Business Operations

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  • Change Management
  • | Pandemic
  • | Technology

Time for Cloud 9: Automating the Business Office 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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Safety & Security  

  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Unfortunate Outcomes for Popular Safety Programs

Options-based active-shooter response training programs have resulted in more casualties than other methods. So why are many schools still using them?
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Strategies  

  • Human Resources
  • | RFP
  • | Technology

Strategies: Transitioning to an HR Information System

How to make the RFP process work for your school and implement the new system smoothly.
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  • Pandemic
  • | Summer Camp

Planning for 2021 Summer Programs

As the COVID-19 pandemic promises to dissipate somewhat but not yet disappear, this summer will be yet another novel experience for independent schools, different from all the summers before. Consider these best practice
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  • Culture
  • | Pandemic
  • | Technology

A Weight Has Been Lifted: A Case Study

As Western Academy of Beijing has returned to mostly normal on-campus learning, everyone in the community has a renewed appreciation for both the core mission and special add-ons that make independent education exception
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Strategies  

  • Change Management
  • | Risk Management
  • | Technology

Strategies: Pivot-Ready Technology

An incremental approach to systems upgrades helped this school meet evolving technological needs while maintaining a secure and reliable network.
5 min read
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5 Minutes with  

  • Communication
  • | Technology

5 Minutes with Michael Nachbar: Knowing Your North

Clearly communicating your school’s value proposition, which should be consistent whether learning happens in-person or online, will be key to weathering the challenges of the COVID-19 economy.
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  • Facilities
  • | Pandemic

The Healthy Building Movement

Prioritizing the wellness of occupants in facilities management standards can help schools understand long-term sustainability goals more clearly and reduce energy consumption by 30%.
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  • Facilities
  • | Maintenance
  • | Technology

The Well-Connected Campus: Facilities and the Internet of Things This item is protected.

Tapping the Internet of Things can reduce energy consumption and identify problem areas in facilities management.
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Safety & Security  

  • Pandemic
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Situational Awareness and Behavior Analysis

After a long stretch of relative isolation, returning students may be ill at ease.
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  • Leadership
  • | Pandemic
  • | Technology

Tackling Technology Concerns Mid-Pandemic

As schools address new needs in technology budgeting and privacy, the business officer-technology leadership partnership is more critical than ever. An interview with Christina Lewellen, executive director of ATLIS.
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  • Pandemic
  • | Risk Management
  • | Technology

The Lives of Others: Protecting Student Data Privacy This item is protected.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid school closures this past spring, new educational technologies provided a lifeline to schools, but some of these pose new privacy concerns.
16 min read
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  • Facilities
  • | Pandemic
  • | Planning

Using a Feasibility Study To Drive Facilities Decisions

This smaller scale intervention may help schools move forward on planned projects that would otherwise be shelved at this time.
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Safety & Security  

  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Using a Vulnerability Assessment to Transform School Safety

When families’ expectations around school security have changed, a comprehensive assessment and redesign of school safety approaches may pay dividends.
6 min read
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  • Facilities
  • | Pandemic

Campus Space Planning During COVID-19 and Beyond

As you reconfigure campus space, now is the perfect time to consider longer-term implications of campus space management.
7 min read
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  • Facilities
  • | Maintenance
  • | Pandemic

HVAC Strategies for Safeguarding Wellness

Adjusting strategies for diluting and filtering air can help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, while careful scheduling can save the school money.
7 min read

CEO Notebook  

  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Four Ways To Make Summer Work for You

From reopening campus to scenario planning to managing employee leave and more, these resources should ease your summer workload.
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Mission & Motivation  

  • Facilities
  • | Maintenance

Mission & Motivation: More Than Brick Deep

Maintaining not only curb appeal but also sufficient maintenance reserves will ensure our schools’ missions endure for generations to come.
4 min read
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  • Facilities
  • | Pandemic

Managing Your Empty Campus

A well-managed long-term unoccupancy can save schools significant resources.
10 min read
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Strategies  

  • Contract
  • | Employment
  • | Facilities

Strategies: Approaching the Outsourcing Decision

Cost alone should not drive decisions to keep services in-house or not — consider a more complete value proposition.
4 min read

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