Upcoming Appearances (Dates and Locations)

March 20, 2021 The topic of Mr. Littleford’s session for the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools will be “Maintaining or Returning to a Strategic Focus”

April 12-16, 2021 Topics to be announced for the Association for the Advancement of International Education Conference (AAIE)

Please contact John Littleford if you would like to meet with him during these Conferences.


Please contact John@JLittleford.com to schedule at meeting with him at these Conferences.

Past Appearances

At the following Conferences and Associations, Mr. Littleford has presented or conducted workshops on the topics of board governance, faculty compensation and head compensation:

  • Association for the Advancement of International Education
  • Academy of International School Heads
  • Association of American Schools of Central America, Columbia, Caribbean and Mexico
  • Association of China and Mongolia International Schools
  • Association of Independent Schools of New England
  • Canadian Association of Independent Schools
  • Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario
  • East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools
  • European Council of International Schools
  • Independent Schools Council of Australia
  • Independent Schools of New Zealand
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls
  • National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children
  • National Association of Private Special Education Centers
  • Near East/South Asia Council of Overseas Schools
  • Association of Boarding Schools
  • Association of Colorado Independent Schools
  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
  • Association of Independent Maryland Schools
  • Association of Independent Schools in New England
  • Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington
  • Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools
  • California Association of Independent Schools
  • Florida Council of Independent Schools
  • Georgia Independent Schools Association
  • Houston Council of Independent Schools
  • Independent Schools Association of Northern New England
  • Independent Schools Association of the Southwest
  • Maine Association of Independent Schools
  • New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
  • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools
  • Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools
  • Palmetto Association of Independent Schools
  • Secondary Schools Admissions and Testing Board
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools
  • Virginia Association of Independent Schools

Speaking Topics

John Littleford is currently presenting worldwide on the following topics at Conferences and at board of trustee meetings as a guest speaker:

  • GOVERNANCE AND TRANSITION: The Key to Thriving not Just Surviving.
  • THE LEADERSHIP OF SCHOOLS AND THE LONGEVITY OF HEADS: The Patterns and Powerful Correlation Worldwide Between School Effectiveness and the Longevity and Legacy of Heads
  • PRINCIPLES OF HEALTHY BOARD GOVERNANCE: Fundamentals of Good Practice and Case Studies for New and Experienced Trustees
  • MANAGING EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION: Transparency vs. Confidentiality
  • FACULTY COMPENSATION: The Time is Now to Examine the Salary System Model
  • THE GLOBAL TEACHER PERSPECTIVE: Equity, Justice and Why Adversarial Cultures Develop in Independent and International Schools
  • TEACHER EVALUATION: Professional Growth WITH Accountability
  • THE SACRED COWS OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: The Tradeoffs in the Budgeting Decisions of Independent Schools
  • THE HEAD/CHAIR PARTNERSHIP: Governance Perspectives Worldwide
  • FORTRESS HEAD, FORTRESS SCHOOL: Guarding Against Constituent Attacks
  • COST EFFECTIVE FUNDRAISING: Mobilizing a Powerful Pyramid of Volunteers
  • THE STRUCTURE OF BOARDS: Is There a Better Way?
  • MISSION BASED MARKETING: Highly Productive and Very Cost Effectives

Dear John,
A million thanks for another terrific session this morning!! I received the following note immediately following the session and I wanted to pass it along:

I’ve heard John before and I think he is your best speaker! This session was extremely helpful and interesting. I like how John presents the concepts and the case study. He really made me think about all the important aspects of the stakeholders’ (but especially board chair and head) in the strategic planning process. Well done.

It is a pleasure working with you and I hope you have a wonderful spring!

by Director of Professional Development, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), New Jersey

The GISA Head’s Retreat was outstanding in great part to all that you (John Littleford) shared with us. It was definitely among the very best professional sessions that I have ever attended

by Assistant Head of School, Atlanta Girls School, Georgia

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