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From the ED 11.20.14

Dear Colleagues,

I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you will take this opportunity to take some time off, spend some time with family and friends and refresh a bit as you get ready for the final few weeks of the semester.

I personally have so much to be thankful for. First and foremost I am thankful for my family. My wife Cathy has been supportive of each and every shift of job (career) during our nearly 30 years together. I wonder at times if she thinks of me in terms of the Kindergarten children she has been teaching for many years who are never quite content to sit still and always looking for what may be next to explore. Fortunately, my role at MISBO allows me this flexibility. I consider myself lucky to help a large number of schools and constantly be on the move! I am also looking forward to seeing my daughter Anika, after a very long 5 month separation while she happily attends Chapman University in Orange, CA as a sophomore.

I am so very thankful to be able to work at something I am passionate about – independent school education. I started as a Business Officer many years ago, and I continue to be grateful to work in this very unique, rewarding, and exciting industry. It is hard work and long hours, but extraordinarily rewarding. I know from talking with so many of you that you agree. Many of us, if not most, have come into independent schools from other industries and quickly find a calling in the work we do for our schools.

As many of you know I live in Boulder, CO (something else that I am very thankful for). I am on the Board of Trustees at The Watershed School. Watershed is a 10 year old school which has a very innovative, expeditionary, project based learning program. I volunteer my time because I believe strongly in the mission of the school and they believe that I can be helpful in their success. We have a new Head of School, Greg Bamford, who has been working with schools and innovative school leaders for some time. Greg introduced me to Carla Silver, Executive Director, Leadership + Design. Some of you attended a session that Carla presented at the 2014 MISBO Annual Conference recently. Carla invited me to spend some time with the Board of Directors of L + D who were in Boulder for a meeting last week. This is a small group of some of the most innovative independent school leaders in the country including Brett Jacobson, Head of School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (Atlanta, GA) and Lee Burns, Head of School at McCallie School (Chattanooga, TN). I was very excited to welcome two MISBO school leaders to Boulder and have the opportunity to discuss the future of our schools. The nearly two hours I spent with these two gentlemen, and others, was an unexpected and exciting professional development opportunity for me. It is encouraging to know that we have so many creative, innovative, risk-taking leaders at our schools. This is what our children need and what we as an industry need to continue to stay relevant and sustainable. I would love to hear from others about your “unplanned”, yet motivating and inspiring, conversations with colleagues in the independent school world. Please leave your comments below.

Enjoy your quiet time or time off next week!


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

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  1. Bob Robinson permalink

    Thank you for you passion for what you do and your keen leadership of MISBO.

  2. It is an exciting and unprecedented time in independent education and in K-12 education in general. The conversations I have had so far suggest that school academic leadership would be served well by programs which not only convince them of the potential and benefits of transforming the classroom and instructional paradigms, but also the way to do that successfully from a faculty professional development and constituent educational standpoint.

    This has not been done until the current generation, and many are still cautious about flipping their orthodoxies of traditional classroom education. What’s more, post-secondary educational programs are not yet adapted to leverage technological flexibility in the mainstream paradigms of classroom instruction and educational leadership development coursework.

    With such a high percentage of headmasters preparing to retire in the next five years, doing this transition toward instructional flexibility well is essential if our students are to realize the benefits of what lies before us. Much to think about!

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