February 6 – 8, 2019 • Boca Raton, Florida

This long-running workshop is designed to engage the more seasoned residential life professional team, for both leaders and members. TABS Lab: ResLife Leadership occurs over three concentrated days, away from the daily demands of school life, to help administrative teams develop and refine a functional residential life mission statement and strategy for your school. Explore how to create an intentional community and a life skills curriculum that will enhance the dormitory, boost faculty expertise and retention, and elevate your entire institution and community.

Each school will receive individualized attention working directly with their own school materials, complemented by group discussion and interaction on contemporary and structural residential life issues. Return to your school with a comprehensive residential life mission statement, working strategies, complete lesson plans and specific objectives that support your residential curriculum, your school mission, and the co-curricular development of your students.

Much more valuable and effective for school teams – we highly recommend that you come as a team to get the most out of this workshop!

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“Completely exceeded my expectations! Loved the one-on-one time.”

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Register early and save $50 per registration.
Early Bird Rate expires on December 14, 2018.

Save $100 off each registration when registering 2 or more from the same school at the same time.

Early Bird Standard
TABS Members $1500 $1550
TABS Member – Group $1400 $1450
Non-Member $2175 $2225
Non-Member Group $2075 $2125

Fees include instruction, resource materials, lunches and breaks. Participants must make their own hotel arrangements (see Hotel Information in left column).

Cancellation Policy
To cancel your registration, email your request to Samantha Bailey, Bailey@TABS.org or Liz Verhalen, Verhalen@TABS.org, before January 5, 2019. Please confirm that you are requesting a refund (each registration refund will be made less a $100 processing fee) or you may transfer your registration to another staff member of your school. No refunds will be made if received after midnight on January 5, 2019 and no weather-related refunds will be granted.

If you have additional questions, please contact the TABS office at 828-258-5354 and ask for Samantha Bailey or Liz Verhalen.

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“Being able to communicate with and work alongside so many dedicated, true believers inspired me to continue this work as soon as I got home.”

Tentative 2019 Agenda

Wednesday, February 6
9:00 am Registration & Welcome
9:15 am What is a Residential Life Curriculum? – Introduction to Residential Life Curriculum and Mission Statement to help identify your school’s values and objectives.
Activity/ Review Reslife Qualities & Goals
Noon

Lunch

Review Recent History & Trends
Review the recent history and trend of residential independent schools and consider the components of a residential curriculum – the ideals and the realities of the residential curriculum as a whole, its’ parts, and the focus.

Residential Curriculum Work Session
Team Work Session/Consultation
School teams will work together to write and evaluate the Curriculum. TABS faculty will work individually with school groups. First session will identify program values and objectives from the morning exercise.

Break

Residential Curriculum Work Session
Team Work Session/Consultation
School teams will work together to write and evaluate the Curriculum. TABS faculty will work individually with school groups.

Check in with Full Group

4:30 pm Wrap up for the day
5:00 – 7:00 pm Reception at Saint Andrew’s School (transportation will be provided)
Thursday, February 7
9:00 am

Why Does a Boarding School Exist? 
How and why a residential program enhances the value and depth of education at your school.

Residential Curriculum Work Session
Team Work Session/Consultation 

School teams will work together to write and evaluate the Curriculum. TABS faculty will work individually with school groups.
Unconference 1 

Safety, Legal, Emergency and Contract Considerations in Your Residential Program
First and foremost, boarding schools must be safe – physically, socially and individually.
Small group sharing & work groups

Noon

Lunch

Our Students: Diversity & Unity
Schools are increasingly diverse and multicultural, bringing together students of different races, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and talents from around the world.

Small group sharing & work groups

Unconference 2

Faculty and Program Assessment
How do we know how good a job we are doing in our work in the residential program? What are ways to assess performance of the program, performance of the adults doing this work, and the effects of the education on our students? Regular assessment of the components of the residential program is becoming an essential part of the work we do in boarding schools.

Small group sharing & work groups

Break

Residential Curriculum Work Session
Team Work Session/Consultation 

School teams will work together to write and evaluate the Curriculum. TABS faculty will work individually with school groups.

Individual Needs and Community Responses
Boarding schools have a distinct responsibility to each student and his or her family as well as to the students and constituencies as a whole. Balancing the individual and community is a key to a successful boarding experience.

4:30 pm Wrap up for the day
Free evening
Friday, February 8
9:00 am

Residential Curriculum Work Session
Team Work Session/Consultation 

School teams will work together to write and evaluate the Curriculum. TABS faculty will work individually with school groups.

Break

Creating a Strategic Plan
How to evaluate where you are and what steps you need to take when you get back.

Small group brainstorming session

Noon

Working Lunch
School Groups

Sharing Mission Statements 
Activity and Small Group Discussion
3:00 pm End of Workshop
 
*Schedule is subject to change and all information provided during this workshop is for general information purposes only and should not be used as, or relied upon in place of legal advice. Schools should work with their own attorneys for specific legal counsel regarding their circumstances and issues.

 

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“Thank you for a fantastic 3 days! Feeling refreshed, energized and armed with a lot of great ideas and a real start to our school’s ResLife curriculum. Excellent, excellent job!”

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Brian P.
Easler

Head of School
Wilbraham & Monson Academy, MA

Brian Easler considers it an honor and a privilege to have served since 2014 as the Head of School for Wilbraham & Monson Academy, a remarkable boarding and day school for 430 girls and boys in grades 6-12, where he has been since 1998. For most of that time Brian served as the Dean of Students & Associate Head of School, a role he found exceptionally rewarding, and he has also enjoyed being a dorm parent for male and female students of various ages, teaching trimester ethics electives to seniors, occasionally doing a little coaching and leading student trips to remote locations like the southern Amazon basin. Brian is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in English and Philosophy and earned a Master of Education in Experiential Education from Springfield College and a Master of Arts in Independent School Leadership through the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to his work in education, Brian served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division, as a Sergeant, Airborne Ranger and Team Leader in the Long Range Reconnaissance and Surveillance Detachment. Brian enjoys leisure time with his wife and dogs at their cabin in Vermont, reading, hunting and hiking.

 

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Julianne Puente
Deputy Headmaster and Dean of Students
Kings Academy, Jordan

A lifelong New York resident, Julianne Puente joined King’s Academy in 2009 as dean of students and deputy headmaster as well as a faculty member in the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (EPR), where she teaches world religions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in American studies from Columbia University. Having attended the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York for her secondary school education, Ms. Puente returned to her alma mater to work as a teacher, administrator and coach for 14 years prior to joining King’s. At Hackley, Ms. Puente worked in admissions and college counseling, served as a dean of students and as a history teacher, in which capacity she developed several new courses, including one on world religions. A passionate and dedicated coach, she was at the helm of the varsity girls’ soccer and softball teams that won numerous league and state championships during her tenure at the school. She was also a faculty member of the performing arts department teaching a music course in addition to providing guitar and drum accompaniments for various student and faculty performances.

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Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel

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A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the reduced rate of $199 a night at the Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel, located at 1950 Glades Road in Boca Raton. This hotel is conveniently located near Boca Raton’s Town Center.

Hotel reservations can be made online by visiting: Wyndham Boca Raton or if you prefer, call 1-888-404-6880 and refer to the TABS 2019 Group: code 02046745TA_001. The reduced rate has been extended and will be now be available until January 12, 2019 or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first. It’s wise to book your reservations early.

If you have any problems reserving space, please contact us!

Sam Bailey: 828-785-5147 or Liz Verhalen: 828-785-5148 or

Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel From Ft. Lauderdale Airport