NAIS Interim President Donna Orem writes Looking Ahead, a monthly email and PowerPoint to help heads of school make sense of major issues that will affect independent schools in the near future.
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.
Read this legal advisory for guidance on how to structure and operate parents' associations.
The admissions process is full of questions. This article will help get your school thinking about its forms and interview process.
How would your school handle a crisis? Knowing what the key steps are before such a situation arises can help save your school a lot of time and angst. Read this article for guidance.
It is every school's worst nightmare... What do you do if there is a possibility that one of your staff members has been abusing a student? This helpful document will give schools an in-depth look at wrestling with these issues.
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!
Within the Trustee Site, in the first section covering Board Composition and Structure, this is the article describing Board Size and Make-up.
In today's educational climate, stifling the voices of parents is not only unwise, it is impractical. in this excerpt from the NAIS Head's Handbook, find guidance on managing the all-important parent relationships in good times and in bad.
Use this professionally designed advertising template to promote your school or a group of schools in your area. It can help explain the value of independent schools. Click on the link below to view the ad in PDF format.
Use this case study with your financial aid committee, staff, board members, and others at school to discuss how the school sets, communicates, and applies financial aid policies that address complex family situations.
Use this case study with your financial aid committee, staff, board members, and others at school to discuss how the school sets, communicates and applies financial aid policies that address complex family situations.
This research report analyzes the effect of economic recessions on charitable giving.
NAIS Financially Sustainable Schools Podcast: NAIS recently conducted research amongst high income parents that explored their views of independent schools in light of the recession.
Click on the PDF link below to read the Parent Admission Brochure Tip Sheet about what to include in your admission packet.
Share this professionally designed brochure with parents. It can help you communicate the essentials about independent education in messages that have been focus-group tested with prospective families.
Are you reviewing your enrollment contract? Wondering whether you should put in a parent behavior clause? Curious about the state of law surrouding these clauses? What are other schools doing? Read this document for some answers.
Highlights findings from a study on the public’s awareness and perceptions of independent schools.
The president of NAIS defines goals for schools by using data proxies as “dashboard indicators.” He examines how the data on admissions, fundraising, financial aid, ....
NAIS Financially Sustainable Schools Advisory: It is the worst thing that could happen: a school must ponder closing its doors. Learn what schools should consider doing if faced with this situation.
This collection of case studies features governance issues based on actual events at NAIS schools. This monograph presents the case study of a board's involvement in the parent body's dissatisfaction with the school's curriculum.
The president of NAIS illustrates with current NAIS data the trends for schools that will impact on financial sustainability.
NAIS Financially Sustainable Schools Podcast: As many schools find themselves dealing with lower enrollment and smaller endowments, they may be thinking of creative ways to generate additional revenue.
Use the article as part of an admission packet or to modify for an editorial or article in the local paper. Download it here and make copies.
This monograph offers an overview of the hows and whys behind common forms of communicating with families about a school's financial aid programs in ways that put the family's needs first.
There are two ways to view a crisis, one is to panic, the other is to look at it as an opportunity for change and growth.
NAIS Financially Sustainable Schools Podcast: There are two ways to view a crisis, one is to panic, the other is to look at it as an opportunity for change and growth.
The president of NAIS, in his February 2010 address to the membership at Annual Conference, illustrates the "signs of the Apocalypse" that school leaders must face down.
This document is designed to give schools a blueprint for crisis communications planning.
Use this case study with board members, financial aid administrators, and financial aid committee members to discuss and shape policies on how, what, and why to communicate with families in various ways about the financial aid process.
This collection of case studies features governance issues based on actual events at NAIS schools. This monograph presents a governance case study focusing on issues of religious diversity and parental disputes over them.
This collection of case studies features governance issues based on actual events at NAIS schools. Featured in this document is "Taken by Surprise."
This collection of case studies features governance issues based on actual events at NAIS schools. This governance case study examines discipline issues within an elementary school classroom and parental objections to a teacher's style.
This monograph presents a governance case study focusing on a school with shifting school culture and population issues, with a portion of the parent body insisting on stronger academic programming and higher test scores.
Social media present so many challenges to our schools. Where do we even start? This document will help walk you through the benefits and risks of social media as they apply in our schools and get you thinking about the road ahead.
Follow these easy steps to connect with your public officials this school year! Making contact is easy. And your school will benefit from positive relationships with important policymakers.
San Francisco’s Drew School began this school year with a guarantee to its ninth grade class: For the four years of your high school careers, your annual tuition will remain the same as it is today.
This is the second in a series of sample "covenants" between a school and its parents, stipulating the mutual expectations for the partnership to work. Also called a parent contract.
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