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Learn practical strategies to handle emerging trends and leadership challenges in private schools.

No matter if you’re a School Head, Admission Director, Development Director, Board member, or any other private school administrator—Ideas & Perspectives, ISM’s premier private school publication, has strategic solutions for the pervasive problems you face.

  • Tuition not keeping pace with your expenses? In I&P, explore how to use strategic financial planning to create your budget and appropriately adjust your tuition.
  • Enrollment dropping off? Discover how to implement the right admission and enrollment management strategies that engage your community—and fill your classrooms.
  • Trouble retaining teachers? Learn how you can best support your teachers using ISM’s Comprehensive Faculty Development framework. Your faculty members will become more enthusiastic about their roles—which ultimately improves student outcomes.
  • Fundraising campaigns not as successful as you’d hoped? Implement ISM’s practical advice and guidance to build a thriving annual fund, construct an effective capital campaign, and secure major donors—no matter your community size or location.
  • Not sure how to provide professional development—for you and your staff? Learn ways to develop and fund a successful professional development strategy. You can improve teacher-centered satisfaction and growth, which in turn strengthens student-centered learning.
  • Problematic schedule? You can master the challenges of scheduling with the help of ISM’s practical advice, based on our experience with hundreds of schools and our time-tested theories.
  • And so much more.

I&P has shared targeted research, up-to-date insight, and sound theory with school leaders since 1975. More than 8,500 private school decision-makers find the answers to their schools’ administrative and governance matters in our advisory letter. We give you the strategic answers you need.

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Schedule Rally Points Throughout the School Year to Relieve Student Stress

Volume 47 No. 10 // December 1, 2022

As a School Head or Division Head, you want your students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Our research shows schools can increase student engagement, achievement, and overall well-being by creating a well-paced school year that includes strategically scheduled long weekends and breaks and what ISM calls rally points throughout the year.

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A Facilities Maintenance Plan

Volume 47 No. 9 // November 1, 2022

Boards and School Heads must not overlook the maintenance of current facilities. Maintaining these major components appropriately and consistently is critical to ensuring your school’s programmatic excellence.

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How to Assess Your Advisory Program

Volume 47 No. 9 // November 1, 2022

In ISM’s research sample of 11,351 students, we noted the lackluster performance of advisory programs. We have detailed ways to improve advisory by enhancing each program’s clarity, teacher performance, and student engagement.

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