Field Guide for New & Aspiring Heads:
Resources and Opportunities
to Help Navigate the
Transition to Headship

We’ve collected and created videos, articles, samples, and checklists to help you navigate the demands of your transition to headship. Join this group to support one another as you share successes, setbacks, and challenges.

  • Access topics and information at your pace, on your own time, with opportunities to come together both virtually and in person.
  • Shore up knowledge gaps, get advice from experienced heads, and expand your network.
  • Topics include:
    • governance & working with the board
    • enrollment management
    • finance & fundraising
    • legal issues & risk management
    • crisis planning, equity & inclusion
    • wellness

This self-paced reference guide is available from 7/1/2021 through 5/1/2022. Virtual gatherings will be held via Zoom on the following dates at 4pm Eastern:

  • July 22 - Legal & Risk Management
  • July 29 – Finance
  • September 16 – Working With the Board
  • September 30 – Q&A With Experienced Heads
  • October 18 – In-person breakfast during the SAIS Annual Conference in Atlanta
  • The self-paced reference guide is available from July 1, 2021 through May 1, 2022.
  • Virtual gatherings via Zoom will be held at 4pm Eastern on July 22, July 29, September 16, September 30, and October 18.
$295 SAIS members | $379 non-members. 
- The reference guide access link will be provided in the confirmation emails. Access to the course begins July 1.
- The Zoom link for the virtual gatherings will be included in the reminder emails sent 24 hours and 2 hours prior to the start time.


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