2024 Now Boarding

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Have you made hires brand new to boarding school? NowBoarding will get your new hires up to speed and ready to make an impact in your boarding community!

 

NowBoarding is a rich, interactive on-boarding into the complex world of boarding school life for employees in any functional role in a boarding environment.  From understanding “in loco parentis” to building communities of belonging to promoting a culture of safety, participants will engage in training, case studies, discussions, and mentorship equipping them to ask the right questions and hit the ground running from day one.

 

Participants will dive into topics including:

• Becoming a student of your school’s culture and traditions

• Unpacking the responsibilities of “In Loco Parentis”

• Mental health and wellness

• Student safety, boundaries and trust

• Building equitable and inclusive communities of belonging

• Organizational strategies

• Tackling the “tricky questions” of living on campus

When

Monday–Tuesday, July 22–23

where

Boston University

who

Any employee or volunteer new to the boarding school environment

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Examine the mosaic of boarding schools as an industry to understand why families choose boarding environments and why professionals build their careers in boarding schools.

Unpack the responsibilities of “in loco parentis” to understand the unique responsibilities and opportunities that accompany nurturing students in boarding schools.

Develop strategies for becoming a student of the culture of your new school and supporting the community you’ll help to cultivate for your students.

Take a deep dive into the cognitive, social and emotional needs of your students and develop tools for supporting their mental health.

Learn the fundamentals of protecting students from misconduct and abuse.

Build a toolkit of practices that instill equity, justice and belonging in your community.

Download tips from employees that just finished their first year in boarding schools and develop a plan for how you can thrive within your new role.

Brainstorm, strategize and problem-solve with a personal network of new colleagues and mentors from across the boarding school industry.

FACULTY

DR. JAMES GREENWOOD

Dean of Equity and Social Justice, Northfield Mount Hermon School, MA

Dr. Greenwood brings with him a deep and rich history working in independent schools. This year marks his 21st year in independent schools, with 18 of those being in boarding schools. He currently serves as the Dean of Equity and Social Justice at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, MA. In addition to his work leading DEI initiatives over the year, he has also taught history, served as a dorm head and residential life dean, and worked in admissions at various boarding schools including St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, MA; and Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA. Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Greenwood graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in American Studies with a concentration in African and African American Studies. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University and a Masters of Education from Columbia University; and earned his Doctorate in Education from Boston College where his dissertation studied how teachers develop their culturally responsive practice.

KATE DANIELS

Dean of Student Support, St. Paul's School NH

For the past sixteen years, Kate Daniels has lived and worked at St. Paul’s School in Concord,
NH where she currently serves as the Dean of Student Support. Prior to coming to SPS, Kate
worked as a Spanish teacher and special educator in the public school system. In addition to her
work supporting students, she has served as the head of a boys dorm, coached the girls cross
country team, and advised the Mindfulness Club, the Yoga Club, and the Knitting Club. In 2021,
Kate was named the inaugural Kiril Sokoloff ’65 Chair for Compassion and used that
opportunity to develop a kindness curriculum for the SPS residential life program. The small
village of Monument Beach in the town of Bourne on Cape Cod is where Kate was raised and
lives when school is not in session. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Kate holds
a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Spanish and a Master’s of Education in Special Education.
 

What do our PAST attendees say?

NowBoarding has been a life-changing decision. As someone who is originally from Spain and who is going to navigate the boarding school life in North America, I only have great words for the program. The faculty members and the outside speakers benefited me both personally and professionally.
Alicia Segura Pinto
shady side academy
I am so glad that I came to TABS. This was a wonderful collection of resources, scenarios, and best of all, the new friends I made who I will continue to draw strength and ideas from in the years to come.
John Riley
emma willard school
Come in open minded and ready to speak to new people! It is worth it (even if you’re very introverted) to make relationships with these other like minded people. You will find amazing ones here.
Sawyer Belville
The webb schools (ca)
Best way to begin your boarding school experience is to attend TABS summer session!
Ashly Coppage
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
Meeting like-minded colleagues who are in a similar professional place is worth it alone. I was able to compare the different boarding school cultures and find the similarities between them. I do think it has helped me prepare for the upcoming year.
Eric Bolton
Idyllwild arts academy

Schedule Overview

MONDAY

JULY 22

7:30am

Registration

8:00am

Morning Sessions

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

Afternoon Sessions

5:15pm

Welcome Reception

TUESDAY

JULY 23

8:00am

Morning Sessions

12:00pm

Lunch

1:15pm

Afternoon Sessions

4:30pm

Wrap Up

Schedule Subject to Change