Toolkit

The Head’s Transition Playbook

Independent schools experience head of school transitions more often than ever before, but most haven’t had the opportunity to perfect the transition process. With that in mind, we have gathered the advice and experience of 25 independent school leaders into a playbook designed to help guide you through this challenging process. In creating this playbook, […]
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Student Success Milestones

Summary As federal regulations and state regulations continue to emphasize student outcomes as measures of school district effectiveness, district administrators increasingly need to identify and eliminate barriers to student postsecondary success. Specifically, district administrators seek key student success milestones (i.e., performance indicators) throughout grades K-12 that indicate whether a student is on track to reach […]
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Faculty Performance-Based Compensation and Evaluation

Summary This report explores how independent schools structure performance-based faculty compensation systems, with a focus on evaluation practices. Specifically, the report summarizes how profiled independent schools use evaluation techniques to determine which faculty members earn annual compensation increases and/or compensation increases tied to salary band transitions. The report also describes strategies to implement performance-based compensation […]
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2019 Independent School Executive Forum National Meeting

If you missed this year’s national meeting, you have one more chance to attend. Join the Independent School Executive Forum to hear their 2019 research on institutional risk management and hiring top talent on November 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Agenda Topics Institutional Risk Management PlaybookSchool shootings, sexual misconduct, international travel—these are only a few […]
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Reading and Writing Workshops at Secondary Schools

Summary This project explores the use of the reading and writing workshop model to teach English Language Arts at the secondary level. It includes details on implementation, supporting the model through resources and professional development, and assessing the model. Key observations from our research Reading and writing workshops refer to a model of literacy instruction […]
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Redesigning Middle School Schedules

Summary This report profiles middle schools where administrators redesigned the schedule to increase instructional time and minimize transition time. The report describes how administrators balance students’ participation in electives with time for IEP-mandated support or academic remediation. Further, the report describes how to implement redesigned schedules, engage stakeholders, assess the new schedules, and offer professional […]
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Professional Learning Communities

Summary This report describes how school districts implement and assess professional learning communities (PLCs). the report first explore the benefits of and motivations behind PLC implementation. Then, the report provides strategies to ensure successful PLC implementation, with a focus on implementation timelines, teacher professional development, and assessment. Lastly, the report highlights common implementation challenges and […]
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New Teacher Mentorship Programs

Summary This research explores how to operate mentorship programs for new teachers. The report focuses on how to structure the mentorship program, how to select and train mentors, and how to manage mentors. The report also discusses the benefits of mentorship for new teachers, and highlights considerations for making these programs as effective as possible. […]
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Project-Based Learning

Summary This research considers instructional practices, implementation, community outreach, and outcomes related to project based learning. The research also explores how some profiled high schools use project based learning as an alternative form of assessment. Key observations from our research Profiled districts implement one of three different models of project-based learning (PBL): blended PBL teaching […]

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