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The annual fund is the foundation of your school’s philanthropic program. Even in uncertain times, your school should continue to fundraise for the annual fund. Here's how to ensure your efforts are effective.Read More
The 2020–21 school year will be a test of the lessons learned this spring. Enrollment management leaders must adapt their strategies to meet families' needs during this pandemic.Read More
Distance learning requires a modified schedule to meet the unique needs of remote education—you cannot simply mirror your on-campus schedule for distance learning at home. This article provides some insight on how to plan your schedule for the coming year.Read More
Most recently, the national conversation about racial inequality has dominated Most schools’ social media and internal communication channels. It has mandated a proactive response from Boards and administrations. As a development professional, you are often the “gatekeeper” for both the school and constituents who support it. What actions should you take that contribute positively to your school’s response and serve the concerns of your constituents?Read More
ISM recently conducted a survey to better understand how parents feel about their private school’s transition to distance learning this spring. One thing is clear. When it comes to distance learning and family satisfaction in the new school year, schools will be held to a much higher standard.Read More
If your existing contract does not include force majeure language—or fails to declare distance learning an acceptable substitute for on-campus instruction—you might be tempted to ask parents to sign a new contract, or to sign a contract addendum, for 2020–21.Read More
As a school leader, you must understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your teachers. From transitioning quickly to distance learning to the unknowns of the 2020–21 school year, burnout is possible (if not probable). You should know what to watch for, and how to respond if you see that your teaching staff needs additional support.Read More
As antiracism protests throughout the United States have swelled after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black Americans, private-independent school leaders are faced with communicating their reactions to these tragedies.Read More
This spring’s crisis-driven transition to distance learning was a major disruption. However, it also presented an opportunity to reimagine traditional education. If you haven’t already, consider redesigning your academic program to subscribe to a student-centered, outcome-based education model, rather than delivering a standards-based education.Read More
The economic fallout of the global pandemic is still unknown. Families and donors are facing an uncertain financial future. Your school’s development and fundraising targets hang in the balance. Radical changes have taken place since the last time campuses were open, and when school reopens in the fall, things will certainly not be the same. Development operations must evolve in this climate of insecurity.Read More