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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
The fourth industrial revolution has already started: robotization, nanotech, and artificial intelligence (AI) and it will fundamentally change the way the world works. To best prepare students for 2030 and beyond the author of this eSchool News article offers many suggestions: teaching cognitive flexibility; moving to a multi-dimensional education; teaching coding, robotics, and digital life skills; and, focusing on integration and digital equity.
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
Thierry Karsenti, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Technologies and Education, Universite de Montreal encourages parents and educators to take the time to learn about the enormous educational potential of Minecraft.
This Nonprofit Quarterly article looks at the increase in demand among volunteer tourists for orphanage opportunities. Matthew Maury, CEO of the Christian international relief and development organization TEAR Australia, cautions "These children are being sent to institutions where they're effectively being used to generate profits from the tourists who are looking to have an experience and are looking to, at the end of the day, feel good about how they've used their holiday and feel good about themselves and feel like they've contributed to a better world."
#3: Academic Program
- Look for opportunities for climate education in the material that is already being taught
- Use a multidisciplinary lens
- Undertake immersive projects
- Community improvement initiatives.
#4: School Leadership
#5: Human Resources
Writing for Entrepreneur, Leni Zneimer, Vice President, Community WeWork, U.K. and Ireland writes, "establishing a sustainable workplace culture can thus not only reduce your environmental footprint, which can attract customers externally, but also support your internal talent recruitment and retention initiatives." Zneimer elaborates on these six practical tips for creating a sustainable workplace:
- Understand your ecological footprint.
- Reflect sustainability in your mission statement.
- Set goals.
- Map and share your progress.
- Get more people on board.
- Challenge the status quo.
#6: School & Community
- Gather affluent friends and strangers in a beautiful setting.
- Have celebrities introduce you, but choose them well.
- Prepare a compelling pitch (using the TED talk formula).
- Create easy and visible channels for donors.Talk about data.
- Have a chanteuse.
- Throw a party.
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#7: Enrolment Management
Also worth a read: How to Train Student Brand Ambassadors
Robert G. Eccles is a visiting professor of management practice at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and Svetlana Klimenko is a lead financial-management specialist in the Operations Policy and Country Services vice presidency of the World Bank. Eccles and Klimenko recently interviewed 70 senior executives at 43 global investment firms and found that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues were almost universally top of mind for these executives, most of whom described meaningful steps their firms are taking to integrate sustainability issues into their investing criteria. In this Harvard Business Review article, they detail five actions that companies can take to prepare for the new era of sustainable investing:
- Articulate your purpose.
- Improve engagement with shareholders.
- Increase involvement by middle management.
- Invest in internal systems for ESG performance information.
- Improve measurement and reporting.
This year, The New York City school district introduced its students to participatory budgeting, giving students control over how to spend a small amount of their school's money. According to this article in The Hechinger Report, research suggests that participatory budgeting makes people more likely to vote and attend and speak at community meetings. Josh Lerner, co-executive director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, said the process teaches students how to identify needs in their schools, find ways to address them and pitch their solutions to peers and school leaders.
Also worth a read: FBI investigating $3.7 million cyber scam of Scott County Schools
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
#12: Boarding Program
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