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SPARC is a dynamic and energetic community. Stay informed about all that is going on in the auxiliary world: see profiles of auxiliary leaders, take deep dives into notable programs, and explore important themes.

SPARC News

The Two Main Challenges that Keep Heads of School Up at Night
The Two Main Challenges that Keep Heads of School Up at Night

With changes in demographics, staff recruitment, and family expectations, Heads of School are facing new challenges to their schools' financial stability. Peter Baron, Founder of MoonshotOS, shares how independent schools can adapt and succeed in a shifting cultural and financial landscape. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted05/10/2024


SPARC Spring Training Empowers Summer Camp Professionals
SPARC Spring Training Empowers Summer Camp Professionals

Auxiliary leaders wrapped up their SPARC Spring Training last week, leaving with a wealth of new ideas, tools, and connections to elevate their skills and summer programs. SPARC Senior Advisors Bob Rojee and Karen McCann McClelland discuss the importance and success of this free-for-members program. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted05/6/2024


4 Main Takeaways from The SPARC Effect: The Magic Behind Marketing Auxiliary Programs
4 Main Takeaways from The SPARC Effect: The Magic Behind Marketing Auxiliary Programs

In the latest episode of the SPARC Effect podcast, Aubrey Bursch of Easy School Marketing dives into all things marketing for summer and auxiliary programming. Here are 4 main takeaways you can start using right now. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted04/29/2024


SPARC Launches the New Career Center for Auxiliary Professionals
SPARC Launches the New Career Center for Auxiliary Professionals

SPARC has created a new Career Center for both job seekers and employers, bringing a first-of-its-kind auxiliary job search database to the independent school community. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted04/22/2024


SPARC's 2024 Auxiliary Revenue Summit: Connecting School and Auxiliary Leadership
SPARC's 2024 Auxiliary Revenue Summit: Connecting School and Auxiliary Leadership

On March 13th, auxiliary leaders joined Heads of School and CFOs for SPARC's Auxiliary Revenue Summit. Hosted by St. Mark's School, it was the first time SPARC brought school and auxiliary leadership together to connect and collaborate . Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted04/12/2024


Leading from the Middle: A SPARC Presentation by David Sullivan
Leading from the Middle: A SPARC Presentation by David Sullivan

In his presentation "Leading from the Middle," delivered at the recent NAIS conference, SPARC Senior Advisor David Sullivan shared with auxiliary professionals how to navigate the multifaceted challenge of being an effective and inspiring middle manager and leader. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted04/9/2024


Trends and Best Practices for Auxiliary Staff Recruitment
Trends and Best Practices for Auxiliary Staff Recruitment

Krystal Speed of Your HR Strategist joined Travis Walker on the SPARC Effect Podcast to discuss all things Human Resources—recruitment, employee support, staff retention, and more. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted03/14/2024


The 10 Step Process for Auxiliary and Summer Program Development
The 10 Step Process for Auxiliary and Summer Program Development

If you'd like to launch a new auxiliary initiative or develop an existing program, Karen McCann McClelland and Bob Rojee's 10-Step Process for Auxiliary Program Development, presented at this year's NAIS National Conference, will keep you focused, on-target, and ready for success. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted03/7/2024


Digital Storytelling: An Impactful, Creative, and Collaborative Student Activity
Digital Storytelling: An Impactful, Creative, and Collaborative Student Activity

At the recent SPARC Symposium, Keynote Speaker Brett Pierce discussed the huge influence digital media has on the lives of young people. Helping them create stories through music, video, and other digital platforms teaches them to collaborate, learn a host of new skills, and have fun in the process. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted03/1/2024


Oak Hall School’s Signature Programs Enrich Student Life and Increase Community Engagement
Oak Hall School’s Signature Programs Enrich Student Life and Increase Community Engagement

Oak Hall School in Gainesville hosts extended day programming with wide-ranging options for younger students. Their two signature programs--Homework Block and the Community Sports League--impressed SPARC Senior advisors with their ingenuity and service to families and the larger community. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted02/23/2024


Build Your Ideal Camp Culture With Effective Staff Training
Build Your Ideal Camp Culture With Effective Staff Training

On the SPARC Effect Podcast, Bob Rojee and Laura Walker join Travis Walker to discuss how to shape camp culture by building a confident team empowered to create an exceptional camp experience. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted02/17/2024


Creating and Sustaining a Successful CIT Program
Creating and Sustaining a Successful CIT Program

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs provide valuable life and leadership skills to younger campers while creating a pool of knowledgable, well-trained candidates for future hire as Camp Counselors. Three summer camp/CIT experts share their insights into running a successful CIT program. Continue Reading

Postedby Amy Grier
Date posted02/9/2024