It’s an amazing “spring” week here in Baltimore. By “spring”, I mean that the calendar has just flipped to March, and we aren’t shoveling out for our guests at NAIS and the annual conference. There is so much to look forward to this week, and I can’t wait to share the happenings and findings throughout my travels downtown. Baltimore is my city, my home, and my favorite place in the world. I really hope you enjoy your stay…
Some initial thoughts, however, are in order for the festivities. I’d like to think that people attending this show for the first time are not going to view Baltimore through the light cast from “The Wire” or “Homicide: Life on the Street”. As educators, we strive to give our students the chance to impress us every day with creativity, thought, and caring for fellow classmates. Hopefully, those new to Charm City will be taken in by what the city has to offer, and the amazing backdrop for this fantastic gathering of collegial thought.
I will really be focused on the “Vision” part of the annual conference theme, as I believe it to be positively vital to the future of our schools. The more leaders, teachers and administrators can implement their vision, independent education will be the true beneficiary of the time and talent invested.
It is my firm belief that mission statements for most schools are interchangeable. What truly separates one institution from the next is the way that its people LIVE the stated mission. I will be chasing down examples of how people are living their school’s ‘mantra’ throughout the week.
So, that’s a starting point. Welcome to Baltimore. It’s going to be a great week, and I can’t wait to hear what you come up with.
Some tips for your NAIS conference:
- Have coffee with someone you don’t know…expanding your knowledge footprint is a great thing.
- Get some fresh air…it’s a good thing.
- Check the app for updates. Times change, locations change.
- Be social. Not just on your phone, but with those around you.
- Have a crab cake. And a Berger cookie. And ask for Old Bay on your fries.
And, when you leave at the weekend, take with you 5 big takeaways. It’s a good starting point, but don’t let your conference notes die. This is a conversation, and it should go all year long with improving your school and yourself.
I will be around and looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can. Have a GREAT WEEK, and enjoy #NAISAC.