Re-defining Advancement for the future of schools
A VERY SHORT STORY OF ADVANCEMENT
Over the past 60 years, we have seen the evolution of the Advancement function in educational institutions across the world.
Today, Advancement professionals are the people in schools who are responsible for an ever-increasing set of complex functions and activities, from admissions, marketing, and communications to fundraising and alumni relations - and much more in between.
These functions can be managed by large teams, but equally will often fall on the shoulders of a single person.
We believe that, at its simplest, Advancement is all about…
Telling the story of your school.
Connecting with people and helping them find their place in that story.
Managing a set of processes to enable these things to happen.
THE LIFECYCLE OF SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Leading an Advancement team for many years, we have also come to understand that every aspect of our work is integrally connected to the overall experience of a school; from the first moment a family visits a school website, through an admissions process, joining the school community, and ultimately leaving and becoming part of an alumni network. Each part of this journey is important and each experience matters.
We call this journey The Lifecycle of School Experience and believe that the work of Advancement is best when it is grounded in the principles of experience design.
WELCOME TO ADVANCEMENT 2.0
Today, Advancement in schools continues to evolve quickly across the world. At the same time, new challenges and new questions are emerging.
We provide a new way of seeing Advancement that we call Advancement 2.0. It’s still all about Story, People, and Process, but the manner in which we tell the story, help people find their place in that story, to say nothing of the processes that we manage in support of these goals, are re-designed for the school of the future.
THE PERIODIC TABLE OF SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
We help school leaders and their teams look again at their school through the lens of school experience. The Periodic Table of School Experience has been especially designed to help us think about how families and other groups within our school experience it. And it helps us design better, more powerful, more impactful experiences that ensure your school not only stands out, but is building its brand and growing its reputation across competitive markets.