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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
After decades of doing so, the student editors of the school newspaper at Palo Alto High School in California decided not to publish a map spotlighting where graduates are heading for college this year. This Washington Post article includes the letter that the editors wrote to their school community, explaining that their decision to do away with the map was based on their belief the map reflected a "toxic" college-obsessed environment among some students. Palo Alto High is in a wealthy suburb of San Francisco, not far from Silicon Valley. A former student's parents were indicted in the college admissions Operation Varsity Blues bribery scandal earlier this year.
Also worth a read: Students speak out about the potential pitfalls of gifted testing
#3: Academic Program
Writing for ISEEN (Independent Schools Experiential Education Network), Patrick O'Sullivan, Assistant Director of Outdoor Education and Rob McGuiness, Assistant Head of School, Global Education at Appleby College provide an overview of the school's Outdoor Education program (which includes a mandatory outdoor education experience on a 6-day winter camping trip in grade 10!). The Outdoor Education program has seen a positive impact from using the school's SEL framework to connect the experiences it provides back into the classroom and to students' everyday lives.
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#4: School Leadership
Alden Mills is an Entrepreneur, CXO Advisor, Navy SEAL, Author and Speaker. In this article, he offers his principles, which he calls the Unstoppable Team Fundamentals for building successful teams. The article appears in Entrepreneur; however, Mills believes that they apply to all industries and business structures.
- Use the "swim buddy" system
- Model the way you want your team to perform
- Caring leads to daring
- Hire for culture first
#5: Human Resources
- Trend Watching Should Be Encouraged
- Employee Development Should Be The Focus
- Organizational Goals Should Be Employee Goals
- The Right Person Must Be In The Right Position
- You Must Ask What You Can Do Better
- There Must Be A Plan For Growth
- Employee Ambitions Need To Be Supported
#6: School & Community
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#7: Enrolment Management
During the summer months, when the campus is quieter, prospective families do not have the opportunity to see your school's mission in action. ISM provides some tips to overcome this challenge and effectively manage summer enrolment:
- Schedule around your available administrators and teachers.
- Create grouped encounters but do not use social events for admitted students as your prospective students' group encounter.
- Uncover why a family applies outside of the "normal" application timeline.
- Remember: Paperwork is the parent's responsibility.
Does your school have a distinctive, memorable tagline that boosts your brand? If not, check out these 96 responses to the 2018 Private School MarCom Survey which asked school marketers for their school tagline.
According to this Washington Post article, high-end for-profit private schools are growing in number. Mike Levy, former Curriculum Director at Avenues World School in New York City and current Head of the Middle School at Presidio Knolls in San Francisco, was recently interviewed on a podcast that focuses on education-related issues, and he answered questions about these schools including who goes to them, what they offer and how are they different from nonprofit schools. The article includes a link to the podcast and an edited transcript.
In this CFO article, David McCann writes about a Gartner survey of more than 100 finance chiefs to asses their personal performance and effectiveness across 231 attributes. The research identified key areas that are responsible for driving personal effectiveness among CFOs and showed that personally effective CFOs followed four common practices:
- Announcing personal priorities publicly
- Practicing "zero-based" scheduling
- Concentrating attention more often
- Comparing planned and actual time allocation
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
To provide advanced medical care to its student-athletes, Harvard-Westlake School is using EYE-SYNC. This eye tracking technology "will allow the school's sports medicine staff to objectively measure brain performance to mitigate the effects of sleep deprivation, poor dynamic vision, and degraded attention that may lead to decreased cognitive function and sport-related injury."
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this week that requires schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The law, which goes into effect immediately, removes nonmedical exemptions from school vaccination requirements.
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
On "Phone-Free Fridays" at Christ College Brecon students voluntarily hand in their phones to their Head of House for the day. Teacher and Deputy Head Simon Hill told the BBC that the initiative started after the school looked at research into the addictive nature of phones.
- Group training has the highest level of participation among training methodologies.
- Outdoor exercise reduces stress, improves mood and enhances self-esteem.
- Group training participants are more motivated to continue their workouts and work toward health and wellness goals.
Also worth a read: From obesity to allergies, outdoor play is the best medicine for children
#12: Boarding Program
For-profit developers Evergreen Ridge have proposed turning the former IBM corporate campus in Westchester County, New York, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, into a private high school. The school will focus on a STEAM curriculum and will ultimately accommodate around 1,530 boarding and 270 day students.