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CAIS Top 12
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
- "Articulate your organization's 'core idea.'"
- "Don't zoom out, choose."
- "Make the vision concrete."
- "Show why employees should care about it."
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
Researchers have found that cognitive empathy skills help teens regulate their emotions, improve their listening skills, strengthen their ability to tolerate conflict and help them to realize that people and situations can change, which allows them to face social challenges more easily.
What do transgender students mean for single sex schools? This is a question that schools are increasingly having to confront as transgender students come forward in greater numbers. The CAIS website offers many resources to help your school support LGBTQ+ students and if you haven't watched the CAIS webinar: Respecting the Rights of Transgender Students you can do so in CAIS Connect.
#3: Academic Program
Susan Brookhart is an education consultant and the author of How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students. She says teachers often try to close all the education gaps a student has with one round of feedback, but that is often too much information for a student to process. She says, "The job of feedback is to meet the student where they are and give them what they need to take their next steps," and it is crucial that this feedback come at time when the student can immediately act on it, not at the end of a unit or essay when there's no chance for the student to incorporate the feedback. "Don't give any feedback on the final grade," Brookhart said. "If they're not going to be able to use it, it's wasted time - yours and theirs."
If sex ed exists in high school curriculums, why not death ed? It's an idea some doctors, palliative care advocates and educators are calling for. Kathy Kortes-Miller, an assistant professor at Lakehead University's School of Social Work, points out that approximately 10 to 15 per cent of students in Canadian classrooms are grieving a loss or anticipating the death of someone close to them. "It's kind of our last taboo subject. And as educators, and as Canadians in general, we have no choice about whether or not we will learn about death, but we have some choice about how we learn about it," Kortes-Miller says.
#4: School Leadership
#5: Human Resources
Advocates for social-emotional learning point to research showing that the approach can help boost students' academic performance and that employers are increasingly seeking recruits with strong relational and emotional skills. While a majority of states include at least some social-emotional-learning competencies and whole-school factors in teacher-certification requirements, very few teacher-prep programs address such issues in mandatory coursework, according to a report by researchers at the University of British Columbia.
Also worth a read: An unconventional teacher-prep program on the rise in Philly
#6: School & Community
- Focus on stories, not sales
- Use the first few seconds wisely
- Target relevant audiences on Facebook
- Tell your story with and without sounds
- Include Calls to Action (CTAs)
- Optimize for search
- Collaborate with other brands and influencers
Also worth a read: How to Memorize Your One Minute Message
#7: Enrolment Management
- Establish which trends are having the greatest impact on your school's ability to meet with enrolment success
- Build a narrative for the Board regarding where your school stands with enrolment today and support it well with data
- If you are still looking for students, give your Board a plan for how you will work hard to reach the established goals.
Last week, Choate Rosemary Hall, sent an email to nearly 14,000 members of its school community with a link to a report that described decades of sexual abuse at the school. The report named former faculty members who had abused students and described how administrators contributed to an atmosphere of secrecy that allowed the assaults to continue. Parents and alumni expressed support for the school for releasing the report and Paul Mones, a lawyer who represents victims of sexual abuse, said the report was likely to create a safer environment for students. Nonetheless, he said, Choate does not deserve a "pat on the back" because they only released the report because they had to.
While most financial analysis is primarily confined to that which has already happened, to help the CEO, the CFO should be more forward thinking. This whitepaper identifies the six imperatives - with specific action items - that can help CFOs transform into a strategic partner. The steps that are most applicable to independent schools are drive strategy, allocate capital resources, champion new technology, and assess risk and implement controls. Thank you to Jim Parke, Director of Finance and Operations, Ridley College for sending this along.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
A 2014 study by the American Psychological Association found that teens reported a higher stress level during the school year than adults. With incidents of teen suicide increasing over the past 15 years, school leaders are looking for ways to defuse student stress before it becomes dangerous. Some ideas employed by the schools featured in this article include: eliminating class rankings, engaging parents through workshops on anxiety and college admissions, giving students 20 minutes of free time each day and stress relief programs.
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
#12: Boarding Program
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