Business Operations

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  • Employment
  • | Technology

The Right Stuff: Attracting and Retaining Tech Talent 10 min read This item is protected.

To meet evolving technology needs, independent schools use a variety of staffing options, some outsourcing and others fostering tech talent from within.
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Strategies  

  • Planning
  • | Technology

Strategies: Time for an IT Revamp? 4 min read

A management framework can help schools prioritize which parts of your technology program need a revamp and where to deploy resources.
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  • Facilities
  • | Leadership

Unsung Hero: Mike Goto, Island School 2 min read

A master manager and strategic thinker, Goto also makes time to mentor his colleagues and other business officers.
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  • Key Technology
  • | Professional Development
  • | Technology

Ed Tech’s Classroom Payoff 11 min read This item is protected.

How can your school encourage even reluctant teachers to engage in classroom technologies? Tech directors are showing the way.
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Risk & Compliance  

  • Policy
  • | Technology

Risk & Compliance: Responsible Student Data Collection 3 min read

A privacy policy can help ensure students’ data is safe with your school — and build trust with parents.
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  • Risk Management
  • | Technology

The General and the Diplomat: Protecting Data at Independent Schools 14 min read This item is protected.

Data stored at independent schools is at greater risk than ever, but rigorous training, relationship building and hard bargaining for better contracts help keep it safe. 
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  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

Big Game. Big Challenges. 4 min read

How much time, energy and focus do independent schools place on the titanic risks that accompany athletic events?
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  • Food Service
  • | Risk Management

Creating a Healthy Environment to Reduce the Risk of Eating Disorders 4 min read

Students at private schools are particularly high-risk for these serious but treatable illnesses.
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  • Legal
  • | Technology

A GDPR Primer for Independent Schools 3 min read

The EU General Data Protection Regulation, widely known as GDPR, went into effect on May 25, 2018, amidst a flurry of activity — countless emails and website notices about privacy policy updates. Many organizations subje

Projections  

  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

Holding Vigil 4 min read

Many of the costliest risks to independent schools involve people. By avoiding distractions and complacency, business officers can lead their communities to safety.
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  • Facilities
  • | Leadership

Unsung Hero: Juan Botello, Graland Country Day School 2 min read

Through major construction projects and leadership transitions, Botello has been a steady hand and strategic thinker. "Juan is always the first phone call I make when I am faced with an issue that needs a thoughtful and
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  • Extended Day
  • | Summer Camp

Strengthening the Auxiliary Programs and Business Office Partnership 3 min read This item is protected.

Evergreen School's auxiliary programs were strong, but the business processes were ad hoc. How careful teamwork grew a million dollar operation. 
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Safety & Security  

  • Facilities
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Summer Safety Checklist 4 min read

Consider everything from new construction to the fall return of faculty and students.

Projections  

  • Culture
  • | Safety and Security

Soft Targets? I Disagree. 3 min read

Independent schools aren’t “soft targets” that need to be hardened. We are learning communities that need to be safe for our students.
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  • Extended Day
  • | Summer Camp

5 Steps to Building a Successful Auxiliary Program 2 min read

Worries about rising tuition and changing demographics resulting in fewer potential students have led more independent schools to consider auxiliary programs as a viable way to boost revenue and admissions efforts. A fiv
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Safety & Security  

  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Arm Our Schools’ Security Guards? 4 min read

Rising incidence of campus violence moves an uncomfortable discussion to the fore.
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  • Food Service

The Main Course 10 min read

Schools uncover new strategies for making dining a winner — nutritionally, reputationally and financially.
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  • Enrollment
  • | Facilities

Building Enrollment 9 min read This item is protected.

Imaginative and strategic repurposing of underused spaces shows how modest budgets can strengthen enrollment, reinforce mission. 
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  • Culture
  • | Facilities

Every Inch a Learning Space 13 min read This item is protected.

Multi-use learning spaces pay off for schools that think flexibly about their programs and resources. “A building doesn’t necessarily have to be cutting-edge architecturally to be cutting-edge pedagogically.”
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  • Legal
  • | Technology

Schools Scramble to Comply with EU Privacy Law 2 min read

Technical staff at many independent schools are working hard to meet the May 26 deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a European Union law that regulates the way organizations handle

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