Articles

August 1, 2015

The Professional Growth "Trap"

A common misconception among heads of school and teachers in US and international schools is that professional growth and teacher accountability are either incompatible objectives, or […]
August 1, 2015

Trends from the Trenches – Patterns in Faculty Benefits

In a time of economic uncertainty and an anticipated teacher shortage, independent schools are searching for ways to attract and retain quality teachers. One way is […]
August 1, 2015

The Faculty Salary Challenge: Not Just How Much, But How?

Ladder, Band and Range Considerations and the School’s Philosophy of Compensation In independent schools, the four key elements of compensation planning are: the philosophy of compensation; […]
August 1, 2015

When And Why Teachers Decide To “Organize”

The key to independent school quality has been strong leaders, committed faculty, healthy boards and the ability to adapt to changing markets and educational directions. The […]
August 1, 2015

Mission And Money: Or How To Make The Most With What You Have

The Key Connection One New England boarding school with limited resources has an excellent tradition of recruiting young male teachers from the Ivy League colleges to […]
August 1, 2015

Designing A Politically Safe Process For Changing Faculty Compensation Systems

Changing a salary system involves risks. Sometimes they are enormous. However, the process of exploring options can be invigorating, intellectually exciting, and can be community building. […]
August 1, 2015

Update on Performance Pay: Gaining National Attention

A May series of three articles in the San Jose Mercury News reported on the movement towards performance pay in California and Denver’s progress on this […]
August 1, 2015

Teacher Evaluation And Accountability: When Entitled Parents Meet Entitled Teachers

Across the world in workshops on various topics, trustees ask this consultant how boards should really assess the quality of teaching that the school delivers. In […]
August 1, 2015

“Fuzzy” Salary Systems

Fully 50% of the nation’s independent schools operate with salary “systems” that are not “systems” at all, but negotiated entry salaries with flat, fairly fixed annual […]
August 1, 2015

The Explosion of Extra Pay

The original model of an independent school workload as viewed through the lens of the boarding school was three or four courses, coaching and advising students. […]