CAIS Top 12 - Archived

#1: School Purpose


The State Of Global Entrepreneurship: With Great Disruption Comes Great Opportunity

Writing for Forbes, Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart says, "Schools are not placing an emphasis on embedding entrepreneurial skills and mindset in their students. With the mounting scale of never before seen global challenges, we must empower young people with these skills for the good of our species and our planet." Vander Ark opines that it is time for every young person to have access to entrepreneurship education.


#2: School Leadership


How Business Can Build and Maintain Trust

In this Harvard Business Review article, Tim Ryan, U.S. chair and senior partner of PwC and the founder of the Trust Leadership Institute says trust is fragile, and business leaders must manage it and protect it very carefully. Ryan identifies four actions that help establish trust and offers these three takeaways for the business community:
  1. It's time for business to galvanize around trust and transparency.
  2. To build trust, leaders must communicate the why behind their decisions.
  3. Leaders need to act with integrity, courage, and vulnerability.


#3: Governance


Defining Innovation - Let's Get This Right

To learn what innovation means to the future of education, education consultant Ian Symmonds says we should look at what innovation has meant to other industries. Symmonds provides a checklist to use to determine if what you are calling innovation on your campus is truly innovation and says, "The future of education is not about innovation that eliminates everything we know to be true about our industry. It is far more than that. I think we need to start looking at innovation at the way it will play into our ecosystem by driving more customer choice, better price, and stronger integration into our product lines."


#4: Education Program Foundation


In this CBC News article, Senior Reporter Jessica Wong writes, "unlike earlier in the pandemic, Canadian school officials haven't universally moved to freeze student grades or do away with final exams — even amid high numbers of student and school staff absences for illness or isolation." Wong interviewed Louis Volante, a professor of educational studies at Brock University, who stressed that it is important for students to be assessed comparably, especially Grade 12 students submitting grades to post-secondary institutions for admission. Volante added that being forced to rethink approaches to assessment is a positive that has come from the COVID-19 situation, "Because, ultimately, we need to start thinking about assessment that is much more aligned with what actually students need to be able to know and do in a 21st-century economy."

#5: Learning & Teaching


Art Should Be a Habit, Not a Luxury

Arthur C. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School. In this article in The Atlantic he writes about the importance of the arts: "The arts are the opposite of a diversion from reality; they might just be the most realistic glimpse we ever get into the nature and meaning of life. And if you make time for consuming and producing art—the same way you make time for work and exercise and family commitments—you'll find your life getting fuller and happier."


#6: Student Well-Being & Support


How Teachers Can Empower Students Who Are Experiencing Trauma

Writing for Edutopia, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist Roisleen Todd says, "Consistently returning power to your students and ensuring that they know you are there to acknowledge and listen to them can be transformational: Research shows that the adverse effects of trauma can be mitigated by the presence of even just one empowering and empathetic presence in a student's life." Todd explains what empowering language looks like in the classroom and offers several phrases and questions to try out with struggling students.


#7: Essential Concepts


Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasies

Writing for Scientific American, Contributing Editor, Melinda Wenner Moyer looks at the challenges of teaching children and teens how to separate fact from fiction. Moyer says, "For children whose parents might believe conspiracy fantasies or other lies fueled by disinformation, school is the one place where they can be taught skills to evaluate such claims objectively." Unfortunately, while children are prime targets for disinformation, Moyer says there are very few data showing the best way to teach them to tell fact from fiction, and most of the approaches being used in K-12 classrooms have hardly been tested.


#8: Custodial Care


A post-pandemic push to diversify international enrolments

This ICEF Monitor article looks at a new report from Studyportals and Unibuddy, which highlights 17 global markets for their potential in helping schools to build more diverse enrolments. According to the article, each of those countries shares these key demand-side characteristics::
  • A large population base and especially a youthful population poised for further growth
  • Rapidly expanding middle class populations
  • High-performing economies with above-average growth rates
  • Significant demand-supply gaps with respect to domestic higher education provision

#9: Recruitment & Community Engagement


Improving Parent Engagement at the High School Level

In this Edutopia article, Andrew Fultz, a U.S. History teacher, suggests rethinking a few outreach strategies to improve communication with parents and guardians of high school students.

  • Google Voice - Texting parents using Google Voice allows teachers to keep their personal phone number private, and they can turn off Google Voice once the school day ends.
  • Interest-based open houses - Open houses that are smaller and more personalized, and focused around a particular interest
  • Attending extra-curricular events - Fultz acknowledges this is above and beyond but says, "a teacher's presence at these events communicates to both students and parents that they care about kids beyond any test score."


#10: Human Resources


Make Your Employer Brand Stand Out in the Talent Marketplace

This Harvard Business Review article is written by Bryan Adams, CEO and founder of Ph.Creative, a global employer branding agency. Adams says that a company's employer branding can be incredibly influential in a candidate's consideration of working there. Adams outlines three primary components of an employer brand -- reputation, employer value proposition, and employee experience -- and offers strategies to optimize each one.


#11: Finance


Experts: Schools Will Have to Step It Up, Pay More to Get Cyberinsurance This Year

According to this article in THE Journal, schools should expect that cyberinsurance will be harder to obtain, and premiums will rise dramatically this year. Since this is due to the sharp increase in the number of cyberattacks targeting U.S. school districts, cybersecurity expert Chris Ripkey said schools have the following protections, at a minimum, in place:
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Antivirus and malware protection
  • A mature data privacy program to protect student and staff information
  • A robust patch management system
  • A managed endpoint detection and response services
  • Immutable backups separate from the rest of the infrastructure

#12: Facilities & Infrastructure


Making space for place

This article is part of an advertising feature produced by Globe Content Studio, which appears in the Globe and Mail and highlights many CAIS Schools. According to this article, "Canada's premier private schools are forging strong connections between the place where students learn and what they learn so that students are more engaged, aware and well-prepared to be leaders of tomorrow."




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