September 3, 2020

Board/Head Collaboration: The Stress Points and the Rewards

Today, heads of school are truly CEOs needing to take the lead in making key, sometimes life changing decisions affecting entire families. As they should be […]
August 19, 2020

Strategic Planning is Crucial but Proceed with Caution!

Everyone loves strategic planning:  it sounds important; it sounds “generative” AND it can be dangerous. Recently, a School used the broad brush, democratic, approach to strategic […]
August 3, 2020

Navigating a Head of School Search in Rough Waters

The key ground rules in the head of search process are simple: Hire the right search firm. Establish an appropriate timetable, typically eighteen months and no […]
July 4, 2020

The Politicization of Boards on Re-opening our Schools

Independent and international school boards are a microcosm of our parent bodies. Most board members are professionals as opposed to business leaders and CEO types who […]
July 1, 2020

Engaging Independent School Parents in the Time of Covid-19

Parents are conveying to school leadership their anxieties and complaints about how and when school will open and the risks associated with opening; the value proposition […]
July 1, 2020

Why We Will Have Failed Them: How to Regain Faculty Trust

In response to the pandemic, some schools are furloughing teachers, freezing pay increases, reducing benefits, and in some cases cutting salaries. At the same time, schools […]
June 17, 2020

New Heads Arriving and the Dangers Ahead

These are treacherous times for all schools and heads. However, they are even more challenging for those starting either a new head of school role or […]
June 4, 2020

The Impact of the Pandemic on Mission and Governance

Enrollment challenges for certain schools in specific environments have always been there. Some fortunate few are located in major metro areas with high demand for independent […]
June 4, 2020

Short Term Solutions Can Lead to Long Term Problems

In these unprecedented, highly uncertain and stressful times, boards are pressing heads for answers to these questions: “Should we cut tuition? Should we cut staff? Should […]
February 27, 2020

Salary Systems in Independent and International Schools

I. The Big Picture Many independent schools have been experiencing strong fund raising and endowment growth. Many, but not all, are also experiencing strong enrollment demand. […]