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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...


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Students Tackle Operational Issues

Facilities | Stuart Country Day School’s campus-as-lab program, led by the school’s facilities director, enables students to solve real-world problems — while helping administrators collect campus data. Feature image: Plans for a new "Friendship Forest" playground at Stuart Country Day...


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Diversity Beyond the Checkbox

(From Stanford Social Innovation Review) When organizations employ "diversity checkboxes" to increase representation of the underrepresented, for example, by simply increasing the number of diverse employees on staff, they miss opportunities for impactful collaboration, argues thought leader...


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School Design Affects Workplace Design

(From BDC Network) The key to office design is to connect to the human needs of the staff, while creating an environment that reinforces the values of the business. The youngest of our workforce today bring with them the values and processes they learned and practiced in a modern school setting ...


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Advisory Programs Can Help Identify Depressed Students

(from ISM) Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers, according to a recent report in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. The number of attempted or considered suicides among adolescents has risen sharply in recent years. A strong advisory program can make a difference in the...


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Safety & Security: Is Security Part of Your School’s Culture?

Risk Management | Spending alone won’t make your school more secure. The most effective security strategies prioritize school culture. Article by Dan Stephens, Invictus Consulting, LLC From the May/June 2019 Net Assets magazine When it comes to school security, I often hear the...


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Report: Admissions Pressures Dilute Ethical Education

(from Harvard Graduate School of Education ) A new Harvard report, "Turning the Tide II: How Parents and High Schools Can Cultivate Ethical Character and Reduce Distress in the College Admissions Process," offers guidelines for high schools and parents in promoting ethical character. It also...


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Under Pressure: Student Mental Health

Risk Management | Rising toll of student stress, anxiety and depression adds to urgency of schools’ risk-mitigation practices. Article by Donna Davis From the May/June 2019 Net Assets magazine Junior and senior year are filled with college admission preparations — fine-tuning essays...


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Employee Recognition Programs Flawed

(from Ladders) HR professionals report that their current employee recognition programs aren’t working – they are not having a positive impact on employees or workplace morale. In some cases, they even create negative reactions. Why? Because recognition is different from authentic appreciation....