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When a new family decides to enroll at your school, the onboarding process must begin the minute they sign on the dotted line. Many schools make the mistake of failing to keep in touch with new families until right before opening day, leaving them on their own for weeks or months after enrolling. This leaves the family feeling apart from the community.Read More
The COVID-19 crisis has created a climate of uncertainty for development professionals. Schools are reviewing the results of a highly unusual fundraising season and trying to project income for the new year. Almost half of all schools experienced a decline in overall fundraising revenue for the 2019...Read More
We anticipate that many schools will use a combination of online learning and on-campus instruction—blended learning—for the 2020–2021 school year. If your school is among those considering blended learning, what grading system will you use? We outline our suggestions below.Read More
We continue to see diversity, equity, and inclusion discussed at a national level and within our own schools and neighborhoods. As leaders tasked with supporting the school’s mission, many administrators look for guidance on how to approach these conversations in their unique communities.Read More
COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives. We’ve received many questions from school leaders about how to pivot their offerings today and how to plan for the future. We wanted to share some of our answers with you here.Read More
As a result of these intense three months, five important lessons have emerged that can guide the future of your fundraising program.Read More
While communities still feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, your school can and should continue marketing. However, your messaging must shift. This is a time to reach out to people in solidarity and empathy. Create connections with new parents while also strengthening relationships with your current families. We recommend reviewing the following areas to continue marketing your school successfully.Read More
The pandemic has created a number of enrollment challenges for schools, including a decrease in inquiries, slowed admission funnel activity, more requests for financial aid, and delays in re-enrollment commitments. To prepare for a safe and successful reopening this fall, admission and enrollment management leaders must focus their recruitment and re-recruitment efforts on strategies that are empathetic and realistic.Read More
When West Side Montessori was faced with the challenge of distance learning, its leaders understandably had much to tackle. As at-home learning relies primarily on technology—which does not fit the school’s day-to-day philosophy—the leadership needed to ensure it constructed a unified, consistent approach for each level.Read More
The first day of the 2020–2021 school year will not be like any other. Now is the time to create and mobilize your School Reopening Task Force. This group must prepare and execute a detailed plan that prioritizes safety and continuity for your faculty, staff, students, and families. Your school’s plan serves as the foundation for a safe reopening and for the school year. Today, we’re sharing some things to consider.Read More