Wednesday, March 27, 9:00 a.m.
Learning Skills: Beyond the Resource Room and Study Hall
Kate Caliri, Dean of Admission; The Leelanau School
Rob Hansen, Head of School; The Leelanau School
Small boarding schools are the perfect place to try innovative classes designed for the biggest impact on teenage brains. At Leelanau, "Learning Skills" is just that – students learning the skills that work for them to be productive, empowered, and happy in their school and professional work. This class is for every student, every year because we believe every student has room to grow and the capacity to learn about themselves as learners. Scaffolded over the four years of high school, Learning Skills classes are facilitated by Learning Specialists who serve as advocates and guides. Rooted and driven by students’ goals for academic and personal growth, the Learning Skills classes are committed to helping students establish a basic set of metacognitive and executive functioning strategies. The presentation will cover class design, assessment strategies, success stories, and what we have learned to design this program.
Pivoting All That Potential - And The Parents, Too
Ben Mason, Educational Consultant; Mason Associates
Small boarding schools often have to work double overtime to get certain students to graduation. Yet, what happens next after the team is disbanded: the tutors, mentors, executive function, and life coaches have scattered or been pushed away? Perhaps a gap year, volunteering, or travel to gain maturity before re-applying? Or just find any college. Drop out? Transfer? Odd jobs? Low self-esteem? Depression and anxiety? Screens or substances? The basement? This presentation will explore stories about families who survived high school and how they successfully pivoted to a more rewarding and meaningful education where their children engaged in a deeper curiosity, passion, or unique talent, ultimately finding inner direction and new skills. We will address parents' fears as they pursue new directions after years of frustration in traditional academic settings. We will outline ways to assess each student's unique career aptitudes, explain how to find appropriate educational settings, establish enrollment protocols, explore possible residential and personal supports, and demystify the learning world for these high-potential, but school-avoidant young adults and their still-hopeful parents.
Trends and Insights from The Association of Boarding Schools
Emily Breite, Senior Vice President, Member Learning and Engagement; TABS
Join us to take a look at the state of boarding across North America with a discussion of the top issues on the minds of TABS boarding school leaders and staff. We’ll explore admissions trends, including analytics and insights about family priorities, developments in boarding school staffing and retention, trends in student health and wellbeing, the future of technology, and more.
The Next Step: Chief Revenue Officer to Chief Executive
Willian Kummel, Principal; Rational Partners
Ann Snyder, Senior Director, Engagement; CASE
Join us for a panel discussion with heads of schools (and former admissions directors) and two consultants in executive search and institutional economics. Now more than ever, it is imperative that heads of school understand the revenue cycle and its implications for the business side of an institution. Where better to recruit from than the enrollment office? Take the next step in your career and explore headship by discovering what it takes and what the transition process is like.
Admissions and Marketing Strategies to Boost Enrollment
Colin Wyenberg, Education Solutions Consultant; Finalsite
Crystal Verran, Director of Marketing and Communications; Wayland Academy
Let's take a walk in your prospective family's shoes! This session will give attendees the opportunity to take a close look at their prospective family journey and provide a framework for auditing that experience. Wayland Academy will share its unique perspective and personal experience, and Finalsite will share industry best practices and insight learned from over 25 years of partnering with schools.