2012 Annual Conference

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Monday, October 22, 2012

Leaders of the Future

We look forward to welcoming 400 independent school leaders as SAIS and MISBO host our first parallel conferences. Breakouts, keynotes, and exhibitors will be shared while each organization will host a separate luncheon and business meeting on Sunday. **NEW FEATURE** This year we're excited to introduce "flipped session videos" so you can preview the sessions and speakers before arriving at the conference. Click the link at right to explore and learn more.

DATE & LOCATION

This event will take place on Sunday & Monday, October 21-22 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead.  To make reservations in the SAIS block use the "hotel" link at right or call (888) 421-1442.  Please note that there is no housing bureau for this event.  We have received reports of an unauthorized person calling registrants and claiming to be from the SAIS housing bureau.  Please make your reservations directly with the hotel as instructed above.

VENDORS & CONSULTANTS: This conference registration form is for attendees from independent schools and conference speakers. Vendors and consultants who wish to participate may do so as an exhibitor or sponsor.  Please contact exhibits@sais.org or sponsors@sais.org.  If you have any questions about your registration please call (404) 227-1814.

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

Keynote speakers will include Scott McLeod and Pat Bassett, as well as a panel of independent school leaders.  A variety of breakout sessions will also be offered addressing almost every facet of the independent school world.  Review breakout sessions here.

Sunday afternoon keynote session by a panel of independent school leaders
Leading for the Future

In the keynote session on Sunday afternoon, a panel of independent school leaders will highlight the ten critical new skills Bob Johansen outlines in his book Leaders Make the Future. Johansen argues that the next decade will usher in unique dilemmas, new technologies, and a changing workforce. Traditional leadership must adapt to meet the needs of a world increasingly defined by VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity). The panel will share their personal stories and suggest likely benefits from implementing Johansen’s strategies to transform VUCA into vision, understanding, clarity, and agility, helping prepare their schools to meet the future head-on.

Monday morning keynote session by Dr. Scott McLeod
Digital Society. Digital Students. Analog Schools.

Dr. McLeod's keynote session on Monday morning will focus on the major transformations that are occurring in our technological, information, economic, and learning landscapes.  The resultant implications for independent schools' learning, teaching, and schooling processes are significant.  Each big idea in the session will be accompanied by numerous examples of application and implementation in P-12 and higher education.  Particular emphasis will be placed on operationalizing larger concepts into concrete actions.  Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of the significant and impactful changes that are already occurring in education - often with little knowledge by non-practicing educators - as well as how various educational institutions are responding to these transformative forces.

Monday afternoon keynote session by Pat Bassett
The Future of Schools and Schools of the Future

On Monday afternoon Pat Bassett will explore an amalgamation of trends from various sources:  the new NAIS Trendbook 2011-12, his presentation "10 Trends for School Leaders to Ponder" and "10 (More) Trends for School Leaders to Ponder" as well as the NAIS "Schools of the Future: Strategy & Design" outline of "Big Shifts in Education."

REGISTRATION & HOTEL

For those who register by THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, full conference registration is $350 for the first registrant from a member school (SAIS or MISBO), and $300 for each additional registrant.  Registration for individuals from non-member schools is $450 per person.  Rates increase after October 5

VENDORS & CONSULTANTS: This conference registration form is for attendees from independent schools and conference speakers. Vendors and consultants who wish to participate may do so as an exhibitor or sponsor.  Please contact exhibits@sais.org or sponsors@sais.org.  If you have any questions about your registration please call (404) 227-1814.

To reserve a room at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead, click the 'hotel' link above or call (888) 421-1442.   Please note that SAIS is not using a housing bureau - in order to make hotel reservations you will need to use the phone number or direct link provided.

SUGGESTED READING

Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World (Bk Business)
By: Bob Johansen, John R. Ryan

In this second edition, Johansen is joined by the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership. CCL’s contributions help readers understand the new leadership skills by linking them to existing skills, and they provide analytics and exercises to help readers develop them. This edition has been updated throughout, with a new 10-year forecast and new examples, and incorporates the lessons Johansen has leaned about applying the new leadership skills in the three years since the first edition appeared. In addition, Johansen deals with two new forces that are shaping the future. The first is the “digital natives,” or people 15 years and younger who have grown up in a completely digital world. The second is cloud-based computing, which will enable new forms of connection, collaboration and commerce and will greatly facilitate reciprocity-based innovation—giving away to get more—which Johansen sees as the biggest innovation opportunity in history. Buy the book


What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media

By: Scott McLeod

Facebook, Twitter, Google . . . today's tech-savvy students are always plugged in. However, all too often their teachers and administrators aren't experienced in the use of these familiar digital tools. If schools are to prepare students for the future, administrators and educators must harness the power of digital technologies and social media.

With contributions from authorities on the topic of educational technology, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media is a compendium of the most useful tools for any education setting. Throughout the book, experts including Will Richardson, Vicki Davis, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Richard Byrne, Joyce Valenza, and many others explain how administrators and teachers can best integrate technology into schools, helping to make sense of the often-confusing world of social media and digital tools. They offer the most current information for the educational use of blogs, wikis and podcasts, online learning, open-source courseware, educational gaming, social networking, online mind mapping, mobile phones, and more, and include examples of these methods currently at work in schools. As the book clearly illustrates, when these tools are combined with thoughtful and deliberate pedagogical practice, it can create a transformative experience for students, educators, and administrators alike.

What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media reveals the power of information technology and social networks in the classroom and throughout the education community.
Buy the book

SPONSORS

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Cancellation Policy

The cancellation deadline for the 2012 SAIS Annual Conference is September 30. Before that date, refunds will be given less a $50 processing fee.  After that date no refunds will be given, but replacement registrants are welcomed. Replacement registrants will be accepted until October 14.  Cancellations and replacement registrants should be submitted in writing to emilyglass@sais.org.

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CPE Credit

MISBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.