July 18–23 • Boston University

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, then stay on to enhance their learning in one of three other specialized sessions. Please note the content and value is distinctly different from that of the ResLife 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.


Today, ResLife 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.


Enjoy three invigorating days of priceless 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

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

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

Great staff, good content, excellent networking!  

 2019 Attendee