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From the ED 9.3.15

Dear Colleagues,

As we finalize our preparation for the MISBO Fall 2015 Conference with the theme “Disrupting 21st Century Schools,” I am reminded of a conversation I had a number of years ago with Michael Horn, co-author, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. We talked about the term “learning environment” as opposed to “classroom”. Nearly everyone of every age has a preconceived notion of what a “classroom” looks like and the proper behavior for that setting. “Learning environment” allows for significantly more divergent thinking on this subject. I have presented and spoken with hundreds of educators since that time and I have conveyed this message. I have come to realize that as an industry we need to also change the language for “teacher” since 21st century teachers should be nothing like the teachers we all picture when we say that word. I have not settled on the right word yet, but I did just read an article on this subject and I want to share some of this information with you here.

KnowledgeWorks recently published an article: Exploring the Future Education Workforce: New Roles for an Expanding Learning Ecosystem which describes seven possible educator roles. I am going to list them for you here and encourage you to read the article which can be found HERE.

  • Learning Pathway Designer
  • Competency Tracker
  • Pop-up Reality Producer
  • Social Innovation Portfolio Director
  • Learning Naturalist
  • Micro-Credential Analyst
  • Data Steward

I would suggest that these are just examples of a new reality in schools when we discuss what we need in terms of skills and experiences from our faculty (and staff). In fact, could we get away from the whole concept of differentiating ‘faculty’ and ‘staff’? Perhaps as some have suggested, we need to just start over when thinking about the models of ‘educators’ we need at our schools.

Conversations of this type and many more will be happening in Asheville, NC at the MISBO Fall 2015 Conference.  I look forward to meeting all of my fellow disruptors in Asheville. Consider bringing your Head of School, Curriculum Director, or any of your school’s leadership team.

MISBO Fall 2015 Conference

The MISBO Fall 2015 Conference will be held in Asheville, NC, October 7-9, 2015. The full schedule and all information can be found at Jim Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education will be providing the opening keynote to get us thinking about the future of education and your role. Jim has worked extensively with independent schools over the years and his leadership has been instrumental in much of the thinking and discussion of financial sustainability.

I have been meeting with Carla Silver who will facilitate the Think Tank on Friday exploring the “business model” for independent schools. Trudy Hall, Head of School and Ace Ellis, CFO, both of Emma Willard School, Troy, NY, will be providing a case study of the challenges that Emma Willard faced while attempting to make innovative and substantial changes in their faculty compensation/work load structure.

These are just two of the thought-provoking and valuable sessions being offered at this conference. If you are interested in being part of the future of independent school education, this conference is for you!

Other News and Reminders:

DASL – 2015 Survey Dates:

Please remember that MISBO no longer offers a separate survey for members. All MISBO member schools (regardless of whether you are a NAIS member) can participate, enter data, and benchmark using DASL. Last year was the first year where many of the independent school associations across the country partnered with NAIS to provide access to DASL. Additionally, there are sections of the survey that are specific to just MISBO schools. These help MISBO help you, and provide critically important data for you to benchmark against other MISBO member schools. More information can be found HERE.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
Twitter: @MISBOconnects   @Marcll
Join us in Asheville – Fall 2015 Conference – Disrupting 21st Century Schools

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