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The ISM Strategic Plan Format: A Sample ‘Year Two’

Vol. 43 No. 2

ISM Stability Marker No. 2—the second-ranked indicator for long-term private-school sustainability, according to ISM data—is an item focused on the existence and systematic use of a strategic plan and strategic financial plan that meets ISM criteria.

The Link Between the Spheres of Influence and Your Enrollment Management Plan

Vol. 43 No. 2

In previous issues of Ideas & Perspectives, we have examined the Spheres of Influence that impact enrollment demand at your school, including:

  • market position;
  • school culture; and
  • constituent relationships.

The Problem(s) With Teacher Evaluation

Vol. 43 No. 1

Every school must be able to answer this question: How do we assure that we have a great faculty to deliver the mission with excellence, and ultimately increase student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm? While the answer, “with an effective teacher evaluation process,” is a common response, a significant problem arises—teacher evaluation processes are completely ineffective. Large-scale research has found schools do not accurately discriminate between effective and ineffective teachers,1 nor do they drive professional development or improve student outcomes.2 In our travels, ISM Consultants have found few schools that serve as exemplars in this area. Your school likely struggles to establish an effective, consistent, and culture-enriching evaluation process.

Requests for Employee Information: What’s Your Policy?

Vol. 43 No. 1

The School Head is served a subpoena—a local attorney requests the personnel file of his client, your school’s former Admission Director. Her ex-husband has custody of their children and is gathering information for a child support hearing. What do you do now?

Preserving the Trust

Vol. 43 No. 1

As President of the Board, you have accepted leadership of the Trustees charged with preserving the school’s essential purposes and outcomes for future generations of students and families. What exactly comprises those “essential purposes and outcomes?” How, exactly, should those relate to the founding group’s seminal formulations? How do changing societal conditions and circumstances play into and perhaps transform those seminal formulations?

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