2023 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 and interactive three-day on-boarding to the complex world of boarding school life for employees in any functional role in a boarding environment. Participants will engage in training, case studies, discussions, and mentorship equipping them to ask the right questions and hit the ground running with you 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”
  • Neuroscience and psychology of the teenage brain
  • 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

Tuesday–Thursday, July 25–27

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.

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

Unpack the responsibilities of “in loco parentis” and take a deep dive into the cognitive, social and emotional needs of your students, including the brain science of teenagers, ways to support their mental health, ways to protect from misconduct and abuse, and practices that instill equity, justice and belonging in your community.

Assess your own personality strengths and qualities, hear 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.

For partners and spouses: Join a group of partners and spouses of boarding school employees for an informal conversation about the best parts of being part of a boarding school community and tips for making the experience a rewarding one for your family.

FACULTY

JAMIE FORBES

Learning Courage

Jamie is the founder and CEO of Learning Courage. His experience includes nearly two decades in the private sector in both finance and marketing roles, where he honed his business acumen, strategic thinking and creative approach. Jamie has also consulted with, helped start, and been involved in board leadership of a variety of nonprofit organizations.

His work with schools began when, in 2016, he shared the story of being sexually abused in 9th grade at Milton Academy. During the school’s 9-month investigation, he observed first-hand how important and yet challenging it can be for both survivors and school leaders to rebuild trust and support healing.

Learning Courage came out of his observation that schools needed guidance keeping survivors at the center of incidents of sexual abuse and misconduct. Central to his findings in this work is that being survivor-centered is in the best interests of not just survivors but also the institutions where the abuse occurred. The best way to improve the sector’s response to sexual abuse, he reasoned, was to create an organization that collected and shared what they learned.

Jamie graduated from Connecticut College and lives in Portsmouth, NH with his wife, two daughters and a dog that thinks he’s actually human.

AMY WHEELER

Learning Courage

Amy joined Learning Courage in the fall of 2019. A survivor herself, Amy has been an independent school educator and administrator for over 30 years. She began her career as an English teacher, dorm parent and coach at Lawrence Academy and understands the full life boarding school faculty and staff lead. Since then, she has worked as an administrator in K-8 day schools, 6-12 day schools, and a 6-12 all girls boarding school and knows well the impact of sexual misconduct on students, faculty, staff and institutions and the importance of training and prevention. Her experience on a number of independent school boards also gives her insight into the larger institutional issues that arise from both historic and current sexual misconduct on independent school campuses. 

What do people say?

Ten times better than expected–get people here!
Alison Dowey
Blair Academy
Great! Every boarding school teacher or employee should be required to attend this program.
Joseph Odell
Forman School

Schedule is subject to change.

NowBoarding Schedule Overview

SATURDAY

JULY 23

8:00am

Registration

8:30am

Morning Sessions

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

Afternoon Sessions

5:15pm

Welcome Reception

SUNDAY

JULY 24

8:30am

Morning Sessions

12:00pm

Lunch

1:15pm

Afternoon Sessions

5:00pm

Wrap Up

MONDAY

JULY 25

8:30am

Morning Sessions

12:00pm

Lunch

1:15pm

Afternoon Sessions

4:30pm

Wrap Up