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#1: School Purpose

4 Trends to Watch in Education

In this blog post, Dr. Catlin Tucker elaborates on four trends that she believes can help identify priorities and create a strategic plan for the year ahead:
  1. Continued growth in blended and online learning.
  2. Districts confront record-high teacher turnover.
  3. Students continue to struggle with trauma and learning loss.
  4. Increased concerns about equity and access.

#2: School Leadership

The Irony of Independence in Schools and Colleges

With respect to independent schools, Educational Consultant Ian Symmonds says, "You would think that, given their independence, they would build out their ecosystems to reach new students, audiences, and price points, increasing their footprint, influence, and diversity in the process." Symmonds reiterates his theory that independent schools have been trying to solve the wrong strategic questions and stresses that now is the time to challenge some of the inherent failed assumptions of the independent school business model.

#3: Governance

Don't Confuse Strategy with Lofty Goals

In this Harvard Business Review, Constantinos C. Markides, a professor of strategic and international management at London Business School, writes that most companies miscommunicate strategy as a set of aspirations or platitudes. Markides stresses that strategy is "a set of hard-to-reverse choices and explaining what these choices are and why they were made is what strategy communication should be."

#4: Education Program Foundation

The Case for Making Classrooms Phone-Free

In this EdSurge article, High School Teacher Tyler Rablin writes about his decision to ban cell phones from his classroom next year. Rablin shares many research studies that informed the decision, stressing, "If you look at nearly any study that analyzes the relationship between phone use, notifications, social media and mental health, it's virtually always a net negative."

#5: Learning & Teaching

Whole-body learning can boost children's letter sound recognition -- the first step toward reading

This Science Daily article looks at a new study from the University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science that shows that children who move while learning sounds of letters significantly improve their ability to recognize individual letter sounds. In the article, researcher Linn Damsgaard says, "our research demonstrated that children who used their whole body to shape the sounds of letters became twice as proficient at letter sounds that are more difficult to learn compared to those who received traditional instruction."

#6: Student Well-Being & Support

The pandemic: Has it caused mental illness in kids or made it worse?

For this CNN article, Psychologist John Duffy, author of Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety, spoke with Dr. John Walkup, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and head of the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. They discussed Walkup's research findings and addressed what parents and caregivers can do to help their children right now.

#7: Essential Concepts

What Will Learning in the Metaverse Look Like?

For this Usable Knowledge article, Andrew Bauld spoke with a member of the team that created the manual An Introduction to Learning in the Metaverse to help educators understand the challenges and possibilities of bringing immersive technologies, including Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR), into the classroom. The article includes questions for educators to consider when inclusively designing for these types of learning.

#8: Custodial Care

Data shows that machine learning can boost international admissions conversions

This ICEF Monitor article includes new data from both the US and UK showing that AI-enabled admissions systems significantly improve conversion rates. In the article, Ashish Fernando, CEO of iSchoolConnect, says that institutions that employ AI systems typically see their conversion rate improve from 3% to 7-8%. However, Fernando stresses, "Technology is not the answer to all questions, and artificial intelligence is not something that can work autonomously."

#9: Recruitment & Community Engagement

New strategies for a new (fiscal) year

This issue of the GG+A Playbook highlights some creative advancement solutions to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the playbook, GG+A consultants explore:
  • The role for events going forward
  • How to approach talent management amid the Great Resignation
  • Innovative approaches to small and targeted gift projects
Note: You will need to complete a form to download the playbook.

#10: Human Resources

This HR Reporter article looks at a survey from Express Employment Professionals that found 40 percent of Canadian companies reported having a DEI policy — up 5 percent from the second half of 2020 — compared to 54 percent of employers in the U.S. The article says that according to Culture Amp, an employee experience platform company, "The greatest drivers of a more diverse workforce are having a diversity policy, implementing a strategic plan and using DEI data to make decisions."

#11: Finance

ISM has compiled a list of nine resources to help Business Officers take their skills to the next level this summer. The list includes management books, articles and podcasts that easily apply to the education setting.

#12: Facilities & Infrastructure

The Bolles School has announced plans for its new Center for Innovation facility. The 47,000-square-foot building will house Bolles' science, math, and technology programs. It will also house Bolles' Anatomage table: "the world's first and only virtual dissection table used by medical schools and universities around the globe. Bolles has long-been one of the few high schools in the country to offer students this college-level science resource.

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