Shifting the independent school community

Norfolk Collegiate is excited to welcome Pat Bassett, independent school visionary thinker and inspirational speaker, to campus on Nov. 8-10.

Bassett who is the former executive director of the National Association of Independent Schools, a former school teacher, head of school and association president, will help guide Collegiate through our strategic planning process.

“Pat Bassett is a nationally known leader in independent school education, and we are excited to be partnering with him for our strategic planning process,” said Scott Kennedy, headmaster.

Bassett began his career in the independent school system in 1970 as an English teacher at Woodberry Forest School and by 1980 he had become the headmaster of Stuart Hall, an all-girls school, where he remained until 1989. All of Bassett’s stepping stones led him to accepting the position of president of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States where he served from 1993 until 2001.

He has been named a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and has received various leadership awards, including the Educational Leadership Award from Klingenstein Center of Teachers College. 

Currently serving as a consultant and strategist for schools and other nonprofits at Heads Up Educational Consulting LLC, Bassett is passionate about sharing his insight of the independent school system.

Among guiding Collegiate through the strategic planning process, Bassett will speak to Collegiate’s faculty and staff along with various colleagues from independent schools throughout Hampton Roads.

“His presentation will offer his perspective on the major trends that are happening in education that schools, including Norfolk Collegiate, should plan for and be ready to take advantage of in the future,” said Kennedy.

Bassett will present Schools of the Future—Big Shifts on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Hackney Theater. His discussion will include shifting the educational perception from knowing to doing, teacher-centered to student-centered, individual to team and much more.

“This is an opportunity for our community to learn about the trends, challenges and opportunities facing both independent schools and independent school parents alike,” said Kennedy. “Pat is both an engaging and accessible presenter, and I hope our community joins us for this event.”

The event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite anyone who would be interest. For more information, click here.   

Nov. 5, 2015