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Private-independent schools often shy away from using employment applications (whether online or on paper) in their faculty hiring process. They assume (or fear) that prospective teachers see it as unnecessarily bureaucratic and beneath their dignity as professionals. Administrators believe that an application is just the same as a résumé and see no point in duplicating the effort. However, applications provide definite protections for the school that résumés do not, making them an important part of a safe and effective hiring process.Login to see the full article
You, as School Head, have a vested interest in a Head Support and Evaluation Committee (HSEC) functioning at a consistently high level, year after year. ISM's two major premises underlying this strategically crucial committee are these.Login to see the full article
Your goal in the Evaluate stage of the Donor Cycle (see the accompanying graphic) is to develop a deeper understanding of your prospects-their ability to give, their commitment, and their track record of giving. You'll achieve this goal by determining the answers to three essential questions for each individual. What is this person's passion? What would it take for this person to make a gift to this campaign? What would it take for this person to make a significant gift?Login to see the full article
The Circle graphically links private-independent school structure to private-independent school function, allowing Leadership Teams to evaluate their current management structure, for its goodness-of-fit, to their school’s current array of functions. This, in turn, allows a more precise ap...Login to see the full article
As Admission Director, you know much rides on the success of your annual open house event(s). While many schools experience great results at their open houses, many Admission Directors believe their results could and should be better. Some have abandoned traditional open house events, beli...Login to see the full article
It is important to understand there is something markedly different between “difference makers” and the merely “good.” The Stability Markers have been adjusted through the iterations to establish metrics and priorities beyond “nice to have.” The markers are criteria that schools should use...Login to see the full article
Consider the following list of suggestions as you prioritize your college counseling program. If your program is too understaffed to handle these elements, a great deal will be left undone. If this is the case, urge your School Head to hire more staff at the next Board strategic planning and strategic financial planning event.Login to see the full article
You know you have a highly educated faculty, but are they highly informed as well? An important part of your job as School Head is to systematically inform teachers about the school. When it comes to the "institutional support" aspects, can they speak as confidently about the school's strategic plan as they do about their lesson plans? Do they understand the basics of governance, advancement, finance, and facilities? You address these topics continuously with the Board and Leadership Team, yet they may seem light-years away to a teacher immersed in second grade math or high school AP calculus.Login to see the full article
Private-independent schools of any enrollment size, grade configuration, or operating budget are most likely to succeed with campaigns when the following (not all-inclusive) characteristics are in place well before the public phase is launched. You, as Board Chair, Development Committee Chair, School Head, or Development Director, should consider the following as you look forward to your next (or first) campaign.Login to see the full article
If you, the School Head, discover your school is in a viability-threatening rate of enrollment decline, your need to be strategic is most keen. Perhaps your front-line strategy is to take a “wait-and-see” approach and hope that your school can open the school year with the number of studen...Login to see the full article