NowBoarding • July 19-22


July 19 – 22, 2021

For Staff New to Boarding School


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) as well as addressing how schools are coping with a pandemic. 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! You’ll join conversations, explore case studies and receive one on one coaching with experienced boarding faculty. Upon completion of this workshop participants will have a balanced understanding of traditional education through timely and contemporary challenges.

A Sampling of Topics

2020 Boot Camp Agenda

Daily Virtual Classroom commitment: 4-5 hours

Daily Independent Work: 1 hour

Office Hours: By appointment


Thursday, July 16

1:00pm–5:30pm ET

Friday, July 17

1:00pm–5:00pm ET

Saturday, July 18

1:00pm–5:00pm ET


Jay Bonner

Associate Head, Asheville School NC

Jay Bonner has served at Asheville School for over thirty years, first as a teacher, coach, and hall parent, and then worked in subsequent years as Dorm Head, Assistant Dean of Students, and Dean of Faculty. He currently serves as Associate Head. He began his teaching career at Brown University and the University of North Carolina Asheville. He writes reviews for publications such as Kirkus Reviews and ARGO; he also writes fiction, poetry, and essays.

Brent Ferguson

Mathematics Department, The Lawrenceville School NJ

Brent’s experience in education includes teaching (math, physics, and chemistry) and coaching (swimming, water polo, and ultimate) at a number of schools, beginning in 1993. Public & private, boarding & day, summer & school-year, all-boys, coordinate, & coed, West coast & East, Brent has engaged a variety of school cultures, including two boarding schools: The Webb Schools (CA, 96-99) and The Lawrenceville School (NJ, 07-20). While earning a Kenyon College B.A. in mathematics (93) and Princeton Theological Seminary M.Div. (06), Brent learned how to write and read, respectively. He credits his middle- and high school math teachers with helping to nurture his current fascination with the teaching and learning processes and with math in general. An All-American and NCAA Champion in swimming while at Kenyon, Brent coached the boys’ and girls’ teams to success at Webb and Lawrenceville. Brent was named by the MoMATH as a winner of the 2013 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching, and was a 2017 finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching. His side-hustles include AP Reading, textbook writing, and math consulting & mentoring. His dazzling wife works at Lawrenceville, teaching and directing Community Service; his two curious, joyful daughters challenge and encourage his growth daily. Books, films, family road trips, & board games generally occupy Brent’s limited recreational time.

Jackie O'Rourke

Educational Consultant, Outermost Education Services MA

A veteran English teacher, dorm parent, field hockey and ice hockey coach, Jackie O’Rourke opened her consulting firm, Outermost Education Services, in 2018 after serving as the Dean of Residential Life and Leadership at Tilton School. A graduate of Cushing Academy, O’Rourke earned her BA and played ice hockey at Williams College, then added her MAT in Secondary Education from Boston University. After beginning her career at Berkshire School in Massachusetts as the Director of Student Activities, O’Rourke taught English for a semester at Boston Latin School before venturing overseas to teach English, coach soccer and serve as a dorm parent at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. She later returned to Berkshire to teach, coach and advise. O’Rourke now lives and works on Cape Cod with her husband, Devon, and daughter, Finny.

What do people say?

Ten times better than expected–get people here.
Alison Dowey
Blair Academy
Great! Every boarding school teacher or employee should be required to attend Boot Camp.
Joseph Odell
Forman School

Schedule subject to change

*The information provided in 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.