What is Ideas & Perspectives?

Managing a private-independent school can be complicated. Maybe you’re having trouble with recruitment and retention, or maybe you’re worried about your financial reserves.

Ideas & Perspectives (I&P), ISM's flagship advisory periodical, has provided research and guidance to private-independent school leaders since 1975.

What do I&P subscribers receive?

Today, ISM Member schools receive this advisory periodical 16 times each year and have a firsthand look at the most up-to-date theory, trends, and insight. I&P covers critical topics, such as:

  • ISM research findings and what they mean for your school;
  • key performance characteristics of effective administrators;
  • how school leaders can create a culture of predictability and supportiveness for faculty and staff;
  • how to design your annual fund as a platform for major gifts; and
  • much more.

These schools take advantage of strategic solutions that promote school viability and, ultimately, student achievement. Read sample articles from Ideas & Perspectives here.

How do I receive I&P at my school?

ISM’s Membership is the only way to access I&P’s timely advice and strategies.

Gold Members receive Ideas & Perspectives, both online and in print, as well as benefit from special pricing on workshops, webinars, surveys, and on-site consulting services. Silver Members receive I&P in print and a one-time use Silver Certificate worth 20% off one purchase of webinars and select books from the ISM website.

When school leaders can rely on the most up-to-date insight to help guide their decisions, students win.

Learn more about I&P.

See what ISM Members have to say about I&P:

I enjoy the benefits of ISM’s researched and pragmatic approach to school management. I&P article searches have guided me with a variety of information including administrative job descriptions, re-recruitment techniques and, most recently, in my first strategic planning session.

Michele Shane, Head of School, The Children’s House, MI

ISM has been and continues to be an invaluable resource to the development of my school and me.

Nancy Davies, Head of School, Orchard House School, VA


See the full list of Membership benefits below.

Silver Membership Go Silver →

Ideas & Perspectives

Silver Members receive a subscription to ISM's venerable research-based Ideas & Perspectives, published 16 times a year.

This includes three print copies per school to be designated by the school.

I&P for iPad

For Silver members who are on the go or just want to lower their carbon footprint—Ideas & Perspectives is now available on iPad.

Scan the QR Code printed on your paper copy of I&P. The issue downloads instantly to iBooks and is available for you to read—anywhere, any time!

Member Connection

ISM Members think creatively about the issues that shape private-independent schools. This is your place to discuss provocative questions, ideas, and theory with people who share your commitment—your fellow I&P readers and the ISM Consulting Team. Sign up now and join the stimulating conversation!

Silver Savings

Silver members receive preferred pricing when it comes to shopping on our Web site.

Silver Members receive a one-time use Silver Certificate worth 20% off your total purchase of webinars and select books from our website.

ISM Theory for Members

This collection (PDF) of articles will to get you up to speed on ISM theory.

As you read Ideas & Perspectives this handy resource puts key ISM theory at your fingertips. Access it from your desktop, laptop, or smart device.

Gold Membership Go Gold →

Ideas & Perspectives

Gold Members receive a subscription to ISM's venerable research-based Ideas & Perspectives published 16 times a year. This includes seven print copies per school, with recipients designated by the school. Members also receive unlimited online access to more than 600 articles from ISM's advisory publications online. Search current issues or browse the archives.

I&P for iPad

For Gold members who are on the go or who just want to lower their carbon footprint—Ideas & Perspectives is now available on iPad.

Scan the QR Code printed on your paper copy of I&P. The issue downloads instantly to iBooks and is available for you to read—anywhere, any time!

ISM Theory for Members

Download this collection (PDF) of articles to get you up to speed on ISM theory. As you read Ideas & Perspectives this handy resource puts key ISM theory at your fingertips. Access it from your desktop, laptop, or smart device.

ISM Research

As a Gold member, you get full access to the research area of our Web site, including the most recent survey results and studies. ISM routinely carries out surveys and studies across North America.

Gold Savings

Gold members have preferred pricing when it comes to shopping on our Web site. Enroll at the Gold Level and:

  • Save 15% on ISM Workshops
  • Save 10% on ISM Webinars
  • Save 10% on ISM Consulting services
  • Save up to 30% on ISM Bookstore purchases
  • Save 5% on Surveys
  • Member Connection

    Gold and Silver members think creatively about the issues that shape private-independent schools through ISM Member Connection on LinkedIn

    Telephone Consulting

    Gold Members receive 90 minutes of free telephone consulting per year. Schedule a call! Contact Barb Mitchell, Consulting Coordinator, (302-656-4944), describe the issue, and she will schedule a time for you to talk with an ISM Consultant.

    Loyalty Rewards Program

    We reward Gold Members with credits for attending workshops, using on-site consulting, referring new Gold members and for simply renewing a membership! Members can then spend these credits on workshops and consulting services. Credits accumulate year to year and do not expire unless the school does not renew it's Gold Membership.

    Risk Assessment Survey

    Rate your school's current risk levels and receive scores that prioritize areas for action. Is your school community prepared to deal with risks? Are you aware of all of the potential areas of risk and where your school needs to improve? Use your scores from this survey as a basis for effective decision making.

    The Collection Series

    Members have free access to ISM Collections, key ISM theory grouped by topic in handy e-books. Topics include:

  • Purpose and Outcome Statements
  • Affordability and financial aid
  • Development
  • Risk management
  • And much more
  • Our guarantee: If you're not satisfied with Ideas & Perspectives for any reason, you may cancel your subscription and receive a full refund for your entire subscription.

    Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Sara Snowden, ISM Membership Manager, at sara@isminc.com or at 302-656-4944.

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