Professional Learning Calendar

In-Person Events – 2022 & 2023

Board/Head Workshop
October 23, 2022 | Nashville, TN (Franklin Marriott Cool Springs)

October 22, 2023 | Atlanta, GA (Crowne Plaza Ravinia)
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 23-25, 2022 | Nashville, TN (Franklin Marriott Cool Springs)
October 22-24, 2023 | Atlanta, GA (Crowne Plaza Ravinia)
October 20-22, 2024 | Charlotte, NC (Sheraton Charlotte)


Attend sessions that fill in gaps in your experience, converse with leaders from schools with a similar size and budget, and learn new strategies for success from top-notch speakers.
Academic Support Conference
February 5-7, 2023 | Nashville, TN

Classroom teachers, learning specialists, and directors of academic support are all invited to learn together about the latest research, curriculum, instructional strategies, and best practices for supporting all learners in an independent school.
DEI Institute
February 7-9, 2023 | Nashville, TN

Best practices and strategic discussions for both experienced practitioners and those new to the role.
Institute for Athletic Directors
February 7-9, 2023 | Nashville, TN

Explore leadership, communications, and best practices unique to the culture of an independent school athletic department.
Capital Campaigns
February 8-10, 2023 | Nashville, TN

Build your campaign knowledge base while learning how to manage challenges specific to independent school fundraising.
Fundamentals Conference
April 16-18, 2023 | Charleston, SC (Embassy Suites Charleston Harbor)

Designed for school leaders who want to bolster their leadership skills and unpack the basics of how schools operate.
Administrative Leadership Institute
June 12-14, 2023 | Sarasota, FL
(Art Ovation Hotel)
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 14-16, 2023 | Sarasota, FL
(Art Ovation Hotel)
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 19-22, 2023 | Sarasota, FL (Westin)
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 26-28, 2023 | Sarasota, FL (Westin)

June 24-26, 2024 | Asheville, NC (Renaissance)

The Summer Conference is for all school leaders who focus on the well-being of the school community. It also encompasses three former separate SAIS events: Dean of Students Symposium, Independent School Counselors Conference, and Division Heads Conference. Specific programming for those and other roles will be included. This year’s sessions include fostering a culture of belonging, partnering with families, and recruiting and retaining talented teachers. Connect with regional peers, learn from experts, and develop new skills as you focus on the environment, experiences, and programming vital to the growth of your school.
Institute for New Teachers
– Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, and Nashville, TN
– July 2023 Dates TBD


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.
2022 & 20223 DATES & LOCATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Annual Conference

  • October 23-25, 2022 | Nashville, TN
  • October 22-24, 2023 | Atlanta, GA
  • October 20-22, 2024 | Charlotte, NC