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School Traditions and Celebrations

By Sheri Burkeen, Director of Resources, SAIS When you join the faculty of a 175-year-old school, you can expect to become part of many traditions and celebrations. I was a French hen. It was my first year to participate in […]

Fundamentals Conference Builds Operational Skills and Leadership Competencies

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. […]

FastStats: Financial Health Trends

By Jeff Mitchell, Head of School, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN Introduction It is always a good time to take stock of your financial picture. The forces of the pandemic have expedited and accentuated the need to do so. As […]

Data Science Standards

Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford and Rob Gould, professor of statistics at UCLA have joined forces to propose data literacy standards for PK-12 students. The authors begin with a 2016 Stanford study indicating that students are not […]

Beyond Salary for Heads of School Packages

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Working Through Conflict With the Board

SAIS reached out to Annual Conference speakers, Anne-Marie Balzano and Arti Betof of Mission & Data to tap their expertise in addressing conflict on the board and how to move forward in a positive direction. Anne-Marie Balzano brings a wealth […]

More Good Conflict, Less High Conflict: An Interview with Amanda Ripley

Amanda Ripley is a New York Times bestselling author, an investigative journalist and host of the Slate podcast How To!  Amanda’s writing combines storytelling with data to help illuminate hard problems and help find solutions. She writes about human behavior, […]

Beyond the Open House: A Follow-Up With Randolph School

In 2017, NAIS published this piece titled “Beyond the Open House: How Schools Makes Parent Engagement Fun & Effective” in their Independent Ideas blog. SAIS member Randolph School is featured so we contacted them for an update on parent engagement strategies during COVID. […]

FastStats: The Director of Communications

By Jeff Mitchell, Head of School, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN The pandemic has magnified the importance of school. Of school being in-person. Of all the roles in our schools. Perhaps near the top of the list is the director […]

Tips for Zoom Breakout Rooms – Lessons Learned

Clay Gibney, Director of TechnologyUpdated: February 2021 Zoom’s breakout room feature allows you to split your Zoom meeting into separate sessions (up to 50). It’s a terrific feature in Zoom, but there are a number of gotchas and quirks. Here […]