Research & Reports

ISM's Research and Reports
ISM's Research and Reports

Develop strategies based on sound research and analysis germane to private schools.

ISM’s continuous research is at the core of our theory, workshops, and consultations, and is the driving force behind Ideas & Perspectives and our other publications. We analyze our own survey and report information, and routinely peruse statistics and data developed by the government and other educational organizations.

ISM's goal is to provide various resources of relevance to private schools, sharing information and advice to help them prosper. 

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Six Steps You Must Take When Creating Next Year’s Summer Program

Whitepaper ● August 24, 2018

While the summer program takes place over a few months in the summer, it often requires a full calendar year to prepare successfully. Careful planning is essential to create the best summer program possible for your students, school, and community. We provide you with tips and advice to ensure you have a high quality program in our white paper, Six Steps You Must Take When Creating Next Year’s Summer Program.

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5 Elements to Consider When Setting Your Financial Aid Policy

Whitepaper ● August 24, 2018

Setting the correct financial aid policy for your school allows you to more consistently and accurately award the right amount of aid to mission-appropriate families. Learn strategies for setting a mission-appropriate financial aid policy that makes sense for your families, your school, and your community with our white paper, 5 Elements to Consider When Setting Your School’s Financial Aid Policy.

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Sexual Misconduct: Four Steps to Reduce Risk

Report ● January 30, 2018

Reducing the risk of sexual violence on campus starts with awareness. Sexual misconduct can happen at any school at any time. An Associated Press investigation uncovered 17,000 sexual crime reports in K–12 schools from fall 2011 through spring 2015. And, since 2014, The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education has seen a 500% increase in sexual violence claims.

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Disaster Recovery Procedures

Report ● August 30, 2017

Dealing with a disaster, natural or otherwise, can be some of the most difficult work you do as a school administrator. You must enact a timely response, working quickly to provide emotional support as needed, establishing a plan to move forward, and keeping open lines of communication with students, parents, faculty, and staff. Below are suggestions for how your private-independent school can navigate the disaster recovery process, as well as administrative actions and position-specific duties you may want to consider. We hope that you are able to use this advice to get your school up and running as soon as possible, providing a safe haven for your students and a positive place for your community.

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