenced strong and overt support for World Languages. FLAG is comprised of instructors and administrators involved in World Language teaching and the promotion of cultural understanding throughout the state of Georgia. The association works to provide educational services to its members, conduct meetings, and develop and disseminate information related to the field of World Language education.
Palmer Trinity School (Miami, FL) is proud to announce that its chaplain, the Reverend Dr. Mary Ellen Cassini, was recently honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Barry University .   Cassini was one of 10 alumni award recipients recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to society. "We are extremely proud of the Reverend Dr. Mary Ellen Cassini. Her daily life reflects Barry University's core commitment to 'knowledge and truth, an inclusive community, social justice and collaborative service' and we are pleased that she is being recognized in this way. She inspires our students at Palmer Trinity to lead lives of virtue, humanity and spirit, and she does so with the strength of her own example," stated Head of School Patrick H. F. Roberts. Cassini earned her Bachelor of Arts in history, a secondary teaching certificate, and later a Master of Arts degree in English and a Doctorate of Ministry from Barry University.  

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SAIS Wants YOUR Session Proposal by March 31

Proposals are currently being accepted for  breakout sessions for the  2017 SAIS Annual Conference   October 22-24 in Atlanta.  The deadline is March 31. Please submit your proposal  using  this form

How Engaged Are Your Students?

Student engagement is key to a positive school culture that increases achievement and decreases boredom, alienation, and drop-out rates. To bring you assessment tools that will help you improve student engagement, NAIS is again partnering with the Indiana University Center for Evaluation and Education Policy on the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) and the Middle Grades Survey of Student Engagement (MGSSE) .

HSSSE and MGSSE investigate your students' perceptions about their school work, learning environment, and interactions with the school community. After you administer the survey(s) and your information is tabulated, you will receive a comprehensive, user-friendly report. It describes your students' cognitive/intellectual/academic engagement; social/behavioral/participatory engagement; and emotional engagement. The report also provides comparisons to other participating independent schools.
Register by May 15 for these important surveys to help you identify engagement gaps, create a safer and kinder school culture, and more. Participation is open to any independent school. If you have questions or need assistance, please email or call (812) 856-1813.
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2017 Calendar of Events

SAIS offers a variety of affordable, accessible, and relevant professional development programs for independent school leaders.

Heads Leadership Retreat  Registration open! 
April 3-4 | Andaz Savannah Savannah, GA
Institute for Strategic Leadership  Registration open! 
June 19-21 | Emory Conference Center | Atlanta, GA
New! Dean of Students Symposium  Registration NOW open! 
June 19-21 | Emory Conference Center | Atlanta, GA
Institute for the Head's Assistant  Registration open! 
June 20-21 | Emory Conference Center | Atlanta, GA
Administrative Leadership Institute  Registration open! 
June 21-23 | Emory Conference Center | Atlanta, GA
Institute for New Heads  Registration open! 
June 21-23 | Emory Conference Center | Atlanta, GA
Institute for Heads  Registration open! 
June 27-30 | Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa | Palm Beach, FL
July | Charlotte, NC | Nashville, TN | Atlanta, GA
July 13-14 | Atlanta, GA
October 22 | Crowne Plaza Ravinia | Atlanta, GA
October 22-24 | Crowne Plaza Ravinia | Atlanta, GA  

See the full SAIS calendar of events at


SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat
Book Review
Collaboration Grant Report
Dean of Students Symposium
News from Schools
Call for Proposals
2017 SAIS Events
Tweets of Note
SAIS Featured School
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School in Sewanee, TN, is a private, coeducational, Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school serving 250 students in grades six through twelve. At SAS, education is more than a desk job. Students enjoy the school's 550-acre mountaintop campus through classes, research, and recreation, including farming and varsity mountain biking.
>>Read more.

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Blogs of Note
Jacqueline Westerfield, head of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL, looks at a world filled with constant change.

Doug Norry, head of Triangle Day School in Durham, NC, writes about parental influence. 

Kate Burton, 6 th  grade science teacher at Trinity School in Atlanta, sets a directive for her classroom.
Why did you go to the NAIS Annual Conference?
Dr. Margo Isabel, head of lower school at Wakefield School in The Plains, VA, reflects on the NAIS Annual Conference. 
Tweets of Note

Pi Day, schools on trips, cool classroom activities, and more!   
>>Read tweets here.
Looking for Advice?

The  SAIS listservs  provide a great resource for heads and other administrators to learn how schools handle common issues, share ideas, and more.
Some recent hot topics among Heads include trustees on financial aid committees, allergy policies, and paternity leave. Upper school heads talked about tuition while studying abroad and curricular subjects, while middle school heads discussed speech class and writing narratives on report cards. Lower school heads looked at ERBs and admission testing for early childhood. SAIS also has listservs for heads' assistants, deansathletic directors, and communication directors
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