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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Emergency Response Drills

Now more than ever, schools across the country are asking “how do we conduct emergency response drills within a school setting without traumatizing students and staff?” This can be a tricky balance. Recent events of school violence and active shooters […]

News – From SAIS President Debra Wilson – November 2022

Happy November, Friends! This is one of my favorite months of the year, in no small part because this is when Charleston tries very hard to have fall. It is also when we collectively round the corner toward Thanksgiving and […]

Values That Bind and Divide Us: Insights Gained Along “Wisdom Road”

Along Wisdom Road, I have heard the following statements: “My parents valued education above all else.” “What farmers need is more free markets and fewer bailouts by the government.” “We welcome with open arms anyone from anywhere who is willing […]

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. […]

From Triage to Transforming: A Whole-School Approach to Well-Being

This workshop will provide educational leaders with a clear framework for building mental health awareness, self-reflection, and empowerment in their students, thereby improving their ability to thrive in their lives in the long-term. Participants will learn how and why current […]

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 […]