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From the ED 11.3.16

Dear Colleagues,

Recently I wrote about MISBO’s new vision and the work that MISBO has done over the past couple of years to get the association moving in an exciting and innovative direction. MISBO’s vision is:

By 2021, MISBO will be among the top five go-to resources connecting and serving member school professionals in operational leadership.

If you are at a school, you received an invitation last week from BRND to complete a short ”vision survey”. Thank you to those that have completed the survey. For those that have not, please do so – it will take less than one minute of your time and be very helpful to MISBO.

With that vision in mind, I want to announce a very exciting project that MISBO is leading with the help and guidance of world-class global design firm IDEO. MISBO is honored to be working with IDEO on a project to “imagine innovative and sustainable business models that allow independent schools to provide accessible, high-quality education”. We have been working behind the scenes for many months now to design this project to challenge the status quo and help independent schools take action toward sustainable financial futures.

A cohort of 12 independent schools is being formed to work collaboratively with the guidance of a team from IDEO, but also individually to experiment with new ideas to view the business models at their schools. The list of schools below (including location, enrollment and Head of School) are fully committed to the project:

  1. Jackson Academy, Jackson, MS; 1,240, Cliff Kling
  2. Carrollwood Day School, Tampa, FL; 1,000, Ryan Kelly
  3. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Atlanta, GA; 932, Brett Jacobsen
  4. The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA; 920, Diane Rosenberg
  5. Bancroft School, Worcester, MA; 450, Trey Cassidy
  6. Hillbrook School, Los Gatos, CA; 341, Mark Silver
  7. Colorado Academy, Denver, CO; 950, Mike Davis
  8. Cary Academy, Cary, NC; 751, Mike Ehrhardt
  9. American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India; 830, Craig Johnson
  10. West Island College, Calgary, Canada; 553, Carol Grant-Watt
  11. Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry, VA; 408, Byron Hulsey
  12. Indian Creek School, Crownsville, MD; 616, Rick Branson

MISBO + IDEO Project

We believe that this project and the outcomes, which we expect to ultimately serve all independent schools, are fully aligned with the mission and vision for MISBO. You will be seeing updates during the project here on the MISBO Blog. We are also planning for the 2017 MISBO Fall Conference to include workshop time related to this project. We plan to have a representative from each of the cohort schools as well as members of the IDEO team leading a workshop and reporting on the results of this work. This opportunity will provide great value to all schools and will help you to learn from the work being accomplished by your peers. Be sure to mark your calendars to join MISBO for the 2017 Fall Conference in New Orleans, October 4-6, 2017.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO

We power independent schools.™

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