Now Boarding • July 19-22

July 19–22



This is a robust and reflective 4-day on-boarding to the complex world of boarding school life. 

Using case studies for discussion, the virtual experience provides education and mentorship equipping new members of faculty and staff with the know-how to make an impact on day one. 


July 19–22 • Noon–4pm ET




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 boardingschools.

Develop strategies for becoming a student of the culture of your new school and theimmersive 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.

Monday, July 19 • Noon–4pm ET

Understanding the World of Boarding Schools


“This is the Life!” Now Boarding Kickoff

Welcome to your journey into the world of boarding school! You’ll first get to know your program mentor, fellow attendees, and lead facilitators. Then, longtime boarding school leaders and staff will walk you through why they chose this world, and what’s keeping them here. And we’ll examine why families choose the boarding school option, diving deep into the data and sharing the stories that led them here.



Breakfast is a
Place where
Stories are Told

Great boarding schools have a clear guiding purpose expressed through vision, mission and values and they’re lived through daily practices and community rituals. A clear understanding of your school culture will guide your day-to-day decision making, communication style and relationship building. Working in teams, we’ll discuss authentic boarding school case studies and generate questions to guide your entry into your boarding community.


"In Loco Parentis"

When a family enrolls a student in boarding school, the leaders of the schools have the privilege and profound responsibility of serving and supervising in place of the parent. In this session, you’ll unpack the responsibilities of caring for the students in your care and explore the opportunities and challenges within key supervisory roles, including dorm parents and staff, advisors, and coaches.

TUESDAY, July 20 • Noon–4pm ET

Understanding Our Students


Neuroscience and the Teenage Brain

Boarding school students come to us at a time of rapid change in brain development which include greater appetites for social engagement, heightened risk-taking, vulnerability to peer pressure, and emotional exhilaration. We’ll explore the science behind one of the most thrilling and challenging chapters of life, and unpack its implications for guiding students learning and living in a residential community.


Mental Health
and Wellness

We’ll explore the key mental health and wellness concepts most critical to supporting students, including the latest science about anxiety, substance abuse, and self-harm. With this knowledge, you’ll have the ability to better promote and instill an environment of campus health and wellness.


Building Communities
of Inclusivity
and Belonging

When our students not only learn but live at our schools, the stakes for building truly inclusive communities of all racial, ethnic, gendered and international backgrounds are more critical than ever. Engage with a spectrum of student experiences and discern key takeaways for implementing in your professional and personal practice. 

WEDNESDAY, July 21 • Noon–4pm ET

Understanding Our Students and Ourselves


Supporting and Celebrating Learning Differences

In the boarding environment, you’ll find yourself supporting students with a diverse set of learning styles and cognitive differences. This session offers an introduction to the variety, and to the challenges and opportunities they pose for students. You’ll join your school community better equipped to support your diverse student body. 


Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

As boarding school employees, we have a critical duty to protect students from harassment, abuse, and any form of sexual misconduct. In this introductory session, learn the basic concepts for preventing and responding to suspected misconduct.


“Can I Have Beer in My Fridge?” Tricky Questions about Living on Campus

Understanding personal and professional boundaries in your community is key to fulfilling your responsibilities and developing healthy relationships with students and colleagues.  This session helps process the questions of living in the boarding school ‘fishbowl.”


Meet-Up for Partners and Spouses of New Boarding School Employees

You’ve joined a boarding school community — now what does that mean for your partner? Whether you’re living on or off campus, invite your significant other for an informal conversation with other partners to chat about making the experience a rewarding one for your whole family.

THURSDAY, July 22 • Noon–4pm ET

Understanding Ourselves


Playing to your Strengths

An understanding of our personal strengths and our blind spots is important as you transition into a new position. Just as crucial is an imaginative empathy for others’ preferences. During this session, we’ll introduce a set of assessment tools to help you better understand yourself, your leadership style, and your personality traits. You’ll learn how a growth mindset with “both-and” thinking will serve you well in your next chapter.


Life-giving Practices, Organizational Strategies, and

As you begin your boarding school journey, you’ll want to dive in head first to fully embrace the community and, at the same time, put organizational and self-care strategies in place to support your well-being. Boarding school teachers and staff will share organizational tips and self-care tactics that helped them to thrive in their first year or two on campus


Rich and Rewarding Careers in Boarding

Once your feet are fully under you, how can you embark on a rewarding career within the boarding school world? Explore resources at your fingertips, and address key questions as you imagine how this new chapter in your professional life might unfold over the coming years.


Now Boarding Commencement

Wrap up your Now Boarding experience with a celebratory graduation and send-off into your new life armed with curiosities and questions, new colleagues, and unrelenting support from your friends TABS.

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.