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From the ED 10.1.15

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing this on an airplane returning from a trip to Spain and Portugal. My daughter is studying in Salamanca, Spain this semester and my wife and I were able to take a week to spend with her while she had a break. It was a wonderful week for many reasons.

I never had an opportunity to travel or study abroad while in high school or college. I knew this was something that would be valuable for my daughter, but did not truly appreciate the value until this week. Our children (our own and those in our schools) are growing up in a different world than the one I grew up in. Traveling and studying abroad was not even a thought as a public high school student or a public university student. Today, I believe this is an essential part of our children’s education. The world has become a small place and our children must be comfortable studying, working, and living with people of all cultures. We were fortunate enough to meet my daughter’s home stay “parents” – they are wonderful, caring people and I know they will take great care of her over the coming months. They do not speak English. In only a month my daughter’s command of the Spanish language has improved greatly. Even more importantly she is comfortable living, studying, and traveling in a new country. She is fortunate to have traveled extensively in her young life and the level of maturity she showed us this week was remarkable.

But this is not about our daughter, this is about a generation of children. It is about the students in your schools that must be comfortable in a new world. Independent school students have an incredible advantage compared to other students in our country and around the world. Many will have an opportunity to travel internationally, and spend time learning and living in new cultures. This is just one factor in the ‘revolution’ of education that I believe we are poised and ready to experience.

Travel, both personally and professionally, provides me with great opportunity to read. Recently, I have read Tony Wagner’s newest book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era as well as Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Arum and Roksa. Currently I am reading Ken Robinson’s newest book, Creative SchoolsThe Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education. Each of these has a similar theme – our current education system needs a revolution. We can no longer “tinker” with incremental changes if we want to provide a new way of learning for our children. Independent schools are in a unique and exciting position to lead this revolution. Some of you are already taking great strides, others need to evaluate closely what is being done and make the appropriate decisions for your schools. None of us can rest on our past successes.

I am looking forward to joining over 100 leaders in independent school education next week in Asheville, NC for the MISBO Fall 2015 Conference with the theme Disrupting 21st Century Schools.

As you know from the newsletter, this event is sold out to meet the goals we’ve determined best fits the learning that will happen during these two days. For those of you that could not join us, we will be tweeting using the hashtag #MISBOFall15 from @marcll and @MISBOconnects. You can join the discussion from anywhere. Sixty days after the conference we will post presentations from our sessions. I am hopeful that our Think Tank which will explore the business model for independent schools leads to a white paper that can help all independent schools.

So whether you are joining us in person or virtually, October 7-9, 2015 will be a time of revolutionary thinking and disruption.


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


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