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From the ED 10.10.13

by on October 10, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

The recently released NAIS Trendbook 2013-2014 is the fourth in a series of books released annually by NAIS and provides a short, easy to read overview of the trends that are impacting independent schools – now and through the coming year. The chapter: “The Governance Outlook” is of special interest as our schools continue to struggle with the concept of good (generative) governance. With the pace of change in school leadership (Heads) continuing to increase, the challenge to the Boards also increases. I am currently on the Board of Trustees at The Watershed School in Boulder, CO and also a member of the Head of School Search Committee.  It is a significant commitment of time and energy, but this role is one of the key roles for Boards at independent schools – choosing the new leaders. The other, of course, is setting the strategic direction – not an easy task in today’s fast paced, complex educational environment.

John Chubb, President, NAIS sums up the important points of the book in the last few pages including: “The well-being of our young people is at risk. Not because our schools are not helping them achieve at the highest levels – the headline in too many education stories. Student well-being is threatened by obesity and rising challenges to students’ health, by stress and anxiety caused by weakening family and community ties and escalating pressures to succeed, by bullying, and by the specter of violence in our schools, even as school safety actually improves.”

“… we want to help our students be much more than smart; we want them to be happy, healthy, and good.”

The last sentence provides guidance for me.  Ultimately the work we do at MISBO and the work each of you does every day at your schools is about improving the experience for the students that attend our schools. I hope our ultimate goal, and the measure of our success, is to have students leave our schools who are happy, healthy, and good!

I look forward to sharing several days of learning and growing with many of you at the end of the month in Atlanta at the 2013 MISBO-SAIS Annual Conference. There is no better opportunity to learn and share with your peers and colleagues from the entire region.

Sincerely,
Marc

Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
marclevinson@misbo.com
Twitter:  @marcll   @MISBOconnects

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