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Back-to-School Playbook

This collection of resources offers research-based tips on everything from creating schedules to supporting the well-being of students and families to fundraising in uncertain times.

Deep Dive

NAIS Snapshot Survey: How COVID-19 Is Affecting Independent Schools

The NAIS Snapshot Survey is a brief and targeted survey examining how the novel coronavirus is affecting independent schools. Every other week, NAIS will launch a survey asking school leaders several questions about the effects of the virus on school operations and about the decisions schools are making in response.

Preparing for the Return of Faculty and Staff

Many employers are making plans to reopen now that governors and local officials are loosening pandemic-related restrictions. In some ways, schools are no different; most independent school administrators, like leaders of other businesses, are looking forward to “getting back to normal.” But “normal” may not necessarily mean what it has always meant, and schools, by their very nature, can be more cautious in order to ensure the safety and security of students and faculty.

NAIS Research: Seven Tips to Improve Teacher Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While many schools are focused on students and parents in this time of crisis, attention to teacher well-being is just as important. Jobs-to-Be-Done research conducted by NAIS on why teachers move into and out of independent schools found that teachers feeling overwhelmed by factors outside of their control was a major driving force. 

10 Tips for Communicating During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic poses many challenges for independent schools, but it also provides opportunities to build community and strengthen support for the school. Follow these 10 tips to communicate effectively during the crisis.

Scenario Planning: What and Why

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