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The High Strategic Value of an Interim Head: A Conversation with Ralph Wales

Choosing an interim head of school doesn’t have to be a backup plan—it can be the most strategic option for a school in transition. Conventional wisdom suggests that when a head of school leaves their post, a new one must […]

The Head of School Database: First-Year Findings An interview with Debra Wilson and John Gulla

At the one year anniversary of the development of the Head of School Database (HSDB), SAIS President Debra Wilson sits down with John Gulla, executive director of the EE Ford Foundation, to discuss the progress and use of the tool. […]

Four Benchmarks that Predict a Successful Capital Campaign

What makes some capital campaigns wildly successful while others barely hit their goals? Over their 18 years of experience helping schools meet their development goals, the Winkler Group has identified four essential elements for successful campaigns. A Big and Inspiring […]

2022 SAIS Annual Conference Recap: Learning and Networking in Nashville

The 2022 SAIS Annual Conference brought together more than 320 school leaders from across the region. Held at the Franklin Marriott just outside of Nashville, attendees spent three days networking and learning from each other and experts in the field. […]

Webinar Recording – Trustee Education Series – Shifting from Status Quo Tuition Setting to Long-Term Sustainability Strategy

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2023 Annual Conference

An informative, innovative, and comprehensive opportunity for independent school leaders to gather and discover proven strategies and emerging trends. Examine critical issues alongside colleagues from across the region.  With three keynotes and two dozen breakouts, you’ll be able to find […]

News – From SAIS President Debra Wilson – October 2022

Hello Friends! For those of you impacted by hurricane Ian, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. If there is anything we at SAIS can do to help, do not hesitate to reach out. The speed at […]

Essential Coaching Questions for New Leaders

“Imposter Syndrome” is a Great Sign Philosopher Oliver Burkeman writes: “Remember: the reason you can’t hear other people’s inner monologues of self-doubt isn’t that they don’t have them. It’s that you only have access to your own mind.” The experience […]

The Power of Process: Four Steps to Help Your School Make Stronger Strategic Decisions 

When consulting with heads, boards, and leadership teams at independent schools of all sizes, configurations, and geographic locations, we are often asked to advise on critical strategic questions that can have long-lasting implications. Should your school add a new section […]

Fundraising Trends – How Does Your School Compare?

Heads of school often have a plethora of comparative data at their fingertips to assist in analyzing their schools’ programs. From academics and admission to athletics, there is no lack of resources to provide benchmarking data. However, when it comes […]