June 17, 2021

Managing Stakeholder Discontent: A Rising Tide 

Mark Ulfers, the Editor of the  “AAIE COVID-19 Briefing” comments: Once again, John identifies the stress points and the high-grade fever within international schools as the […]
May 25, 2021

Transparency, Collaboration and Engagement: Boards, Faculty and Administrators in Salary System and Benefits Design

Overview Littleford & Associates has worked with thousands of schools worldwide to help them design mission-based salary systems that are fair, equitable, market based and predictable.  […]
January 25, 2021

The Pandemic: What We Will Have Learned

In this and subsequent articles, we will address the key issues that the Pandemic has affected, and will continue to affect our independent and international schools […]
January 6, 2021

How Much Communication is Too Much?

Most boards with whom we work mention that they often hear criticism of the school’s communications with parents.  What do they mean by that? As it […]
October 13, 2020

Governance in the Trenches: Some Solutions

The Case Study This School had a long-term valued Head, a strong board and long-term Chair which are the key characteristics of a stable and successful […]
September 23, 2020

Nurturing Your Head: A Five-Point Paradigm

High head turnover usually results from fallout with boards, which in turn is often due to the loss of institutional memory on boards. Aside from these […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]