The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.
CAIS Top 12 - Archived
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
Joan Garry is a consultant and a teacher at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Nonprofit Communications Strategy and Media and Social Change. In this informally-written blog post, Garry writes that there are five pillars that a nonprofit must handle well to thrive: people, programs, money, strategy and narrative.
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
- Does offering students a choice in assignments lead to greater engagement?
- How do we allow for inquiry while still ensuring learning (the proficiency of standards)?
- What are the most effective practices for facilitating diverse youth leadership in schools?
- Do digital learning materials improve student achievement or motivation?
#3: Academic Program
In June, eight elite private schools in the Washington area, including Sidwell Friends and St. Albans, announced that they were dropping the AP program. This Inside Higher Ed article is about the reasons why they made this decision, what they plan to do instead, and how college admissions directors view AP: only nine percent said that their college favors applicants with AP courses on their transcript over those with honors courses only.
#4: School Leadership
#5: Human Resources
#6: School & Community
Stacy Jagodowski has led strategic marketing and communications teams at Cheshire Academy and Milken Community Schools. In this Blackbaud post, she provides a great list of suggestions for a successful giving day, including throwing a social media party, temporarily updating email signatures to include a call to action with hyperlinked text for the giving page and creating a success ticker.
#7: Enrolment Management
Check it out: The MIT Admissions blog demonstrates what life is like at MIT for different students with varied interests.
An idea for high schools:"Coffee with a Current Student" program
This past Sunday, attorney Michael Avenetti tweeted that he has 'significant evidence' that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh participated in sexual misconduct in high school. For reasons only he knows, Butch Groves, whose Twitter profile included the fact that he is the Head of the Upper School at The Oakridge School in Texas, was very upset by Avenetti's tweet and sent him a direct message that was chock-full of expletives and abusive language. Direct messages are private; however, Avenetti took a screenshot of the message and tweeted it to his more than 770,000 followers along with text that read, in part, "the parents of Oakridge must be so proud to have this man teaching their sons and daughters."
By the next morning, Groves had deleted his Twitter account, and Jon Kellam, Head of The Oakridge School sent a message to the parent community, which read: "The school has received negative attention on social media due to an employee's personal comment during non-work hours. Our team is looking into it, and I will communicate with you again when I have more information." Nine hours later, Kellam tweeted that Groves was suspended pending an investigation.
Situations like this, where one person's actions do so much damage to an organization's reputation, are rare, but it does highlight the need for a Social Media Policy, Code of Conduct and Crisis Communication Plan.
There is no article for this write up; however, in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, The Atlantic has two articles that are worth reading. The first is Georgetown Prep's President Defends Its Culture, Without Mentioning Brett Kavanaugh by Adam Harris about the letter Reverend James R. Van Dyke, the new president of Georgetown sent to the campus community and later posted online. The second article is The Girls Who Live in an All-Boys World by Brendan Kiely. Kiely takes Van Dyke to task for failing to address Kavanaugh or the allegations against him, writing "ignoring these more difficult topics sends a message to the young students of Georgetown Prep who are listening for how their school's leaders view such grave allegations. Silence can be quite meaningful."
The Forbes article Kavanaugh: Why Fresh Allegations Raise Further Crisis-Management Challenges offers suggestions for organizations facing a crisis to minimize long-term reputational damage.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
#12: Boarding Program
This Globe and Mail article looks at the homestay program at Glenlyon Norfolk School, which gives international students the chance to participate in the everyday life of a Canadian family.
This article, also from the Globe and Mail, details the process that educational agents use to help foreign parents and students find the best private-school fit.