“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.”

Wednesday, January 29
8:30am Registration & Welcome

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
Exploring the essentials for an engaged and effective team.

Self-Audit Residential Life/Student Life Program
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.

12:00pm Lunch

Creating a Strategic Plan
How to best evaluate where you are and what you need to consider.

Embracing Difference – From Tolerance to Respect to Appreciation
Schools are increasingly diverse and multicultural, bringing together students of different races, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and talents from around the world.

5:00pm Reception at Saint Andrew’s School (Transportation provided if needed)

Thursday, January 30

Safety, Legal and Emergency Considerations & Preparation
First and foremost, boarding schools must be safe – physically, socially and individually. Let’s consider our strengths, weaknesses as well as necessary resources and what we can prepare for in advance for best possible outcomes.

Counseling on the Run
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.

Deep Listening
Exercises and resources

Unconference #1
Networking and conversation addressing topics determined by attendees with workshop faculty.

Group Work and Scheduled Faculty Meetings for each school team with workshop faculty.

12:00 Lunch

Managing a Crisis on CampusCase Studies and Tabletop Discussions
Best practices and things to consider.

Group Work and Scheduled Faculty Meetings for each school team with workshop faculty.

Unconference #2
ShNetworking and conversation addressing topics determined by attendees with workshop faculty.

Enjoy an evening out exploring on your own.

Friday, January 31

Approaches to Appraising Residential Faculty
We will explore essential assessment methods and best practice to fairly appraise and develop your ResLife team.

Group Work and Scheduled Faculty Meetings for each school team.

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

Developing Your Strategic Plan
What next steps you need to take when you get back.

12:00 Lunch

Strategic Plan Group Work

How to Implement Your Strategic Plan When You return to Your School

3:30pm End of Workshop

Each year we hear attendees lament travel plans that are cuting their attendance short and skipping 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.