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From the ED 5.7.15

Dear Colleagues,

Last Friday I was attending a conference in California and one of your colleagues was discussing her current challenges and commented on how busy she was, especially now that it was May. She referred to this as “The 100 Days of May.” After laughing with others, I thought about my days as a business officer and considered the demands and complexity that the end of the school brought to all of us. Grandparent’s Day, Graduation, Faculty and Staff recognition (retirement, longevity, etc.), Senior Night, Prom, 8th grade moving up day, 4th grade “graduation,” track and field day, AP exams, senior projects, and so much more. It is truly a busy time on top of the normal daily routines. It is times like this that make all of your jobs difficult and stressful, but I believe it is also the time when all school personnel reap the real rewards of their labor – seeing the children moving on or moving up. Ultimately the work that each of you (and each of us at MISBO) does each day is for and about these children and their successes. During the next few weeks of long days and nights, be sure to recognize that your efforts have led to the success and happiness of the students at your schools.

Along those lines, I had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Brackett provided a wonderful 90 minute session to well over 100 independent school business officers about emotional intelligence. It was one of the most interesting and educational workshops I have attended in some time.

I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Brackett about their work and a current project that your schools may wish to be involved with. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence just launched an anonymous online survey that asks high school students from around the country to take 7 minutes to tell them how they currently feel in school, how they want to feel, and what they believe needs to happen to bridge the gap between the two. The survey was approved by Yale University’s Human Subjects Committee and does not require parental consent.

Emotion Revolution:

If you think your school may be interested, please click this link to download a PDF with all of the relevant information and pass it along to the appropriate person at your school.

You can access the Born This Way Foundation/Emotion Revolution website with videos of Lady Gaga, her mom Cynthia, and Dr. Brackett from

Other News and Reminders:

Membership Dues Renewal:

If you are the primary contact at your school you should have received a renewal announcement to login at and renew your membership. At the same time, we ask you to make any necessary personnel changes for the coming year as well as update enrollment numbers. And here’s the really great part – beginning this year, we will accept credit cards for dues renewals!  All in one session you can renew your membership, make contact updates, receive an electronic invoice and submit payment!

For more information on the renewal process, visit

New Member Benefit:

MISBO is excited to announce a new member benefit. In partnership with Fisher & Phillips (F & P), Attorneys at Law, and Suzanne Bogdan MISBO members will receive as part of their regular membership the following services:

  • A link to the Fisher & Phillips Knowledge Center on the firm’s website. The Knowledge Center contains various newsletters and alerts, Education Updates and other resources covering specific areas of the law that you may download as a useful guide. Business Officer, Heads of School, HR Directors, and others will be receiving an email shortly with instructions to log into this site and set your password. This Knowledge Center will be regularly updated by F & P staff.
  • 30 minutes of legal advice annually by telephone with a Fisher & Phillips attorney.
  • 10% discount on all F & P fees.

Twitter Chat:

As MISBO continues to experiment with new types of professional development, we are hosting our first series of Twitter Chats and These will discuss the article we recently published “Advanced Placement” which consists of a series of case studies of Head of School transitions. I hope you will consider joining the conversation using the hashtag #MISBOAP during the next chat on Tuesday, May 12th at 4:00 pm ET.  You can follow me @marcll or MISBO @MISBOConnects.


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