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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Membership?

There are two ways to become an ISM member. Your school can opt to join as a Gold member, or a Silver member, each with unique benefits and saving opportunities. Click here to see a complete list of each level's benefits.

What is Ideas & Perspectives?

Ideas & Perspectives (I&P) is ISM’s flagship publication, published 16 times a year, serving more than 8,500 private school decision-makers with answers to their school’s administrative and governance concerns. We like to think of it as the most forward-thinking advisory letter for private-independent school leaders available. Its cutting-edge theory and research make it a staple for Gold and Silver members.

Both Gold and Silver members receive I&P in print (although the quantities differ), however only Gold members have access to the online article archives or receive electronic copies.

Can I access I&P on my iPad if my school is a Silver member?

Absolutely! Accessing I&P on your iPad is as easy as scanning the QR code on the back of each printed issue.

Is there an I&P app available for my smart device?

Not yet. However, you can still add each issue of I&P to your smart device by scanning the QR code on the back of each printed issue.

How much does membership cost?

It depends on whether you are taking advantage of the Gold membership or Silver membership.

Gold dues are based on your school's annual operating expenses, so membership is affordable for every school. However, we do have minimum and maximum dues. To calculate your membership dues, click here for our calculator.

Silver dues are offered at a flat rate of $881 per year.

How long does our membership last?

Both Gold and Silver memberships will expire one year from the day it goes into effect. Don't worry—we will send you a renewal notice!

Is there a customer rewards program for using ISM services?

Gold membership is a loyalty program itself, and we reward Gold members with credits for attending workshops, using on-site consulting, referring new Gold members, and for simply renewing a membership! Members can then spend these credits on workshops and consulting services. Credits accumulate year to year and do not expire unless the school does not renew its Gold membership.

If I enroll as a Gold member today, can I receive the Gold pricing for a workshop?


Is there an online member-only community for networking?

Yes! Gold and Silver members think creatively about the issues that shape private-independent schools through ISM Member Connection on LinkedIn.

ISM Member Connection is your place to discuss provocative questions, ideas, and theory with people who share your commitment—your fellow I&P readers and the ISM Consulting Team. You must have a current LinkedIn account to take part in this community. Log in or create a new account today at

How do I contact the Membership Manager?

To find out more about your membership benefits, e-mail Sara Snowden, ISM's Membership Manager, or call 302-656-4944 (ext. 141).

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