July 16–24, 2020

We’re taking all four TABS Summer Sessions virtual for everyone’s safety. It’s disappointing that we can’t meet up this summer in Boston, but as the pandemic continues to unfold, the uncertainties are simply too great. Rest assured, our faculty is transforming the curriculum to deliver the regular curriculum, but also to include the new realities before us.

TABS Summer Session features an integrated suite of professional workshops taught by a dynamic and diverse group of proven leaders. The concentration of industry experience, detailed attention, camaraderie and passion for boarding school education will benefit most every member of your school’s faculty, staff or administration.

THIS IS THE LIFE! BOOT CAMP is designed especially for newbies to kick off the week and then, ideally, to stay on to enhance the learning in one of THREE OTHER SPECIALIZED SESSIONS (Admission Academy, New Teacher Academy, Residential Life Academy).

This program offers an inspiring introduction to working on a boarding school campus, from the personal (privacy, connection, boundaries and balance) to the professional (the legal and policy issues of supervising minors). A perfect launching pad whether you’ll spend most of your time in the classroom, on the field, behind a desk, on the road, in the dorm – or all of the above!


Specifically for the new boarding school teacher, this interactive workshop includes lecture, discussion and the opportunity to present a lesson and receive rounds of constructive critique by the experienced faculty. You’ll join conversations and explore case studies around subjects like the culture and politics of schools, classroom management, evaluations and grading.

RESIDENTIAL LIFE ACADEMY • July 20-24 Today, Residential Life professionals must have ready knowledge of communication strategies, management techniques, and a variety of legal, sociological and psychological issues. This all-encompassing academy addresses key topics that support the mission of guiding and shaping young lives, and is designed for all residential staff interested in learning, sharing and refining their skills and strategies. 

ADMISSION ACADEMY • July 20-24 Join this  fundamental introduction to admission work in a residential school. You’ll participate in large group sessions and smaller work groups focusing on core admission and enrollment topics: admission travel; interviewing; testing and assessment; financial aid; retention; institutional messaging in the admission process; working effectively with consultants and school placement offices; and international student issues.

What people have to say

"School starts in two weeks. I still have planning to do. This conference was the best possible use of my time. I am energized!"
Mandy Griffin
Indian Springs School, Alabama
"This conference inspires you to make your good school greater, and gives you the tools and resources to do so."
Mary MacLachlan
Bishops College School, Quebec
"Great staff, good content, excellent networking!"
2019 Attendee