At least some folks at Lab subscribe to the Independent Schools long-time listserv for keeping tabs on what’s going on in the independent school world. For a couple of decades now, Marti Weston at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., has taken care of this list. A few folks, including Curt, have volunteered over the years to share list moderating duties with Marti, but she has shown outstanding leadership and a fierce dedication to what can be a tedious, repetitive task. Dealing with spam, working with whatever organization is hosting the listserv, gently correcting unruly subscribers, answering questions about list membership — all this and more goes into this job daily.
If you are a list subscriber, please consider taking a moment to thank Marti for all her work over the years as she is retiring from Georgetown Day School at the end of this school year.
It’s funny, too, that this seemingly antiquated listserv model has proved so durable over time. A variety of more social and interactive tools like Wikis and Ning have arisen over the years as possible alternatives to the listserv format, but it’s always happened that after a short while people stop using the new platforms and revert to good old e-mail.
If you are considering subscribing to the ISED-L listserv, be advised that a high percentage of posts are technology-related, though items about admissions, finance, equity, diversity, administrative policies and practices, and other non-tech items do appear, but not in large numbers. There is no reason why new subscribers couldn’t post on whatever topic they choose, however. It’s a great place for making connections with other folks.
The Association of Technology Leaders in independent Schools, or ATLIS, is taking responsibility for managing the listserv as Marti retires. Click here for information about how to subscribe.