SAIS Virtual Bulletin Board

Welcome to the SAIS virtual bulletin board for events hosted by schools and related organizations. 

National School-Based Health Center Conference

June 30, 2022

Join experts who will discuss universal screening and youth-centered brief intervention approaches and how they can transform the way that schools respond to student’s mental health needs. When schools respond only to crises and externalizing behaviors, it’s often too late to intervene. Learn about an innovative approach to school-based mental health that combines state of the art screening technology with a whole-school prevention, wellness-promotion and referral approach that is effective and straightforward to implement. More information.

Structured Literacy Institute

The Erika Center at Bodine School, Germantown, TN
July 13, 2022

This one-day event will provide educators and parents with practical reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension strategies based on structured literacy principles. More information.

Institute for New Administrators of Color

University School of Nashville – Nashville, TN
July 18-22, 2022

As independent schools commit to diverse student bodies and faculties, we see school leadership becoming more racially diverse as well. We welcome new administrators of color for an intimate week of mutual support and training. A team of independent school leaders of color will help you strategize for a successful first year. Topics will include institutional culture, self-care, and navigating leadership as people of color. The program is specifically designed to give participants the tools they need to be effective change agents within their schools. More information.

Orton Gillingham Classroom Educator Coursework

The Erika Center at Bodine School, Germantown, TN
July 18-22, 2022

Orton Gillingham Academy Fellow Gena Farinholt will provide 30 hours of coursework (entry process to become certified by the Orton Gillingham Academy at the Classroom Educator level). Participants will receive a binder with materials, concepts, and phonogram card decks. A Bachelor’s degree or higher is required. More information.

Peaceful Schools Summer Institute (Tracks for New, Early Childhood, and All Teachers)

Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC
July 26-August 1, 2022

These last two years have stretched us beyond measure. Can 2022-2023 be a year we begin with stability, strength, and space for students to grow? Can we give them the gift of feeling safe, seen, and valued from day one, and every day through the school year?

Hosted by Carolina Friends School, Peaceful Schools empowers teachers, administrators, staff, students, and parents to create and sustain their own healthy school learning environments. 

The inaugural Peaceful Schools Summer Institute in Durham, NC, offers professional development tracks for new, early childhood, and all educators, including around restorative practices in the classroom. You’ll feel nurtured, connected, equipped, and eager for the start of school!

Early bird registration open through May 20th and school team rates available! More information.

The Bottom Line: An Operational Case for Racial Equity

NCAIS, Virtual

The Bottom Line is designed to help school leaders understand the role that institutional culture and decision-making play in racial equity and begin to view this work through the lens of the school mission. This course will enable leaders to engage in conversation, assess their school culture, and determine community climate.

After completing the modules, leaders will have access to the School Readiness Audit that will guide them through a series of questions and key factors to consider in planning next steps. This program aims to create a more equitable and inclusive community that embraces the nuances and varied experiences of those from diverse backgrounds.
More information.

Cultivating Communities of Belonging


Designed to foster understanding and a sense of belonging for all community members, this course is for school communities to experience together on their journey towards racially equitable schools.
More information.

Supercharge Your Middle School CS Classroom with Bob Irving

Jared O’Leary

In this interview with Bob Irving, we discuss Bob’s book (Hard Fun: Supercharge your middle school computer science classroom with project-based, hands-on, just-in-time learning!), learning CS through Minecraft, the impact of COVID on Bob’s teaching, the importance of interest-driven learning, the future of CS education, and much more. More information.