College Prep Is No Longer Enough: Prepare Your Students for Life

Status: RECORDED on JAN 04, 2017

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

In an increasingly competitive market, private-independent schools are under more pressure than ever to prove their value and relevance to their constituents. Almost all independent schools are college preparatory, as are most public schools, so preparation for the next education level is a basic expectation, not a difference-maker. Preparing students to be admitted to and succeed in college is a key responsibility and a very real and important expectation of private-independent school parents, but we can’t stop there and remain relevant. Schools have traditionally referred to life after school as “the real world.” To prepare students for their uncertain futures, schools need to better reflect “real life.”

This Webinar outlines the issues, provides a brief overview of relevant research, and offers concrete steps to take toward making school real for your students now.


  • How what we’re currently doing in schools correlate with success in college and beyond.
  • What to teach students when we can’t predict the future.
  • How we can make school look more like “the real world.”
  • How to involve our faculty in this shift.

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who Should Attend:School Heads, Division Heads/Principals, Academic Deans, Deans of Faculty, and Department Chairs will benefit from this session.

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Barbara Beachley

ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant


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.


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.

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