January 29 – 31, 2020 • 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 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 experienced faculty, with each school’s own materials, as well as through group discussion and interaction on contemporary and structural residential life issues. Return to your school with a comprehensive residential life mission and working strategies, 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.”


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

Early Bird Discount
Register before January 7, 2020 and save! Register with a group of two or more and take an additional $65 off each registration. (Applies to standard “member” registrants only). 

In consideration of exchange rates, all registrations from Canadian member schools will include a $250 discount. 

Early Bird RateStandard Rate
TABS Members$1445$1495
TABS Member – Group*$1345$1445
Non-Member Group*$2075$2125

*To obtain the group discount, you MUST register at least 2 attendees at the same time. We will not be able to adjust the pricing or add additional members to an established registration.

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 7, 2020. 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 7, 2020 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.”

2020 Agenda

Creating a Strategic Plan

Wednesday, January 29
9:00 am Registration & Welcome
9:15 am Introduction
Review the reality of residential independent school recent history and trends. Consider key components of a successful residential life curriculum and healthy school culture. Group work with faculty facilitation will follow many of the sessions over the next 3 days, providing ample time for networking and opportunities to glean expertise and best practices.
Cowboys and Pit Crews–Building your Residential Life Team 
Appraising Your Residential Life/Student Life Program
Noon Lunch

Creating a Strategic Plan

Our Students – From Tolerance to Respect to Appreciation

5:00 pm
Reception at Saint Andrew’s School
Thursday, January 30
9:00 am

Safety, Legal and Emergency Considerations & Preparation

Counseling on the Run
Deep ListeningExercises and resources

Unconference 1
Networking and conversation addressing topics determined by attendees



Managing a Crisis on Campus

Group work and Faculty Scheduled Meetings for each school team

Unconference 2
Sharing Best Student Activities

5:00 pm Free evening
Friday, January 31
9:00 am

Appraising Faculty

Group Work and Faculty Scheduled Meetings for each school team

Residential Life Mission and Objectives

Developing Your Strategic Plan



Strategic Plan Group Work
  How to Implement Your Strategic Plan When You Return to Your School
3:00 pm End of Workshop

*Each year we hear attendees lament they cut short attending to the conclusion of this workshop in order to rush back to school responsibilities. To ensure you maximize the value of and investment in this workshop for yourself, your school and your students, we urge you to take this into account and plan your travel accordingly.

*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!”


Brian P.

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.


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


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 888 404 6880 and refer to the TABS 2019 Group: code 02046745TA_001. It’s wise to book your reservations early. Rooms will be available until midnight on January 11th, or until the room block is sold out. 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