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Should Your Private School Offer Sexual Harassment Training?

Business and Operations ● February 7, 2019

Many school officials have questions when it comes to sexual harassment training. But before you de-prioritize this training in favor of the many other items on your to-do list, consider two important reasons to include harassment training in your professional development initiatives.

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The Head's Role in Major Gifts Fundraising

School Head ● February 6, 2019

For an effective major gifts fundraising program, the Leadership Team—you as School Head, the Board President, the Chair of the Board’s Development Committee, and the Development Director—must shift your focus. You’re not raising dollars—you’re building relationships.

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The Biggest Tuition-Setting Mistake Schools Make

School Head ● February 5, 2019

When it comes to setting your tuition, many schools make assumptions about what their families are willing to pay.Some schools think they must keep their prices low to match their local competitors. Others feel parents will simply refuse to pay tuition over a certain amount. Our research has found that these assumptions are not the case.

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Three Things Schools Need to Know About Homestay Programs

Private School News ● January 30, 2019

As more schools offer international programs, new questions have risen about the best ways to support foreign students. They’re separated from their families for months at a time and schools want to do what’s in their best interests. One method that schools take is homestay programs.

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Want a Stronger School Culture? Think ‘Professional Development’

Board of Trustees ● January 25, 2019

ISM often finds that private-independent schools still underfund professional development (PD), perhaps unaware of its importance and thus downplaying it in the budget. As a Trustee, ensure that enough funding is allocated to professional development for all school employees. The difference could be a vibrant school culture, rather than one that’s simply “going through the motions.”

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How to Involve Student Voices in the Disciplinary Process

Academic Leadership ● January 24, 2019

Many schools form disciplinary and honor committees to help resolve behavior-based student issues. If mission-appropriate, some schools choose to include students on these committees to ensure students feel heard and are involved in the process.

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Three Dimensions of Strategic Academic Planning

Academic Leadership ● January 23, 2019

Strategic academic planning is a complex subject with no simple answers. Your school must construct your academic offerings in a way that best supports your mission, while also doing what’s best for your students. Consider these three dimensions of strategic academic planning as you continue to evaluate what makes sense for your school.

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