Start Date: June 17, 2024
End Date: June 20, 2024
Type: In Person
Address: The Restoration
68 Patton Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Engage with other heads at this energizing and nurturing retreat offering thoughtful, nuanced conversations on complex issues facing heads of school.
Expect conversations with other heads who understand exactly what your days are like. There will be humor, there will be validation, there will be community, and there will be uplift.
Led by Rob Evans and Michael Thompson. Past participants have praised Rob & Michael for their facilitation style and ability to push, pull, and explore with the group rather than offering generic solutions. They help you help each other.
Spouses are encouraged to attend and participate in sessions. Usually about half of the attendees bring a spouse.
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, includingNew 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.
Cancellations received before June 3 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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