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- 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.
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Borrowing originally from concepts advanced within the for-profit sector, ISM has for decades taught a basic competitive marketing truth: private schools can compete based on price, product, or process, but not based on all three at the same time. And separately—also for decades—ISM Consultants have taught Boards of Trustees and senior administrators the implications of the ISM Circle, a unique approach to evaluating private school organizational structure. This article shows how to combine these related concepts into a unified set of ideas.Login to see the full article
A Paid-Time-Off (PTO) bank is a repository of hours on which employees may draw without differentiating among vacation days, sick time, or personal time. In its “pure” form, the PTO bank provides an employee unlimited freedom, within the PTO maximum, to decide not to be in the classroom, on the playing field, on the stage, in the administrative office, or anyplace else their responsibilities normally require. Is this a practicable concept for your school?Login to see the full article
In an earlier issue of Ideas & Perspectives, we discussed how to maintain your advisory program during a school closure. The following article provides advice on how to handle your program after such an event.Login to see the full article
As Board President or Chair of the Committee on Trustees (COT), you are keenly aware of the importance of the relationship between your Board and your School Head. The tenor of your Board meetings can contribute to, or detract from, the quality of this relationship. This quality is, in part,...Login to see the full article
When your school closes for a sustained period during an emergency, as School Head or Division Head, you must make many prudent programmatic and other adaptations to serve your school community and its strategic interests. The continuity of your middle and upper school advisory program may well be i...Login to see the full article
Despite your best planning and preparation efforts, your school may fall victim to events beyond your control that force a school shutdown. Crises such as fires, flooding, and pandemics have the potential to necessitate a suspension of on-campus operations and prevent you from delivering classroom i...Login to see the full article
Although it may be an unpleasant topic, private-independent schools sometimes face the death of a School Head, teacher, Principal, Founder, or another prominent member of the school community. Whether or not the passing is unexpected, you, as Board President or School Head, must be prepared...Login to see the full article
An economic disruption can call into question many fundraising practices. We assume our donors are reluctant to be involved and less inclined to make gifts to our school. In fact, a crisis can enable you, as Development Director, to become even more donor-centered in your approach to major gift fund...Login to see the full article
Previously in I&P, we discussed the potential benefits of a merger between two or more schools. Should you take this route, as Board Chair and School Head, you will have the ultimate responsibility in selecting the leaders as the schools merge. The School Head The Board of Trustees ...Login to see the full article
As a Marketing Communications Director, you may often feel that you are on a proverbial treadmill. As you juggle the multitude of emails to send, collateral pieces to design, messages to craft, and photos to shoot, it can seem challenging to keep pace or get any forward movement on your strateg...Login to see the full article