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Exclusive access to 40+ years of research-backed strategies and tools to help your school thrive
As a private-independent school leader, you want to employ the best research, insight, and advice to help your students succeed. Gain access to an exclusive membership community with research-based, data-driven strategies for every leadership division of your school.
Join ISM’s membership to access over 40 years of experience and research focused on helping schools—and their students—prosper.
- Ideas & Perspectives Online
5 Online Accounts + Admin
Join thousands of private-independent school administrators worldwide who receive focused research, insight, and advice from our flagship periodical, Ideas & Perspectives. This advisory letter provides year-round professional development that’s backed by more than 40 years of research and experience within private-independent schools. Use what you learn to gain confidence when making a strategic direction, solidify your stance with your Board, and stay aware of new private-school trends that may impact your constituencies.
- Grant Eligibility
Put your membership to work while stretching your professional development dollars. Silver members are eligible to apply for a grant of up to 50% off Summer Institute and Advancement Academy tuition.
- Complimentary Access to “Core Theory for Members” E-Book
Discover our findings and how they can be implemented in your school. Use our “Core Theory for Members” e-book to help improve your school’s strategies.
- LinkedIn Group
Members have exclusive access to a community of private school experts and fellow administrators on ISM’s Member Connection LinkedIn group. Ask a question, gain insight, and join a network of like-minded professionals that you can lean on for advice and strategies.
- Ideas & Perspectives Online and In Print
15 Online Accounts + Admin
15 Print Copies
Ideas & Perspectives is more than an advisory periodical. It’s year-round professional development delivered right to your office, backed by more than 40 years of experience within private-independent schools. Use the latest issue of Ideas & Perspectives to inform your enrollment management strategy, or access over 2,000 archived online articles to help create your school’s next five-year plan. Ideas & Perspectives is guidance and knowledge right at your fingertips when you need it most.
- Complimentary Access to All Webinars
Gold members have complimentary access to all ISM webinars—a value of over $5,000 every school year! Tune in on Wednesdays to participate in our latest webinar with fresh recommendations for your school. You can also access the full library of 115+ recorded webinars on topics including strategic planning, continuous enrollment, business office management, and many more—all of interest to your team.
- Savings On All Events
Gold members save 15% on all ISM’s professional development events and workshops, including Summer Institute, Advancement Academy, School Year Workshops, and Heads Retreat.
- Savings On Consulting Services
ISM Gold members receive 10% off consulting services with a three-year membership agreement.
- Savings On All Surveys
Use data collected through ISM’s surveys to help guide your decisions. Gold members save 15% on all parent, student, and faculty/staff satisfaction surveys; applicant and attrition surveys; and alumni surveys.
- Savings On All Books in the Bookstore
Take an in-depth look at a particular subject through ISM’s books, compendia, and collections. These detailed pieces outline ISM research, theory, and strategies to help you implement changes within your school.
- 5% Back on Qualified Purchases
Gold members earn 5% back on advisory services purchases—including workshops, consulting services, and surveys—that can be banked and used toward a qualified future ISM purchase. This can make it easier to learn new strategies and help further your school’s mission.
Members earn for renewing their school’s membership each year, attending events, conducting ISM surveys, and working with an ISM consultant. This money can be used toward the cost of future workshops, surveys, and consultations. Certain exclusions apply.
- Tools and Assessments
Understand your school’s strengths and challenges today so you can employ strategies to help it succeed. Take ISM’s proprietary self-assessment tool, the Stability Marker Snapshot™, to start the process of assessing the strength of your school’s organizational and financial positioning for long-term viability. Or take ISM’s Risk Management Assessment to learn what you need to know to protect your faculty, staff, students, and bottom line for years to come.
- Complimentary Access to All Research
Discover our findings and how they can be implemented in your school. Use our full catalog of research to help improve your school’s strategies.
- Grant Eligibility
Put your membership to work while stretching your professional development budgets. Gold members are eligible to apply for a grant of up to 100% off Summer Institute and Advancement Academy tuition.
- 90 Minutes of Phone Consulting
ISM offers 90 minutes of phone consultation time to Gold member schools each membership year. Use this time to solicit advice and feel confident that you’re doing what’s right for your school without missing a beat on campus. Gold members can also purchase up to an additional 90 minutes of phone consulting time.
- LinkedIn Group
Members have exclusive access to a community of private school experts and fellow administrators on ISM’s Member Connection LinkedIn group. Ask a question, gain insight, and join a network of like-minded professionals that you can lean on for recommended advice and strategies.