Executive Coaching creates an ongoing, confidential partnership that:
• develops specific action steps to address challenges that will work in a leader’s context, and
• provides the support needed to implement these steps.
Executive Coaching is not just for the Head of School. It is also helpful in developing those emerging leaders in need of additional support in taking on new challenges.
While each Head of School strives to meet the needs of students, teachers, boards and communities, no Head is fully prepared to do so from the first day on the job. To help new Heads, and therefore their schools, reach their potential we have developed our Head of School mentoring program.
Many new and aspiring Heads report feeling unprepared to take on the challenge of managing school finances. From developing budgets to setting tution and ensuring equitable compensation for faculty, the responsibilities of a Head are distinctive in a school. To help school leaders build the financial literacy necessary to be a successful Head of School we have developed a 10-month, 1-on-1 mentoring program.
In our Athletic Director mentoring program, ADs meet regularly over the course of the school year with Dr. Tim Green, a highly experienced and successful AD. Tim acts as an advisor, guide, and sounding board to help mentees plan, institute, and sustain changes in practices and programs, making this service a cost-effective and substantive form of professional development.
In our CFO mentoring program, independent school financial expert Mike Waylett provides support and practical advice based on years of leadership experience. Acting as a critical friend, Mike provides mentees with conversational space. He starts each relationship by listening and understanding the issues the CFO is facing and those that are on the horizon. Over a ten-month period, Mike meets regularly with mentees, serves as a soundingboard, and provides timely, relevant, and actionable advice.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
A Leadership Team works together to achieve goals across the school. But being part of a team means different viewpoints and approaches to challenges—and educators usually have little practice working together towards a common goal. The Workshop explores options and then focuses on actions along with aligned accountability. Through a sequence of planned activities, new team practices are reinforced to ensure long-term success.
Rod, who has served in leadership positions in independent schools in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Hawai`i, and North Carolina, serves as our Director of Executive Coaching and has led the development of our coaching services for member schools. He brings three essential components to our coaching programs:
-proven independent school leadership,
-International Coaching Federation training (the largest coaching certification organization in the world), and
-Hogan Assessment certification.
Tim Green was thorough and thoughtful in his Athletics Assessment of our program at the University of Chicago Lab School, speaking to numerous people, poring over data, and evaluating our programs and facilities. He helped us identify and articulate key priorities over the short and long term. A great pleasure to work with, and the assessment was highly worthwhile. Thank you!
Southern Teachers has been a great long-term partner in our hiring. Taking the time and making the effort to know our school and its culture has built a relationship that has allowed you to send us better candidates.
At each juncture in my career, I have reconnected with Southern Teachers. They are unique among teacher agencies in that they commit time and resources to knowing candidates and building partnerships with them.
Southern Teachers is one of the easiest placement organizations I have worked with. Your staff is accessible, supportive, and sustains a high level of engagement. Your website is easy to navigate and the video introductions of candidates are a real plus.
Southern Teachers is assisting Porter-Gaud in the search for its next Athletic Director. Founded in 1867, Porter-Gaud is an Episcopal, co-educational day school serving more than 1,000 students in grades 1-12.
We are delighted to announce that ST Search, a division of Southern Teachers, is now conducting retained searches nationally.
We are pleased to share our new page for recent Administrative Placements. Follow the link below!
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