Articles

September 21, 2015

The Governance Game III: The Importance of Transitions

(Part Three of a Four Part Letter on Governance) The Dangerous Times: The most dangerous time for a school is when it changes heads. The dangerous […]
September 14, 2015

Mission “Tugs”

Sometimes the core battles of the board room center around mission and mission clarity. As long as those conversations are rare or occur only just before […]
September 14, 2015

Following a “Founder” and Can You Survive?

Most schools founded by an individual began as Montessori schools or small progressive elementary schools. Some founders launched Pre K to 8 Schools, and a rare […]
September 14, 2015

The Theory AND Practice of Board Governance

As a Consultant to independent and international schools worldwide, I am privy to many conversations onsite working for clients and on various networks about governance theories […]
September 14, 2015

The STILL Sad State of Head Departures

In the business world it is not uncommon for an HR manager to come into an executive’s office and ask for his or her keys, computer […]
August 24, 2015

Section 4958 – “Intermediate Sanctions”

Access to Form 990 These regulations are intended to target “disqualified persons”, also called “insiders”, who in the opinion of the IRS, receive “excessive benefits” from […]
August 15, 2015

Threading the Needle: Addressing Faculty Compensation Challenges While Avoiding Major Risks

A new client decided twenty years ago to adopt the salary scale of a local US public school system. At the time it seemed like a […]
August 1, 2015

IT, Brutus!

The relationship between a very competent and savvy IT Manager and the Head slowly begins to deteriorate. Increasingly, the individual criticizes the Head behind her back […]
August 1, 2015

School Cultures: An Interesting Model And Then Some

Seldom am I able to undertake strategic planning, faculty compensation/evaluation, school climate and board governance assignments all in the same school and where these tasks fit […]
August 1, 2015

Unhealthy School Climate: Common But Seldom Improved

In a recent exchange of e mails among school heads, there was much talk about, and not many congratulations for a Head who was taking over […]