Articles

August 31, 2016

Board Structures: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

Most of our governance clients want to know about best practice and trends relating to board structures at independent and international schools. I. Basic School Board […]
March 21, 2016

Compensation, Collaboration and Culture: A Winning Story

One of the most challenging issues for schools and school leaders is managing expectations about salaries, benefits, workload, evaluation, professional development and job security. Leaders must […]
March 21, 2016

Premature Dismissals: Overlooking Head Transition

In choosing a search firm, a board should hire one that puts an appropriate emphasis upon transition. If the firm does not provide transition services, bring […]
December 19, 2015

Up to 85% of Your School’s Budget

Board Members are accustomed simply to approving an annual percentage increase in the faculty salary pool. Few understand how salary system design can make teachers into […]
December 19, 2015

Every Board Has a “Personality”

If the board retains strong institutional memory, a clear and consistent “personality” emerges even if that board trips up occasionally. But if the board turns over […]
December 19, 2015

Why a Leadership Coach?*

In this edition of our Newsletter, we welcome as our Guest Contributor, Mark E. Ulfers, Head of School, American School of Paris. He is the author […]
September 21, 2015

The Governance Game III: The Importance of Transitions

(Part Three of a Four Part Letter on Governance) The Dangerous Times: The most dangerous time for a school is when it changes heads. The dangerous […]
September 14, 2015

Mission “Tugs”

Sometimes the core battles of the board room center around mission and mission clarity. As long as those conversations are rare or occur only just before […]
September 14, 2015

Following a “Founder” and Can You Survive?

Most schools founded by an individual began as Montessori schools or small progressive elementary schools. Some founders launched Pre K to 8 Schools, and a rare […]
September 14, 2015

The Theory AND Practice of Board Governance

As a Consultant to independent and international schools worldwide, I am privy to many conversations onsite working for clients and on various networks about governance theories […]