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The Department Chair must balance the roles of leader and colleague. When it comes to academics, they should be part of creating and implementing the school’s strategic academic plan.Read More
The right schedule helps you deliver your mission with excellence. It should be supremely student-centered—that means, it best supports student learning, not what adults in the school may want.Read More
Your school ambassadors must be on the same page when it comes to marketing and messaging. Alignment about the education that your school provides—and what makes your school different from its competitors—strengthens everyone’s efforts.Read More
The world is changing, and private school admission is changing right along with it. Parents and students want different things when it comes to their commitment to education, and it’s up to Admission Directors to illustrate the value their schools provide.Read More
It is always improper to accept a philanthropic gift from an applicant family prior to the student’s acceptance and subsequent enrollment in the school.Read More
Private-independent school cultures vary greatly, and some leaders wonder who has the “final say” when it comes to termination decisions.Read More
Many school leaders fear that raising tuition scares away prospective and current families. However, ISM’s research continues to debunk this notion.Read More
How your school compensates its teachers can be one of the trickiest issues to face as a Head. You want every teacher to feel that he or she is paid fairly for work performed, while abiding by your strategic financial plan and protecting the school’s long-term viability. Some members of the private school community have questioned whether merit pay makes sense as a faculty compensation structure for their school.Read More
It's a careful balance between managing parental expectations and donor relationships—all while focusing on providing the best mission-appropriate education for your students. We sat down with a School Head who navigates these channels each day to hear his perspectives on today’s pressure to succeed.Read More
Think of the expertise that’s in the room every time your Board of Trustees meets. What a tremendous resource—and here’s the opportunity to tap it. Still, you’ve noticed that great ideas and suggestions can slip away. They pop up during a discussion, but that information doesn’t get captured in the standard Board minutes.Read More