Sarah Manes is a Subject Matter Expert at EAB. She engages directly with K-12 public and independent school leaders to improve student outcomes through translating research into practice. She provides strategy and best practices advice on pressing challenges, including institutional risk management, the science of reading and literacy gaps, developing principal leadership, and adolescent mental health.
Much of Sarah’s career has focused on equity in education. Prior to joining EAB, Sarah provided consulting services to organizations like the American Association for the Advancement of Science where she advised a program focused on institutional transformation in support of diversity and inclusion in colleges and universities. With the Urban Institute, she conducted program evaluation and effectiveness research on diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM education and careers. Sarah has experience across the education landscape and has provided strategic consulting to charter school governing boards, worked with large public school systems around strategic planning, and served on the board of an independent school in Washington, DC.
Sarah has a B.A. from Hamilton College and a M.P.P from Georgetown University. She is also trained in contextual evaluation and design thinking.
Research and Insights
Annual spring auctions are substantial fundraising opportunities for financial assistance offices. The onset of COVID-19 has restricted such large gatherings, leaving development offices scrambling to decide how to proceed. As Oregon Episcopal School has demonstrated, fundraising doesn’t have to stop in a virtual world.
EAB researchers assembled three examples of how independent schools have shifted their approach to alumni engagement.
We believe several of the innovations related to digital engagement are here to stay, and will be a necessary component of events strategy, relationship building, and alumni outreach. See examples of how independent schools are already adapting to changes.
Since schools cannotbring candidates to campuses to do classroom demonstrations and interviews, theyare turning to virtual options. The Pingry School in New Jersey -whichEAB originally profiled for their Priority Focused Interview Schedule-is approaching interviewing in a way that provides an opportunity to get to know the candidate, while making the most efficient use of everyone’s scarce time.
When creating a relief fund there are several key considerations that schools must take into account. To help with that process, EAB has gathered examples from partner schools, and where possible, documents and links to help schools craft their own policies.