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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
This Education Week article looks at research that shows the benefits of strategies like starting high school later, teaching math and reading early in the day for elementary school students, and making sure students get a recess break, preferably outside. The article acknowledges that implementing strategies that improve learning can be a logistical challenge for schools.
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#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
After watching the 2017 Women's March, the four Havergal College students profiled in this Toronto Star article founded She Clothing Co., a clothing line that raises money for local community groups. Once they graduate, the students -- who credit their teachers as excellent role models -- plan to pass the running of the company over to the next generation of Havergal students.
Also worth a read: Why Research Says Adolescence Is the Right Time to Focus on Social Action
#3: Academic Program
#4: School Leadership
#5: Human Resources
#6: School & Community
The author of this School Webmasters blog post writes, "effective communication begins with gathering evidence for the outcomes and values your school offers." The post offers several suggestions to engage your school staff in creating compelling communications: provide examples of the type of content you'd like to see, create a process to make participation easy, and be sure to recognize and appreciate the behaviours you want to encourage.
Also worth a read: How To Do It All In A Small School Communications Office
#7: Enrolment Management
In this Harvard Business Review article, Senior Editor Alison Beard offers advice for readers who are balancing a career and family. Beard is fortunate to have a "parenting posse," other parents who step in and help when her work and family life conflict. While it is written for parents, schools could add value by helping parents building connections with each other so they can balance work and home lives. As Beard says, "When you engage with a broad swathe of fellow parents, you widen everyone's circle of support."
- Risk heat mapping with a view toward potential impacts from the spread of the coronavirus and the reaction to it
- Regularly review the viability of business interruption or contingency plans and make adjustments as the situation evolves
- Request updates from management on the impact the coronavirus is having (or may have) on the supply chain.
- Calculate your total cost of ownership, including the price of operation and support
- Standardize tech purchases and consolidate vendors
- If someone requests new tech, ask, "Who will be using it? And why?" to prevent overbuying.
- Stop paying for unused software
- Get rid of old/obsolete tech
- Have a transparent, zero-based budget that itemizes each expense and how it directly or indirectly benefits students.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
We continue to update a COVID-19 resources page in CAIS Connect. We are so grateful that our regional organizations, have generously shared important resources including a Pandemic Response Plan Template, shared by CIS Ontario. The template was developed in consultation with Borden, Ladner, Gervais LLP.
We remind members that CAIS is not a medical authority, nor is this guidance intended as legal advice. Any decisions made by a school should involve its own legal and medical staff in conjunction with local health officials.
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
Also worth a read: Improve your teaching by getting feedback from your students
#12: Boarding Program