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CAIS Top 12 - Archived

#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy

Sal Khan envisions a future of active, mastery-based learning

"Now that I run a school, I see that some of the stuff is not as easy to accomplish compared to how it sounds theoretically," Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy admits in this interview. Khan opines on the future of education and the role that technology will play. When asked about assessment, Khan said that Khan Academy is able to determine how students "engage with a task over a long period of time. It can also help gauge a student's resilience, grit and how they react when getting a wrong answer."

Also worth a read: In the Future, Today's Education Will Look Like '19th-Century Medicine'

#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments

Why students shouldn't be forced to spend so much time sitting at desks in class

"Beyond the obvious health-related issues, research sug­gests that sedentary education might be the reason that students' creativity and intelligence are hindered through­out their formative years," writes Brad Johnson in this post that was reprinted by the Washington Post. To make the case for adding more physi­cal activity to the academic classroom, Johnson looks at the brain-body connection, the role of tech and classroom management.

Also worth a read: What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other

#3: Academic Program

Smart Classroom-Tech Integration

Liz Kolb is a clinical associate professor of education technologies at the University of Michigan School of Education and the author of many books, including Learning First, Technology Second. In this Educational Leadership article, she shares The Triple E Framework, a free resource that she developed for administrators to use as a research-informed guide to support teachers in choosing technology tools that add value to learning goals.

Young people drowning in a rising tide of perfectionism

The authors of this piece in The Conversation recently conducted one of the largest-ever studies on perfectionism, which found that young people are more perfectionist than ever before and that "as perfectionists grow older, they appear to unravel." The authors offer some suggestions to combat perfectionism: showing unconditional love and teaching "a healthy skepticism toward the suspiciously 'perfect' lives promoted through social media posts and mainstream media advertisements."

#4: School Leadership

10 Lessons Learned by a New Head of School

Mark Shpall is Head of de Toledo High School in West Hills, California. Writing for NAIS, he shares some real-world lessons that he will use to guide him the next time unforeseen events occur, a few of which are: do not be reactive; trust your educators; turn the focus off of you, but remember that all eyes are on you; there's no such thing as overcommunicating, and be present and roll up your sleeves.

#5: Human Resources

The power of peer feedback

For a peer feedback program to be effective, Anthony Fitzpatrick, Supervisor of Instruction at Haddon Township School District recommends pairing teachers who have a common goal or problem that they wish to solve. Each teacher then records their teaching and shares at least three videos with their collaborative partner. The videos also provide a great tool for self-reflection.

Four Items You Must Include in Your Employee Handbook

According to ISM, there are four items that every school should include in its employee handbook: an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statement, Disability Accommodations, Harassment Policy and Employee Classifications. While there are many other policies and procedures that your school may wish to include, these items do not require input, feedback, or consensus.

#6: School & Community

What You Can Learn About Online Fundraising from 152 Canadian Charities

In January 2018, Brady Josephson signed up to get email updates from 152 Canadian charities. He received, read, and analyzed 1,234 emails from those organizations to learn more about how Canadian charities were doing online fundraising and then created a report based on what he found to help marketers and fundraisers in three critical areas for online fundraising: email signup, fundraising emails and online giving experience. In this npENGAGE article, Josephson shares some overall insights and highlights from the report.

Also worth a read: School Ties: Going Paperless with Alumni Relations

#7: Enrolment Management

How To Lower Your School's Tuition Page Bounce Rate

A bounce rate is the percentage of single page visits, and independent school tuition pages typically have an especially high bounce rate. Does this mean that schools should consider removing tuition fees from their website? Definitely not, according to this Finalsite blog post. Instead, consider a timed page pop, offer something of value on the page like a viewbook or a whitepaper, and link to helpful resources and relevant pages.

Also worth a read: 7 Digital Strategies for K-12 Summer Program Marketing and 5 Major Characteristics of Generation Z for Education Marketers

#8: Governance

Successful cultures react to the unexpected

Roy Osing believes that traditional business planning methods are "complicated, expensive and time consuming." Instead, Osing, a former President and Chief Marketing Officer for TELUS, advocates for a reaction culture, "sustaining cultures are brilliant at reacting to surprise events they did not anticipate; those that are unable to adapt struggle and die." He advises that organizations should "set the (imperfect) plan - start executing - learn what is working and not working (because of the unexpected) - RESPOND and adjust the plan accordingly - then continue executing."

#9: Finance

The Decision to Rent vs. Buy Technology

Patricia Coleman is Director of Sales, New Business Development, for SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals. In this Financial Executives International article, she stresses that when it comes to technology, financial executives must understand the rent vs. buy option. The key attributes of the rent option are "scalability and flexibility to meet short-term, seasonal, and unexpected equipment needs; efficient procurement process; improved profitability by eliminating hidden and unnecessary costs; and added value in delivering leading-edge technologies for 'best-in-class' applications."

Also worth a read: College spending comes under closer scrutiny

#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety

Massachusetts high school cracks down on bathroom vaping

In an attempt to stop students from vaping in its bathrooms a Massachusetts high school plans to install devices that mount to the ceiling to detect vaping. The devices send an alert to an administrator and do not compromise privacy.

#11: Commitment to School Improvement

Random Lake School District in Wisconsin recently had an 80% participation rate in their "digital snow day", allowing teachers to deliver their lessons online and students to continue to work on their regular curriculum at home. There is some debate on how much of an impact snow days have on students' success though.

With the goal of better equipping students for life, up to 370 schools in England are joining a study to determine which mindfulness techniques are most effective. Tactics include teacher training and inviting professionals for group discussions.

#12: Boarding Program

'Breaking down walls not building them'

This BBC article details the approach that Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, takes to international student recruitment, promoting it as an open, global and liberal institution. Gertler also points out that when U of T increased its price, demand actually went up.

Also worth a read: If China orders international students home, some Canadian schools face money trouble: agency

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