Every school in the U.S. – independent, parochial and public – is facing unprecedented challenges in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Of course, the safety of each of our school communities is paramount as we work together, as a nation, to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
We are experiencing one of the most challenging times for the educational industry given the current pandemic related to the COVID-19 outbreak. With schools closing and travel programs being rescheduled or canceled, the impact of this crisis will likely be felt for months or years to come for some independent schools.
Expert Advice on Creating Content for Alumni Magazines: Sean Ramsden, Editor, The Lawrentian, The Lawrenceville School
Your school’s alumni magazine is one of the most important communications your constituency receives, yet, for most schools, publishing the magazine often gets pushed to the back burner, issue after issue.
We spoke with Sean Ramsden, editor of The Lawrentian, The Lawrenceville School’s award-winning, 80-page, quarterly alumni magazine, about creating engaging content, writing for today’s reader and why print is far from dead.
Nurturing and maintaining an effective and forward-thinking, mission-focused relationship with your Board – and ensuring that board synergy is healthy and productive – are among the most important responsibilities of a school’s top leadership.
We asked a few independent school leaders about their work resolution for 2020 to be more productive and strategic in moving their school forward. (Sorry, but we can’t help you get to the gym.)
In my last blog, I discussed the range of new duties and responsibilities for governing boards of colleges and independent schools in this new economic era for all sectors of the education industry.
In many schools, re-enrollment letters and contracts will soon be distributed to current families. Families re-enrolling in your school should receive the same attention as prospective families.
In the summer of 1992 as a 25-year-old newlywed, I moved into my wife’s one-bedroom faculty apartment in a dorm. If you had told me than, that I would spend over 25-plus years living on campus, I would never have believed you. The thought seemed impossible.
Expert Advice on Alumni Magazines with Michele Tjin, Marketing/Communications Editor, Saint Francis High School
Last fall, Kalix Marketing partnered with Saint Francis High School (SFHS) in Mountain View, Ca. to write and design the SFHS twice-yearly alumni magazine Progress and its annual donor report. This month, we chat with Michele Tjin, Marketing/Communications Editor, Saint Francis High School about why SFHS revamped its magazine process and what she learned.
In my last blog post, I noted with sadness that many independent schools and small colleges are facing unprecedented challenges in 2019, forcing some institutions to face the prospect of mergers or even closure. Senior leaders, including board members, must start to think about – and actively discuss – these possibilities, even for those institutions that may consider themselves to be financially healthy.
Podcasts are a great, strategic way to share your school’s messaging with internal and external communities.
Kalix talked to Inez Merlyn Odom, host, writer and producer of Roots and Wings: Voices of Independent Schools, the podcast of La Jolla Country Day School (CA), where Odom has served as assistant head of school for enrollment management and outreach for the past ten years. Through the podcast, she explores issues of relevance in independent school education ranging from testing and assessments to the role of the board of trustees.
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