SCL Educators are passionate about the mission “to foster human flourishing by making classical education thrive”. Schools that thrive, not just survive, are mission-driven and are led by strong strategic boards that are grounded in good governance. This session will discuss the backbone of board governance: a powerful Committee on Trustees; solid partnerships between the head of school and the board chair and between the head of school and the full board; how to navigate leadership transition; and an understanding of the correlation between long-serving heads and successful schools. We will utilize the case study method and discussion.
This preconference also includes a session for heads, board members and business managers on faculty compensation and benefits. SCL member schools need to know how to attract and retain teachers who apply classical theory to their daily work in and outside of the classroom.
Learn how to assess current salary and benefit systems and evaluation and professional growth models. Explore ways to deliver limited and scarce resources in a more mission appropriate, transparent and equitable way that is still sensitive to market forces.
A board needs a powerful and effective governance committee that cultivates, screens, invites, recruits, orients, trains, guides, evaluates, warns and removes board members, if necessary.
Changing heads/ directors is the most dangerous time for independent schools and changing chairs is the second most risky time. We will discuss how to plan for healthy transitions and succession plans for both heads and chairs.
Learn why these partnerships are so important to cultivate yet often overlooked.
Research shows that boards with institutional memory lead
Designing Faculty Compensation Systems for Mission Congruence and Financial Sustainability9:00 am - 10:15 am
Break10:15 am - 10:30 am
Developing Healthy Boards: The Key Role of the Committee on Trustees10:30 am - 11:30 am
Governance and Transition: The Key to Thriving Not just Surviving11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Board/Head Partnership: Guiding & Empowering Each Other, The Chair/Head Partnership: Focusing on Honesty and Mutual Support1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
The Longevity of Heads & the Effectiveness of Schools2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
John Littleford served as teacher, trustee and head of school for over 25 years. For the past 18 years he has been a consultant to over 6000 independent and international schools. His clients also include corporations, foundations, universities and a range of other non-profit organizations.
Mr. Littleford’s areas of expertise are board governance, strategic planning, executive and faculty compensation and evaluation; executive searches; marketing strategies including admissions; fund raising, managing change; school climate; institutional and financial audits; and team building. His widely read landmark book, “Faculty Salary Systems in Independent Schools” was published by the National Association of Independent Schools for 20 years.
John Littleford speaks, and leads workshops at Conferences for independent and international school and nonprofit leadership all over the world. Littleford & Associates’ Newsletter is published four times a year and is widely read by 25,000 trustees and schools and not for profit leaders.