OESIS 2022 Head of School Survey Report, Part 1 of 3: Governance | Sanje Ratnavale | 9 Min Read

This is the second time in less than 12 months that we have surveyed Heads of School in our network: in July of last year we had 75 Heads responding and in March we had 84 Heads of School completing the survey (See charts below). 

At OESIS, we have come to a view on independent school governance and have used the surveys to collect evidence to validate or invalidate these views. They are concerned with the differences between “Inputs”, “Outputs” and “Outcomes”. Independent schools are measured almost exclusively by “Inputs” like enrollment or “Outputs” like strategic plans, and as we argued in the series of articles on NAIS Governance and Strategic Planning, schools have evolved into a condition of serious misalignment. 

This Survey Report is divided into 3 sections: Governance, Teachers, and DEI. In this section (Part 1), we look…

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Sanje Ratnavale

Sanje founded OESIS in 2012 and serves as the President of what has grown to become the leading network for innovation at independent schools: the acronym OESIS grew from the initial focus on Online Education Strategies for Independent Schools. He has held senior administrative positions at independent schools including Associate Head of School at a K-12 school for seven years, High School Principal for three years, and CFO for seven years. Prior to making a switch to education, Sanje spent 15 years in venture capital, investment banking, and senior C-level (CEO, COO, CFO) management. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford University (B.A. and M.A. in Law/Jurisprudence). Sanje is based out of Santa Monica.