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From the ED 5.23.13

Dear Colleagues,

“The best thing about graduating from the university was that I finally had time to sit on a log and read a good book.”  – Ed Abbey

You all probably have figured out by now that I like to read a great deal. I believe reading is essential for me to do my work well. I take time to read in two places – in the gym and on airplanes.  Two places I tend to spend a great deal of time.  I haven’t quite found the perfect log to frequent yet.

I will begin sharing my thoughts about my reading list in MISBO’s newest method of bringing you timely, and hopefully important, information – MISBO’s Blog –  To begin this effort, the most recent Executive Director articles are posted. I hope to take more time to write about current events, and issues facing our schools. I hope you will take time to read and comment.

If you have an available log or just some free time, I would recommend the most recent book by Tony Wagner – “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World”.  Tony Wagner became well-known in our community for his book, “The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need–and What We Can Do About It.”  I believe that these two books are very important for every educator.

I know this is a crazy week for many of our schools with graduations and year-end events. I had the opportunity to take a couple of days off and headed to my favorite place in the world – Moab, Utah. For those of you that have never experienced the beauty, peacefulness, and quiet of the southwestern desert, I would encourage you to come this way. I find that hiking for several days in this amazing environment reinvigorates me in a way that is not possible anywhere else. While hiking, the writings of Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire came easily to mind.

“Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

I know each of you has a challenging, yet exciting and worthwhile, position at your school.  However, you will all be more able to meet those challenges when you take care of yourselves.  Please make sure to take some time for yourself and your family over the coming months.



Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO

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