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 […]
January 18, 2024

To Board Chairs Everywhere: Good, Unfortunate and Terrible Ways to End the Head’s Relationship with a School 

Given the generally sad state of head of school turnover worldwide, perhaps it is time to have a candid conversation with chairs and prospective chairs about […]
January 10, 2024

A Warning About Head of School Contracts

Having worked with thousands of independent and international school boards on the topic of head compensation (and always retained by boards not, heads) Littleford & Associates […]
December 5, 2023


All schools are under pressure to pay more dollars to teachers, both to those currently employed and to those being recruited from the marketplace. Independent and […]
November 2, 2023

Strategic Planning Initiatives Worldwide: What are Parents and Teachers Saying? 

When Littleford & Associates conducts strategic planning assignments worldwide there are common, very important themes that keep emerging.  They come from focus groups and one-on-one interviews […]
September 21, 2023

How Important is the Well-being of the Head’s Family to a Search?

More important than you may think. If your school is conducting a head search, then be aware at the front end of the importance of understanding […]
September 21, 2023

How The Personality of a Board Chair Affects Board Governance

Over the years, this Consultant has met board chairs who cared deeply about their role, the school and their heads of school and the families of […]
September 21, 2023

How to Engage Teachers in the Challenging Conversation about Money

Inflation, the pandemic and the heightened expectations and pressures from parents are the major factors that have driven more than 500,000 private school teachers in the […]
September 21, 2023

Head Compensation Trends: Building a Retirement Asset Through Deferred Compensation Plans 

I. Two Types of Plans Most independent school heads plan to retire in part on the distribution from their 403(b) plan to which they have contributed […]
Head Compensation Trends: Building a Retirement Asset Through Deferred Compensation Plans 
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