CAIS Top 12 - Archived

#1: School Purpose


Ron Berger on the Power of 'Beautiful Work'

For this Edutopia article, Sarah Gonser interviewed Ron Berger, a senior advisor to EL Education, about what makes a great teacher, the importance of rethinking the role of students, and the powerful impact of guiding students to create high-quality, meaningful work. EL Education started at Harvard Graduate School of Education in partnership with Outward Bound. Berger says, "EL schools really lean into this idea that character matters and that creating the future leaders and citizens of America can't just be a Tuesday afternoon citizenship class. It has to be the way school is run all day long because your academic courage, your academic compassion, your academic collaboration that you learn in math class, in history class, in science class—it shapes who you are as a person and influences who you'll be when you go into the working world."


#2: School Leadership


A Comprehensive Guide to Adult SEL

This blog post from Panorama Education is about Adult SEL: "the process of helping educators build their expertise and skills to lead social and emotional learning initiatives. It also involves cultivating adults' own social and emotional competencies." The post includes a link to download the Adult SEL Toolkit for 2021-22. The toolkit will equip you with the strategies and tools you need to strengthen adult SEL and teacher wellness. You will need to enter your contact information to download the guide.


#3: Governance


A Futurist's Guide to Preparing Your Company for Constant Change

In this Harvard Business Review article, futurist April Rinne, author of Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change, writes, "Leaders and businesses need to radically reshape their relationship to uncertainty in order to sustain a healthy and productive outlook". Rinne stresses that "The objective is not to predict the future (which is a futile quest), but rather to be ready for many different possible futures that could unfold". Rinne recommends four steps leaders can take to prepare their organizations to thrive amid constant change.


#4: Education Program Foundation


How to Find, Read, and Use Academic Research

For this Cult of Pedagogy blog post, Jennifer Gonzalez speaks with Dr. Kripa Sundar, an educational psychologist, to understand how to read education research. Dr. Sundar recommends that educators start by making use of all the research summaries that are already available. She also cautions educators to keep in mind that even if something worked in a study, it might not work in your context, so you must test it out. Dr. Sundar recommends three places to look for research: Google Scholar, ERIC, What Works Clearinghouse.


#5: Learning & Teaching


Students who 'productively fail' may learn more, finds study

This World Economic Forum article looks at a new study that shows the positive effects of productive failure on learning outcomes. According to the article, "For a long time, the dominant paradigm in teaching has been that we learn new things best when someone explains them to us. First instruction, then practice: this is the educational formula still applied in countless classrooms and lecture halls today." However, the new research demonstrates that the opposite is the case: all students achieved much better learning success when they had to solve exercises and problems before the concepts required were explained.


#6: Student Well-Being & Support


The Classroom-Management Field Can't Stop Chasing the Wrong Goal

Alfie Kohn is the author of 14 books, including The Schools Our Children Deserve. Writing for Education Week, Kohn says, "well-meaning efforts to emphasize the importance of social-emotional learning are sometimes used to enforce the Protestant work ethic rather than to foster, say, curiosity and empathy." Instead, Kohn advocates for strategies that provide autonomy support, minimizing coercion and allowing students to make meaningful decisions. Kohn writes, "Research shows that doing so is beneficial for students' overall well-being as well as their enjoyment of school, their motivation to learn, and their academic success."


#7: Essential Concepts


How to watch and listen to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on CBC

On September 30, CBC is marking the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a full day of programming and content showcasing Indigenous perspectives and experiences. Some highlights:
  • Throughout the day, CBC Music will feature Indigenous artists and composers.
  • CBC Kids News will feature an "Ask an Indigenous person anything" segment where four Indigenous people under 30 discuss reconciliation and take questions from kids across Canada.
  • CBC Kids News will feature two segments for a tween audience outlining what reconciliation is, why it is needed, and how to be a better ally.


#8: Custodial Care


The future of internationalization is outside the classroom

In this University Affairs article, Jen Gonzales, executive director of student affairs at Ryerson University, and Chad Nuttall, director of student housing and residence life at the University of Toronto Mississauga, write, "the creation of an exceptional student experience with the integration of international students in and out of the classroom is critical to the evolution of our national internationalization goals." The article suggests several ways to ensure the success of international students.


#9: Recruitment & Community Engagement


Essentials of a well-planned annual fund: Hope is not a strategy

In this blog post, Elizabeth Kolb Farr, Senior Vice President at GG+A says that the annual giving case is an area where she sees many schools fall short. She encourages schools to create a clear and compelling annual fund case and cautions against touting how the annual fund has helped the school make pandemic-related accommodations. She also recommends developing a gift table for your annual fund and ensuring that the Board shows its collective and individual leadership and publicly demonstrates its belief in your school.


#10: Human Resources


Want to hire great people and keep them from quitting? 4 strategies that work

Suzanne Lucas is a writer and speaker who focuses on human resources and business issues. In this TED article, Lucas writes about the importance of having effective recruitment and retention strategies. Lucas says organizations should focus on retention first and then on recruitment and provides four ideas that work:
  1. Hire for potential, not experience.
  2. Ask your employees questions -- the article offers several questions to ask when conducting employee surveys.
  3. Keep an eye on your competitors.
  4. Study your results — and act on them.


#11: Finance


KPIs Aren't Just About Assessing Past Performance

Writing for Harvard Business Review, Graham Kenny, CEO of KMS Education and Strategic Factors, stresses the importance of exposing the dynamics that exist within any set of KPIs. Kenny says organizations should start by identifying their key stakeholders. Next, to fully appreciate how one KPI affects another, map the relationship between the KPIs. The result will be a cause and effect map that clearly demonstrates how causes on the left of the diagram produce effects on the right. Finally, make sure you have the KPI measurement intervals -- the time between readings on a KPI -- you need.


#12: Facilities & Infrastructure


A Hop, Skip, and a Jump: Creating Your Own Sensory Path

Writing for Edutopia, Assistant Editor Hoa P. Nguyen writes about the benefits of creating a sensory path to give students a brain break or a chance to practice mindfulness. The article includes several ideas for sensory paths (with photos!) collected from Edutopia readers around the country. Nguyen says an engaging sensory path can be created indoors or outdoors and does not have to be expensive.




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