Parent Resources & Recordings

12/1/2020 Webinar for Parents and College Counselors: Who Gets In and Why: An Inside Look at College Admissions

In this conversation with SAIS President Debra Wilson, Jeff Selingo dispelled the entrenched notions of how to compete and win at the admissions game, revealed why families have much to gain by broadening their notion of what qualifies as a “good college,” and explained how the pandemic will impact admissions.

Jeff Selingo is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, College (Un)Bound and There Is Life After College. His recent book, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, was published in September 2020. He writes regularly for The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and is co-host of the podcast, FUTURE U. Selingo is a special advisor for innovation to the president at Arizona State University, where he is the founding director of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership. He is also a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. His work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the board of trustees at Ithaca College. More information at

Debra Wilson joined the SAIS staff as president in July 2019. Debra received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, The University of the South, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. Her past and current board service includes EMA-The Enrollment Management Association, GEB-Global Education Benchmarking, MISBO-Mid-South Independent School Business Officers, and NNSP-National Network of School Partnerships.

4/16/2020 Webinar for Parents, Students, and Counselors: How Should We Talk About College Now?

This webinar addressed the deeper questions behind the college process and how college may differ by the time students get there.

Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with educational organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He is the author of three books: Choosing College, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, and Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.

Rick Weissbourd is a developmental psychologist and author of  The Parents We Mean to Be. He is also the director of Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, which includes Turning the Tide, a national effort to reform college admissions and promotes ethical engagement, reducing damaging levels of achievement pressure in high school, and increasing equity and access for economically disadvantaged students.

4/2/2020 Webinar for Parents: Parenting in a Time of Crisis

Featuring Rob Evans and Michael Thompson

This webinar discussed the challenge of parenting in these unprecedented days, offering a chance to reflect on and share the burdens and to troubleshoot key dilemmas. View the recorded webinar using the button above.

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 ThrivingThe 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.