Next NAIS President Candidates Series, Part 1: On Curriculum & Knowledge | Sanje Ratnavale | 11 Min Read

Note from the Editor

Most of our readers know that NAIS is searching for a new President. We would like the search to be a more open process, therefore subject to questions from independent school constituents. Consequently, we will publish a series of articles with one question each to candidates for the next NAIS President. Four of those articles have been committed and will appear in August. This is the first. We welcome other articles with a discussion of a key question. If you are interested, let me know. We are also more than willing to publish the views of applicants if they wish—our audience reaches deeply into the independent school teacher and administrative circles with 80,000 active users since our launch 18 months ago.

August 3, 2022

By Sanje Ratnavale, President OESIS Network

The new President of NAIS will begin their job at a moment not dissimilar to the predicament of Pope Leo X five hundred years ago when he received the letter of Martin Luther justifying a different view on the source and validity of Christian knowledge. For Leo X, (as for all of us today in independent schoolsperhaps all schools), the nature of…

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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.