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Creating a Successful Advisory Program

Vol. 16 No. 5

A key attribute of a private-independent school education is the presence of an advisory program. Families value the one-on-one attention and mentoring their child receives, providing them with the academic guidance, character education, and personal development advice they need to excel within your school. Here are some tips for creating a successful advisory program to benefit students, families, and faculty.

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How to Announce a New Strategic Financial Plan

Vol. 16 No. 5

The holiday season is behind us, a new year is beginning, and you have big tasks on the horizon. Chances are your team is in the final stages of completing next year’s financial plan. It’s now your job to orchestrate announcing next year’s plans—along with any accompanying changes to tuition and fees—to the school community.

It can be difficult to share this news, and you may wonder about the best way to approach this announcement.

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Five Ways the School Head Can Work Effectively With the Board

Vol. 16 No. 4

Your role as School Head is to lead by example, inspire enthusiasm among faculty and staff, and ultimately enrich the student experience. The job requires patience, hard work, and dedication.

It also requires thoughtful planning to create and maintain a positive relationship with Board members.

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Creating a Focused and Condensed School Mission Statement

Vol. 16 No. 4

Your mission statement must describe the scope and guidance your school needs to define its purpose in a directive, clear, and distinguishing manner.

Chances are that your school has already created a mission statement. But if it fails to distinguish your program from others in the marketplace, consider reevaluation.

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6 Ways to Use the Characteristics of Professional Excellence

Vol. 16 No. 3

We often refer to the Characteristics of Professional Excellence: A list of specific behaviors, values, and attitudes that every school must create to illustrate how its faculty acts to meet the school’s mission and helps mold its intended graduates.

ISM has developed a broad list of Characteristics of Professional Excellence that includes 35 items we believe should help guide private-independent school educators’ actions and behaviors.

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How to Prepare for Your Next Board Meeting

Vol. 16 No. 3

All School Heads face the same dichotomy when it comes to the Board: You are the Board’s sole employee and are expected to receive direction from its members. Yet, you are the person in the school each day.

Board meetings are times when the whole Board comes together. Each meeting is the perfect time to help influence the Board’s operations and demonstrate your skill as a leader. Preparing effectively for each Board meeting is essential.

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