CAIS Top 12 - Archived

#1: School Purpose

Positive student-teacher relationships boost instructional quality

A new study from the University of Missouri shows positive teacher-student relationships can impact effective instructional practices by leading teachers to use more challenging instructional techniques, which, in turn, improves students' academic achievement. Christi Bergin, a co-author of the study, told Education Dive Reporter Kara Arundel that improving teacher-student relationships using prosocial behaviours "may even be the single best solution to supporting student mental health well-being and to retaining teachers, particularly as school systems recover from the pandemic."

#2: School Leadership

5 Principles of Purposeful Leadership

Hubert Joly, the former chairman and CEO of Best Buy and a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, believes the "traditional model of the leader-hero who saves the day, knows it all, is the smartest person in the room, and is too often driven by power, fame, glory, or money" is no longer appropriate. Instead, in this Harvard Business Review article, Joly presents five attributes "leaders who are able to unleash the kind of human magic you see at work at some of the most high-performing companies" possess and offers a list of questions that leaders should ask themselves.

#3: Governance

Board Cultivation Is the Key to Long-Term Financial Stability

This ISM article stresses that Board Members' involvement in fundraising is critical to your program's long-term stability. ISM recommends taking the time over the summer months to connect with current and past Board Members to develop stronger relationships and help them take on a more active role in helping the school achieve its fundraising goals. The article includes three steps to get started.

#4: Education Program Foundation

Students Have Different Thinking Speeds. Inclusive Teaching Means Realizing That.

For this episode of the EdSurge podcast, Managing Editor Jeffrey R. Young spoke with Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Oakland University (who will be leading the session Rethinking Active Learning—In Person and Online at the CAIS NLC on Monday!) about inclusive teaching. Oakley stresses that teachers must consider the diversity of thinking styles and offers tips on making adjustments.

#5: Learning & Teaching

Second Chances for Failing Students

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Maria Carrasco looks at a recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that found grade-forgiveness policies incentivize students to study STEM, take harder courses and stay in college. Xuan Jiang, a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University and co-author of the study, said the study should reassure critics who see grade forgiveness as a license for students to slack off.

#6: Student Well-Being & Support

Social-Emotional Learning Works. But It Cannot Replace Mental Illness Care.

Writing for EdSurge, SEL Consultant Robert F. Sherman says that while evidence shows that SEL programs work, it is important to recognize the distinctions between mental wellness and mental illness. Sherman offers several quick suggestions for schools to support mental health and address mental illness. One suggestion is to train all staff in Mental Health First Aid. (CAIS is pleased to offer the Mental Health First Aid Supporting Youthmodule virtually at this summer's LI. You can find out more here.)

#7: Essential Concepts

Learning the Right Way to Struggle

This New York Times article looks at several common educational strategies that lean into the idea that, in the classroom, challenge is something to embrace. The article includes interviews with many educators and learning scientists, including Manu Kapur, an educational psychologist at ETH Zurich. Kapur's more than 15 years of research have shown that "Problem-solving practice before learning a concept was significantly more effective than the converse — learning the concept first and then practicing."

#8: Custodial Care

Making Higher Ed Marketing More Inclusive

This episode of the Higher Voltage podcast is about inclusive marketing. Host Kevin Tyler is joined by Jaime Hunt, vice president and chief communications and marketing officer at Miami University, and Ayana Hernandez, associate vice chancellor for university relations at North Carolina Central University, to discuss the opportunities and obstacles institutions face when it comes to ensuring their inclusive marketing is delivering.

#9: Recruitment & Community Engagement

11 Things Parent Ambassadors Need to Know

In this blog post, school marketing expert Chuck English offers 11 things parent ambassadors need to know. Stressing that ambassadors have great influence, English says, "You never know when a particular story is going to lead to a positive decision or when the bond an ambassador creates with another parent is going to make them feel comfortable enough to join the school community."

#10: Human Resources

There's one simple (but significant) thing that's undermining your wellbeing efforts at work

In this blog post, Leadership Coach Suzi McAlpine says far too many organizations are "fluffing around the edges" with well-being. Rather than putting in place initiatives that tick the boxes, McAlpine says leaders must get better at prioritizing and organizing work and offers seven ways to do so. McAlpine emphasizes that the best way to influence your team's behaviour is to lead by example.

#11: Finance

In this blog post, education consultant Ian Symmonds asks, "why has private primary and secondary education stuck with a model that has offered primarily one price, one fixed schedule, and one primary delivery option?" Instead, Symmonds believes that independent schools should look to higher education and scale offerings to expand consumer choice and organizational influence.

#12: Facilities & Infrastructure

Keeping potted plants in your room is more than just a nice touch. This Edutopia video shares research that suggests many benefits for the environment and improves your students' attention, well-being and and environmental stewardship.

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