There is Nothing More Important Than Having the Right Head of School
"Change is inevitable- in schools, in headship, in search. Amid this change, the thoughtful board and search committee will help their school make the most of leadership transition by understanding search in today's varied and evolving context. May you find not only a new leader but also the vision and momentum that will transform your school!" -Vince Watchorn in The NAIS Head Search Handbook
There is no more important function of a Board than to hire a Head of School with the right skills, abilities, and temperament to match and respond to the needs of the community. In a small school, where relationships, communication, and connections are paramount, choosing the "right" Head of School is critical. The processes for identifying the characteristics of an ideal Head of School and then identifying and on-boarding that individual need to be responsive to the unique circumstances of the school. A Head of School Search Consultant who knows small schools can help find the right next Head of School.
Acies Strategies partners with Boards and Search Committees to provide tailored Head of School Search and Interim Head of School Search processes that are responsive to and supportive of small school communities. We listen deeply and communicate frequently to ensure that decision-makers and community members understand the process while feeling heard and included.
Brooke Carroll is a consummate professional who understands the value of hiring the right person at the right time. Her approach was to listen attentively, adapt her search process to the needs of our institution, communicate clearly and succinctly, and keep our eyes focused on our own values and the importance of a successful result. -Friends Community School Search Committee Member
Our experience with Brooke was great! Finding a new head of school can seem like an overwhelming challenge—but she drew up the perfect roadmap for us. Her thoughtful and sensitive guidance turned a daunting task into a positive experience. -The Search Committee, Friends Meeting School