The SAIS Fundamentals Conference is for those interested in learning more about the building blocks of independent schools. The curriculum is designed for school leaders who want to bolster their leadership skills and unpack the basics of how schools operate. Whether you’re aspiring, newly appointed, or looking for a refresher, this opportunity will provide time to reflect on personal goals and gain new skills.

Topics include:

  • legal overview with SAIS President Debra Wilson
  • finance for school administrators with experts from the National Business Officers Association
  • human resources
  • how to plan strategically for DEI initiatives
  • fundraising
  • communications and crisis management

Speakers will share tools and resources to continue the learning process.

Registration

SAIS Member School PersonnelNon-Member School Personnel
Through Feb 18$525 per person$649 per person
Feb 19 – March 18$575 per person$699 per person
After March 18$675 per person$799 per person

Hotel

  • Group rate: $214
  • Cut-off date: Wednesday, March 16, or when the block is full.

NOTE: SAIS does not utilize the services of a housing vendor for any events. Neither SAIS nor the hotel will call you to make reservations over the phone. Please use the above hotel link to secure your reservation directly with the Westin Chattanooga.

COVID Safety Guidelines

Providing a safe environment for learning is a top priority at SAIS, as it is in your schools. We need your help to achieve this goal. We want to help keep you safe and healthy as we deliver this stellar lineup of speakers and sessions.

  • All participants will be fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines or will submit a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of arrival at the event in the event that they need a vaccination accommodation.
  • As safety guidelines continue to shift based on the latest research, case counts, and medical treatments, we will determine our on-site masking and distancing protocols accordingly.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the SAIS registration desk.

Acknowledgement of Risk and Safety Procedures

Participation in SAIS events signifies an attendee’s acknowledgement of infectious and other diseases and voluntary assumption of the risk of exposure or infection by attending the event. Attendees agree to comply with all guidelines and procedures, including distancing and/or masking, that may be implemented by SAIS, in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received before March 20 via this form will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. After that date refunds are no longer available, but replacement registrants are welcomed. In the event that SAIS cancels the event, attendees will be notified and the cost of registration will be refunded via the original payment method. 

Consent to Use of Photographic and Video Images

Registration, attendance at, or participation in SAIS meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to SAIS’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities.

Questions

  • For questions about event registration or special accommodations, contact abby@sais.org
  • For questions about speakers and sessions, contact elizabeth@sais.org.
  • For questions about exhibits and sponsorships, contact anna@sais.org.

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