Professional Learning Calendar

In-Person Events

Administrative Leadership Institute
June 10-12, 2024 | Asheville, NC (Cambria)

Practical techniques and real-life solutions for independent school administrators from Rob Evans and Michael Thompson.
Institute for Administrative Assistants
June 12-14, 2024 | Asheville, NC (Cambria)

Discover practical strategies and resources for supporting an independent school administrator, division, or department. 
Institute for Heads
June 17-20, 2024 | Asheville, NC (The Restoration)

Engage with other heads and spouses at this energizing and nurturing retreat offering thoughtful, nuanced conversations on complex issues facing heads of school. Led by Rob Evans and Michael Thompson.
Summer Conference
June 24-26, 2024 | Asheville, NC (Renaissance)

Connect with regional peers, learn from experts, and develop new skills as you focus on the environment, experiences, and programming vital to the growth and well-being of your school. Content is geared to division leaders, deans of students, counselors, heads/assistant heads, and others who engage in student support. Participating together as a team is encouraged.
Advancement Summit: Cultivating Major Gifts
June 24-26, 2024 | Asheville, NC (Renaissance)

This three-day summit will focus on every aspect of a robust major gifts program by starting at the beginning—the objective assessment of a development program’s operation—and ending with the ultimate goal of a strong major gifts program: the capital campaign. 
Vision, Values & Feedback: A Master Class in Transforming School Culture
June 24-26, 2024 | Asheville, NC (Renaissance)

This practical workshop focuses on real-world applications of feedback and conflict resolution to create a supportive, high-performing school environment. Participants will engage in direct, scenario-based activities and group discussions to develop effective leadership strategies tailored to their unique school contexts.
Institute for New Teachers
July 16-18, 2024 | Charlotte
July 23-25, 2024 | Atlanta

The SAIS Institute for New Teachers provides guidance, support, and the opportunity to practice planning and instructional skills with a small peer group led by an experienced independent school educator. The institute is for teachers in their first three years of teaching at an independent school.
Board/Head Workshop
October 20, 2024 | Charlotte, NC (Sheraton Charlotte)

An opportunity for heads and board members to strengthen collaboration on current challenges, identify common goals, and strategically plan for the success of the school.
Annual Conference
October 20-22, 2024 | Charlotte, NC (Sheraton Charlotte)

Explore new strategies for success and learn about emerging trends from top-notch speakers. Network with leaders from schools of comparable size and budget and renew connections with colleagues in the independent school community.
Academic Support Conference
February 9-11, 2025 | Charlotte, NC (Sheraton Charlotte)

Classroom teachers, learning specialists, and directors of academic support are all invited to learn about the latest research, curriculum, instructional strategies, and best practices for supporting all learners in an independent school.
Curriculum Symposium
February 11-12, 2025 | Charlotte, NC (Sheraton Charlotte)

Discover the tools and insights needed to create impactful learning experiences that drive student success and foster continuous learning. Explore new pedagogical ideas, innovative instructional strategies, and transformative educational products.
Institute for Athletic Directors
February 12-13, 2025 | Charlotte, NC (Sheraton Charlotte)

Explore leadership, communications, and best practices unique to the culture of an independent school athletic department.
Advancement Institute
February 12-13, 2025 | Charlotte, NC (Sheraton Charlotte)

Build your campaign knowledge base while learning how to manage challenges specific to independent school fundraising.
DEI Institute
February 12-13, 2025 | Charlotte, NC (Sheraton Charlotte)

Best practices and strategic discussions for both experienced practitioners and other educators supporting this work. 
New & Aspiring Leaders Institute
April 6-8, 2025 | TBD

Designed for school leaders who want to bolster their leadership skills and unpack the basics of how schools operate.