When the pandemic turned everything we thought we knew upside down overnight, many schools were left scrambling with their crisis teams and developing “just in time” communications to keep their school community informed. More than a year later, we can reflect on what was successful and how to better prepare for the next crisis. Establishing new procedures and shoring up existing protocols enables schools to successfully tackle the next crisis. FINN Partners shares a checklist to get you started as you evaluate your communication plan and develop a crisis working group to learn from the pandemic and prepare for the future.
By Margaret Dunning, Managing Partner, FINN Partners
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors” — African proverb
Anyone in education today knows smooth seas are rare. Planning and preparation for rough waters is therefore essential. What’s involved –
Create an “issues watch list”
Determine who should be involved in advance of and during a crisis
Prepare materials for issues on the watch list in advance
Plan for how to handle media during a crisis
Post crisis, debrief and update protocols based on learnings
This is a recording of the November 3, 2021, webinar, Financial Wellness for Trustees. Is your school’s current trajectory sustainable in the long-term? What actions can you take in the next five years to ensure future choices?
The following is a recording from the heads of school virtual roundtable, which featured a discussion of current hot topics, followed by a presentation by Michael Nachbar and others from the GOA leadership team. They shared how they’ve created a student-focused competency-based grading system, and what insights they gained from data to deepen how and when they spot student struggles, and how they provide additional student support.