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Fundraising & Development, Governance, School Policies and Procedures
During my 30 years as an educational administrator and, most recently my 15 years as head of Denver Jewish Day School, I have come to appreciate the board and the lasting impact that an outstanding board can have on a school...
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Professional Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Governance, Mental Health
Cross-Posted from Chadds Ford Live “‘Should,’ ‘have to,’ and ‘must’ are among the most violent words in the English language because they are extrinsic.” Think about that quotation for a minute. If I say to you, “you should...
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Governance, School Policies and Procedures
By Jonathan Weiss In July, I had the fortune of assuming the role of President of the Board for Hillel Torah, a Modern Orthodox Day School in Skokie, IL. Even in “normal” years, I imagine there’s a steep learning curve at the...
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Governance, School Policies and Procedures
By Lise Applebaum It all started with the fires. Last fall, Los Angeles was ablaze with fires spreading perilously close to Milken Community School. We had lived versions of this scenario before; however, this time it was...
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Professional Leadership, Governance, School Policies and Procedures
In a recent episode of the podcast On Point, Margaret Heffernan speaks about her latest book, Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future. The book takes the idea of uncertainty head-on, and, given our current reality, it couldn't...
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Governance, Human Resources
Why do you need a Head of School Support and Evaluation Committee (HOSSEC)? The head of school is the only employee of the board of directors. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the head is supported, nurtured...
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Governance
How can we get our Board to fundraise? How do we get grandparents involved in a non-threatening way? How can we recruit folks to the Board, especially those who aren’t parents or currently affiliated with the school? How do I...
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Governance
By Jordan Silvestri Dean of Students at the Ramaz Lower School Over the past few days, I have been exposed to some of the most provoking ideas, questions, problems, and innovations—things that have pushed me in unique and...
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Governance
Photo by Stefany Andrade on Unsplash Forming committees on a board is more of an art than a science. There are few hard and fast rules to the work, and different boards approach it in different ways. Some boards have numerous...
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Governance
In his TED talk, Rory Vaden talks about the idea of how to multiply your time. One of the most valuable takeaways for me was to ask myself the question, “What’s the most important thing I can do today that would make tomorrow...