CAIS Top 12 - Archived

#1: School Purpose

Applying lessons from pandemic prepared schools

For this Christensen Institute blog post, Senior Research Fellow Thomas Arnett considers some recently released insights from schools that weathered the pandemic well. Well-prepared schools had several critical factors: a shared vision for 21st-century student success, a mission-driven, agile culture that prioritized relationships, and strong and flexible systems.

#2: School Leadership

Restart, Recovery, and What's Next: Five Practical Strategies for Leaders

Writing for Getting Smart, Dr. Ben Klompus, Managing Director of Innovation and Impact, Relay GSE, says "Supporting the social and emotional needs of students and staff while providing high-quality education is not a problem that can be solved in a one-time meeting, but a dilemma school leaders must continually navigate." Dr. Klompus shares five practical strategies to tackle current challenges head-on.

#3: Governance

DEI: Let's Be Honest

In this RG175 blog post, Search Consultant Tony Featherston considers how schools looking for a new Head of School can evaluate a candidate's vision, experience, and "match" on diversity, equity and inclusion. Featherston stresses the importance of using the same criteria to evaluate all candidates and says, "perhaps even more critical than the questions a school asks head of school candidates, however, are the questions it asked itself."

#4: Education Program Foundation

School Should Be Like A Video Game, Not A Movie

In this blog post, A.J. Juliani laments that many students believe that school is like a movie and they are simply playing a role. Instead, Juliani wishes students thought that school was more like a video game: "In a video game, you are going to make mistakes, have ups and downs, and learn every time you play together. In fact, it's the act of continued playing of the game that makes you improve and get better." He offers several suggestions for changing schools to support this shift.

#5: Learning & Teaching

Kids can learn more from guided play than from direct instruction, report finds

Kids can learn more from guided play than from direct instruction, report finds
This article in The Hechinger Report looks at a review of seventeen students that found guided play is as good as or better than adult-led, direct instruction. According to the article, "Guided play, unlike free play, means there is a learning goal set by an adult and children are 'gently steered' to explore." The article also notes that many experts are encouraging more play for kids to mitigate the trauma children have experienced during the pandemic.

#6: Student Well-Being & Support

How to Build a Menstruation Station at Your School

Middle School Teacher Sarah Milianta-Laffin believes that "Period products are school supplies." Writing for Edutopia, she shares tips for building a classroom menstruation station. Milianta-Laffin says the annual cost to supply period products is $5 to $7 per student.

#7: Essential Concepts

Stand Up for Mother Earth!

This Usable Knowledge article offers several developmentally appropriate suggestions from Harvard Graduate School of Education alum and early childhood educator Keya Lamba to empower young children in the face of climate change. As well, Lamba stresses that it isn't just about teaching the science of climate change: "We know that feelings, mindsets, and habits are not only developmentally appropriate but help build a strong foundation so young people can continue the work of caring for our planet as they get older."

#8: Custodial Care

Dunn Launching Emergency Ukraine Student Scholarship Fund To Bring, Keep Students Here

The Dunn School in California has established the Emergency Ukrainian Student Scholarship. The school says this charitable effort will support current students from Ukraine and plans to bring additional displaced Ukrainian students to the school. According to the website, "One hundred percent of the dollars given will go directly toward educating Ukrainian students displaced by the war."

#9: Recruitment & Community Engagement

What If We Created Strategic Plans and Didn't Communicate Them?

In this blog post, Education Consultant Ian Symmonds ponders what would happen if we didn't communicate or share newly-created strategic plans and instead asked stakeholders what they think the school's current priorities are after a couple of years of implementation. Symmonds ultimately concludes that "Excellent communication is an important goal in itself. But, let's not confuse activity with meaning. People care about what we do, not what we say."

#10: Human Resources

The Importance of Branding in Your Career

In this Insider Higher Ed article, Ketan Marballi, a career services and co-op adviser at Northeastern University in Toronto, says branding is a combination of core values, communication and consistency and can play an important role throughout your career. Marballi offers suggestions for building a brand and shares stories of successful branding strategies.

#11: Finance

Alternate Revenue Sources Every Private School Should Consider

Finalsite offers ten alternate revenue sources for schools to consider, which can engage prospective families and, in turn, support your school's enrolment goals. A couple of opportunities the article suggests are offering online courses to students outside the school and developing college readiness programming.

#12: Facilities & Infrastructure

Italian study shows ventilation can cut school COVID cases by 82%

This article from Reuters looks at an Italian study carried out between September 2021 and January this year that compared coronavirus contagion in 10,441 classrooms in Italy's central Marche region. The study, which was published this week, "suggests that efficient ventilation systems can reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools by more than 80%."

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