Read this helpful publication on the various terms, purposes, and common issues that arise within independent school bylaws.
Our Survey Center surveys offer quantitative data you can use to assess the performance of schools leaders, understand expectations of — and improve relations with — parents, and uncover the experiences students had at your school.
This advisory identifies key laws that govern protection of student privacy and describes best practices member schools can use to protect student privacy when using online educational resources.
Within the Trustee Site, in the third section covering Key Board Roles, this is the article detailing the duty of care, which describes the level of competence expected of a trustee.
The state, regional, and international accrediting organizations that are members of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation.
This section includes diversity and mission statements from a variety of member schools.
This is the landing page for accreditation, including information on independent school associations and state associations and regional associations.
NAIS PGPs define high standards and ethical behavior in key areas. See revised PGPs in admission, equity and justice, head searches, and teaching and learning.
How do you start your board meetings? Do you have a good way to get the board up to speed on the school's current financial status? These sample lists may help with the beginning of both finance committee and full board meetings.
The president of NAIS combines the highlights of presentations over the years from keynotes at Leadership Through Partnership.
The NAIS board of trustee introduces NAIS's new president.
Within the Trustee Site, in the fourth section covering the Board/Head Partnership, this is the article about evaluating the head of school.
Study conducted by the Capstone Program at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education to study the factors affecting school board effectiveness.
Member schools of NAIS believe that all educational institutions have a responsibility to provide their students with the knowledge, skills, values, ethics, and social commitment they will need to succeed.
How should faculty and staff communicate with the board?
Within the Trustee Site, in the third section covering Key Board Roles, this is the article detailing the duty of obedience, which requires trustees to be true to the school’s mission.
See videos of schools' Challenge 20/20 projects and learn more about this free, internet-based, global problem-solving program.
Within the Trustee Site, in the second section covering Board Operations, this is the article detailing how to ensure financial sustainability.
The board of trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools supports policies that protect the independence of our schools and ensure local governance for these schools.
Independent School is an open forum for exchange of information about elementary and secondary education in general, and independent schools in particular. We encourage submissions on any compelling topic in precollegiate education.
Creating and sustaining an inclusive, equitable, and just independent school community requires commitment, reflection, conscious, and deliberate action, as well as constant vigilance.
This collection of case studies features governance issues based on the book Saving Miss Oliver's.
As a board chair, you may feel like you just finished handing out graduation diplomas and now it’s time to plan your board’s year ahead. To get you started, here are some tips and resources that can help you get through this busy time.
This dissertation examines the perspectives of 8 African American Heads of School in terms of how they go to their current positions and how their race affects how they lead their schools.
This monograph presents a governance case study focusing on the issue of school mission and how far is OK to deviate to please alumni and big donors?
In this excerpt from the 2013-14 NAIS Trendbook, NAIS's Donna Orem reviews trends in the governance of independent schools.
Here are some sample questions from the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism's online survey.
A video overview of national demographic trends, with action steps for how to use this data to help manage enrollment.
A video overview of national demographic, enrollment, financial aid, and educational landscape trends, with New York City-area highlights.
A video overview of national demographic, enrollment, financial aid, and educational landscape trends, with Philadelphia-area highlights.
A video overview of national demographic, enrollment, financial aid, and educational landscape trends, with Los Angeles-area highlights.
A video overview of national demographic, enrollment, financial aid, and educational landscape trends, with Bay Area highlights.
A video overview of national demographic, enrollment, financial aid, and educational landscape trends, with Boston-area highlights.
If summer melt is an issue for your school, this compilation of NAIS resources should be on your leadership team's to-do list asap!
A video overview of national demographic, enrollment, financial aid, and educational landscape trends.
This page provides access to the HTML and PDF versions of this financially sustainable schools publication.
Environmental sustainability is one of the guiding principles for Marin Academy’s (California) recently released Master Plan (Vision 2030).
This page contains links to podcasts, advisories, and other resources to help schools become more financially sustainable.
As of April 2014, women continue to earn less than men in the United States – receiving 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. This article explores the implications of this pay gap for independent schools.
Take advantage of a head of school transition to alter outmoded board practices and renew vision. A school head uses a case study to offer you a road map to success.
Here are some of the most widely read blogs by John Chubb.
A recent NAIS survey collected the responses of more than 1,200 individuals across the country who had filed financial aid forms through the School and Student Services (SSS) offered by NAIS.
From testing to assessment, see how independent schools are now being challenged to demonstrate that they provide an education that's worth the investment.
To help your school provide benefits to heads at a reasonable level, and, in the process not generate an income tax liability, this legal advisory covers the basics of benefits and tax concerns they may raise.
This collection of case studies features governance issues based on actual events at NAIS schools. This case study explores a crisis when administrators are faced with a tough admission decision.
How does a school ensure that its board of trustees has a healthy, robust board chair succession process? Here are some tips.
Are your board meetings feeling a little lackluster? There may be some tweaking that you, as the head of school or board chair, can do to get people re-engaged or engaged more effectively.
One of the obvious questions raised during difficult economic times is how to maintain a consistent flow of qualified applicants.
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