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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. […]
August 1, 2015

Yes: A Successful Model of Teacher Evaluation – The Importance of Leadership, Culture, Attitude and Training

One of the best examples of effective teacher evaluation over time, from both the perspective of the faculty and the Administration, exists at the Haverford School […]
August 1, 2015

Faculty Salaries: Doing More Than Talking About It

Breaking $100,000 at the upper range of a senior teacher’s salary is no longer unheard of. The salary scales of public schools in affluent cities and […]
August 1, 2015

The Latest In Faculty Compensation: Allocating Resources Among Your “Buckets”

Almost all schools want to pay their teachers more competitive packages to be in the running to recruit them in a tightening market and to ensure […]
August 1, 2015

Persistence Pays Off

Great heads are characterized by persistent focused leadership. They do not flit from one initiative to the next leaving earlier ones unfinished or in limbo. When […]
August 1, 2015

In an Economic Downturn: Intelligent Ways to Make Compensation Go Further

Faculty salaries and benefits make up 60% to 85% of the budget of most schools. In today’s challenging economic environment, boards are worried about managing the […]
August 1, 2015

Mission Based Compensation and Flexible Pay: The Challenge Confronting Boards, Heads and Teachers

Most independent schools have moved now from individually negotiated salary decisions, often inherited from prior heads, to public school type lock step lane and track scales. […]
August 1, 2015

Performance, Compensation And Evaluation: They Are Always Related

In the realm of international and independent schools, boards and heads talk frequently about wanting and needing professional teacher evaluation/appraisal. Yet in most of our schools […]