High functioning schools are those that effectively plan for the future and do so with a clear sense of purpose and direction. Tailoring our approach to fit each school’s unique needs, EC can assist by offering: retreat planning and facilitation; organization of steering committee and task forces; focus group facilitation for constituent groups; mission and vision statements, core values, goals/objectives, and effective action plans.
When the Board of Trustees is in need of clarity about its role or is ineffective in performing it, a school is less likely to fulfill its mission, and the Head is less likely to be successful. EC can provide assistance in several ways: Board training; orientation of new trustees; trustee and faculty workshops and retreats; Head and/or Board Chair transitions; and crisis intervention.
Whether you are transitioning to new leadership, are a seasoned leader at your school, or just want your team to communicate more effectively, EC partners are able to offer facilitated group assessments for your administrative team. With feedback specific to the personalities and skills of your senior leadership members, we help you to identify the particular roles each individual can play to ensure your team operating at its highest level.
Heading a school can be a daunting task, and Heads often feel isolated from authentic feedback. EC partners, all experienced Heads of School themselves, can provide invaluable professional development to both new and veteran school leaders in areas such as: strengthening relationships with key constituencies, including the Board; negotiating unfamiliar terrain – financial, personnel, long-range planning; managing multiple and often conflicting demands; and navigating through difficult personnel problems. Our counsel can provide a valuable third-party perspective, enabling the Head to fortify his/her leadership style while charting a course for personal growth and advancement.
Partners from EC can offer an unbiased perspective on whether a school’s key administrative departments are operating most effectively and in accordance with accepted standards of “best practices.” By interviewing appropriate stakeholders, examining functionality, and reviewing documents, we can conduct a thorough audit of departments such as development, admissions, business, athletics, etc. and provide recommendations for sustained success.
Periodically, every school faces unusual challenges about which there may be little institutional knowledge, but which may have significant impact upon the school’s future health. The expertise of EC partners can greatly benefit schools with projects such as: expansion of school size; refocus of school Mission; identification of interim leaders and administrators; conflict resolution; leadership transition planning; and feasibility studies.