Why has the COVID-19 pandemic put such a spotlight on organizational stewardship? At all but a handful of the most well-resourced independent schools, trustees and leadership teams find themselves flying a plane headed for a mountain. Their only options are to dramatically alter course before it is too late or realize a crash is inevitable and soften the landing as much as possible. No board of trustees wants to acknowledge that their school may not (or will not) survive, especially when other schools will break out of the clouds and soar. True stewardship involves leaning into the uncomfortable
universe of possible, and impossible, futures for the school both as an
educational community and a nonprofit organization.
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