EDU 6552 - Seminar in School RelationshipsCredits, 3 sem. hrs.
Seminar in School Relations: Students learn to facilitate positive working relationships with the board of trustees and to build effective partnerships between the board and the school’s faculty and staff. Course topics include setting, communicating, and evaluating progress toward annual goals; evaluating the head of school; evaluating board performance and contributions of individual board members strategic planning with faculty, staff, and board members; establishing structures for boards to accomplish their work; reporting effectively to boards on important issues and concerns; developing trustees as effective school advocates; and managing crises. Students gain an understanding of the pressures exerted from multiple constituencies and find ways to base decisions on what is good for students, what is good for the institution, and what is consistent with their own values.
Students explore the importance of public relations, marketing principles, and fund raising to independent school success. Topics include maintaining positive community relations; managing admission policies and procedures; operating public relations and publicity functions; coordinating relations with other independent schools; facilitating relations with educational, governmental, and social service agencies; and fund-raising strategies. Students analyze and critique various strategies through case studies and discussion.
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