2015 SAIS Institute for the Head's Assistant
Ms. Kay Betts
Bettstrategic Group

Kay Betts founded Bettstrategic Group in 2010 as an affordable response to questions and challenges that arose during her years as a head of school. Kay?s career has been defined by excellent independent schools. She most recently served as an interim head of school at Athens Academy in Athens, GA. She also served as head of school for The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, academic dean at Marist School in Atlanta, GA, and as a teacher and department chair at St. Mary?s Episcopal School in Memphis, TN. Her current practice is national in scope, focusing on board and administrative leadership, strategic thinking and metrics development, and demographic studies. She holds an M.S. in educational leadership from Bank St. College in New York.
Dr. Rob Evans
The Human Relations Service

Rob Evans, Ed.D., is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the executive director of the Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and a former child and family therapist, he has worked with schools and families for over 30 years. Dr. Evans has consulted to over 1,200 schools across the country, working with teachers, administrators, boards, and parents. He also works with human service agencies and corporations.Dr. Evans is a graduate of the Germantown Friends School and received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Harvard. His interests have focused on change and resistance to it in schools and organizations, and on the challenges of leading innovation. He is currently concentrating on the changes in American families and their impact on schools. In addition to the programs he presents on these topics, he also provides crisis intervention to schools and faculty workshops on improving collegial candor.Dr. Evans is the author of many articles and three books, "Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving" (published in 2009), "The Human Side of School Change," and "Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with The Crisis in Childrearing."
Dr. Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Thompson is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 500 independent schools across the United States, as well as in schools in Central America, Europe, and Asia. He was the facilitator for the NAIS Institute for New Heads from 1991 to 2000, and has served as the facilitator for the Academy of International School Heads for several years. Dr. Thompson is the author or co-author of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller, "Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys," as well as "Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children," and "The Pressured Child." His newest book, "It's a Boy!" was published in 2008.A dedicated speaker and traveler, he has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. In 2006, Dr. Thompson also wrote, narrated, and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain."