OUR PHILOSOPHY

As Prof. Henry Mintzberg has observed, for most organizations, “strategic planning is an oxymoron,” meaning that once a plan becomes published and codified, it often becomes ossified, and therefore unresponsive to unforeseen challenges and opportunities. We guide school leaders and boards to adopt a nimble and ongoing “strategic posture” that invites focused attention as well as generative, “blue sky” thinking.

OUR APPROACH

As Prof. Henry Mintzberg has observed, for most organizations, “strategic planning is an oxymoron,” meaning that once a plan becomes published and codified, it often becomes ossified, and therefore unresponsive to unforeseen challenges and opportunities. We guide school leaders and boards to adopt a nimble and ongoing “strategic posture” that invites focused attention as well as generative, “blue sky” thinking.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE

Heads Up Educational Consulting provides consultancy services in several arenas, some requiring multiple days of service, others single-day in-service trainings.

  • STRATEGIC PLANNING
  • HEAD SEARCHES
  • SCHOOL FOUNDING AND START UP
  • ACCREDITATION SELF-STUDY BASELINE DATA, SURVEYS, AND THEMES
  • PROGRAM AUDITS (ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS, ARTS, STUDENT LIFE, RESIDENTIAL LIFE, COUNSELING, ETC.)
  • OPERATIONAL AUDITS (ADMISSIONS, DEVELOPMENT/ADVANCEMENT, COMMUNICATIONS, CAMPUS UTILIZATION, AUXILIARY BUSINESSES, ETC.)
  • BRAND DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF PORTFOLIO
  • OTHER PROJECTS AS PROPOSED BY CLIENTS

ABOUT US

OUR FOUNDERS

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PATRICK F. BASSETT

President & Senior Consultant
HEADS UP EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING

Former teacher, school head, and President of NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools

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RICHARD ODELL

CEO & Senior Consultant
HEADS UP EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING

Former head of school at Interlochen Arts Academy, The Leelanau School, and IMG Academies