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Open House with Jesse Meadow
This podcast hosts weekly discussions with enrollment managers, heads of schools, and marketing professionals where we introduce challenges and solutions facing admissions departments for K-12 independent schools.
Mar 30, 2021
Comparisons of Admissions Worlds at Independent Schools
This week will have Phil VanDenBrink join us to elaborate on his work in admissions abroad and in the United States and provide insights about cultural outcomes of processes. Phil is the Director of University Foundations at Wasatch Academy.
Mar 26, 2021
Parents Perspective: Insights from The Ride to Independent Schools Report
This week we have Hans Mundahl joining to review and discuss the latest trends and perspectives from parents on their journey to independent schools. Hans is the Director of Professional Development at the Enrollment Management Association.
Mar 8, 2021
Rethinking Admissions Processes Through A D.E.I. Lens
This week we have Rakiya Brown, Director of Enrollment at the Hillbrook School in California to discuss processes and cultural changes made to the admissions department with diversity, equity, and inclusion as the guide.
Mar 4, 2021
Tuition Resets: An Inevitable Tactic for Independent Schools?
This week we will be joined by Kristen Mariotti, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School, and Jack Sweeney, Director of Advancement at The New School. We will be diving deep into the topic of Tuition Resets, from how to find out if its the right idea for your school to how to best implement it.
Feb 23, 2021
The State of Digital Marketing at Independent Schools
This week we will be discussing digital marketing strategies and tactics at independent schools, as well as our own experiences in how to use it and what is seeming effective. Marc Lefton, Senior Digital Strategist at Schoolcraft Digital and Chris Mitchell, Co-Founder and Principal at Schoolcraft Digital will join me.
Feb 15, 2021
Admissions Adaptations That Are Here to Stay
This week we will have Ingrid Gerber on to discuss changes made in admissions departments during the pandemic, and which ones are here to stay. Ingrid is Director of Admissions at Moravian Academy.
Feb 8, 2021
Specialty Programs at Independent School: Language Immersion & IB Programs
This week we'll be joined by Torsie Judkins, Director of Admissions & Enrollment at the International School of Brooklyn to continue our discussion on specialty programs at independent schools, this time focusing on language immersion and IB programs.
Feb 1, 2021
Specialty Academies & Programs at Independent Schools
This week we'll be joined by Matthew Peer, Director of Enrollment Management at Darlington School in Georgia to discuss specialty academies and programs at independent schools and how they can benefit the enrollment process.
Jan 25, 2021
Retention: Independent Schools' Pursuit of Low Attrition
This week we have Kristen Kaschub, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at The Darrow School in New York joining us to discuss retention, the ongoing pursuit of keeping attrition low, and programs and initiatives that have worked well at retaining students.
Jan 11, 2021
How Changing Demographics are Affecting Internal Processes at Independent Schools
This week, David Donovan, Dean of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid at Delbarton School will join us to discuss the changing demographics of families and how they are affecting admissions' processes.
Jan 4, 2021
Reflections & Outlooks: Here's to 2021
This week Chris and I will discuss our own reflections on 2020 as well as some of our previous guests' reflections and offer our outlooks for 2021.
Dec 21, 2020
State of the K-12 International Student Market
This week Dr. David Rath joins us to discuss the state of the international student market. What were the trends pre-COVID? Where are they now? How are schools adapting? These answers and more will be discussed. Dr. Rath is Associate Head of School & Dean of Enrollment Management at Montverde Academy in Florida.
Dec 14, 2020
The Boarding Experience: Enrollment Advantages & Challenges for All Boys Schools
This week we have JP Burlington joining us to discuss the enrollment advantages and challenges of an all boys school and the boarding experience in general. JP is the Director of Admissions at the Trinity-Pawling School.
Dec 7, 2020
Balancing Budgets: Tuition & Financial Aid Tactics for Independent Schools
This week's *Schoolcraft Digital* *#podcast* is live! We're discussing *#enrollment* tactics centered around usage of *#financialaid* with *Jack Sweeney*, Director of Enrollment for *The New School, Fayetteville Arkansas*. We're also discussing the new market of parents, *#tuition* prices, and what independent schools might need to implement to adapt. *#indyschools* *#independentschools*
Nov 30, 2020
Rethinking Open Houses, Campus Tours, & Retention for Independent Schools
In this episode Lisa Pelrine joins us to talk about new and innovative ways to rethink open houses, campus tours, and retention for independent schools. Lisa is Director of Enrollment Management for Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School.
Nov 23, 2020
Remote Learning & Re-opening Challenges for Independent Schools
This week we have Kristen Mariotti joining us to give us some insights to the trials and successes of remote learning and plans for reopening at independent schools. Kristen is the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and Strategy at the Stoneleigh Burnham School.
Nov 9, 2020
Retention & Challenges to Independent School Boarding Programs in 2020
This week we discuss enrollment challenges in 2020 and retention initiatives that have helped independent schools. Tiare Police, Director of Admissions at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, joins us as we tackle enrollment, retention and financial aid.
Nov 2, 2020
Challenges for Independent School Boarding Programs in 2020
This week we discuss the challenges independent schools are facing in their boarding programs recently. Tyler Hart, Director of Admissions for Villanova Preparatory School, will join us and add his regional insights for enrollment, boarding protocols and southern California admissions issues.
Oct 26, 2020
Why Choose Independent Schools & The Importance of Thought Sharing
In this episode we have Cameron Steese, Director of Enrollment at the Village School of Naples, join us as we discuss what an independent school is, why parents choose them and the importance of thought sharing between schools. We also touch on enrollment trends in the Naples area in addition to other admissions hurdles and opportunities.
Oct 19, 2020
Introduction to Schoolcraft Digital
This inaugural episode hosts the leadership team at Schoolcraft Digital, Jesse Meadow, Chris Mitchell and Marc Lefton. We discuss the origins of the business, the state of K-12 independent school marketing and the opportunities for enrollment managers and independent schools in digitizing the enrollment funnel.