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Are Open Houses Effective for Private School Admission?

Advancement ● April 15, 2019

The world is changing, and private school admission is changing right along with it. Parents and students want different things when it comes to their commitment to education, and it’s up to Admission Directors to illustrate the value their schools provide.

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Have You Considered Merit Pay for Your Faculty?

School Head ● April 2, 2019

How your school compensates its teachers can be one of the trickiest issues to face as a Head. You want every teacher to feel that he or she is paid fairly for work performed, while abiding by your strategic financial plan and protecting the school’s long-term viability. Some members of the private school community have questioned whether merit pay makes sense as a faculty compensation structure for their school.

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Admission and Ethics: A Head’s Perspective

School Head ● April 1, 2019

It's a careful balance between managing parental expectations and donor relationships—all while focusing on providing the best mission-appropriate education for your students. We sat down with a School Head who navigates these channels each day to hear his perspectives on today’s pressure to succeed.

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Action Minutes Make Sure Good Ideas Do Not Get Away

Board of Trustees ● March 28, 2019

Think of the expertise that’s in the room every time your Board of Trustees meets. What a tremendous resource—and here’s the opportunity to tap it. Still, you’ve noticed that great ideas and suggestions can slip away. They pop up during a discussion, but that information doesn’t get captured in the standard Board minutes.

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How Better Classroom Design Can Improve Learning

Board of Trustees ● March 27, 2019

Perhaps it’s not surprising that teachers desire spacious classrooms. They prefer collaborative spaces that are flexible and open, which they believe to be more conducive to learning. As the use of technology increases, classroom accommodation becomes a larger issue.

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Admission Cheating

Private School News ● March 19, 2019

Headlines have recently trumpeted high-profile individuals and institutions becoming involved in various forms of college-level admission cheating. While there is no foolproof way to prevent nefarious conduct of this sort, you must use available safeguards to keep your school from becoming inadvertently complicit in schemes of this kind.

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