Mandarin Studies and Recruitment

John Littleford and Littleford & Associates were one of the pioneer creators of programs teaching Mandarin Chinese to elementary and secondary students starting in 1967 at Chatham Hall, a girls’ boarding school in Southern Virginia. Beginning programs were also launched at Breck School in Minneapolis in 1974 and at the University School of Milwaukee in 1986. Today, the Breck School has the most successful K-12 Mandarin curriculum of its kind in the United States.

Since that time Mr. Littleford has worked as a consultant to schools interested in beginning Mandarin programs and has helped others to find teachers and supervisors of Mandarin Language and Studies.

Mr. Littleford works with international schools in Taiwan and cities throughout China and has a broad network of contacts worldwide in the field of Mandarin Language and studies.”

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.

The webinar will explore:

  • • How a head and board best manage constituent communications and expectations?
  • • Best practice for how the board can support the head of school?
  • • How a head should communicate what he/she needs in order to succeed in the role and have a balanced personal life as well?
  • • What are the immediate danger zones in the head/board relationship at this stressful time?
  • • What simple signals can the Board send that ensure board/school stability and confidence from the stakeholders?
  • • How should the head manage each stakeholder group?
  • • How can the Board support the head personally and with each stakeholder group?
  • • What are the new financial realities, the trade offs of income and expense that must now be addressed?
  • • How to market a school when the campus is closed?
  • • How to engage parents positively when they are full of anxieties?
  • • How does the Head remain positive, reflective and energetic in the midst of all this?


Reminder: Long terms boards with long term chairs lead to long term successful heads and stable and financially sound school.

Contact us today for more information or to sign up!