• 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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Effective Career Awareness and Development Program for K-8 Students

Released March 2012. In this report, Hanover Research examines the importance of career development programs for elementary and middle school students, as well as effective practices in the delivery of career-focused educational programs. The report draws on a review of the literature, as well as case examples from across the nation and Texas, specifically.

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Review of The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers

Released February 2012. This review, published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), concern the report, The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers, which "concludes that teachers whose students tend to show high gains on their test scores (called "high value-added teachers") also contribute to later student success in young adulthood, as indicated by outcomes such as college attendance and future earnings."

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What Do Students Pay for College?

Released January 2012. IPEDS has long collected and reported data on tuition, required fees, and room and board charges for first-time, full-time undergraduate (FTFTUG) students. These charges, along with other miscelleneous expenses, constitute what is known as the “published price of attendance” or the “cost of attendance.” This information is essential for college placement and counseling endeavors at private-independent schools.


ISM e-letter Readers Survey Concerns 2011

In July 2011, we sent our e-Letter subscribers a short survey asking about their concerns regarding their position and what obstacles they felt their school faced. This was the third consecutive year ISM asked its e-Letter subscribers to participate, and we were impressed with the response—especially since we circulated the survey during the summer. In total, 932 private-independent school administrators responded—nearly a 8% response rate.

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Controlling the Spread of Disease in Schools

Released December 2011. Pandemic and seasonal infectious diseases such as influenza may have serious negative health and economic consequences. Certain non-pharmaceutical intervention strategies – including school closures – can be implemented rapidly as a first line of defense against spread. Such interventions attempt to reduce the effective number of contacts between individuals within a community; yet the efficacy of closing schools to reduce disease transmission is unclear, and closures certainly result in significant economic impacts for caregivers who must stay at home to care for their children. Using individual-based computer simulation models to trace contacts among schoolchildren within a stereotypical school setting, we show how alternative school-based disease interventions have great potential to be as effective as traditional school closures without the corresponding loss of workforce and economic impacts.

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Online K-12 Schooling Schooling in the U.S.: Uncertain Private Ventures in Need of Public Regulation

Released October 2011. This brief, published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), concerns the growth of online learning at the K-12 level in public schools, and discusses "policy changes to governments at all levels." The research presented may prove useful to private schools now venturing into virtual schooling, distance learning, and the use of technology to create virtual courses.

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