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

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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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