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.
Friday, February 5
We enjoyed an engaging morning of interviews and talks designed to aid in the development of Heads of School. The morning began with an interview with Matt Skinner and Erin Hames from Heritage Preparatory School in Atlanta, GA. Matt and Erin survived their approach to dividing and conquering, leading a growing school in the heart of Atlanta. Then, Scott Kaufman joined us and presented the challenges and solutions to the recruiting process in 2021. After an engaging breakout time in Zoom and lunch, we reconvened and heard an encouraging talk by Michael Tremain from Sovereign Capital. Michael encouraged Heads of Schools and CCE Leaders to lean in to and on God’s Word, God’s Sovereignty, God’s Love, and God’s Presence while leading a school in uncertain times. After this, we wrapped up the Symposium’s main stage with a panel discussion with the Southern Teachers Agency and the Hogan Assessment. Finally, Heads and Board Members spent the last 45 minutes discussing their takeaways from the day in a series of Zoom breakouts.
Saturday, February 6
The morning kicked off with a deeper look into the SCL’s growth and how we are helping more and more schools thrive. John Littleford joined us and spoke directly to the necessary steps and principles for boards as they work through the contract process with their respective Heads of School. Then, we welcomed Bill Mott to the main stage to examine the critical issues about how the Head and Board can partner to ensure the brightest possible future for their school. After Bill Mott answered some essential questions from our in-person and online crowd, Woody Faulk gave an inspiring talk during lunch. Woody focused on how we as CCE leaders can amplify our impact throughout the world and in the CCE movement. The day wrapped up with Eric Cook and Ben Cowan focused on the relationship between the Head of School and the Board and how that relationship is crucial. After this, our in-person and online participants entered into table discussions and Zoom breakouts to reflect upon the topics presented throughout the day.
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