October 5, 2021

For the Skeptics on Faculty Compensation: Salary Systems Compared 

Years ago, school leaders began to explore the concept of a career ladder or a banding system as an alternative to individually negotiated salaries or lock […]
July 1, 2020

Why We Will Have Failed Them: How to Regain Faculty Trust

In response to the pandemic, some schools are furloughing teachers, freezing pay increases, reducing benefits, and in some cases cutting salaries. At the same time, schools […]
February 27, 2020

Salary Systems in Independent and International Schools

I. The Big Picture Many independent schools have been experiencing strong fund raising and endowment growth. Many, but not all, are also experiencing strong enrollment demand. […]
December 4, 2019

The Whole Package

Most teachers, in our experience, when asked the value of their total compensation package, focus on the cash portion of their compensation. What do they leave […]
September 2, 2019

Building Morale: The Importance of STAFF not Only Faculty Compensation

Littleford & Associates has worked with almost 3000 schools in 30 years to help them design mission-based salary systems that focus on workload, salary system models […]
August 31, 2017

Mission Based Compensation: THE Key to Financial Sustainability

Financial sustainability cannot be discussed only in terms of enrollment demand, market pricing, endowment or other assets. It must be viewed in a larger context including: […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]