A Consulting Engagement With an Educational Senior Administrative Team

John C. Littleford has led the education and business consulting firm Littleford & Associates for the past two decades. Serving the needs of diverse clients, from private companies to educational institutions, he provides guidance in areas such as administrative and faculty compensation structures, and strategic planning. In one recent appointment, John C. Littleford was retained by an international client that he had worked with extensively over the years, and for whose board he had provided “best governance practices” training.

In this particular assignment, he worked with 10 senior administrative team members representing several countries, including the UK, the United States, and Australia. The workshop began with an in-depth discussion of global trends in board composition and head tenure, as well as matters of board/chair and head/board relationships. Mr. Littleford also discussed the board’s key responsibilities in managing constituents, and the ways in which “unhealthy behaviors” can arise from board members’ additional roles as alumni and parents. Through gaining intimate understanding of the roles and considerations of heads and board members, these senior team leaders gained new insight into how to structure their board and head engagements in ways that benefitted the school as a whole.


AISNE Provides Development Opportunities for New England Educators

Since 1994, John C. Littleford has led Littleford & Associates, a Louisiana-based firm that provides customized management consulting services to companies, schools, and nonprofit organizations around the world. Recently, John Littleford presented a full-day conference on board governance to the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE).

As an organization dedicated to improving the independent schools it serves, AISNE strives to create opportunities for teachers to enhance their professional practice. In fact, one of AISNE’s main service offerings is its professional development program, which provides individuals working in AISNE schools with a range of events and activities that are designed to improve instructional techniques and increase teacher understanding of important educational concepts.

AISNE’s professional development program also ensures that high-quality professional development opportunities are available within its member schools’ communities. In doing so, AISNE saves schools and educators both the time and money that is often spent attending national events.

Each year, the organization offers around 40 different professional development events, including webinars, workshops, and conferences. Currently, AISNE has a number of development opportunities scheduled for the upcoming months, covering topics ranging from curriculum and diversity to technology and school governance.

John Littleford- The 2014 NAPSEC Annual Leadership Conference

As the proprietor of Littleford & Associates, John Littleford oversees an international consultancy that has improved the operations of numerous schools, corporations, and non-profit organizations. A regular speaker at industry conferences, John Littleford appeared at the National Association of Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)’s Annual Leadership Conference in 2014. At the gathering, John C. Littleford discussed “The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Leadership Succession Planning” and “Strategic Verses: Operational Governance.”

Held from January 19th to 22nd, the 2014 NASPEC Annual Leadership Conference took place at the Hotel Montelone in New Orleans. The multi-day event allowed guests to visit exhibitors representing architecture firms and insurance companies and to network with colleagues in the education field. Some of its social events included a wine tasting reception, a golf tournament, and an awards luncheon.

The primary purpose of this symposium is to inform attendees about the latest developments in the field. Each day, speakers from different areas of expertise hosted discussions about important issues affecting this industry. Topics ranged from bullying and the national school lunch program to emergency operation plans for high schools and the benefits of emerging technology.

To register for the 2015 conference and learn about other upcoming events, visit www.napsec.org.