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One of the most difficult responsibilities for a School Head is making staffing decisions, particularly when nonrenewals or reductions in force are necessary. If your school must entertain such a possibility, explore how to answer the following questions with care and empathy.
- Is this the right time for a reduction in force?
- What outcome do you want to achieve?
- Are there alternatives?
- What positions and divisions will be impacted by this decision?
- How do you control the public narrative?
- How do you support the faculty and staff who remain?
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll. Many independent schools may have fewer enrolled students this coming year than they have had in recent memory. This decline should not come as a surprise, as robust enrollment in most private schools is inexorably linked to the financial security of society—one only needs to look back to the 2008 recession for supporting evidence.
Schools facing a significant decline in enrollment may find a reduction in force (RIF) is needed. This approach requires difficult decisions, ones that will affect friends and colleagues, parents and students. Engaging in a RIF takes an emotional toll, but, for some schools, a RIF may be the correct path forward and a way to ensure the institution’s future viability. As School Head, you must understand this process, be decisive, act with empathy, and, perhaps most important, take responsibility.
- the key elements of an effective RIF plan;
- the pros and cons of various RIF methodologies;
- about important legal considerations when conducting a RIF;
- the importance of clear communication; and
- how to manage the faculty and staff who remain.
This webinar is for:
Business Managers, CFOs, and School Heads.
Andrew Taylor, Ed.D.
Andrew shares his expertise in school management, professional growth and development, project-based learning, faculty evaluation, and more. He worked in private-independent schools for 22 years before joining ISM in 2017.
As an ISM Consultant, Andrew:
- writes for ISM’s advisory letter Ideas & Perspectives, distributed to school leaders in almost 1,000 schools
- Leads and co-leads of ISM workshops in student-centered scheduling, leading effective lower schools, executive leadership, and summer program development;
- co-facilitates ISM’s annual Heads Retreat;
- hosts webinars in the areas of leadership, change management, and learning theory;
- presents at association conferences;
- conducts national and international on-site consultations; and
- facilitates Board and school leadership retreats.
Andrew previously served as Head of Tower School, MA, where he was charged with rationalizing the operating budget, right-sizing the staffing model, and reconfiguring the school schedule to facilitate interdisciplinary instruction and project-based learning.
Before that, he was Head of Lower School at St. Paul’s, MD, where he oversaw the adoption of the International Primary Curriculum. He also facilitated the creation of a project-based learning initiative, implemented a re-defined teacher observation process, and supported asynchronous, online professional development.
Andrew began his career as an undergraduate instructor in Human Genetics, Human Social Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He also taught Biology at the high school level.
After immigrating to the United States, he taught science at Brentwood School, CA, where he developed its Lower School Summer Program. Later, he was Director of Admission and Assistant Head of School at St. James’ Episcopal School, CA, with significant involvement in fundraising and growing enrollment. Andrew was also the Assistant Headmaster and Director of Summer Programs at The John Thomas Dye School, CA.
Andrew has presented at CAIS, SAIS, and NAIS Conferences.
Andrew earned his Doctorate of Education at UCLA, and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. Andrew’s two bachelor’s degrees are in Human Biology and Science Education.
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