November 29, 2022

Salary Mania: The Pace of Increases in Teachers’ Salaries is Moving Faster than the Philosophy Behind Them

No one should argue that teachers do not need and deserve salary increases because of both inflation and the demands of parents and school leadership during […]
October 12, 2022

What happens when salary systems become corrupted?

All faculty salary systems, no matter how they are constructed originally, become corrupt over time. The signs of rigidity and inflexibility are obvious: “work arounds” that […]
September 7, 2022

Yes, Our Teachers Deserve More Money but HOW to Deliver It?

Most independent and international school have dated salary systems such as a public school, lock-step longevity base scale with options to move laterally with more graduate […]
September 1, 2022

Published or Non-Published Salary Systems: The Pros and Cons

“Best practice”, right? Not in the opinion of this Consultant who has seen firsthand the damage that these two practices can bring about for schools, heads […]
April 3, 2022


Over the past 30 years, as part of Littleford & Associates work with schools on salary system design, benefits and evaluation protocols, John Littleford has interviewed […]
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 […]