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From the ED 3.5.15

Dear Colleagues,

I am home in cold and snowy Colorado after a week in cold and snowy Boston where I attended and presented at both annual conferences for NBOA and NAIS. I am happy to see the calendar turn to March which means spring and warmer weather is right around the corner (hopefully). I know that many of our schools have been dealing with an unusual amount of winter weather and closures.

Some of my takeaways from the conferences…

Michael Horn may be onto something in his new book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. I had the opportunity in Boston to talk with Michael about his recent work. As I mentioned in a recent article I believe this book, and the information in it, is important for all school leaders. Michael spoke at both NBOA and NAIS conferences and has recently been named to the NAIS Board. This is a clear indication of the importance of his work to independent schools.

Another interesting and worthwhile session was given by John Spence. John is a product of a MISBO member school – Gulliver Schools in FL – and provided the audience with a wonderful overview of the many facets of leadership and the direct application to your leadership positions in your schools. He also provided us with a list of his 60 top business books. This compilation is culled from the library of the over 3,000 business books he has read.

Through his work and experiences, John Maeda shared the idea of design thinking with the audience at the NAIS conference. He challenged us to think differently about the way we think and function on a daily basis.

A panel discussion on “The Future of Education led by NAIS President John Chubb was a conversation with four leaders from higher education institutions including Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University.  SNHU has quadrupled enrollment in recent years primarily due to the growth of their online learning programs. SNHU is an interesting blend of traditional residential learning and online learning – something worth looking at for our schools.

I had the opportunity to present the findings of my article Advanced Placement at both conferences to mostly business officers and then to mostly Heads. It is clearly a conversation that is important today as NAIS has devoted much of its Spring 2015 Independent School Magazine to this subject. MISBO will be continuing the conversation through a series of Twitter Chats beginning on April 14th at 4:00 pm ET. You can follow me @marcll or MISBO @MISBOConnects. Please save the date and join the conversation using the hashtag #MISBOAP!

Sincerely,
Marc

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