CAIS Top 12
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
In this article Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director, One Schoolhouse, writes that the transition to a learner-driven school will take resources. Students and their parents will need to understand new approaches, just as the school will need to actively communicate to prospective families why this approach is effective. Faculty will need extensive professional development, and schools may need to rethink administrative structures to support faculty members in new dynamics (likely away from departmental models). Moreover, building designs and redesigns will need to accommodate and project for this new dynamic.
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
Do little girls pick up on what their parents and teachers think about their smarts? New research states that girls as young as six start to believe that specific activities are "not for them" simply because they think they're not smart enough. Even if parents do not explicitly endorse this stereotype, evidence suggests that it affects their hopes for their children. A 2014 report found that American parents Googled "Is my son a genius?" more than twice as often as they Googled "Is my daughter a genius?"
This article in Harvard Ed. Magazine suggests that extracurriculars often take on a sense of purpose and vitality that all too often is missing from normal disciplinary classes. They are usually well-designed as learning environments and draw from the tradition of apprenticeship learning. Strong teachers already incorporate some of these features into their classes; if this became the rule and not the exception, perhaps students would be as excited for what happens during the school day as they are for what happens after the final bell.
#3: Academic Program
Dr. Chris Müller specializes in the promotion of international mindedness in 21st century students. In this article he elaborates on the following selective aspects, which require focus in a school striving to educate students towards international-mindedness and global citizenship.
- Live the school's philosophy and values
- Inform governance and management practices
- Infuse the curriculum
- Celebrate the school community
- Support families in transition
- Enable linguistic fluency
- Commit to service learning
- Broaden teaching practice and professional development
- Enrich student Life
- See education as the key
The author of this article, which appeared in The Globe and Mail Leadership Lab, opines that Canada must develop, aggregate, and disseminate data on both the skills that are in-demand today, but also those that will be in demand tomorrow.
#4: School Leadership
The author of this blog post believes that there are five often-overlooked fundamentals of leadership:
- Hire people who can find meaning through your business.
- Provide clear, compelling goals.
- Foster a positive, supportive culture.
- Give people a path for growth and impact.
- Lead with a higher purpose.
College president serves as the leader and general representative for an entire school, but what do they do day-to-day? Here are three ways these academic head honchos spend most of their workday: fundraising, budgeting and leadership. Thank you to Michael Wolfe, Headmaster of Stanstead College for sending this along.
#5: Human Resources
According to this Harvard Business Review article a useful way to think about teams with the right mix of skills and personalities is to consider the two roles every person plays in a working group: a functional role, based on their formal position and technical skill, and a psychological role, based on the kind of person they are. Too often, organizations focus merely on the functional role and hope that good team performance somehow follows. This is why even the most expensive professional sports teams often fail to perform according to the individual talents of each player: There is no psychological synergy.
#6: School & Community
- Make your donor's first giving experience a good one.
- Encourage donors to speak up.
- Create a donor membership program.
- Host stewardship events.
- Offer volunteer options that target donors' interests and skills.
- Share results with stories of success.
#7: Enrolment Management
The author of this blog post believes that schools that thrive are: mission-focused, educationally sound and business-oriented. When it comes to school marketing, schools that possess these qualities stand a much better chance of executing successful marketing strategies that can lead to sustainable enrolment growth over the long haul.
10 years ago Andover's trustees endorsed a need-blind admission policy, a decision that removed financial need as an obstacle to admission. The policy has allowed the admission team to broaden their reach, widened access to an Andover education, and further distinguishing Philips Academy from other boarding schools in the United States.
Challenger Boards are those with the strength to put the hard questions to management and to poke holes in suboptimal strategies. They bring a diversity of perspective that can help management understand the company's vulnerabilities and how to overcome them. This article offers four ways Boards can become better challengers and champions of change:
- Confront Unwelcome News and Trends
- Make Sure You Have Challengers in Your Midst
- Stay Fresh with Term Limits and Checks and Balances
- Turn Courage and Candor into Core Competencies
This is the first in a two-part series examining tuition trends in independent schools, including schools' efforts to cut costs and generate revenue. The authors share their analysis of tuition, financial aid, and compensation trends as well as school leaders' feedback on the key factors they consider when setting tuition.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
This playbook shares the findings of three researchers - all of whom are former K-12 teachers - who searched for strategies that successful managers in today's well-regarded organizations have in common. Through a series of classroom pilots, the researchers found that teachers can replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces by making seven specific, practical moves to introduce a similar culture into their classroom routine.
#12: Boarding Program
South Korea has been a major source of international students for nearly 20 years now. While the number of South Korean students heading abroad has declined over the last four years, the country remains among the leading senders for major study destinations (73 students in CAIS Boarding schools).
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