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CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
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#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
- Peer Groups and Social Connections
- Opportunities to Feel Competent
- Being Part of the Solution
- Changes in the Parent-Child Relationship
- Mental health
This article is part of The Challenges of Reopening series found here.
#3: Academic Program
- Clarify purpose.
- Establish goals.
- Base grades on a collection of evidence.
- Reflect current achievement.
- Use established criteria aligned to targeted learning goals.
- Set conditions for opportunity to learn-including feedback.
- Report achievement separately.
- Use scales with fewer gradations.
#4: School Leadership
- Ensure evidence-based learning and adaptation
- Stress-test underlying theories, assumptions, and beliefs
- Streamline deliberative decision making
- Strengthen transparency, inclusion, and accountability
- Mobilize collective action
#5: Human Resources
Also worth a read: Are Your Nonprofit's CEO Succession Plans COVID Updated
#6: School & Community
#7: Enrolment Management
- Leading with purpose and helping people understand the difference your institution is making in the world is not just a way to help your institution stand out today.
- Compelling messages should be focused on how your institution is addressing needs for individual safety and well-being, how your institution is creating a sense of connection and community, and how your purpose and values are transparent and integrated into all you do.
- Look to human insight, shared values and a sense of purpose as ways to connect emotionally.
Writing for Harvard Business Review, Seymour Burchman and Blair Jones, both managing directors at Semler Brossy Consulting Group, argue that the pandemic should be seen as a "black elephant": "a looming disaster that's clearly visible, yet no one wants to address it." They offer board-level guidance for building resilience through governance, leadership development, and compensation programs.
Worth a look: The Board Challenge is a movement to improve the representation of Black directors in corporate U.S. boardrooms by challenging companies to take the pledge to appoint a Black director within the next year.
- Stress-test scenarios and assumptions to counter uncertainty.
- Reimagine the business from a zero base to determine key business drivers.
- Hold back some spending centrally-as contingent resources-to build flexibility and optionality into budgets.
- Assign finance talent to the highest-priority areas or topics to prevent burnout.
- Rethink decision making to speed up and debias processes.
Also worth a read: What now? Decisive actions to emerge stronger in the next normal
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
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#11: Commitment to School Improvement
In this blog post, David Willows, Director of Advancement at the International School of Brussels, says: "nothing could have prepared us for this moment. We just have to choose what happens next." He makes a call for optimism with the hope that the future of our schools will be better.
David was one of the presenters in the CAIS Webinar Learning from Abroad-International Perspectives During COVID-19. If you missed it you can view it here.
#12: Boarding Program
In this LinkedIn post, Vietnam-based agent Jack Zissler, the founder of 195 Global Study Abroad, considers the current global conditions and hopes that they will spur a more strategic collaboration between educators and agents and a shift in the current commission-based industry model.
Also worth a read: Recruitment reset for 2020/21: Focus on content and agents