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 […]
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 1, 2015

The Qualities That Schools Desperately Need In A Board Chair

If you are a head of school, there is a fairly clear set of qualities you want in the board chair and you hope to find […]
August 1, 2015

The Need for Bi Lingual Boards and Heads: Understanding and Sharing a Common Language in the Board Room

Heads normally come up through the ranks of teacher, division head, and assistant head before they land their first headship. A few heads come from the […]
August 1, 2015

Board Policy Manuals: When Do They Create Problems?

Often these manuals are boring overblown and redundant although necessary. However, from time to time they become crucial such as when a constituent challenge arises and […]


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"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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