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The Unexpected Mental Health Benefits of Makerspaces

Academic Leadership // June 4, 2023

No educator needs to be told there’s a student mental health crisis. Many causes have contributed to the drastic decline in student well-being, but a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics takes a different perspective. The study argued that the decrease in time allotted for independent student a...

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Pros and Cons of SEO vs. PPC For Your School

Marketing Communications // June 4, 2023

Purposeful marketing can help lead to full enrollment and even waitpools. But setting your budget and allocating expenses requires time, research, and, of course, careful attention to the efficacy of your various campaigns. ISM’s consulting experience suggests schools produce the best results whe...

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ISM Expands Its Advancement Consulting Team

ISM Announcements // June 4, 2023

ISM is thrilled to welcome two new full-time Consultants to our Advancement Team. Phil Higginson, IAP-L, joins ISM as a full-time development and fundraising Consultant on July 1. A nationally recognized independent school development leader, Phil brings tremendous experience in annual giving, ma...

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Getting Your Trustees on Board With Advancement Initiatives

Marketing Communications // May 21, 2023

A private-independent school’s sustainability is inextricably linked to its advancement efforts—that is, its ability to attract and retain aligned students and families and to raise philanthropic gifts that help fulfill its mission and vision. In many schools, advancement is synonymous with devel...

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Vaping and Drug Use Prevention: How to Reach a Teenage Audience

School Health and Wellness // May 21, 2023

Substance abuse in the adolescent populations has soared over the last several years. Media reports of this upward trajectory suggest a hopeless battle. But targeted prevention efforts are showing significant success, and it all starts at school. Get the Facts Marijuana is now legal across muc...

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Homestay Programs: Tips for Retaining and Recruiting Families

Enrollment Management // May 21, 2023

For many schools, the viability of their international student programs depends on the support of host families. Finding and keeping reliable host parents is a common challenge. Juggling the recruitment and retention of homestay families, and mitigating your program’s risk can quickly become over...

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Creating the Universal Learning Classroom: What Does It Mean?

Academic Leadership // May 21, 2023

The concept of Universal Design was first introduced by architect Ron Mace in the 1980s. His theory, based on architectural design, focused on the idea that you could design products and environments that would work for everyone, as well as meet ADA requirements. Consider a sidewalk curb, which i...

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Storytelling as a Tool to Teach Emotional Literacy in Lower School

School Health and Wellness // May 21, 2023

Classrooms are places for social education as much as they are for academic education. By building classrooms centered on emotional literacy, teachers show students how to establish meaningful relationships with others and, ultimately, how to feel more in control of their lives. That might sound ...

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Asking Constituents What Matters: Take the Guesswork Out of Surveys

School Leadership // April 30, 2023

Understanding constituents’ needs, opinions, and concerns is critical for a school to effectively serve its students, parents, Board, alumni, and other community members. Surveys are one of the best and most effective ways to gather this information. Surveys can help schools: gain valuable ...

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