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Mission & Motivation: Uncomfortable in a Comfortable Place

Leadership | Diversity and inclusion leadership training pushed this business officer outside her comfort zone — by design. Article by Rose Neubert, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart From the January/February 2020 Net Assets magazine Feature image: dancers from Stuart...


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5 Minutes with Derrick Gay: Mirrors and Windows

Leadership | How can schools frame diversity so that everyone feels included in the term, not just selected groups? Interview by Tara Kosowski From the January/February 2020 Net Assets magazine Feature image: Derrick Gay, Ed.D., delivering the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote...


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Safety & Security: Knowing Your Neighbor

Risk Management | A behavioral threat assessment policy can help those in a close-knit independent school identify unusual behaviors and quickly intervene. Article by Kenna Powell, Providence Day School From the November/December 2019 Net Assets magazine Creating a safe and secure...


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Mission & Motivation: A Time To Stay and a Time To Move

Leadership | Transitioning into a new school can be challenging but worthwhile, especially when you have confidence that key relationships will work. Article by Bill Hodgetts, Maret School From the November/December 2019 Net Assets magazine “I’ve just made the biggest mistake of...


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Disciplined Innovation

CEO Notebook | Innovation is imperative in a competitive marketplace. Successful initiatives require not only creative thinking but also careful choices and clear communication. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Innovation is omnipresent in independent school...


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Open Houses: Three Opportunities for Business Officers

CEO Notebook | Connecting with prospective families can shed light on your school’s budget while helping families feel confident about their investment in independent education. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO If I asked an experienced business officer with a...


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Preparing for College Admissions Scandal Fallout

Risk Management | The national admissions case highlights anxiety about getting into the right college — and the risk potential independent schools could be facing in the future. This information is provided for general educational purposes only. It should not be relied upon as, or in...


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Mission & Motivation: Support Staff Supporting Students

Leadership | Mentorship and extracurricular leadership need not be for faculty alone. Article by Jillian Lamothe, St. John's-Ravencourt School From the September/October 2019 NetAssets magazine Feature image: Supply and Copy Centre Clerk Tesfu Berhane with some of the soccer...


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Play Is Serious Business When Aiming for Organizational Change

Leadership | Research on play shows that it’s vital to creative thinking. Business catalyst Kevin Carroll explained how productive play at work can inspire business officers to innovate. “What happens when we actually celebrate play, instead of pushing it to the weekends?” asked Kevin...


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Parents’ Anguish or Unreasonable Anger?

(From The Atlantic and JC Associates) College counselors at elite secondary schools are vulnerable to quitting when parents make unreasonable demands and act belligerently, as detailed in a recent story in The Atlantic . Parents have been known to voice their displeasure with school personnel...