CAIS Top 12

#1: School Purpose

Trends Shaping Education in 2022

Acknowledging that "It's hard to see trends in a crisis," Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart looks at three important shifts in education that have recently accelerated: new learning goals, team tools and staffing, and active learning. With respect to learning goals, Vander Ark writes, "The next trend in learning goals is incorporating agency and purpose, citizenship and contributing to community. We think difference-making is the new superpower and we're seeing more schools and programs incorporate it."

#2: School Leadership

The Best Managers Don't Fix, They Coach — Four Tools to Add to Your Toolkit

Writing for The First Round Review, Anita Hossain Choudhry, CEO, and Mindy Zhang, executive coach at The Grand, a group coaching platform, recommend that managers adopt a coaching approach with their reports rather than instinctively taking a fixing approach. Choudry and Zhang provide four actionable coaching tools for managers. They outline a practical scenario for each tool, flag what the fixing approach looks like, and share tips for applying the coaching technique.

#3: Governance

The authors of this Harvard Business Review surveyed 301 directors of companies headquartered in 43 countries and found that three-quarters of respondents said they recognize climate change as very important to their companies' strategic success. They offer ten actions Boards can take in 2022 to prepare their organization to address climate change, including conducting a Board-effectiveness review focused on climate, making climate change an explicit part of your agenda, and linking executive compensation to climate targets.

#4: Education Program Foundation

School closures led to more sleep and better quality of life for adolescents

While the negative effects of the COVID-19 school closures on many young people are well recognized, a new study from the University of Zurich (UZH) has found the homeschooling phase also had a positive effect. In this Science Daily article, the study's co-leader Oskar Jenni, UZH professor of developmental pediatrics, said students' total amount of sleep increased by 75 minutes a day, and their health-related quality of life improved significantly. Jenni believes these positive effects would have been even greater had there not also been the negative effects of the pandemic on mental health.

#5: Learning & Teaching

"I Can't Handle Five Key Beliefs Right Now. Gimme Just One."

In this blog post, Dave Stuart Jr. writes, "The strongest place to start creating a more motivation-conducive classroom or school is teacher credibility." To improve credibility, teachers should send lots of "Care-Competence-Passion" (CCP) signals to students. Stuart provides several examples of these signals, including taking the time to make an individual student feel valued, giving specific and helpful feedback, and implementing basic classroom procedures that avoid wasting time.

#6: Student Well-Being & Support

An Oft-Neglected Way to Help Restore Students' Mental Health

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Jenna Scott looks at the potential of makerspaces to serve as "hubs of wellness". Scott writes, "Our nervous systems can only do so much at once. When we engage in an activity that forces us to concentrate on designing, coding, cutting, woodworking or sculpting, it draws our attention away from what is weighing us down." Scott offers several ways that campus leaders can promote makerspace usage among their students.

#7: Essential Concepts

In a pandemic, ignoring science affects everyone. Citizenship education can help ensure that doesn't happen

In this piece in The Conversation, Evan Saperstein, Postdoctoral Fellow, Citizenship Education and History Teaching Research Lab, Université de Montréal opines, "In light of the lessons of COVID-19, schools across Canada should consider offering a social studies elective course that emphasizes post-pandemic values, including commitment to public health, empathy and compassion, self-sacrifice and a co-operative spirit." In the piece, Saperstein elaborates on what "post-pandemic citizenship" education might include.

#8: Custodial Care

5 Effective Ways Your School Can Market Campus Services on Social Media

In this blog post, HEM Education Marketing Solutions shares five impactful ways your school can effectively use social media platforms for marketing campus services, along with several great examples:
  1. Create an engaging video guide to help and inform interested prospects
  2. Invite your school community to showcase services your campus has to offer
  3. Share unique campus facilities to entice your prospects
  4. Stick with a classic virtual campus tour to introduce campus benefits
  5. Boost engagement with a live stream Q&A event about your campus services

#9: Recruitment & Community Engagement

Time to put action behind university land acknowledgements

In this Policy Options piece, Christopher Alcantara, a professor of political science at Western University, laments that land acknowledgements have become "meaningless words", and says, "It's time for universities to either honour the commitments made in their land acknowledgements, or to drop them altogether and acknowledge that they are in fact deeply colonial institutions incapable of meaningful reconciliation." Alcantara suggests universities consider providing tuition waivers to incoming Indigenous students connected to the lands on which the universities reside.

#10: Human Resources

Writing for EdSurge, consultant and former educator Simon Rodberg says that to avoid the great resignation in teaching, we need to create a more flexible system that treats teachers and other school staff like adult professionals. Rodberg suggests timetable adjustments and more creative approaches, such as internships or community service one day per week for high school students and experiential learning with partner organizations for elementary students.

#11: Finance

According to this article in The Brock News, "the University is introducing a new tuition structure that will see international students pay the same amount as their first-year tuition through their whole undergraduate studies." This change will provide greater budget certainty for students and their families and hopefully alleviate financial stress. The article notes that domestic students at Brock have had a government-mandated tuition freeze for the past few years.

#12: Facilities & Infrastructure

Writing for The Conversation, Fatemeh Aminpour, Associate Lecturer, School of Built Environment, UNSW, says that well-designed school grounds can reduce conflict and help vulnerable students participate in recess play activities. Aminpour shares six design recommendations that can support children in building positive social relationships through play.

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