• Research, Theory, and Analysis

    For years now, this phrase has been the tagline for Ideas & Perspectives, our flagship publication. The phrase not only reflects the content of our advisory letter, but it resides at the core of Independent School Management’s raison d'être—supporting private-independent school leaders.

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Solar Schools Assessment and Implementation Project: Financing Options for Solar Installations on K-12 Schools

Released in October 2011. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is providing technical assistance to school districts as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar America Showcase program. This document focuses on financial options developed specifically for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at public schools, but much of the advice concerning aspects of financing renewable energy systems are applicable in private school settings.

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The 21st Century School: Facilities

Don’t plan or build in a way that represents a 20th century model of either building or learning. Look at renovation and new building as an opportunity to move toward a student-centered design process that will optimize mission-appropriate learning. This article provides four “hints” concerning what the future may hold for school facilities.


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Private Schooling in the U.S.: Expenditures, Supply, and Policy Implications

This report provides a first-of-its-kind descriptive summary of private school expenditures. It includes comparisons of expenditures among different types and affiliations of private schools, and it also compares those expenditures with public school expenditures for districts in the same state and labor market. Citation: Baker, B. (2009). Private schooling in the U.S.: Expenditures, supply, and policy implications. Boulder and Tempe: Education and the Public Interest Center & Education Policy Research Unit. Retrieved January 2011 from http://epicpolicy.org/publication/private-schooling-US

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Green Schools as High Performance Learning Facilities

Released September 2010. Tremendous capital expenditure going to new construction and renovation of schools, coupled with global concern for the environment, means many school decision makers across the country are considering the cost and value of green schools. With those factors at the forefront, the question that comes to mind is: What is a green school? In practice, a green school is the physical result of a consensus process of planning, design, and construction that takes into account a building’s performance over its entire 50- to 60-year life cycle. The main focus of the process is to reinforce optimal learning, a goal very much in keeping with the parallel goals of resource efficiency and minimal pollution.

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Appropriate Tuition Adjustment: Recasting Financial Figures, 2010-11

Each fall, ISM publishes a set of conversion factors to facilitate the recasting of previous tuitions into current dollars. We continue to use the Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). However, we also realize that the CPI-U does not completely reflect expenditures in private-independent schools; it can only serve as a base figure. There are compelling arguments for adjusting your tuition at a rate higher than the overall inflation rate. This article also makes comparisons with the Higher Education Price index (HEPI).

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Full Steam Ahead: Cutting Edge Research and Opinion for Excellent Independent Schools

In the Spring 2010 edition of Independent School, NAIS, writes persuasively and interestingly in the article, “A Game-Changing Model for Financially Sustainable Schools.” ISM has written the following commentary concerning the issue of sustainability and the points that NAIS makes. ISM concurs that there is a “game changer” in private education and that this game changer will be evidenced in the finances of schools—but the finances of schools are the wrong focus for understanding what the change is.

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