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 an aspiring leader, newly appointed, or looking for a refresher, this opportunity will provide time to reflect on personal goals and gain new skills.

Topics include: 

  • leadership self-assessment & centering
  • legal considerations
  • financial health
  • enrollment management, fundraising, development, & endowment
  • building an equitable, inclusive community
  • managing crisis & PR
  • board governance
  • sponsorship, mentorship, & coaching
  • a plan for moving forward

This program will be particularly helpful for: 

  • newly appointed administrative leaders
  • newly appointed heads
  • aspiring heads of school
  • those looking for a refresher


SAIS MemberNon-Member School
Through Feb 17$625$749
Feb 18-March 31$725$849
After March 31$825$949

Hotel – Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Harbor Mt. Pleasant

The room block is closed, but rooms may still be available at the prevailing rate here.

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 hotel.



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