• In this issue of Ideas & Perspectives,

    we update the ISM Faculty Experience survey and Matrix, list the nine characteristics of the responsible Trustee, and explain how to adjust your strategic planning cycle.

Recent Articles

A Pokémon Go Primer for Private Schools

If you’ve noticed more people than usual roaming your neighborhood, noses glued to their phone screens, then you’ve already encountered this summer’s biggest gaming hit: Pokémon Go. Popular with adult gamers and school-aged children alike, the game presents both opportunities and concerns for school administrators. So this month, we’ll talk about what Pokémon Go actually is, potential dangers for your students—and possible ways to leverage the game’s popularity to benefit your school.

Do Cafeterias Interfere With Financial Aid? —A Look at School Priorities

There’s been some amusing hubbub in the education world this summer regarding financial aid and fiscal priorities. Popular educational writer Malcolm Gladwell proposed an odd correlation on his podcast, Revisionist History: The greater a college’s investment in quality food, the lower its commitment to socioeconomically diverse student populations in the form of financial aid. This debate in higher education can be reframed for K-12 private-independent schools, in that your school’s investment in various programmatic aspects should reflect its mission, not the latest fads.

Seven Academic Buzzwords to Define in 2016-2017

Remember when all educators could talk about were MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)? While they’re still around and useful for the modern classroom, new educational trends and vernacular have entered common parlance in efforts to make curriculums and philosophies sound appealing, stealing some MOOC thunder.

Before you start trying to integrate every great new idea Google throws your way, remember that buzzwords must be carefully defined if used by you and your fellow administrators. Otherwise, you risk compromising your projects due to proverbial crossed wires. This month, we’ve collected some of the most popular buzzwords that educators can expect to hear in the coming school year—along with their actual definitions given by leading experts.

Oh Look, More Acronyms to Memorize! SEVIS, SEVP, and DHS

If your school has an international student program or is considering one, you might be well aware of the acronyms SEVIS, SEVP, and DHS. For those not familiar with the acronyms, as you might have guessed, they relate to the nitty-gritty, compliance side of international student programs. These acronyms need to be universally understood throughout your Business, Admission, and School Head’s offices. Although the enrollment process may start and conclude in the Admissions Office, all offices are involved in the comprehensive process.

SEVP stands for The Student and Exchange Visitor Program, SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, and DHS stands for Department of Homeland Security.

2016 Shows A Dip in Wellness Benefits

Over the last decade, there has been an upward trend for employers to incorporate wellness programs into their employee incentive and benefit portfolios. Such benefits have been considered tools, helping to reduce health insurance costs and paid sick time as well as boost overall employee morale. However, a new study shows that companies are starting to move in the other direction concerning wellness benefits—cancelling incentives due to a perceived lack of ROI and participation.

Can it be that the wellness bubble has popped?

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