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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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Enrollment Forecasting for the Coming School Year

Volume 47 No. 7 // September 1, 2022

You, as Business Manager of your PK–12 school, are in the initial stages of putting together the first draft of your operating budget for the coming year, which will be Year Three of your current strategic financial plan. Line 1A of your strategic financial spreadsheet (not shown in this article)&nb...

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The Pandemic’s Disruption: The Changing Labor Market

Volume 47 No. 7 // September 1, 2022

Early in the pandemic, the ISM consulting team asked a critical question: Will the pandemic be an event to simply endure, or will it forever change the marketplace for private schools? It is now clear the pandemic is a disruptor, and school leaders, executives, and Trustees must be prepared for significant changes.

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Gaining Student Engagement for Advisory Through the ‘Advisory Alliance’

Volume 47 No. 6 // June 1, 2022

The traditional classroom is a single teacher, occupying a third of the physical space at the front of a classroom at a “board” (i.e., chalk, dry-erase, electronic) while delivering the curriculum to a “small classroom” of students. Observations and interviews with students across the nation confirm that this method still predominantly describes most classrooms in middle and upper schools.

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