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From the ED 1.2.14

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! I trust that you have all had some time to relax with family and friends over the holiday and I am guessing that many of you have taken advantage of quiet time at school to catch up on some things at work as well. Students and faculty will be back in a few short days and the excitement and energy of the school environment will be flowing again as we begin 2014.

I had the opportunity to have breakfast with Pat Bassett this past weekend in Boulder. When Pat left NAIS at the end of June 2013, he partnered with Rich Odell to form Heads Up Educational Consulting – – and has worked with dozens of independent schools since July. It was refreshing to hear from Pat about his work with schools and also to know that one of the most influential people in the independent school world over the past several decades was continuing to help our schools and do the work that he loves. Pat has been a friend and mentor to me for a number of years and each and every time I have the opportunity to spend time with him, I learn more about independent schools and associations. I hope that you each have a friend or mentor that you spend time with and who helps you think creatively and innovatively.

Speaking of innovation, Clayton Christensen has co-authored the book The Innovator’s DNA with Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen. I am reading this now and finding it fascinating to consider the characteristics (DNA) it takes to be innovative. I will be sure to write more about this once I have finished.

I just finished reading Princes of New York – a work of fiction by former independent school head Robin Lester. This is a ‘story’ about a New York City independent school. Clearly Mr. Lester has taken his real experiences as a Head of School and crafted this tale of NYC independent school life into an enjoyable read.  However, one may find this story a touch too realistic at times.

MISBO had a busy year of growth and change in 2013 and we are looking for more of the same in 2014. We continue to enhance our professional development opportunities with four live programs scheduled for 2014 – three in the spring and our annual conference which we are planning for November 2-4, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. MISBO will be presenting the annual conference on our own again after a two-year partnership with SAIS. We believe that a MISBO conference provides the most value for our members. Registration is open for our April 1-2 conference in partnership with TAIS in Nashville. We will be opening registration next week for our 2nd FISBO/MISBO Business Officer Conference to be held May 2-4, 2014 – hosted at The Pine School in Stuart, FL. Additionally we are putting the final touches on the program for our 2nd New Business Officer Intensive to be held June 8-10, 2014 in Atlanta, GA and hosted again at Woodward Academy. You can find more information on all of these professional development opportunities as well as our webinar series by clicking here.

I look forward to seeing many of you in 2014 as I travel throughout the region attending and presenting at most of the state and national conferences through the spring.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
Twitter:  @MISBOconnects    @Marcll

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