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Lax Standards Spur Growth of Low-Performing Private Schools

(From Reveal News) A recent investigative report showed that Louisiana’s $40 million-a-year state-funded voucher program has spawned new private schools of questionable value. While public schools must meet rigorous standards and charters must face serious state scrutiny before being approved,...


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3 Drivers of Financial Innovation

(From FEI Daily) To drive financial innovation and execute new ideas, consider these three points: Focus on the customer : What does the customer need and what are some of their pain points? Often, the key is solving those pain points before the customer even realizes there's a stumbling...


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Making After-School Programming Meaningful

Leadership | Innovative, student-driven programs add value, enrich students, further school mission and attract new families. Feature image: The after-school staffing team at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. It’s not uncommon for schools to see after-school hours as they did...


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Strategic Planning Tips

(from Chief Executive) Six tips to creating a strategic plan that is useful to everyone in an organization: Use a facilitator: don't make this your personal show. Limit the number of participants in the early stages. Let participants know what to expect. Be transparent so everyone feels...


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Beware Your Own Expertise

CEO Notebook | Deep knowledge of many fields can help you handle an ever-expanding portfolio, but it can also limit your openness to new ways of thinking. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Business officers are experts. I have no doubt that your school would be hard...


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Top Leaders Embrace Authenticity, Actionable Data

Leadership | McKinley Advisors identifies what top-performing organizations have in common. Organizations that earn high marks from those they serve focus on member needs and are driven by humble, data-oriented leadership, according to a new report from McKinley Advisors , a consulting...


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Where to Start with Mergers and Acquisitions? Three Considerations

CEO Notebook | Conversations around school mergers have shifted from reactive to proactive. It’s not about failure, but rather preparing for the future. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO This year’s spring fever has an unusual theme. Instead of the typical hiring...


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Talent and Leadership CFOs' Top Concerns

(from Accounting Today) Nearly half of surveyed CFOs say they are "mostly" or "extensively" concerned about their organization's ability to manage leadership and talent needs, according to a new report from the American Institute of CPAs and North Carolina State University's Enterprise Risk...


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After School: an Eye for Beauty

Leadership | The long-ago gift of a high-quality camera keeps on giving to this business officer, aided in part by his love of travel, nature and family. Article by Chuck McCullagh, Williston Northampton School From the March/April Net Assets magazine Feature image by Chuck...


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5 Minutes with Grant Lichtman: Is Your School’s Engine Defunct?

Leadership | The traditional independent school model is under threat. The case for clearly defining, differentiating and delivering a very different value proposition. Interview by Leah Thayer From the March/April 2019 Net Assets magazine Grant Lichtman is a former business...