CAIS Top 12 - Archived

#1: School Purpose

Embracing SEL for Success

Thomas R. Hoerr is a retired school leader who now teaches in the educational leadership program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. In this ASCD blog post, he opines, "the world is changing and we need to reexamine how our teaching impacts our students' well-being and ability to build community above all else." He recommends asking these three questions and stresses that "all skills, including SEL skills, need to be taught developmentally over time."
  1. What kind of citizens will our students become?
  2. Will they be successful, and will they be happy?
  3. Will they be people we would welcome as neighbours or family members?

#2: School Leadership

The Best Leaders are Feedback Magnets — Here's How to Become One

In this First Round Review article, Shivani Berry, founder and CEO of Ascend, writes that leaders have to go out of their way to attract feedback. Berry says that feedback is the only way to see your blind spots and stresses that your colleagues already have feedback for you. Berry details the two steps to becoming a "feedback magnet": "First, becoming more receptive by learning how to manage your knee-jerk reactions to feedback, and second, increasing the amount of quality feedback you receive by empowering your colleagues."

#3: Governance

Study: Talent leaders miss 'the simple things' to increase DEI

This HR Dive brief looks at a new survey by SmartRecruiters that found that 51% of talent leaders don't have a process for setting diverse hiring goals. The brief references a February report by Josh Bersin analysts that said, "to advance DEI, companies need to make it a business function and not just an aspect of HR programming." The brief also suggests that employers analyze how applicants move through the hiring process to see who drops out where and why.

#4: Education Program Foundation

Why Academic Leaders Should Take College Counselors Out for Coffee

To provide students with a personalized experience, Sarah Hanawald, Assistant Head of School for PD & New Programs at One Schoolhouse, encourages academic leaders to schedule regular, structured conversations with college counsellors. She writes, "Academic Leaders--your college counselors have information you can use in your work to ensure that the student experience is mission-aligned. Schedule time with college counselors periodically to debrief these valuable fonts of information and make sure that information doesn't stay locked away."

#5: Learning & Teaching

COLUMN: Surrounded by pandemic angst, what do middle schoolers want? A welcoming, safe place to learn

Writing for The Hechinger Report, Liz Willen says that studies confirm middle schools are experiencing more trauma and mental health issues than ever before. After attending the 48th Annual Conference of the Association for Middle Level Education, Willen offers some insights from the conference on what Middle School students want: relationships with adults they trust, more course choices, opportunities for leadership, exposure to career opportunities, and a warm, welcoming environment.

#6: Student Well-Being & Support

Adolescent depression: Could school screening help?

This article in Medical News Today looks at a new study that found universally screening students for depression in schools a more successful approach than simply relying on teachers to report behaviour that might indicate depression. According to the article, the study found that students who underwent universal screening were 5.9 times as likely to have their major depressive disorder symptoms identified.

#7: Essential Concepts

Empathy Is a Crucial Skill. Here Is How We Are Teaching It to Our Students.

Writing for EdSurge, English teacher Kauakanilehua Adams says, "The ways and means of learning in the classroom should mirror the culture and community of the students in it... I want them to leave my classroom with the ability to work kindly with others and care about the people around them. I want them to leave with a strengthened sense of empathy and grace. I want them to leave feeling like they were able to foster their natural leadership capabilities." To create a community-centred classroom, Adams recommends shifting individual assignments into collective activities, allowing students to lead and focussing on care instead of skills.

#8: Custodial Care

Global survey highlights increasing importance of student supports during pandemic

This ICEF Monitor article looks at QS's International Student Survey of 105,083 prospective students from 191 countries and territories around the world. Some key findings:
  • The ability to receive medical care abroad is a concern.
  • While many -- 3 in 10 -- would not feel comfortable asking for mental health supports, investment into general wellness initiatives can be helpful.
The ability to speak to current students emerged as the top way (43%) to reduce worries among prospective students.

#9: Recruitment & Community Engagement

Reimagining Community Engagement for a Post-COVID World

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Vicki L. Baker, Director of the Albion College Community Collaborative (AC3), shares four lessons learned about re-envisioning community engagement to meet the needs of a democratic society in the 21st century and gives examples of each lesson in action:
  1. Engage students in the real world.
  2. Reframe student engagement developmentally.
  3. Build in student leadership pathways modelled after management consulting firms.
  4. Engage community partners and students to collectively address unscripted community-focused problems.

#10: Human Resources

Seeking Support: The Future of Employee Health

For its new report Seeking Support: The Future of Employee Health, the Conference Board of Canada surveyed employees across Canada to examine what they want from their benefits packages and what they are currently offered. The results show that employee compensation priorities are shifting, and the report outlines the benefits that are most likely to help organizations attract and retain talent.

#11: Finance

How the Supply Chain Problem Affects Your Nonprofit

Writing for Nonprofit Pro, Paul D'Alessandro author of The Future of Fundraising: How Philanthropy's Future is Here with Donors Dictating the Terms, looks at how supply chain issues are impacting nonprofits. D'Alessandro says the best thing organizations can do right now is a top-to-bottom financial assessment (income and expenses). He also recommends doing the following: build a reserve fund, evaluate compensation, review your expenses and analyze your fundraising revenue streams.

#12: Facilities & Infrastructure

Campuses Battle Severe Flu Outbreaks

According to this article in Inside Higher Ed, after a nearly nonexistent flu season last winter, thousands of university and college students in the United States have already come down with the virus. Schools are working to prevent the spread and are urging students to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. In Canada, CMAJ News (published by the news department at CMAJ, a peer-reviewed general medical journal) says that so far this year, flu levels across Canada are exceptionally low. Still, some experts worry there may be a rebound in infections as communities ease COVID-19 precautions.

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