April 16, 2024

The Head of School Search: Why Is Internal Succession Planning Working Better than External Succession?

In our experience both processes can work but the statistics are powerfully on the side of appointing an internal candidate. Almost 90% of international and US […]
April 9, 2024

Mobilize Your Parents For the Right Reason

Today, most schools are feeling the passion and some intrusion from parents happy to be back on campus, and they are even more engaged in trying […]
February 27, 2024

Head of School Searches: Where Passion and Governance Meet

Selecting a new head of school is a momentous task that creates not only excitement and passion but intricate governance challenges. Since hiring, compensating, rewarding, and […]
February 20, 2024


Why Mission Based Salary Systems are Crucial Since NAIS first published our book, “Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools” for the first time in 1983, over […]
January 20, 2024

Faculty Compensation Continues to Roil the Waters

It is challenging to recruit and pay teachers to come to our schools especially when teachers have more offers and options than in recent memory. What […]
January 20, 2024

Head Compensation Tops the Charts

In general, head compensation is up worldwide for most independent and international school heads. Why? Factors affecting compensation are boards’ acknowledgement of the stress of the […]
January 20, 2024

A Warning About Head of School Contracts

Having worked with thousands of independent and international school boards on the topic of head compensation, Littleford & Associates (always retained by boards, not heads) has […]
January 20, 2024

A Unique Predicament: Head Succession Following a Long-Term Head

Most long-term, highly valued, and respected school heads step down mainly of their own volition. They give their boards a time line with no rush to […]
January 20, 2024

The Basics of Healthy Board Governance: Honoring Channels and Boundaries

Healthy board governance begins with understanding the difference between what falls under the purview of policy versus management and strategic versus operational. What are the gray […]
The Basics of Healthy Board Governance: Honoring Channels and Boundaries
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