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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
- Prioritize schools that prioritize the whole person, both children and teachers
- Focus on mastery, not seat time
- Look for schools where students are active partners in their learning
- Soft skills + hard skills + active learning = 21st-century success
- Diverse schools for a diverse country
- Mission Through and Through
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
- Forging personal relationships.
- Working together toward a shared goal.
- Tailoring motivation to the individual.
- Providing adult friendship.
- Teaching "life lessons" that transcend the sports arena.
#3: Academic Program
#4: School Leadership
#5: Human Resources
"There is nothing more powerful than teachers sharing with their colleagues," writes Middle School Principal Michael S. Gaskell in this eSchool News article. To facilitate sharing and revitalize teachers mid-year, Gaskell recommends The 5-Minute MicroPD. Here's how it works: Gaskell introduces the concept and reads a team-building quote, then teachers reflect on the quote and share how it applies to their team and to conclude the session Gaskell shares his own contribution.
#6: School & Community
Is there a navigation formula that works best for education websites? After many years of designing education websites Bart Caylor has come up with the navigation formula that he thinks works extremely well:
5a + 2c + x = Primary Navigation, which he lays out in this blog post.
Communication with parents is an integral part of the education process. Unfortunately, notes written on paper and sent back and forth between school and home can be easily lost or forgotten and do not allow for timely clarification. This eSchool News article looks at six apps that can help overcome these challenges, three of which are free: Talking Points, Bloomz and Remind.
#7: Enrolment Management
- Knowledge of Students
- Teaching and Learning
- Personnel, Hiring, Induction
- Facilities, Budget, School Safety
- Public Relations, Communicating With Parents
- Leadership, Vision, Professionalism
Writing for Dataconomy, Ryan Ayers recommends that school leaders consider the potential of blockchain technology to help administrators and students. After finance and healthcare, the education industry has suffered the most from data breaches; the blockchain can be used to help keep data safe. However, Ayers says that "the possibilities are endless" for blockchain and other possible uses could include test prep and learning, library and information services and transportation.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
This ISM article cites some daunting statistics from the National Athletic Trainers' Association about the risk of student injury from sports: 90% of student athletes report some sort of sports-related injury; 54% percent of students say that they played while injured. The article stresses that students, parents, coaches and school leaders all play a role in reducing sports risks.
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
Worth a look: Sustainability at ExeterWith 13 student environmental clubs, a dedicated advisory board of adults from across disciplines, and a mission statement that demands thoughtful stewardship, outreach and education, Exeter's commitment to sustainability is manifold and present in every aspect of school life.
#12: Boarding Program
Students and staff at Temple University can now use their iPhone or Apple Watch as their campus identification card to gain entry to buildings and access facilities.