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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
In this Forbes article, Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, writes about the importance of developing civic, intellectual, moral and performance virtues in students, often referred to as character education. Vander Ark writes, "the benefits of contributing to the common good are embedded in wisdom traditions and should be central to education. Not only does it benefit the community, but it's a shortcut to building the most important skills for life."
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
#3: Academic Program
In this Getting Smart article, Steve Tippins writes that he chose to go test-free over 20 years ago because he recognized that tests often induce stress in students and are an artificial measurement of actual learning. Instead, Tippin evaluated students on their papers, projects and participation; he acknowledges that this place a burden on the teacher, but he has found the effort to be more than worth it since it allows for more open discussion with the teacher as a collaborator.
#4: School Leadership
The author of this Inc. article writes that rather than trying to come up with your team's next big idea, you should foster an environment where "employees feel empowered to think creatively." To do so, encourage risk-taking by making it clear that new ideas and opinions are valued, creating an environment of collaboration, and create a shared vision and then allow employees to pursue it autonomously.
#5: Human Resources
The authors of this ASCD article stress that leaders must design and implement positive conditions for coaching, including a strong instructional model, robust coaching model, quality capacity building around coaching, and technical supports for coaching. They also share an example of a Principal who has put these conditions into operation.
#6: School & Community
#7: Enrolment Management
In this Inspired School Marketers podcast, Rob Norman interviews Mishel Gantz, Director of Enrollment at the Synapse School. Prior to her current role, Gantz was the Chief Experience Officer at Watershed School, a grade 6-12 forward-thinking, intentionally small, independent school. In the interview, she details the Chief Experience Officer role, in which she engaged with the entire school community -- students, parents, teachers, visitors, Board -- to develop a deliberate, relational strategy with a plan to differentiate the school's unique style and mission. Gantz believes that every school should have someone who is looking at the experience of its people and focus on taking the moments that make people feel special. She also stresses that retention starts with the very first interaction with your school.
Writing for Harvard Business Review article, Matthew Doan, a cyber digital strategist at BCG Platinion, looks at research and draws on his own experience to suggest a cybersecurity framework for business leaders. While the article is geared toward large corporations, it includes several takeaways that apply to any organization. First, set your intent with cybersecurity strategy, considering business continuity, brand protection, and compliance. The chosen strategy will cascade down to operational activities. Next, position the cybersecurity function to have influence. Doan cautions that putting cybersecurity within the IT function and budget can create problems. Lastly, it is crucial to get the right cyber leader for your needs, and Boards and leaders should prioritize mindset over technical skills.
In this Net Assets article, Jennifer Osland Hillen, NBOA's Vice President, Professional Development and Business Affairs, writes that new tuition models are a repackaging of tuition and financial aid. To ensure financial sustainability, schools need to consider all sides of revenue and expenses and possibly rightsizing. As well, she stresses the importance of having a strong "value proposition" and "differentiation."
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
Recently, many current and former NHL players, including Toronto Maple Leafs player Mitch Marner, have begun speaking out against hockey's toxic culture and those who enable it. As well many other hockey players are taking to social media to share their experiences with the sport. Stacy Lorenz, a Professor of Physical Education and History at the University of Alberta says "there seems to be more acknowledgement amongst the general public that hockey culture has significant issues that need to be dealt with." However, Lorenz recognizes there is still strong resistance from those who do not wish to acknowledge this critique of hockey.
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
- Encourage diversity.
- Discuss holiday plans with your faculty and staff.
- Implement gift-giving policies.
- Plan appropriately for holiday parties.
- Be mindful of alcohol safety.
- Consider personal decorations.
#12: Boarding Program
- A new report finds that growth in Chinese commencements are either flat or falling in the US, Canada, and Australia.
- The number of new students is increasing in the UK where Chinese students make up a worryingly high proportion of overall international enrolments.
- Canada's and Australia's diversification efforts are paying off, as these countries expand their international populations even as Chinese growth slows.