Understanding stability
markers workshop

About the Workshop

The Stability Markers workshop will take a deep dive into the use of Independent School Management’s stability instrument of the same name.  Stability, defined as your ability to deliver your mission over long periods of time, is critical to your strategic plan.  Knowing exactly where you fall relative to other schools, enrollment, and the economy, is powerful knowledge for your leadership team.  Developed with years of research and over 4,000 schools, the Stability Markers are one of the very best ways to determine your school’s stability and programming freedom.  This workshop will explain the instrument using New Covenant as a first example (Note:  New Covenant has used the instrument for more than 15 years.).  Then, each participant will be assigned to gather the underlying data from his/her own school, to produce a real-time score unique to that institution.  John will lead the group in analyzing the data from each school, and will provide guidance on how to use the data for planning purposes.

Meeting Date and Time: Thursdays at 3:30pm EST, starting September 8th

Meet Your Workshop Leader

John Heaton is a native of Orlando, Florida. Since 1998 he has served as the second headmaster of New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg, VA, a classical, Christian School serving around 450 students in pre-K through grade 12. With 25 years at New Covenant, John is one of the longest sitting heads (in the same school) in the classical, Christian school community. The Society for Classical Learning was founded out of New Covenant in 1997, and John was instrumental in the founding and early governance. He has served as a board member and as board chair. John is an ordained minister in the Reformed Episcopal Church, and is the Priest Associate at All Saints Church, Lynchburg. He has been married to Heidi for 37 years and they have four children. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time on his farm in Bedford County, Virginia.
John Heaton

Workshop Syllabus


understanding stability markers workshop

$ 679
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount


Please reach out to Sarah Spencer at sarah@societyforclassicallearning.org