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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
The author of this post on The Puzzle Blog asks, "If schools say they prepare students for the world they will enter, shouldn't they shift environmental matters from a side concern to a central one?" The post suggests that schools consider more carefully what their role is in educating students to be environmentally literate citizens, and looks at initiatives that have been taken by many of the traditional boarding schools in New England including Hotchkiss, The Berkshire School, Miss Porter's School and Phillips Exeter Academy.
Also worth a read: The Pros and Cons of a School Uniform Policy
#3: Academic Program
This article provides many ways that teachers can help students realize the tools needed for STEAM careers, a few of which include creating STEAM activities using math and science skills that are on grade level, framing a new math skill with a real-world application, anchoring lessons in real-life scenarios and incorporating different subjects.
- Instead of trying to transform a task to match your style, transform your thinking to match the task.
- Don't let your purported style be a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure or an excuse for resignation.
- We are not constrained by our learning style. Any type of learning is open to any of us.
#4: School Leadership
This ISM article elaborates on these three tactics to make your monthly faculty meetings successful for every party involved: dedicate the first 15 minutes to professional development, prepare for two minutes for one every minute of meeting time and make the atmosphere conducive to productivity.
#5: Human Resources
#6: School & Community
"testimonials from your current parents are the fastest, most inexpensive means of promoting your school in the community." Unlike reviews, which are meant to be objective, testimonials are from satisfied customers that you have chosen. Cochran details three types of parent testimonials: quotes, video testimonials and social media posts, and provides a long list of points to consider when using parent testimonials on your school website.
#7: Enrolment Management
Ken Converse is the Campaign Gifts Officer at Simpson College. In this Linked In post, he advocates for Board Members to have a written position description, and recommends considering the following points when developing a position description for your organization: A Board should strive for 100% participation in annual fund giving from its members.
- Leadership participation in capital campaigns, in addition to annual gifts, should be expected.
- Board Members should take ownership of the fund-raising program and its outcomes.
- Each Board Member should commit to an annual individual goal-setting meeting with staff.
Susan Ross is a Senior Instructional Designer at Blackbaud University. In this npENGAGE post, she writes that "a strong and strategic relationship between development and finance ensures your organization is accountable to donors, so you can keep the donors you have, attract new ones, and be successful in achieving your mission." The post includes several ways that development and finance can support each other, including:
- Development involves finance in building case statements and donation solicitations.
- Development focuses on raising unrestricted funds.
- Finance supports investment in development and communications.
- Finance inspires confidence in leadership's financial management.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
Writing for We Are Teachers, Allyson Caudill, who is a teacher, encourages teachers to focus on creating a classroom that maximizes student success and identifies times when "focusing on creating a Pinterest-perfect classroom can actually harm our students," a few of which are: when effectiveness is sacrificed for cuteness, when we start to feel inadequate and when it is exclusive.
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
#12: Boarding Program
This article looks at scams that use technology to target international students. Many international students choose Canada because it is perceived as a safe place to live. It is important that schools help to make these students aware of their rights in Canada, teach them how to recognize and avoid scams and ensure that they feel comfortable discussing any concerns with supervising adults.