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ATLANTA: SAIS 2013 Annual Conference
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ATLANTA: SAIS 2013 Annual Conference

The Global Future: Preparing Students and Shaping Schools, Featuring Dr. Yong Zhao. SAIS and MISBO are hosting overlapping conferences so that all school decision makers can benefit from the entire program.

10/27/2013 to 10/29/2013
When: Sunday, October 27th - Tuesday, October 29th
Where: Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
3405 Lenox Rd. NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
United States
Contact: Emily Glass

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To reserve a room at the Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center, click the here.  The room rate is $165 plus tax.   You may also make reservations by phone at (888) 855-7741. The group code is IASIASA. The cut-off date is October 4.  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.
SAIS and MISBO are hosting overlapping conferences so that all school decisions makers can benefit from the entire program. Registration for either conference allows you attend all sessions, Sunday through Tuesday. Sunday sessions are designed primarily for SAIS constituents, Monday sessions are designed for everyone, and Tuesday sessions are designed primarily for MISBO constituents.
Yong Zhao is the Presidential Chair of Global Education and Online Learning at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the Associate Dean for Global Education and Online Learning and the Director of Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE). He is also a full professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership (EMPL). He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education. Click the Speakers link at right for a complete bio.
Keynote Session: Two Education Paradigms: What Defines a World Class Education
The world needs creative and entrepreneurial talents who are globally competent to take advantage of the opportunities brought about technology and globalization and tackle the tough challenges facing human beings. But our schools are being pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of seductive power of the traditional education paradigm. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao challenges the traditional paradigm, debunks the myth of international tests such as PISA and TIMSS, and proposes a new paradigm of education aimed to cultivate diverse, creative, and entrepreneurial talents.
Breakout Session: World Class Education: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students
Dr. Zhao proposes a new paradigm of education. In this presentation Yong Zhao will discuss the triad model of education to prepare global, creative, and entrepreneurial talents that include: personalized curriculum/educational experience, product-oriented learning, and the globe as the campus. Yong Zhao will present specific details of each element.
Dr. Zhao’s presentations are based on the massive amount of evidence from a variety of sources he gathered for his new book World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (Corwin, 2012) and his Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (ASCD, 2009).
Tweet us! The official Twitter hashtag for the 2013 Annual Conference is #GlobalFutureED. Be sure to tag us when tweeting your conference experience.
We are excited to announce that again in 2013 SAIS and MISBO will combine forces and host parallel conferences in Atlanta. The exhibit hall will be located the heart of the conference venue. Attendees will gather in the exhibit area during the day to meet one-on one with dozens of industry vendors. Sponsors and exhibitors will enjoy a high level of contact with attendees and a conference schedule that offers the opportunity to develop promising leads and valuable partnerships. This event is the leading networking and educational event for independent school professionals, providing THE gathering place to exchange ideas, expand networks, create new relationships, and discover beneficial opportunities for schools. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to interact with an audience of independent school innovators, leaders, and decision makers.
EXHIBIT info - exhibits are sold out, please email to get on the waiting list
SPONSOR info - sponsorship opportunities are still available!
ADVERTISER info - expand your reach with a print ad in the conference program
For those who register by October 4, full conference registration is $325.

Registration for individuals from non-member schools is $375 per person.  Rates increase after October 4, 2013.
RETIRED: A 50% off rate is available for the conference for those who are fully retired and non-consultants. To take advantage of this special deal, email LeeAnne Minnick at

BREAKOUT SPEAKERS: If you are selected as a breakout speaker you will receive a 25% discount on conference registration. The speaker promo code will be provided to all breakout speakers via email.
Cancellation Policy
The cancellation deadline for the 2013 Annual Conference is October 4, 2013. 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.  Cancellations and replacement registrants should be submitted in writing to
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