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CAIS Top 12
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
- Social awareness
- Relationship skills
- Responsible decision-making
#3: Academic Program
#4: School Leadership
- Encouraging staff to fearlessly pursue opportunities by promoting a culture of "try it, and if it doesn't work drop it and try something else."
- Reducing development cycle time by promoting early initiative and providing insurance against dead-end and failed initiatives.
- Reducing fear of failure; changing the culture to a strong bias toward action.
- Forcing an evaluative discipline that minimizes marching further into a failing initiative.
#5: Human Resources
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Since children learn social-emotional skills through being exposed to adult behaviour, experts believe that teachers' social-emotional competencies, especially their stress-management skills and their ability to regulate their emotions, are crucial.
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#6: School & Community
- Show the benefits of an independent school education
- Show why you're different
- Show what you stand for
- Show outcomes
- Show proof points
- Show answers to tough questions
- Show why you're better than the competition
The author of this NAIS article focusses on the role that emotions play in driving major decisions and stresses that most communications elements can be used to effectively convey emotions as well as deliver facts. The article also features several great infographics.
#7: Enrolment Management
- More member schools show increases rather than decreases with inquiries, apps, and enrolment but almost 21% of day schools show slight decreases in enrolment, while boarding shows slight increases in enrolment.
- 84% of all responding schools enrol F-1 visa holders (international students), including 76% of responding day schools.
- Compared to the overall enrolment data, international inquiries and international enrolments are slightly down.
- Only about one third of boarding schools said the number of inquiries from China was "about the same" while 39% saw a slight decrease.
- Boarding school inquiries, applications, and enrolments from Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Korea also showed shifts, primarily downward.
You can view the executive summary in CAIS Connect (scroll down to Enrolment Management). Thank you to Heather Hoerle, Executive Director and CEO of the Enrollment Management Association for sharing this valuable resource.
- Get the facts straight - what is known and what is hearsay.
- Create a detailed narrative and have this approved by the leadership team.
- Use this narrative as a source for all communication.
- Write a Crisis Management Plan that is specific to your crisis. This can be done by using your existing plan and updating the relevant information.
- Have one dedicated spokesperson to speak for your school.
- Rehearse any likely stakeholder questions and answers.
- Choose your words carefully and be aware of your delivery.
- Communicate with your stakeholders before things get heated.
- Monitor all media and social media.
- Keep your school staff informed.
Canadians are getting more and more comfortable carrying large amounts of debt. The combination of ultra-low interest rates and rising housing prices has allowed consumers to binge on borrowed money, including from friends and family. According to the Canadian Bankers Association, 69 per cent of household debt in Canada is made up of residential mortgage debt, while 18 per cent comes from lines of credit and five per cent is credit card debt.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
The parents of Rory Staunton have filed a formal complaint with the New York Association of Independent Schools challenging the accreditation of the Garden School. Following a cut that he got playing basketball at school, Rory contracted sepsis and died. His parents said that the school did not have protocols in place to ensure that cuts were treated properly and the staff was not made aware of the potential dangers of these types of wounds.
This Net Assets post looks at the Blue School, a New York City school developed by three founding members of the performance art company Blue Man Group. The school has undertaken mission-driven facilities remodeling of two different spaces for its elementary and middle school. The remodel includes the incorporation of technology, open and closed office space and student involvement in the redesigns.
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
- Give your scheduler the power to make as many decisions as necessary.
- Reorient your teachers at a faculty meeting on an annual basis, reminding them that you have empowered the scheduler to make decisions that are in the "best interests of the students."
- Make sure you minimize the use of part-time faculty during the hiring process and strategic planning.
- Guarantee every student takes a lunch break.
- Move your faculty culture toward collaboration.
- Educate parents about the dangers of over-scheduling their children.
- Review the overall schedule during any significant change
- Clearly outline the number and types of courses students can take in your school policy.
CAIS Collaboration Grant recipient, Glen Downey, The York School, authored the book In Search of Lost Time: Reimagining Traditional Approaches to the Timetable, which brings together a combination of research, investigation, sketchnoting, writing, and 21st-century approaches to teaching and learning in order to show how schools can reimagine the way in which they go about making institutional change. You can order the book here.
#12: Boarding Program
The Department for Education in England is backing a move to increase the number of vulnerable pupils being offered places at boarding school as an alternative to being taken into care. Schools seek out, and offer bursaries to, children with a "boarding need" and local authorities and/or charities pay for part of the cost. A child is considered to have a boarding need if their capacity for normal happy development is compromised by seriously adverse circumstances at home. The schools are selective academically, but the entrance tests assess potential, not attainment.
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