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Should Your School Purchase Email Lists?

Marketing Communications ● October 4, 2020

As a marketing leader, a primary goal is sharing your school’s message with your community. While you already have an email list of former and current families, you are always looking for ways to expand your reach and drive interest in your school. One question we’ve heard often: Should schools purchase email marketing lists of prospective families?

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Six Ways to Use Your Guide to Giving and Getting Involved During and After COVID-19

Fundraising ● September 27, 2020

ISM recommends that your Development Office publish an annual Guide to Giving and Getting Involved to help your constituents understand the case for voluntary support and the myriad ways that they can be involved in your school community. It is critical to remind parents who are not regularly on campus that the school must be sustained through the commitment of time and money from its friends.

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How to Use Content Marketing to Boost Inquiries

Marketing Communications ● September 27, 2020

Your website is the face of your school, especially when visits to campus are less than ideal. Your school website presents your school’s mission, describes what you offer to prospective students, and persuades families to submit an inquiry. Your goal as a marketing leader? Create content that encourages families to connect with your admission team.

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Four Steps for Supporting Your Teachers Amid Stress and Uncertainty

Academic Leadership ● September 27, 2020

No matter how you began the school year, teaching has never been more difficult. Teachers are often learning new instructional methods as they go, doing everything in their power to help their students overcome obstacles. As an academic leader, it’s imperative that you match their dedication with all the support and resources available.

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How to Conduct a “Return to Work” Debrief

Business and Operations ● September 20, 2020

Part of your “return to school” plan probably involved speaking with faculty and staff about how they could return to work fairly and safely, regardless of whether or not your campus would re-open for in-person instruction. Now is the time to reflect on those conversations.

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A Positive Faculty Culture Can Help Prevent Teacher Burnout

Academic Leadership ● September 20, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 feels relentless. Whether your school returned to campus this fall, is conducting learning online, or is using a combination of the two, stress is imminent. Teachers can especially suffer from this stress as they balance new methodologies for instruction with their own family concerns. You must be able to recognize when a teacher may be reaching a level of burnout.

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Four Steps for Cultivating Better Relationships With BIPOC Students

School Heads ● September 13, 2020

The relationships between your school and your students do not begin and end with admission and graduation. Recruiting, retaining, and engaging students and alumni is only successful when time and effort is put toward lasting, ongoing relationships. When it comes to building relationships with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, you must lead with intentionality and genuine drive to see these students thrive. Your school must develop a framework for enrollment management, marketing, and development that effectively engages your BIPOC community.

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Five Do’s and Don’ts When Working With Volunteers

Fundraising ● September 13, 2020

As an Admission or Development Director, it would be nearly impossible to do your job without the help and support of volunteers. The quality of your volunteers’ experiences with your school makes a profound difference in their ability to accomplish their given tasks and their willingness to volunteer again. Follow these “do’s and don’ts” when supporting your volunteers.

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