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From the ED 1.8.15

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015 and back to school. I hope you each had a chance to take some well-deserved time off and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

2015 promises to be a busy year for MISBO. We clearly found a niche to be filled with our January Facilities Conference which is now sold out. We are taking names for a wait list. Please contact Dianne Sagaas at diannesagaas@misbo.com if you are still interested in attending this event.

Registration is open for the MISBO/FISBO 2015 Business Officer Conference which will be held April 19-21 at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL. You can find the full schedule here – http://www.misbo.com/mfbo15fullschedule.

We are well into planning a new program – a Human Resources Intensive – which will be held June 7-9, 2015 at Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA. Look for more information and registration opening in early February. We will wrap up the year with the 2015 MISBO Fall Conference, October 7-9, 2015 in Asheville, NC. More information is coming soon. All these events can be found on our 2015 Events page.

I also had an opportunity to read quite a bit over the holidays. If you have not had a chance to read the Winter 2015 Independent School Magazine, by NAIS, it is full of great articles about technology and the role it plays in the education of our children. NAIS President John Chubb starts us off with his article “Technology Myths“.  I was fortunate enough to be present at this meeting in Montreal with John and the leaders of nearly every independent school association in the US and Canada.  We had some great conversations.

Many of the articles in the magazine are available digitally here: Independent School Magazine, Winter 2015 – The Digital Debate.

  • As Gary S. Stager discusses in his article, “Outside the Skinner Box, our schools have spent a great deal of resources for decades purchasing technology with the hope this would provide some positive (perhaps dramatic) change in educational outcomes. Now the technology is ubiquitous and it is past time to change how we think about teaching and learning. Many of our schools are making these leaps, what about your school?
  • I found the article by Catherine Steiner-Adair to be fascinating. She gives us some great insight into the psychological impact of technology and the internet on our children. These kids need to learn an entirely different set of social skills than we learned growing up. How to help them is one of our greatest challenges.
  • Most of you know that I am a fan of Sal Khan of Khan Academy. I believe that every educator should read his book – The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined. The article in the magazine is an interview with Sal and he recaps the key points of the book. Read the interview and then read the book. Sal comes to education from a financial background and in my opinion this allows him to consider the future of education with no constraints. This 2 minute video explains Sal’s view on The School of the Future.
  • “The Challenges of Digital” by Scott McLeod is another must read. I first met Scott when we were both presenting at an international conference in Athens a few years ago. Scott was one of the people instrumental in the original YouTube “Shift Happens” videos.  Click here for an updated version, though there are many more now, and more can be found by searching “shift happens”. Scott’s focus in his work has been different than most – he focuses on the leadership necessary for schools to be successful in a digital world.
  • Many of you may be familiar with Michael Nachbar, Executive Director, Global Online Academy. Michael says “Like MIT, independent schools must think creatively about how, why, and for what purpose they are preparing students”.

I am glad that NAIS has put together this series of articles and believe that this is important information. Much of this has been discussed for many years. Some of our schools are way ahead of the curve on making innovative, creative changes to their approaches to teaching and learning. If your school is one of those congratulations and keep moving forward. If your school is just dipping its toes in the waters of new ideas then read this magazine and the books by the authors, visit some schools (let me know if you want some ideas) and take some strides forward in 2015.  If you’ve already devoured the information presented above, my last post made other reading recommendations for 2015.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming MISBO events, as well as the many state, regional, and national conferences that I attend.

Sincerely,

Marc

Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
marclevinson@misbo.com
Twitter: @MISBOconnects   @Marcll
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One Comment
  1. This is a wealth of starting points for schools grappling with how to leverage technology in the never-ending pursuit of improving learner outcomes. Thank you!

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