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Major Gifts in a Small Shop

A “major gift” means different things for different schools, especially for smaller independent schools.  Michael Larson, IAP-S, discusses how schools can create major gift opportunities that sync with – rather than distract from – perennial development efforts.

SEVIS Certification Requirements for Private Schools With International Students

Senior Insurance Adviser, Susan Simpson, discusses Student Exchange Visitor Information System—or SEVIS—regulations required by Homeland Security for international students attending U.S. K–12 schools. To certify (or recertify) your school's SEVIS certification, you should be able to identify your school's designated SEVIS official, update your students' electronic records, and guarantee the I-20s you filed on behalf of your students accurately reflects the tuition collected by your school AND the living stipend paid by the family.

Three Dimensions of Strategic Academic Planning

Strategic planning at mission-driven private-independent schools consist of three primary components, as Consultant Simon Jeynes, IAP-L describes: Motivation, Evaluation, and Curriculum. In other words, schools must understand the intrinsic motivation separate from external reward that drives student success; evaluate whether that plan is successful in generating the desired student experience; and how that goal is achieved through curriculum.

Three Reasons to Attend ISM’s Business and Operations Academy

Prepare yourself for five days of intensive learning, conversations with industry leaders serving as your personal mentors, and revolutionary insight into your school’s stability. ISM’s Business and Operations Academy will set you on the path to success through two keystone workshops that provide foundational insights into your school’s current financial planning on which to build for the rest of the week.







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