Five Categories of Development “Clients”

Five Categories of Development “Clients”

Some of the hundreds of the faith-based and private schools I visit each year invariably tell me, “We’re in trouble,” which usually means financial difficulties may cause them to merge with another school or close their doors. When closure happens, it leaves many “holes” – in the lives of the students who have made friends […]

5 Ways to Increase Revenue

5 Ways to Increase Revenue

It’s no secret that in faith-based schools, there have been many discussions about the school’s “nature.”  Is it a business, or is it a ministry?  Some writers and school leaders have claimed that in Christian and Catholic schools, there should be no argument, since it’s both a business AND a school.  There should be no […]

Tetrahedronics: Systems Thinking for Education

Tetrahedronics: Systems Thinking for Education

Before starting back into articles that deal with systems thinking, a contact at a school recently asked why I call my approach to systems thinking “Tetrahedronics.”  I thought it would be helpful to explain where this idea came from, as it also explains why SchoolAdvancement’s logo is essentially a tetrahedron. A tetrahedron is commonly known […]

The Five Essential Elements of a Christian School

The Five Essential Elements of a Christian School

Several years ago, I attended a regional meeting of schools that are members of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and picked up a brochure that described the 5 Essential Elements of an Effective Christian School.  I post them here not just to encourage you to evaluate your faith-based school against these benchmarks, but […]

Five Steps to Successful Process Improvement

Five Steps to Successful Process Improvement

There is a famous quotation attributed to Albert Einstein that goes, “We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  While that makes sense when you think about it, if you think a little longer, that becomes a very frightening thought.  Usually, to solve a problem, we try to “do” something that’s […]

The Pentatonic Scale

The Pentatonic Scale

Irony: Recent research proves that music education improves the brain’s preparedness for all education because it makes both sides of the brain work together.  Learning to play a musical instrument further enhances brain activity, creating neural pathways across the corpus collosum, the bundle of neurons that connect both halves of the brain.  It’s been said […]

The Five Types of Work

The Five Types of Work

What is the purpose of a school? The answers span the gamut, from learning for learning’s sake, providing the education necessary for an individual to be employable, to, in the case of Christian school, raising up disciples to continue to build the Kingdom of God.  Since one of the reasons for education today is to […]

The System of Memory (or, Thinking About Thinking)

The System of Memory (or, Thinking About Thinking)

If you have a computer, you have a filing system – whether you know it or not. If you’re a “spatial” person, you may keep many of your files on your Desktop – not the top of your desk, but the “homescreen” on your computer – remembering where they’re placed, so that you can retrieve […]

Once a System is Up and Running, It’s Difficult to Stop

Once a System is Up and Running, It’s Difficult to Stop

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You can’t fight the system.”  Well, the truth is you can, but for the majority of the times that one may try to, the effort is an exercise in futility. But this article isn’t about keeping on fighting against all odds to prove a point, or to raise awareness. It’s […]

“Everything in Moderation” Means Your Desk Is Going To Be a Mess

“Everything in Moderation” Means Your Desk Is Going To Be a Mess

Before getting into this month’s article, a comment about last months, “We May Know What We Want to Do, But Do We Know What We Need To Do?” I found “The Blog of Steve Schwartz” via an eNewsletter from Jeffrey Gitomer, noted author and sales coach, and one of the posts on the blog is titled, […]