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  • The Lamplighter School Selects ISA

    The Lamplighter School in Dallas, Texas has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services.  Our work will begin this spring and continue through the academic year 2017-18.  We are excited to welcome a new Dallas client to our ISA community, continuing our work with a few independent schools in the DFW Metr...

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  • Cascades Academy Selects ISA

    Cascades Academy in Bend, Oregon has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning during the 2017-18 academic year.  Our work will commence in the late spring as we begin our data collection process.  We welcome Cascades Academy to the ISA client community.Cascades Academy is an engaged, vibrant community that wea...

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  • A Collision of Two Passions

    Two of my great loves came together this past week when I had the opportunity to be a guest at Portland Tennis & Education in North Portland.  Tennis has been a life-long passion of mine.  And, through our work with the JustCause campaign, we believe education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world and solv...

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  • Edison High School Selects ISA

    Edison High School of Portland, Oregon has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to complete strategic planning during the summer and fall 2017.  Our work will begin with some preplanning this spring.  Edison High School empowers students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, while preparin...

  • The Waterford School Selects ISA

    The Waterford School in Utah has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to conduct strategic planning for the 2017-18 school year.  Our work will commence with research in late spring.  Founded in 1981 by the non-profit Waterford Institute, the Waterford School was established as a research school to join the great lessons of a cl...

  • Greenfield School Selects ISA

    Greenfield School of Wilson, North Carolina has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services.  Greenfield School is an independent, nonsectarian, co-educational college preparatory school in Wilson, North Carolina, founded in 1969. The school is fully accredited by AdvancEd and maintains a preschool throu...

  • The Avery Coonley School Selects ISA

    The Avery Coonley School (ACS) has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to conduct strategic planning during the 2017-18 academic year.  ACS will join the ISA client family with several other recent Chicagoland area ISA clients, including Francis Parker School, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Lake Forest Academy, and Baker Demonstration School, among others. Our work will commence in late spring...

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  • French International Schools In North America Select ISA

    The French International Schools in North America have selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to lead their strategic planning effort during the spring and early summer 2017.  We will begin our work immediately and should culminate our plan in late spring and summer, with the hope of launching the plan for the new school year. ...

  • Position Opportunity: Senior Strategy Consultant

    Ian Symmonds & Associates (ISA) seeks an ambitious and highly skilled senior practitioner in the independent and/or higher education sectors to grow with our research and strategy consulting firm.ISA is an innovative research and strategy firm for independent schools, colleges, universities, and non-profits.  Led by the innova...

  • Series on Strategy & Planning: When the Board Owns Planning

    As we outlined in the start of our new series, among the most frequent questions I get asked from current and prospective clients is "who actually owns strategic planning?"  In other words, it is under the ownership of the board of trustees as a governance process?  Or, is the ownership of the head of school or college preside...

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  • Ian to Keynote at Sacred Heart Network National Conference

    Ian has been invited to deliver a keynote at the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools in St. Louis, Missouri.  The event will feature heads of schools and trustees from network schools throughout the US, North America, and international members.  The conference runs in late October and Ian will speak on October 27, 20...

  • New Series: Who Owns Strategy & Planning?

    Among the most frequent questions I get asked from current and prospective clients is "who actually owns strategic planning?"  In other words, it is under the ownership of the board of trustees as a governance process?  Or, is the ownership of the head of school or college president, as an act of hired personnel ownership?  Or...

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  • New Hope Christian Academy Selects ISA Again

    New Hope Christian Academy in Memphis, Tennessee has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to lead a positioning and messaging program.  ISA completed the strategic plan for the school launched two years ago.  Our positioning work and messaging structure work will commence this spring and move through the summer months, working c...

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart Launches Strategic Plan

    Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans has just published and launched their strategic plan.  Ian Symmonds & Associates worked collaboratively with the school over the past 12 to 14 months to complete the comprehensive strategic plan, the first of its kind at Academy of the Sacred Sacred Heart.  You can check out a glimpse of their completed strategic plan on our strategic plan "Work" page.  ...

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  • St. Michael's Episcopal School Selects ISA

    St. Michael's Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to provide counsel through their strategic planning process this spring.  Established in 1957 by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, St. Michael’s is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and a member of the ...

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  • Enhance Quality First Before Pulling the Price Trigger

    Financial sustainability, tuition discounting, financial aid leveraging, and indexed tuition are topics of constant dialogue at independent schools across the country.  For good reason, too, as demonstrated by same conversations held at the higher education sector for two decades or more.  This is not a new conversation, j...

  • Strategy with Friends

    It's a busy week as we continue strategic planning processes with two noted leaders in Quaker education.  Ian is traveling to Durham, North Carolina to launch the strategic planning process with Carolina Friends School. He will then head up to Washington DC to continue planning exercises with Sidwell Friends School.  We have a...

  • Independent Schools of Northern New England Keynote

    Ian shared a keynote on the "Future of Education" at the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England today in Portland, Maine.  Attendees can download his presentation in PDF file here. Many thanks to the sponsors, conference planners, and attendees for putting together a great event and inviting us to Portland. 

  • A Primer on Strategic Enrollment Management

    We've had a lot of clients and colleagues as for a presentation summary on the topic of strategic enrollment management.  While I've spoken and taught many conference sessions and keynotes on the topic, each possessing their own slide deck, we have not published a quick summary of the salient principles of SEM.  Here is a PDF Keynote that outlines the seven essential elements of strategic enrollme...

  • The Future of Educational Leadership

    Most indicators tell us that the future of independent education will closely mirror the challenges in other industry sectors, such as retail, transportation, and entertainment.  These include public demand for alternative delivery models, lower cost yet high quality alternatives, and hybrid approaches to teaching and learning using an evolving classroom model.  It seems to me that the schools tha...

  • Saint Mary's Hall Selects ISA

    Saint Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas has selected ISA for strategic planning services.  This is an especially exciting appointment as ISA returns to Saint Mary's Hall in the role of strategy and research firm nearly 20 years after Ian served as director of enrollment management in the mid 1990's.  Saint Mary's Hall was founded in 1879 on the principles of knowledge, self-confidence, and respect...

  • North Yarmouth Academy Selects ISA

    North Yarmouth Academy in Maine has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategy and research services.  Established in 1814, North Yarmouth Academy is a coeducational college preparatory school for toddlers to students in grade 12. Their 25-acre campus is located in the coastal town of Yarmouth, Maine just ten minutes from Portland.  NYA is a traditional New England prep school with a campus d...

  • Happy Holidays from ISA

    ISA wishes you the very best of the holiday season.  In an effort to afford ourselves the opportunity to refresh and reflect, ISA will be closed from December 16th through January 2nd.  During this time, ISA staff members will be checking email, voicemail, and our Basecamp collaboration feeds only periodically.  We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday season and look forward to our work together ...

  • East Bay Association of Independent Schools Selects ISA

    East Bay Association of Independent Schools has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates to complete strategic planning for the organization during the winter and spring 2017.  EBISA (East Bay Independent Schools Association) is an alliance of over 40 independent K-8 schools located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay region. Dedicated to academic excellence, the association represents a wide range...

  • Putting Stakes in the Ground

    Anyone who has spent a weekend camping in a tent understands the importance of putting stakes in the ground.  The stakes placed in the ground promote a firm foundation for the stability of the tent, giving it structure and sustainability.  And, second only to selecting the campsite, it is one of the first things that must be done to set up camp.  The same is true with creating strategy.  At the ou...

  • Use Intelligent Design to Solve for "X"

    I just watched a recent TED Talk featuring the founder of AirBNB.  The talk was inspirational, as always, but focused upon the importance of using design to solve a problem.  Normally, when we hear or read the word "design", many of us think of creative communication or architectural elements.  In this context, however, was the notion of using intelligent product design to overcome a problem.  It ...

  • Position Opportunity #x3E; Francis Parker School (San Diego)

    Francis Parker School in San Diego seeks a Director of Marketing and Communications.  The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all of the School’s marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal. The Director coordinates with the admissions, advancement, and the academic offices...

  • Ian to Speak on the Future of Education at ISANNE

    What do thought leaders across the world identify as the top trends facing education today? Join ed-activist, researcher and consultant Ian Symmonds as he gives a not-so-typical, 30,000 foot view of future trends facing private education today with a decidedly business application twist. Ian will present a fresh and provocative look at what thought leaders are saying about the future of education ...

  • Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart Selects ISA

    Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, Nebraska has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services.  We welcome the school to the ISA client family.  We are also excited to work with another school in the Sacred Heart Network, complimenting our prior work in Bellevue and New Orleans, among others. Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent, Catholic, college...

  • Research is Working with Fact

    We throw around the concept of research to make informed decision making in our strategic discussions all the time. But, what do we really mean when we use the word research? It is a concept that is discussed widely and broadly but sometimes it is a science that is misunderstood. Let's pull it apart.There are four phases to research that we believe are really important. The final phase is the most...

  • Strategy is the Art of Choice and Sacrifice

    Strategy is the art of choice and sacrifice.  In other words, if everything is important, then really nothing is important.  But, how do you make sound strategic choices?  And, what factors should you use?  There are actually four essential factors that a non-profit might use to make choice among a series of strategic initiatives.  It is all about sound strategic rationale and criteria.So, why sho...

  • Chesapeake Bay Academy Selects ISA

    Chesapeake Bay Academy (CBA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia has selected ISA for research, planning, and consulting services.  We will commence our work this month with information gathering.  We welcome CBA to our client community.  For 26 years, Chesapeake Bay Academy (CBA) has been transforming the lives of Hampton Roads child...

  • Education Matters

    On a regular basis, I write and speak about trends and forces in the education industry.  I spend a great deal of time scanning the environment to identify, understand, and place in context different cultural inflection points and their relationship to education.  I bone up on the changing educational landscape and how the great innovators and thought leaders are approaching their work.  But, I've...

  • Culture, Context, Change: The Critical Three C's

    While I am not a big fan of alliteration, nor silly memory devices, I have found some are very useful to keeping core principles in mind as we think strategically about organizations.  Where would we be without Peter Drucker's Four P's of Marketing, right?  As I think about strategic planning for schools, colleges, universities, and non-profits, my experience tells me that there are three "levers"...

  • The Seven X-Factors of Market Sustainability

    As we brave our way through economic uncertainty, a rapidly shifting education industry, and changing consumer mindsets, I have been thinking a lot lately about the characteristics of the most successful private schools and and colleges. In our work with clients throughout the na- tion, what are the attributes of the institutions that are thriving? While there are numerous ex- planations for succe...

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  • Brookwood School Launches "Inspiring Leadership" Plan

    Brookwood School in Thomasville, Georgia has completed and launched their recently developed strategic plan.  Their planning process took place throughout the 2015-16 academic year and launched last spring and early fall to excellent support from faculty, staff, board of trustees, and the surrounding Thomasville community.  Predicated on the theme of "Inspiring Leadership",...

  • Our Shifting Economy

    I've just spent the weekend in Los Angeles attending a conference at MosaicLA, a spiritual community of faith, hope, and love.  Truth be known, it was an opportunity, in between client visits in Southern California, to spend the weekend with my daughter who attends college in LA.  The faith conference featured spiritual thought leaders from throughout the West and the World...

  • Exploring Emerging New Economies

    It seems to me that we have a new normal among consumers in North America.  The traditional "luxury" economy that provided high end good and services to well-heeled consumers shows signs of weakening.  And, it is giving way to new forms of economies, such as the "green" movement, the "experience" economy, and the "simplification" consumer.  And, this could spell tough news...

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  • The Rise of Micro Schools as a Broader Reflection of Culture

    I have been thinking a lot about the constant conundrum of independent education and financial and market sustainability.  The model just does not work and I believe has run it's long course.  Normally, this thinking leads me to thinking about market retraction, which leads to school consolidation and collaboration, and often extinction.Today, however,  I got thinking about...

  • University School of Jackson Launches Strategic Plan

    The University School of Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee launched an ambitious strategic plan to a large audience of parents, faculty, staff, and students gathered at the school just before Labor Day.  Ian joined head of school Stu Hirstein to describe the 18 month process that created a bold roadmap for the future.  “Program, people and place are what it’s all about,” Hirste...

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