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Exploring School Sustainability Directions & Ideas with Patrick Bassett, President, National Association of Independent Schools

Patrick Bassett, President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) joined me for a joint episode of the Boarding School Podcast & edSocialMedia Podcast . Our conversation covered school strategies and sustainability in the current economic climate and the ways in which schools can use new media to bind constituencies and reach and serve families.

School & Student Services (SSS) by NAIS

The new SSS by NAIS is coming late Spring 2009. View the new SSS website by going to sss.nais.org. You’ll find all the new benefits of SSS as well as the new Knowledge Center that offers NAIS resources on financial aid management.

Topics Pat covered with their approximate time into the conversation:

• School Financial Sustainability and Adjustments: what's happening now for families and faculty (1:30)

• School Budgeting, Planning and Spending (4:06)

• Financial Aid Need and Availability (5:10)

• Schools Strengthen Constituent Relationships (8:00)

• One School's Solicitation Video: Oakwood School's "Don't Give" (9:00)

• Combining Traditional and New Media to Reach Everyone: Keeping the Old School While Adopting the New (10:50)

• Media Strategies for Schools: Making New Media Practices and Approaches Happen (13:30)

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Valuing Social Media in the Classroom: The Work of Peter Hodgin, Kents Hill School Download the audio/mpeg (.mp3) file (22.1 MB)

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  • Hello. Where can I find One School's Solicitation Video: Oakwood School's "Don't Give" online? I googled the school's website, but couldn't find it. Best, Sarah Sarah Kline, March 29, 2009 3:06 PM

  • Here's the URL to video (embedded below as well). It's a cool spin on encouraging philanthropy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nty4GBMuzQY Peter Baron, March 29, 2009 6:41 PM

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