There was a time when management consulting was a luxury that only elite independent schools could afford. Increasingly, though, as more middle-of-the-road private schools engage with large, complex projects or problems, consulting can seem necessary. This workshop will describe an insider’s view of the private educational consulting landscape, the varieties of consulting foci, and its history among classical schools. More importantly, the workshop will provide a framework to help a school determine when consulting makes sense and when it doesn’t. And, when consulting seems to make sense, how does a leadership team ensure that the school gets the fullest return on the investment?
Chuck Evans is a co-founder of both SCL and the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA). Over the course of more than 15 years, he has become an expert at hanging around SCL conferences without actually working or helping out in any way. Despite that, Chuck and his colleagues do work with and help classical schools to think through their impact on their communities and markets, to design strategies for growth, and to imagine creative ways to apply a classical Christian mission in relationships with students and families.