Articles

November 24, 2016

Strategic Planning: Taking Appropriate Risks

Seven years after conducting a strategic planning session for a School, Littleford & Associates received two unexpected emails from its just retired Head and his long […]
November 24, 2016

What IS a Philosophy of Compensation?

Littleford & Associates has been helping schools design salary and benefits systems since 1983. Over thirty years later, we find that the leadership of most schools […]
August 31, 2016

Faculty Salary System Designs: Becoming More Innovative

I. An Interesting Model  Picture a well-known boarding school which has four compensation “strands”: There is a typical, age based salary scale, up to age 55, […]
August 31, 2016

What “Rogue” Board Members Can Accomplish

Several years ago our Firm worked with an international school with a parent-elected Board. This was an angry, divided and dysfunctional Board. The Annual General Meeting […]
August 31, 2016

Board Structures: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

Most of our governance clients want to know about best practice and trends relating to board structures at independent and international schools. I. Basic School Board […]
March 21, 2016

Compensation, Collaboration and Culture: A Winning Story

One of the most challenging issues for schools and school leaders is managing expectations about salaries, benefits, workload, evaluation, professional development and job security. Leaders must […]
March 21, 2016

Premature Dismissals: Overlooking Head Transition

In choosing a search firm, a board should hire one that puts an appropriate emphasis upon transition. If the firm does not provide transition services, bring […]
December 19, 2015

Up to 85% of Your School’s Budget

Board Members are accustomed simply to approving an annual percentage increase in the faculty salary pool. Few understand how salary system design can make teachers into […]
December 19, 2015

Every Board Has a “Personality”

If the board retains strong institutional memory, a clear and consistent “personality” emerges even if that board trips up occasionally. But if the board turns over […]
December 19, 2015

Why a Leadership Coach?*

In this edition of our Newsletter, we welcome as our Guest Contributor, Mark E. Ulfers, Head of School, American School of Paris. He is the author […]