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, 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


Monday–Tuesday, July 24–25


Boston University


Any employee or volunteer new to the boarding school environment


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.



Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Western Reserve Academy OH

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 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH. 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.


Director of Admission, The Bement School MA

An alumna of the Loomis Chaffee School, Kim has an intimate knowledge of boarding schools from multiple perspectives. During her 17 years of school admissions at Gould Academy and Oldfields School, Kim’s responsibilities included serving as director of financial aid, website manager, international student coordinator, publications coordinator, residential dorm parent, and student advisor. In 2008, Kim became director of admission at The Bement School, a junior boarding school, where she oversees admission and communications for kindergarten through grade 9. As a current parent of a rising senior at a boarding school, she says, “it was interesting to see admissions from the parent’s perspective.” Kim has 28 years experience working in admissions and this will be her 20th summer teaching at TABS Admission Academy. “It is incredibly rewarding to work with new professionals as they embark on admission and boarding school careers.”


Dean of Students, Choate Rosemary Hall CT

Mike is entering his 18th year at Choate Rosemary Hall.  He currently serves on the school’s senior administrative team in his role as Dean of Students. In recent years, he taught AP/Honors US History, Honors World History, Classical History, and a senior elective on the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. During Choate’s high school and middle school-aged Summer Programs, he served as Dean of Students, Middle School Dean, Athletic Director, and taught economics and English courses in addition to various history classes. He’s resided in dorms of all grade levels, as well as Choate’s all-gender house, while advising both boarding and day students. After five years advising Student Council, he became a form dean for the Classes of 2015, 2018 and 2022. He is an assistant boys’ varsity ice hockey coach and spent nine years as the head varsity lacrosse coach, assistant varsity football coach, and six years as assistant varsity water polo coach. His goal for the students is to make the experiences that they share fun, fulfilling and applicable to their continued growth as global citizens with strong social-emotional skills. 

What do our 2022 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 is subject to change.

Schedule Overview






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Welcome Reception




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Wrap Up

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