A typical coaching engagement is one year. We also offer a six-month engagement.
An investment in the success of a leader is an investment in the success of an organization.
Empirical research has shown that equipping a leader with a strong support system is the best way to ensure success. Our mission is to provide an affordable source of support, feedback, and counsel.
A coach at CS&A serves as a confidential sounding board, offers an objective point of view steeped in leadership experience, and helps identify areas of difficulty or leadership blind spots that benefit from a fresh perspective.
While goals vary by engagement, generally coaching helps to:
Our coaching engagements have included leaders and leadership teams of all shapes and sizes, including:
As highly successful former heads of school and administrators, our coaches utilize their training and experience to help school leaders grow personally and professionally. They understand the intersection of leadership and strategy and bring an extra level of knowledge of what is practical and realistic to your success and the success of your school.
A typical coaching engagement is one year. We also offer a six-month engagement.
Coaching includes a visit at the beginning and end of the engagement.
Also included are weekly phone or video conversations or two longer monthly phone or video conversations.
Because we know emergencies don't wait for business hours, you have unlimited access to your coach. We're here when you need us.
The engagement is designed to meet your specific needs and can use many different methods. You're a unique leader, so our partnership should be too.
We've got your back. Central to each engagement is the relationship built over time -- founded upon confidentiality, trust, and honesty.
Last week Barbara Chase and I wrapped up our year of coaching. I want to thank you for recommending her to me. She was of tremendous help to me in my first year as board chair, guiding, supporting and cheering for me. I know it sounds trite, but I honestly could not have done it without her. I used our biweekly sessions to prepare for important meetings, think through upcoming issues and strategize how to partner better with my head of school. I don't have to tell you how knowledgeable and experienced she is as a past head, and her expertise with governance and board-related issues was invaluable. I also felt that I connected meaningfully with Barbara and hope we will remain in touch in the future. She is a warm, caring individual who showed true concern for me and made time for me outside of our scheduled meetings if something came up.Melanie Weston
Working with Marsha Little provided me one of the most inspiring professional development experiences of my career. Marsha’s approach to coaching allowed a space for me to actively reflect, connect with my true purpose, and learn specific strategies to grow my interviewing skills. Throughout my time with her, I learned how to fit all of the pieces of my leadership journey together to craft a narrative that was a strong reflection of my strengths and abilities. And while all of this was truly incredible and helpful, perhaps the best part of working with Marsha is to experience her unique ability to always respond with a beautifully specific question to all you have to say. Her masterful art of listening allows Marsha to get to the very heart of the matter and provides anyone who might be lucky enough to work with her the challenge of true reflection. The kind of reflection that moves you forward and wades through all of the extraneous information to unearth the beauty of who you are, what you truly want, and what you need to do to make your goals a reality. My time with her was precious and I often found myself shocked our hour would move as quickly as it did. What I have learned in our short time together will continue to support my growth in leadership far beyond my sessions with her. I am forever grateful I was able to experience this extremely special opportunity and hope many others get to do the same!Jennifer Tatasciore
The team presented a workshop titled "Breaking Down Barriers: Expanding Your Expertise for Effective Leadership."Read More
At the TABS Annual Conference in Boston in November, Baker Group President Chris Baker, Consultant Sara Shulman, and Senior Consultant Karen Whitaker presented a Pre-Con session titled “Breaking Down Barriers: Expanding Your Expertise for Effective Leadership.”
The session was designed to help attendees understand how to break down the barriers of their roles to gain experience beyond their daily responsibilities – ultimately enhancing their job performance and career trajectory.
The team covered the areas of enrollment management, finance, academic leadership, and advancement to help participants learn how to reach across the aisle, whether they aspire to leadership, wish to support their colleagues in their leadership journeys, or simply recognize the value of understanding even more about the school they serve. The trio explored into entry points and current trends in each of these critical areas.
Ben Bolté and Jonathan Ball represented CS&A in Miami.Read More
Senior Consultant and Key Administrator Practice Leader Ben Bolté and Director of External Relations & Strategic Partnerships Jonathan Ball attended the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) Annual Convention at the start of November in Miami.
From discussing senior administrator and head of school searches to sharing our work in recruiting advancement and development professionals, they enjoyed the networking opportunities and seeing familiar faces.
Bob Vitalo was able to greet attendees, and spent time at ISACS' Annual Conference following Trustee Day.Read More
Bob Vitalo, Vice President, Search & Consulting Services, greeted participants at the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Trustees Day in Columbus in early November.
An extension of the ISACS Annual Conference, Trustee Day was designed for trustees and heads of school looking to leverage their partnership to improve their schools' viability.
CS&A was a proud exclusive sponsor of Trustee Day, as well as a general sponsor of the Annual Conference.
Burke met with elementary school heads from across the country.Read More
Consultant Burke Zalosh attended the Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA) Head's Retreat & 50th Gala in Washington, D.C. in October.
She enjoyed meeting with elementary school heads from across the country. The event included speakers and professional development sessions, plus networking and time to celebrate heads' accomplishments in K-8 education.
CS&A was also a sponsor of the event.
Senior Consultant and Coach Karen Neitzel attended this event by the East Asia Regional Council of Schools.Read More
Karen Neitzel, Senior Consultant in our International Schools Practice and Coach in our Leadership Coaching Practice, represented CS&A at the 53rd annual East Asia Regional Council of Schools Leadership Conference in Bangkok.
This conference brings together some of the brightest minds and most inspiring leaders from international schools, and Karen enjoyed connecting with many of the schools we've supported in their leadership searches. We were also proud to be a sponsor of the event.
Brandon Jacobs and Heather Flewelling offered advice on how candidates can stand out in leadership searches.Read More
Brandon Jacobs and Heather Flewelling, from our DEIB Consulting Practice, presented a breakout session at the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Administrators of Color Conference in mid-October.
Their session, “You Have a Story – Now Tell It,” focused on how BIPOC candidates can show their best selves in their cover letter, resume, interview, and entire leadership search process.
Both Brandon and Heather have collectively led dozens of leadership searches, and were excited to be part of the event to help pave the path to leadership.
Darryl Ford, CS&A's Vice President, Education Leadership Services, was also present.
From our Leadership Coaching Practice, Ann Teaff and Lila Lohr provided best practices for a functional head of school/trustee relationship.Read More
The Trustee Education Series is designed to foster collaboration and enhance the partnership between trustees and heads of school. Ann and Lila's webinar, “Nurturing Success: The Path to Exceptional Support for your Head of School,” shared how they empower heads of school and boards of trustees to thrive in this pivotal partnership. They dove into the intricate dynamics of trustees and heads, shedding light on the ways in which trustees can best support the head in their leadership and, ultimately, in support what is best for the school.
As members of CS&A's Leadership Coaching Practice, Ann and Lila partner with heads of school and their boards and/or board chairs to help both parties develop effective and highly-functional relationships, helping to facilitate honest and transparent conversations within a culture of collaboration and understanding.
Bob Vitalo kicked off this yearlong series in August.Read More
Through our consulting work, we know that a high-functioning board of trustees/head of school relationship is critical to effective governance. CS&A is proud to champion the trustees/head partnership through support of programs like the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) 2023-24 Trustees Series.
Bob Vitalo, Vice President, Search & Consulting Services, kicked off the series in August with his thoughts on the trustees/head relationship and things to consider as the school year begins.
Best of luck to all the trustees and heads of school participating! Learn more about the series here.