Performance Reviews: Missing the Forest for the Trees

Vol. 11 No. 2

As human beings, we’re all apt to “miss the forest for the trees” on occasion. Nowhere is this truer than in organizations, especially regarding performance reviews. Here is a story from outside the world of education that may help us see a few truths pertinent to teacher evaluations within private-independent schools.


Ask Michael

Vol. 11 No. 2

Q: We're having a debate within our administrative team about whether we should continue to offer contracts to teachers, or not. What is ISM's recommendation?


Pruning the Orchard: The Cost of a Few Bad Apples

Vol. 11 No. 2

We’ve entered the fall harvest season, with apple, cranberry, and pumpkin festivals abound. This brings to mind the question whether we allow “a few bad apples to spoil the bunch”—or whether prudent “pruning” will help our orchards thrive in the years to come.


Risk Management: Avoiding Scams

Vol. 11 No. 2

A large shipment of toner shows up at your school. Scratching your head, you try to remember the last time you placed an order. Did you order this much toner? Was it that afternoon you were fighting off a nasty head cold?

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Green Corner: Green Halloween

Vol. 11 No. 2

Holidays are a great time to practice green options. From decorations to ghoulish night alternatives, there are thousands of creative green options available. Here are a few we found online.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Vol. 11 No. 2

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of its wide reach, women need to be aware of their risks and the signs of the disease for early detection. As part of your wellness program, share the following information with your faculty and staff in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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