Dear Colleague Letter to Independent Schools: Federal Aid and Legal Compliance (Title IX) – May 2020

As you are considering accessing federal financial assistance for your school, it is important to understand that accepting government money comes with several significant compliance issues including Title IX, Title VI, Section 504, and other laws. Many schools are not ready for this change in compliance requirements.

Social Distancing? Reach Out to “Three Connections a Day”

While many of us are practicing "Social Distancing" during the COVID-19 outbreak for important safety reasons, we also need to pay attention to our own and our communities psychological safety. One of my Akimbo Coworking Group coaches, Colin Steele, wrote a short blog post about connecting with three people per day over at his blog … Continue reading Social Distancing? Reach Out to “Three Connections a Day”

Updated Resources for Independent Schools Regarding – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

There are lots of places to go for guidance and information for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Here is a great video of an expert panel at NAIS discussing legal and risk management aspects. NAIS Panel on COVID-19NAIS Website with Resources and Guidance Reach out to us if you need any help planning or organizing a response.

Lockdowns vs Shelter-In-Place in Schools

Recently, I have been in a few discussions where people have asked about the difference between a Lockdown and a Shelter-In-Place.  In the context of schools, both are options for protecting students, faculty, staff, and visitors during emergencies.  A Shelter-In-Place is used to keep our community members safe from danger outside of the school buildings … Continue reading Lockdowns vs Shelter-In-Place in Schools

Typos and Doing the Work Anyway

Last week, I was reviewing a report that I wrote for a client and found a typo. Nothing critical but I had clearly made a mistake with the formatting that caused a recommendation to be misnumbered. At first, I felt embarrassed and wondered how I missed it with all of the proofreading I had done. … Continue reading Typos and Doing the Work Anyway

Continuous Improvement: Okay If It’s Incremental?

Yes.  We can improve ourselves, our professional work, our families, our communities, our society, and everything in an incremental way. While taking radical and aggressive action can work well in the right circumstances, it is more effective overall to work in a consistent, disciplined, and continuous way on incremental improvements.  Improve your average, do a … Continue reading Continuous Improvement: Okay If It’s Incremental?

Safety Culture: What Is Yours?

Every organization has a culture.  One aspect of organizational culture is the safety culture. For safety in organizations, culture is more important than the hardware.  The safety culture is the set of perceptions about the hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks that exist in the workplace and community.   Preventable safety issues and emergencies in organizations are often … Continue reading Safety Culture: What Is Yours?