Articles

September 14, 2015

The STILL Sad State of Head Departures

In the business world it is not uncommon for an HR manager to come into an executive’s office and ask for his or her keys, computer […]
August 24, 2015

Section 4958 – “Intermediate Sanctions”

Access to Form 990 These regulations are intended to target “disqualified persons”, also called “insiders”, who in the opinion of the IRS, receive “excessive benefits” from […]
August 23, 2015

The Head’s Contract: Getting it Done

Since 1983, thousands of boards worldwide have retained Littleford & Associates to help them benchmark the compensation and benefit package for their head of school. Many […]
August 15, 2015

Threading the Needle: Addressing Faculty Compensation Challenges While Avoiding Major Risks

A new client decided twenty years ago to adopt the salary scale of a local US public school system. At the time it seemed like a […]
August 1, 2015

IT, Brutus!

The relationship between a very competent and savvy IT Manager and the Head slowly begins to deteriorate. Increasingly, the individual criticizes the Head behind her back […]
August 1, 2015

School Cultures: An Interesting Model And Then Some

Seldom am I able to undertake strategic planning, faculty compensation/evaluation, school climate and board governance assignments all in the same school and where these tasks fit […]
August 1, 2015

Unhealthy School Climate: Common But Seldom Improved

In a recent exchange of e mails among school heads, there was much talk about, and not many congratulations for a Head who was taking over […]
August 1, 2015

Improving Faculty Cultures: Touching The Heart And Soul Of Schools

An independent school unionized recently because the faculty was fearful of losing some cherished rights and benefits that new leadership had questioned. The benefits included teaching […]
August 1, 2015

Understanding Faculty And School Cultures

Not long ago, I was invited to conduct a workshop on teacher evaluation. The first to enter the room was an experienced teacher. He sat in […]
August 1, 2015

"Managing School Climate-And Not Letting It Manage You!"

The key ingredient in developing and maintaining a healthy school climate is faculty morale. While board, parent and student morale are very important, they tend to […]