6. Friends School Governance

Betof, Ari M. “How Do Friends Schools Cultivate Healthy Governing Bodies, Providing Strong Leadership through Strategic Policy Development and Guiding Fiscal Support, within a Framework of Quaker Values?” Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools 20052007 Action Research (April 2007): 6–7. 
Ari M. Betof’s Action Research deals with three core topics: Quaker representation on Friends schools’ boards, the manifestation of Quakerism’s core values in board governance, and the philanthropic support of Friends schools. This Action Research led to Betof’s dissertation on the philanthropic support and governance in Friends schools.

6.1 Finances

Betof, Ari M. “Leading in the Light: A Study of Financial and Organizational Sustainability of Friends Schools.” Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
In his dissertation, Ari Betof examines how the heads of independent schools react to the challenges and opportunities of financial and organizational sustainability during a period of economic instability. To form his dissertation, Betof worked alongside the heads of fourteen well-established Friends schools. He concludes that in order to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century, Friends schools must confront the brutal facts. These facts stem from the Friends schools’ identity as a nonprofit institution, independent school, and Quaker-based organization. Betof details eight underlying brutal facts. Ultimately, he argues, these schools must face an ever-present challenge: the tension between offering a premium service at a reflective price while being rooted in values embracing simplicity.

6.2 Admission/Retention

Cotton, Darrell. “How to Improve Retention and Enrollment in the Upper Division.” Voices of Leadership, Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools 20092011 Action Research (April 2011): 1112.
Darrell Cotton observed the small rate of middle school students at New Garden Friends School (NGFS) continuing on to the upper school at NGFS. Cotton implemented various programs, such as the chance for eighth-grade students to take elective courses at the upper school; he also created honors classes within the upper school to increase academic rigor.

Myran, Laura Sharpless. “The Challenges of Leadership in Admission Directing.” Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools 20052007 Action Research(April 2007): 2627. 
Laura Sharpless Myran conducted surveys of other admission directors regarding their job description and the biggest challenges of said job in order to analyze her own strengths and weaknesses. Myran also read leadership theories by Ronald Heifetz and Rob Evans to gain more insight.

6.3 Sustainability

Eldridge, Dave. “Building Sustainability Among Quaker Elementary Schools.” Friends Council on Education Action Learning (April 2005): 3. 
Dave Eldridge started a research project examining how economically vulnerable Quaker elementary schools benefit from marketing campaigns. Eldridge then shifted the focus of his research to studying how Quaker elementary schools affect the education system as a whole. As of 2005, Eldridge began working on a new organization, possibly called the Center for Sustainable Quaker Elementary Schools, which would distribute funds from its member schools, themselves older schools that depend on elementary schools as feeders and external funders.



The Rise of Quaker Education & Early Schools

Quaker Pedagogy: A Moral Approach to Experiential Learning

Diversity in Friends Schools

Friends School & Learning Differences

Friends School Leadership

Friends School Governance

Meeting for Worship

Friends School Culture

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