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From the ED 4.15.15

by on April 15, 2015

Colleagues,

Today is ‘tax day’ – I hope that you have all completed the tasks associated with this day in a timely manner.

I just returned from a trip to Brussels where I led the business officer strand of the ECIS Leadership Conference. You may notice that ECIS does not have another name – I believe it was formerly the European Council of International Schools, but they are now simply ECIS. This has become more common with associations whose founding names may no longer provide the proper articulation to the associations’ membership or mission. MISBO (board and staff) is having this discussion right now.

Let me get back to the conference. I have been working with international school associations around the world for the past eight years. In addition to the wonderful opportunity to travel, it has also provided me with an opportunity to learn about the challenges schools face globally. The schools I spent time with in Europe are much like our schools in the U.S. The sessions that were most compelling could have been presented anywhere in the U.S. School and student safety topped the list of a large number of risk management-related sessions. The relationship between the business officer and the head of school as well as the relationship between the business and advancement offices were also panel discussions that I could have led anywhere. There are certainly nuances that differ (U.S. schools do not have the same security concerns that face international schools) but overall the issues are the same.

Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers and provided the audience an insightful, and at times provocative, challenge to the way we look at our schools and education. Graham has an interesting background and was an inspirational speaker at this event.

Every time I travel I meet more people, but I also connect with friends and colleagues, some of whom I see only once or twice a year at international conferences. Many of the sponsors and exhibitors serve U.S. schools and I would encourage you to talk to your current vendors and service providers about their international school experience and how their experiences globally may inform the work you are doing at your schools – wherever they may be.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Boca Raton, FL at the MISBO/FISBO 2015 Business Officer Conference.

Sincerely,
Marc

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