NAIS Annual Conference February 28 – March 1, 2013 Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA Report from the NAIS President, Patrick F. Bassett Thursday General Session: Great by Choice • Jim Collins & the Theme of Organizational “Greatness” • Built to Last; Good to Great; Great by Choice Bookstore • Evidence of Jim Collins’ popularity… • What caused the demise of small local bookshops… • Do you miss the small local bookstore? … If profit is not the metric of greatness for non-profits, what is? Greatness itself, and its “indicators” Defining Greatness • What’s on your List of 25 Factors Great Schools Have in Common? • What’s on your list of 25 Factors Great Teachers Have in Common • How about these Topics for a “Think Big/Think Great” Faculty Meeting and Board Meeting? Greatness Choosing to be Great Can schools be “great by choice”? Can teachers be “great by choice”? Jim Collins will know…. “Greatness” Tweets Great Schools Factor #1: Great schools… 1. Create and perpetuate an intentional culture shaped by the adults, rooted in universal values of honesty and caring, and relentlessly oriented toward achievement. John Chubb The honor of introducing Jim Collins goes to the president-elect of NAIS, John Chubb, chosen by the board because of his… • • • • • • Understanding of school climate and culture Advocacy that not just the rich, but all children should have choices to attend schools that work Capacity for “big thinking” and strategic vision about what makes schools great Life-long commitment to principles equity and justice for all Scholarly experience in studying all school systems, including ours Leadership intention of listening to and learning from the members about the challenges they face and services they need from NAIS.