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Winter Symposium

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The Vital Relationship Between the Head and Board in Uncertain Times

Behind the daily operations of any school lies an often invisible, but critical component of any school. The relationship between the board and the Head of School is vital to the school’s health and vitality. It has a cascading effect on the institution. When the relationship is strong and built on trust, schools are poised to advance their mission effectively. However, when there is dysfunction, confusion, and mistrust, the results can be disruptive and even devastating. The focus of the Symposium will be to provide needed counsel for Heads and boards to ensure their relationships are thriving and healthy.

Dates & Location

Thursday, Feb. 4

Arrive early and attend a pre-symposium reception.

Friday, Feb. 5

Friday will focus on issues facing Heads of School.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Saturday will focus on issues facing Board Members.

Heritage Preparatory

1700 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Symposium Schedule

All times are Eastern.
Session info will continue to be updated over the next few days. Check back for more info.

Online Compatible Sessions are in red

Thursday, February 4

A time to meet and great other Heads of School and Board Members from around the country. 

Dinner on your own in Atlanta.

Friday, February 5

Morning Session

Enjoy some SCL Coffee and fellowship prior to the first main session.

Woody Faulk is the Chick-fil-A Vice President of Innovation & New Ventures and the  Board Chair Heritage Preparatory School in Atlanta.

A well appreciated group activity that has been the highlight of previous SCL leadership gatherings. You have an opportunity to bring a write-up on a specific challenge you are facing at your school to present to a group of your colleagues using a proven method to reason through the issues and identify workable solutions as a team to take back and apply.

A well appreciated group activity that has been the highlight of previous SCL leadership gatherings. You have an opportunity to bring a write-up on a specific challenge you are facing at your school to present to a group of your colleagues using a proven method to reason through the issues and identify workable solutions as a team to take back and apply.

Tour of Heritage Prep

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

Michael Tremain is a Partner Sovereign’s Capital.

On any given day, leadership is challenging.  But leadership in the face of uncertainty can be physically, emotionally and spiritually taxing.  How can you lead, when you don’t know where to go?  How can you encourage others, when you feel hopeless yourself?  How can you serve when you have no strength for the task? In this session we will explore these questions and share insights gleaned from faith driven marketplace leaders with the hope of inspiring a fresh translation of timeless truths to the academy.

Scott Kaufman, Founder and Principal of Convergent Recruiting Solutions.

When it comes to evaluating, hiring and retaining the most effective leaders, most organizations know there is room for improvement. Classical Christian schools in particular are even more challenged by an increased demand for Heads of School resulting from retirements and an already limited supply of qualified replacements who are ready to step into the role.

During this session, Scott Kaufman, an executive recruiter with 2+ decades of executive recruiting experience helping respected ministries and marquee businesses, will answer questions and share ideas and tools for how you can maximize your odds of making your next hire a great one…whether that need is now, or you are making succession plans for several years in the future.

A well appreciated group activity that has been the highlight of previous SCL leadership gatherings. You have an opportunity to bring a write-up on a specific challenge you are facing at your school to present to a group of your colleagues using a proven method to reason through the issues and identify workable solutions as a team to take back and apply.

A well appreciated group activity that has been the highlight of previous SCL leadership gatherings. You have an opportunity to bring a write-up on a specific challenge you are facing at your school to present to a group of your colleagues using a proven method to reason through the issues and identify workable solutions as a team to take back and apply.

A time to meet and great other Heads of School and Board Members from around the country. 

Dinner on your own in Atlanta.

Saturday, February 6

Morning Session

Enjoy some SCL Coffee and fellowship prior to the first main session.

John Littleford is the Founder of Littleford & Associates.

Too many board’s make naive assumptions about their relationship with the Head of School. They minimize the formal, contractual structure needed to provide clear expectations and value because things are going well at the school or because the board has a positive interpersonal relationship with the Head. Many institutions put their school at great risk by doing so. Every school needs a thoughtful and deliberate process to formalize the relationship with their while building trust and setting clear expectations. John Littleford will explain the necessary steps and principles for boards as they work through the contract process with their respective Heads of School. Whether you are hiring a new Head of School or are working with your current Head to extend a contract, John will give you clear guidance and counsel.

Bill Mott is the Head of School at Providence Christian Academy.

The work of Christian schools and their value to our culture places them at a crossroads of serving students and seeking excellence to enhance their mission. This places the responsibility of thriving on the shoulders of both the head of school and the board of trustees. This session will raise critical issues and discuss how the head and board can partner to ensure the brightest possible future for the school. Taken from the pages of Healthy Boards, Successful Schools, we will engage in a dialogue and take away strategies, ideas, and action steps that will lead to flourishing governance and leadership for your school.

Bill Mott is the Head of School at Providence Christian Academy.

The work of Christian schools and their value to our culture places them at a crossroads of serving students and seeking excellence to enhance their mission. This places the responsibility of thriving on the shoulders of both the head of school and the board of trustees. This session will raise critical issues and discuss how the head and board can partner to ensure the brightest possible future for the school. Taken from the pages of Healthy Boards, Successful Schools, we will engage in a dialogue and take away strategies, ideas, and action steps that will lead to flourishing governance and leadership for your school.

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

Eric Cook is the President of SCL and Head of School at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, TX


Ben Cowan is the  Board Chair at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, TX.

A well appreciated group activity that has been the highlight of previous SCL leadership gatherings. You have an opportunity to bring a write-up on a specific challenge you are facing at your school to present to a group of your colleagues using a proven method to reason through the issues and identify workable solutions as a team to take back and apply.

A well appreciated group activity that has been the highlight of previous SCL leadership gatherings. You have an opportunity to bring a write-up on a specific challenge you are facing at your school to present to a group of your colleagues using a proven method to reason through the issues and identify workable solutions as a team to take back and apply.

Registration

Choose one of the options below.

Thursday - Saturday

$350

Saturday Only

$250

Online Only

$149

Trying to Decide?

In-Person

Online

Hotel Options

SCL recommends the two hotels below.

THe Hotel Colee

3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30326

$154 per night

COURTYARD MARRIOTT
BUCKHEAD

3332 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30326

$69 per night

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