Start Date: June 21, 2022
End Date: June 24, 2022
Type: In Person
10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd
Chatt Hills, GA 30268
Take a much-needed breath and hit refresh this summer. Step away from the demands of headship to reflect and refocus in a supportive space where you can openly share challenges and needs. You are not alone on this journey. Engage with other heads and spouses at this energizing and nurturing retreat offering thoughtful dialogue on key issues facing heads of school. Led by Rob Evans & Michael Thompson. The 2022 Institute for Heads will take place at The Inn at Serenbe, about 25 mins from the Atlanta airport.
Serenbe is nestled in the rolling countryside on the edge of Atlanta, with over 1,000 acres of preserved forestland, wildflower meadows, waterfalls, trails, an animal village, swings, and rocking chairs. Endless opportunities for relaxing and connecting with nature. Farm tours, wine tastings, cooking classes, goat yoga, and entertainment all await you. Learn more here about the history and philosophy behind this creative, sustainable, award-winning community. Review a full list of activities here.
What do past participants have to say about this experience?
“The SAIS Institute for Heads is an opportunity to step away from the demands of headship and to reflect, refocus, and openly share challenges and needs in a supportive space. There is time to laugh and to regain a sense of balance for a new year. This shared week with expert facilitators and fellow heads and spouses restores the reason that you love this calling to headship.” -Rachel Deems, Spartanburg Day School (SC)
“Ten years ago, Cathy and I first attended the SAIS Institute for Heads featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson. This incredibly unique opportunity to bond with other heads and their spouses quickly became the most important professional and personal development commitment of each year. Rob and Michael are priceless in leading all participants in important, timely, challenging, and affirming conversations; the time with other heads and spouses is rare to find and meaningful, and the location always has a way of completing that total sense of rejuvenation and renewal. I recommend the SAIS Institute for Heads to every head I know.” -Jack Hall, The Walker School (GA)
Dr. Rob Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the former executive director of the Human Relations Service. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist, he has consulted in more than 1,700 schools throughout the U.S. and internationally. His interests have focused on change and resistance to change in schools and organizations, on the challenges of leading innovation, and on changes in American families and their impact on schools. He is currently concentrating on ways to improve collegiality and candor among educators and to promote realistic dialogue about accountability. Dr. Evans is the author of many articles and three books: Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving, The Human Side of School Change, and Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing.
Dr. Michael Thompson is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 700 schools across the U.S. as well as in schools in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Thompson is the author or co-author of several books, including The New York Times bestseller, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, as well as Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, and The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life. A dedicated speaker and traveler, he has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America. He also wrote, narrated, and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled Raising Cain.
To make your reservation, please call guest services at (770) 463-2610 and ask for a room in the SAIS block.
Please note that reservations in the SAIS block cannot be made online via the “book now” button on their website. They must be made over the phone with guest services.
Serenbe is a charming, family-owned inn not affiliated with a major hotel chain, so their systems are a little different than the norm. If you have any issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serenbe is nestled in the rolling countryside on the edge of Atlanta, with over 1,000 acres of preserved forestland, wildflower meadows, waterfalls, trails, an animal village, swings, and rocking chairs. Endless opportunities for relaxing and connecting with nature. Farm tours, wine tastings, cooking classes, goat yoga, and a professional theatre company all await you. Learn more here about the history and philosophy behind this creative, sustainable, award-winning community. Review a full list of activities here. Serenbe is about 25 mins from the Atlanta airport.
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.
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Cancellations received before June 7 via this form will receive an 80% refund. After that date, replacement registrants are welcomed but no refunds are available. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis following the conclusion of the event.
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