By Eesha Kashif It is clear that for the past few months, schools and universities have been deeply uncertain regarding the course of action they are to take regarding their fall 2020 reopening plans. While some colleges announced that they had no intent to resume in-person classes for fall 2020 and were going to continue … Continue reading Residence Halls Are Open! Sort Of… A Tale of a Liberal Arts University in New England
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
In many educational settings, there are people who hold the responsibility for student discipline. I have the honor of having worked in a few different settings where I had some of that responsibility. Of course, being a Residence Hall Director at a large public university, a student conduct coordinator at a small college, a director … Continue reading Student Discipline: Exceptions or Policy Changes?
Special thanks to involvio.com for publishing this on their site as well - http://blog.involvio.com/2018/01/28/untitled/. Since 1990, federal law has required colleges and universities to have a notification system for emergencies such as natural disasters, active shooters, bomb threats and more. K-12 schools are also required to develop emergency alerting protocols. Campuses send out critical information through … Continue reading Emergency Notifications, Texting, and the FCC
During the past few years while I have been serving as a Dean of Students, and in many of my other positions, I have thought about the impact of international crises on the campus safety of higher educational institutions and boarding schools. Events all over the world always seem to land on campus; There is … Continue reading International Incidents and Campus Safety: Events Around the World Always Land on Campus
A few years ago, I went to a training presented by Franklin Covey on productivity, called The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity. It was a good training overall but what I got the most out of it was the “Roles and Goals” part. Basically, the main idea with Roles and Goals is that in order … Continue reading Roles and Goals in Leadership
I recently (1 day ago!) started working as the Dean of Students for the Academy at Interlochen Center for the Arts. ICA is a small boarding school in Interlochen, Michigan for art students. This is an exciting opportunity that came through an old mentor in my professional network. As we start with meetings and academic … Continue reading The New Dean…