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You need your messages to resonate with parents on everything from big picture value to tactical, day-to-day information. But how do you reach them where they are, and ensure they get the information they need? Every generation desires prefers to receive information differently.Read More
Financial aid can be a sensitive topic for families and schools alike.To add to the tension, there will inevitably be families that don’t receive the amount of aid they applied for. Some will accept this number and others will request a conversation with your financial aid decision-maker to hear your school’s reasoning for its award. When it comes to these conversations, keep these tips in mind.Read More
The millennials are here. The millennial generation is typically defined as those between the ages of 25 and 37, meaning many school leaders are seeing millennial parents enter their ranks. What should private-school leaders know about the millennial generation of parents today?Read More
ISM has long recommended that schools set aside funding for professional development of teachers, and this starts with the Board during the strategic planning and strategic financial planning process.Read More
Consider all the buildings on your school’s campus. Is deferred maintenance—the practice of delaying building repairs—slowly and silently destroying your facilities?Read More
School leaders must strike a delicate balance when it comes to working with your direct reports. You want the faculty and staff that report to you to know that you care for their well-being, while also maintaining a sense of professionalism in your relationship. To that end, there may be some unspoken questions between you and your employees.Read More
Spotting a toxic teacher is one thing—but there are steps you can take to help prevent teachers from becoming toxic in the first place.Read More
Parents, understandably, expect a high return on investment for their tuition dollars. So they want to ensure their children receive the full benefit of their expenditure—and this passion can sometimes cause friction between school leaders and their parent body.Read More
A first-time donor has promised a significant kickoff gift for your upcoming major gifts campaign—but hasn't made any promises in writing. Do you announce the gift?Read More
It can be tempting to claim that your school offers the best of everything. But in reality, that simply cannot be true—you can’t be all things to all people. Instead, we recommend that your school define its marketplace stance.Read More