Build a Culture of Data in Independent Schools

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Status: RECORDED on JAN 20, 2016

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

In most private-independent schools, “culture of data” is a foreign term because decisions are often based on anecdotes, the vocal minority, past events, or “instinct.” Examples of this abound: “We need a Mandarin program because the parents are all asking for it;” “We need a pool. Families are leaving for another school that has a swim team;” “We must lower our tuition. Our enrollment is down because of the economy.”

However, without proper data to support them, decisions like these, can be costly to schools and, in this era of increasing competition, may threaten long-term sustainability and cause mission-drift. Yet many private-independent schools resist implementing a school-wide system of data collection that serves as the foundation for decision-making and strategic planning because they fear that the mission of the school, the autonomy of the faculty, and the independent curriculum may be jeopardized. This Webinar discusses the process involved in preparing your school to become one that systematically collects data to make informed strategic decisions, while honoring your school’s unique mission.

You'll Cover These Topics:

  • The importance of data collection
  • The types of data schools collect and for what purposes
  • The steps involved in building a culture of data
  • Data communications management
  • Data collection management

Run Time: 60 minutes; 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A.

Who Should Attend: This Webinar is designed for all school administrators.

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Barbara Beachley

ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant

Expertise

Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis.

Current Role

As Director of ISM Advisory Services, Barbara:

  • Oversees ISM’s Consulting, Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions
  • Consults in strategic academic planning and school leadership
  • Writes for ISM’s publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
  • Facilitates some of ISM's scheduling workshops, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods
  • Leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute, including Transformative Academic Leadership: Inspire and Empower Excellence and Administration and Faculty Evaluation: Maximize Your Team's Capacity
  • Speaks at educational conferences, including CASE-NAIS, EMA, and AISAP
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats

Prior Experience

Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.

While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.

Education

Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

Personal Mission Statement

To cherish my work and to support and empower educators such that they cherish theirs.

If several of us at the school want to attend the Webinar, do we each have to register and pay?

If two or more people at your school want to attend the Webinar in the same location (for example, in a conference room with one monitor) then you only need to register and pay for one person who will receive the email and link. If you have people in remote locations, each person will need to register and pay separately. Essentially, a registration and payment gives you one link to the Webinar.

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What is the difference between single-topic Webinars, Webinar clusters, and Webinar courses?

Single-topic Webinars: These are basic, 60-minute Webinars (typically 45 minutes long with a 15 minute Q&A session), covering various timely concerns and/or situations. Our calendar is updated monthly, and sometimes weekly, as these sessions are designed to tackle a current need within the private-independent school world.

Webinar clusters: These are Webinar sessions covering one topic, but divided into multiple sessions over several days so that the topic can be explored in more detail without overwhelming the attendees. They are designed both for timely topics, such as an update on recent federal laws, and for more general concerns, such as designing your employee medical package to meet both your budget goals and your school’s unique culture.

Webinar courses: These Webinars are designed to function as an ISM workshop but are done remotely. Since they are remote you will not need to travel and incur additional expenses due to that travel. Webinar courses are broken into smaller segments than typical on-site workshops so you won't need to sit in front of your computer for days on end. In fact, Webinar courses can extend over months giving you time to work on projects that a workshop leader may require.

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