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 […]
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

The Entry Challenge

When new heads are hired from the outside, boards often give them very ambitious goals. Boards are excited for change, but overly ambitious goals usually mean […]
December 4, 2019

Why Heads are Wary of Executive Sessions

This Consultant spoke recently to a new Head who followed an ousted Head and began making changes before creating sufficient political capital with constituents. The Board […]
November 19, 2019

John Littleford Featured in Taipei American School’s Fall 2019 Window Magazine

John Littleford spoke to TAS parents about defining excellence in independent/international schools. He also conducts annual governance workshops for the TAS Board of Directors. Read the […]

 

Currently the following webinar sessions can be scheduled:

"Marketing the Mission"

This webinar will discuss strategies to retain current students and recruit new ones, even while the campus is closed. It will include steps to develop a parent ambassador/advocate program. Current parents, when recruited, motivated, mobilized and trained, are a school’s most powerful advocates. 

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The Head of School and Board Partnership during the COVID-19 Crisis: In Support of the Shifting Landscape/Strengthening Governance

The almost ongoing, high stress job of crisis management in schools has filled the space that was once full of organizational charts, contracts, training, legal protection, salaries and other the expectations and demands.The Head of School has needed to refocus and reframe to reflect the new reality. How do the head and the board partner together respond to and manage this uncharted territory? The job is now high stress nearly all the time.

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