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From the ED 8.15.13

Dear Colleagues,

AC_logoJPGMISBO staff, in partnership with SAIS staff, have been working diligently to design and develop a program for the 2013 MISBO-SAIS Annual Conference – The Global Future: Preparing Students and Shaping Schools.  We believe this will be an incredibly valuable experience for all MISBO members including Business Officers, Human Resources Directors, Technology Directors and Facilities Directors.  Check out the full schedule here – there is something for everyone!

The annual conference is more than just a great opportunity for learning from some of the great thought leaders in our industry. It is a time to connect, or reconnect, with friends and colleagues as well as make new connections.  It is an opportunity for MISBO to fulfill two of the three primary tenets of our mission –  “…provides opportunities for collective purchasing, information sharing and professional development”.

By partnering with SAIS, MISBO also provides a unique opportunity for business operations professionals to learn and share side by side with their Heads of School and other senior leaders. There is no other opportunity like this for our school professionals. I encourage all of you to join us in Atlanta, October 27 – 29, 2013. In addition to the keynote, general sessions, featured sessions, and breakout sessions, you will have the opportunity for a full day to interact with over 60 vendor/corporate partners that provide products and services for independent schools.

YongZhao_243_MedRes.jpgOur keynote speaker Monday morning is Dr. Yong Zhao.  I have been hearing about Dr. Zhao’s informative and entertaining presentations from people across the globe – fitting for a conference with the theme The Global Future: Preparing Students and Shaping Schools.

In Dr. Zhao’s book, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization, he talks about the goals of education in China:  “I realized that what China wants is what America is eager to throw away—an education that respects individual talents, supports divergent thinking, tolerates deviation, and encourages creativity; a system in which the government does not dictate what students learn or how teachers teach; and culture that does not rant or judge the success of a school, a teacher, or a child based on only test scores in a few subjects determined by the government.”

Clearly Dr. Zhao is talking about the changes that have impacted the American educational experience partly as a result of No Child Left Behind and the demands placed upon our schools as a result of this legislation.  As independent schools we have the flexibility to teach what is best for our children in a manner that is most appropriate to encourage creativity and critical thinking.  I believe that independent schools are positioned to be the leaders of change for the American educational system.  We have the pliability and the resources.  I hope we take advantage of these opportunities for the sake of our children.

Welcome back to a new and exciting school year.  What is your school doing that is innovative and creative?  Send me a note or comment here and let me know so we can share with others.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
Twitter:  @marcll 


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