March/April 2021 Issue

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Mission & Motivation  

  • Investments
  • | Leadership

Mission & Motivation: Next Generation Investors 5 min read

Sharing real funds with students and mentoring their business and investment acumen has literally paid dividends, in the $100,000s.

5 Minutes with  

  • Leadership

5 Minutes with Patrick Schuermann: Leading Outside the Box 8 min read

Successful leadership requires knowing your default style and strengthening other approaches to meet each moment most effectively.

Business Intelligence  

  • Cash Management
  • | Financing
  • | Research

Business Intelligence: Benchmarking the Pandemic’s Financial Impact 3 min read

Initial findings from BIIS 2019-20 data collection reveal that for most schools, both revenue and expenses were up slightly as the school year concluded remotely.


  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Human Resources
  • | Leadership

Strategies: Diversifying the Senior Leadership Team 4 min read

Through concerted hiring efforts, senior leadership at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences is nearly half people of color.


  • Change Management
  • | Leadership
  • | Pandemic

Projections: Powering the Flywheel 6 min read

As light from the tunnel’s end comes into focus, our charge is to maintain the spirit of innovation through the pandemic’s final stages and beyond.
  • Enrollment
  • | Financial Aid
  • | Tuition

Time To Vet a Reset? 13 min read This item is protected.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost everything about independent schools this past year. Is tuition setting next?
  • Communication
  • | Leadership

Open Books: Explaining School Finance 13 min read This item is protected.

What happens when trustees, staff, faculty, donors and other keystones of the school community learn more about independent school finances? Greater trust and sense of community.
  • Change Management
  • | Pandemic
  • | Technology

Time for Cloud 9: Automating the Business Office 17 min read This item is protected.

Moving to cloud-based processes — and the holy grail of systems integration — is not a matter of if but when. “We’re no longer moving incrementally.”



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