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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
In this Christensen Institute blog post, Research Fellow Chelsea Waite writes, "It's hard to ignore the irony that while some education leaders wring their hands about an engagement problem in schools, youth activism appears to be on the rise." She identifies ways that educators can learn from the motivations of student activists to improve students' in-school experiences.
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
With Random Acts of Kindness Day quickly approaching (February 17th!), Edutopia offers five easy ways to promote kindness across all age groups, including replacing homework with acts of kindness and asking students to articulate their kind actions. The article stresses that it is important for students to learn that being kind doesn't require grand gestures.
#3: Academic Program
#4: School Leadership
In this Great Leadership blog post, Lee Hartley Carter, author of Persuasion: Convincing Others When Facts Don't Seem to Matter, advises leaders that having a vision is not enough: "You need to be so specific that you have an exact picture of what that vision looks like. And once you've created that vision you need to share it and repeat. Repeat. Repeat. So much so that everyone on your team sees exactly what you see." Carter identifies three key benefits to creating a visual vision: focus, getting others on board and motivation.
#5: Human Resources
This Mind Shift article looks at research conducted by Dr. Karen Brennan, who is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, leading the Creative Computing Lab. Brennan identifies four crucial ingredients to curiosity and says that in the most creative, curiousity-filled classrooms teachers actively design opportunties to cultivate curiousity, create, collaborate and contemplate. The article includes three scenarios in which a teacher encounters a common roadblock, as well as some strategies teachers Brennan has worked with used to get past them.
#6: School & Community
This blog post is the first in the series: How to Identify Donor Passions and Interests and it recognizes the importance of passions and interests in major and planned gift fundraising. The second post in the series is about the importance of taking the time to find the driver behind every donor's passion or interest in a non-aggressive manner and it can be read here.
#7: Enrolment Management
Tom Durso, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Delaware Valley University, wrote this blog post in August 2019 about higher education, and yet it is still worth a read! Durso calls on education marketers to acknowledge their schools cannot be all things to all students, push back when asked to run the 16-photo collage on the cover of the viewbook and instead find out what our institutions are really all about and "market the hell out of it".
Also worth a read: Digital Marketing Trends To Watch For In 2020 (According To Google)
Wilbraham & Monson Academy (WMA) is a college-preparatory school located in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. After a detailed process of financial and budgetary modeling, WMA determined that it could decrease its day student tuition for the Upper School from $42,500 to $34,000 for the 2020-21 academic year. According to Business West, "The reset is paired with a new five-day boarding option, two recent $10 million bequests to the endowment, a $6 million library set to open this spring, and a new, 4,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art STEM Lab that will be ready for use in September."
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
This article from The Hechinger Report looks at a Massachusetts program called Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition that is supporting students returning to school after extended mental health-related absences. The article states that up to one in five children may have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, which can cause problems with focusing or information processing. The cycle includes dropping grades and missed school, which adds to more anxiety. Students' attendance rates rise after they join the program, and 90% stay on track to graduate on time.
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
#12: Boarding Program
A new study, entitled Peer-to-Peer Student Conversations, reveals that prospective students increasingly find student ambassadors to be an influential resource in their decision-making about study abroad. The study found that there are regional differences in what students value most in a student ambassador, and undergraduates use ambassadors in a different way than graduate students.