The 2022 SAIS Annual Conference, October 23-25, in Nashville, promises to bring together independent school leaders for unparalleled access to solutions, best practices, and professional connections.

Mike Flanagan from the Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) will kick off the conference on Sunday night, helping schools understand the landscape our graduates are facing now and giving them a look down the road. What will college look like for this year’s Kindergarten class? MTC is a diverse and fast-growing network of schools collaborating to scale the use of digital, interactive, competency-based transcripts. MTC schools are personalized, learner-centered, and skill-focused. How might we empower students to tell their story beyond a GPA? Learn more about Mike’s work at Mastery Transcript Consortium and give him a follow on Twitter.

Monday morning brings crispy bacon and breakfast roundtables. This is a great way to network with others in smaller groups.

The Monday keynote presentation by Reggie Ford will help schools create environments for their students that lead to success and resilience. Reggie is a first-generation college graduate of Vanderbilt University as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, mental health advocate, and social activist. His book Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction: Breaking the Curse of Intergenerational Trauma as a Black Man in America underlines the darkness of mental health illnesses. His uplifting message shows that by realizing, accepting, and treating mental health with grace, kindness, and appreciation of the backgrounds of those needing support, we can reduce the significant impact of PTSD and other mental conditions on not just Black people, but all people. Reggie will present a follow-up breakout session for those wanting to dive deeper; this breakout session will help school leaders expand their understanding of mental health and offer tangible takeaways to help their students and families needing support. You can learn more about Reggie and his work on his website, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monday and Tuesday breakout sessions offer something for everyone. The Winkler Group will talk about unexpected ways a capital campaign can transform a school. NAIS President Donna Orem will share how we might strengthen the leadership pipeline. Psychologist Rob Evans will offer practical ways to manage difficult interactions and strengthen relationships with parents. Finalsite will help us fix marketing mistakes, while Mission Minded will help schools identify strengths and build their brand. These are just a few of the outstanding sessions to be offered. You can see the full list with descriptions on the conference schedule

Are you looking for a new uniform supplier or food service provider? Need to make a connection with a legal firm, architect, or assessment provider? Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with sponsors and exhibitors.

Tuesday morning will bring Carla Iliescu, the founder of potential, a boutique leadership and coaching firm that creates learning experiences to help leaders and teams realize their full potential. Carla will address the four skill sets of daring leadership: rumbling with vulnerability, living into our values, braving trust, and learning to rise. Learn how courageous leadership is critical to a school’s success today and in the future, and leave with tools to lead and perform at your highest potential. For those looking to apply these ideas, join Carla’s breakout session to identify your own values, create a plan to live these values, and learn to give feedback in a way that aligns with your values and who you want to be as a leader. 

We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 SAIS Annual Conference in Nashville!