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June 16, 2019
Independent schools are something of an exception in the non-profit world. Most non-profits operate almost exclusively on the basis of donations, grants, and government funding. We, on the other hand, […]
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June 8, 2019
Why do you have report cards? Apart from the reality that most (not all) schools have them and parents expect them? Why do you have them? As a Christian school, […]
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May 8, 2019
Even as Christian teachers, it’s easy to get swept up into the fad of marks and grades and college acceptance and kindergarten graduation and learning how to read, write, count, […]
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May 8, 2019
At the beginning and at the end of your enrollment cycle, how to define full enrollment is critically important. All the numbers used in this article are taken from existing […]
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May 5, 2019
The Christian Faculty Journey of Excellence Characteristics (Journey of Excellence or JE for short) is a practical way for teachers to think about their professional career and for administrators to […]
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May 1, 2019
What is a Shalom school? We’ve been struggling with the whole idea that Christian schools are communities, even described as families. Those words are easy to say and hard to […]
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April 12, 2019
This is an article about facilities. Don’t stop reading! Your school can benefit your children’ learning and it doesn’t have to cost a lot, if anything! CSM is fascinated by […]
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March 27, 2019
Many Christian schools still use a Society model of governance. This typically has the following characteristics: there is an annual meeting where all members of the Society (typically all parents) […]
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March 27, 2019
What is your Board of Trustees’ Mission? It might seem that the Board operates according to the school’s mission and, of course, there is truth to that. But that’s not […]
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March 27, 2019
There is a lot of talk amongst Christian school leaders about unity. That’s not necessarily the title of the conversation, but it is clearly the content of the conversation. In […]
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March 2, 2019
Part One in this two-part series about the Enrollment Calendar gave a rationale for having a calendar and outlined key dates with actions to take in the September to January […]
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March 2, 2019
It’s interesting to see so much diversity in Christian Schools when it comes to the enrollment calendar. There is a range of dates for pretty much every action the school […]
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March 2, 2019
My first experience of Christian school receptionists was at a K-8 school in Wilmington DE back in 2003. My family had just moved there from Canada and had happily placed […]
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February 24, 2019
We have been in several Christian schools where the Board Policy Handbook is a significant work of literature. The record so far is 262 pages but others have been over […]
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January 16, 2019
Recess is a simple topic. Kids should be able to play during the school day. For adolescents, the terminology is more sophisticated, but the idea is the same – teens […]
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January 16, 2019
Key Performance Indicators are a way to focus on the financial metrics that give you confidence the school is doing well. Following and attending to their progress gives you analytical […]
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January 16, 2019
Often, families come to our schools because of school families or students that they meet. Sometimes, they are drawn to our schools because of our alumni. But how do you […]
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January 16, 2019
In The Essential Drucker (2001 p. 237-8), Drucker writes: “Another common time-waster is malorganization (sic). Its symptom is an excess of meetings. Meetings are by definition a concession to deficient […]
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January 10, 2019
CSM’s Cord Principle states that the School Board (Board of Trustees) is one of the three organizational partners that operates the school. The Board establishes the mission, hires the Head […]
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January 6, 2019
In the article on Stewardship and PPRRSM, we talked about everything in the school having a lifespan. Here, we connect that stewardship to the practical step of carrying out a […]
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January 6, 2019
The website is the inbound marketing portal that virtually all prospective parents will visit. It is likely that, before you even know they are out there, your prospective parents have […]
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January 6, 2019
Think back to when your school was built. It might have been built specifically for you or you might have purchased and renovated it. In either case, you were probably […]
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December 20, 2018
The most difficult decision in the year is to raise tuition. We need to be clear that the difficulty is not in figuring out the amount by which it should be […]
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December 20, 2018
Enrollment and the Foolishness of the Empty Seat A previous article was titled Enrollment and the Blasphemy of the Empty Seat. This article suggests that the empty seat is (secondarily) […]
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December 14, 2018
The CSM Ox Principle states that Christian schools should have a strategic operations reserve. Principals / Heads of School and School Boards must take action over time in order to establish and […]
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December 14, 2018
Think back to when your school was built. It might have been built specifically for you or you might have purchased and renovated it. In either case, you were probably […]
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December 14, 2018
In Faculty Evaluation in Christian Schools: The First Three Steps, CSM begins to develop a meaningful and sustainable faculty evaluation process. The first three steps are repeated below with a […]
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December 14, 2018
In CSM’s Cord Principle, the faculty are thought of as one of three organizational partners (together with the Board and Administration) who “serve the children, deliver the mission, and act […]
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December 14, 2018
In CSM’s Cord Principle, the faculty are thought of as one of three organizational partners (together with the Board and Administration) who “serve the children, deliver the mission, and act […]
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December 10, 2018
Craig Barton recently published How I Wish I’d Taught Maths: Lessons Learned from Research, Conversations with Experts, and 12 Years of Mistakes (2018 John Catt Educational Ltd.). Craig has two websites that […]
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November 30, 2018
Being a teacher leader within a Christian Professional Learning Community is a critical and valuable task as we move towards the 3rd decade of the 21st century. It is one […]
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November 11, 2018
As with many other practices in Christian schools, most scheduling practices seem indistinguishable from other secular or other faith-based schools. Look at one school’s schedule compared with another, and they […]
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November 11, 2018
Shall we have 40 or 80 minute periods? Shall we have 30 or 45 minutes for lunch? Should the break in the morning be 15 or 30 or 45 minutes? […]
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November 8, 2018
The CSM Mary Principle on Philanthropy states that it is very important to: Raise money over and above operating income. Exercise and teach philanthropy. Develop a culture of philanthropy. Treat […]
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November 2, 2018
Time is not flexible. There are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, and 52 weeks in a year. All of these things are obvious because that’s […]
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October 28, 2018
The first principle of Christian marketing is that it is one-to-one marketing. The incentive for being courageous and talking to others about the school is that it makes a difference, […]
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October 28, 2018
Marketing is a comprehensive activity including market research, finding your niche market, knowing your competition, marketing strategies, pricing, branding, data collection, budget, goals, and measurement of outcomes i.e. it includes […]
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October 28, 2018
Can you recite your school’s mission statement? Can your leadership team? Can your faculty? Can your students Can your staff?
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October 28, 2018
Let’s begin this strategically and put the conclusion at the beginning: strategic leadership means discipline and patience over time. It means that the Christian school can achieve any of its […]
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October 28, 2018
Between 1973 and 2000, Americans added nearly five weeks of work per year to their schedule – an additional 199 hours per year. Given the number of hours in a […]
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October 28, 2018
How do you improve writing without “Purposeful Practice”, review, and renewal? This applies to all forms of writing, of course, not just literature essays. We all know the routine: student […]
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October 28, 2018
In an article back in 2013, Jo Boaler wrote about research showing that timed math tests resulted in significant math anxiety and thus underachievement by many students. One of her statements […]
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October 28, 2018
As we dig into time, the work of Elena Silva is helpful to consider (On the Clock: Rethinking the Way Schools Use Time 2007 Education Sector). She writes that “Research […]
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October 28, 2018
In the article on Schedule and Mission, CSM stated unequivocally that the schedule should not be left to chance. Here we think about the potential students who are coming to […]
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October 28, 2018
School schedules are not morally neutral. They profoundly reflect our beliefs and assumptions about children. In Christian schools, they are profoundly theological in a way that most other elements of […]
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October 28, 2018
In Elementary School Scheduling by Robert Canady and Michael Rettig (2008), the authors delineate “Six Key Principles of Elementary School Scheduling”. The first of these, as it is in their […]
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October 28, 2018
Christian schools have all kinds of payment schemes and payment timing. CSM has seen: 12 month plans 11 month plans 10 month plans Quarterly payments Lump sum with and without […]
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October 28, 2018
Auxiliary income includes a lot of different kinds of revenue: Interest on deposits Extended care before and after school Summer programs / camps Facility rentals and others…
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October 28, 2018
The most difficult task of the Board each year is to set tuition. There are more difficult technical tasks, such strategic planning or budgeting forward or imagining academic needs 10 […]
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October 28, 2018
Let’s repeat what CSM wrote in the article: Setting Tuition: the Christian school budget is not just a balance sheet or an audit statement. It is, rather, the expression of […]
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