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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
This Usable Knowledge article looks at a major new report from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. The report illustrates "the powerful benefits of an integrated program of social, emotional, and academic learning - focusing on overall wellbeing." The report seeks to accelerate and strengthen efforts in local communities through six broad recommendations, which the article details.
Also worth a read: Students Learn From People They Love
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
#3: Academic Program
#4: School Leadership
In this blog post, David Willows writes about 10 ways that he imagines the school of the future, a few of which are: boldly asserting a vision, having the courage to go where no one else has gone before, committing time and energy to the cause and thinking more about the students that will come later than the students that we currently teach.
A good reminder: 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools
#5: Human Resources
"Teachers know what they need to learn, but most times, they don't really have a say in the topics chosen," writes veteran teacher Angela Barton for We Are Teachers. Barton details 10 kinds of PD that teachers actually want, some of which are: how to talk to lawnmower parents, ways to de-stress, classroom management, how to conduct a parent-teacher conference and content and grade specific teaching strategies.
Travis Bradberry is the co-author of the bestselling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0. In this Quartz at Work article, he identifies eight practices that employers must abolish in order to hang on to good employees.
#6: School & Community
According to this ISM article, a campaign feasibility study should provide your school with a way to cultivate donors, a marketing tool and a method to match your messages with what your community desires. The article details all of these and recommends using an objective third party to make your campaign feasibility study truly insightful.
Also worth a read: The Trouble With Securing Donor Meetings
#7: Enrolment Management
Karen Walker recently retired as Head of School at Telluride Mountain School in Telluride, Colorado. In this NAIS article, she writes about what she learned from her past experiences on two search committees as an administrator and moving from Head of School to retirement. To maintain a strong relationship during the transition period and lay the groundwork for a successful transition, Walker recommends the Board and Head work together on a clear strategic outline for the incoming Head. The outgoing Head should examine the current administrative team and confirm that the academic and extracurricular programs are in a good state. The school's most recent accreditation report, especially the recommendations, can also provide insights.
Nonprofits that are more transparent and proactively share information with the public received 53 percent more in contributions the following year than organizations that were less transparent, according to a new peer-reviewed study published in December by the Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
#12: Boarding Program
China and Canada have issued travel warnings about each other. This ICEF Monitor article addresses concerns that these tensions could put a damper on Chinese student mobility to Canada.
"In a time where mental health awareness is increasing and universities are striving to find ways to help students through their troubles, canine therapy and its benefits could be one important factor to consider when coming up with beneficial student programmes," writes the author of this Study International article.