Past Events

Past Events

Summer Family Webinar Series • Zoom Webinars

Addressing New Issues of Health Center Organization and Patient Flow at Boarding Schools

July 29 at 3:00–4:30pm ET | Zoom Webinar with Q&A

– Staffing Considerations
– Thinking through the Scope of Services
– Space Utilization and Patient Flow to Support Infection Control Principles
– Novel Needs e.g. Telehealth Spaces, Testing Spaces
– Considerations for Defining Boundary Points for Capacity

Dr. Miriam Cohen, Health Center Director, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
Dr. Amy Patel, Medical Director, Phillips Academy (MA)
Dr. Davis Smith, Director of Health Services, Westminster School (CT)

Admission Recruitment & Marketing Community Group Forums

July 29 at 11:30am ET | Zoom Forum

Michael Shaver, Director of International Programs
Pete Upham, Executive Director

Connecticut Schools in the Covid-19 Era • Zoom Webinar

July 28 at 2:00pm Eastern

Westover School invites you to join Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean of the Yale School of Public Health, as he covers topics such as how the virus operates, what is effective prevention, and how schools can operate safely again. Open to the public.

Boarding School Planning for Quarantine and Isolation: Perspectives from a Small, Medium and Large School

July 22 at 3:00pm Eastern

Dr. Miriam Cohen, Health Center Director, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
Dr. Amy Patel, Medical Director, Phillips Academy (MA)
Dr. Davis Smith, Director of Health Services, Westminster School (CT)

Sorting Out the New SEVP Announcement Regarding Student Visas

July 9, 2020

Michael Shaver, Director of International Programs

Pete Upham, Executive Director

The Central Role in the School Nurse in Bringing Students Back to Campus: Offering Expertise and Facilitating Intersecting Partnerships

July 8 at 1:00pm ET

June M Bjerregaard, FNP, Director of Health Services, St. George’s School (RI)
Meg McLaughlin, Director of the Cruz Health Center, Middlesex School (MA)
Adria C Pavletic, RN, MA, MN, NCSN, Director of Health Services St. Mark’s School (MA)

Testing Considerations for Reopening
Wednesday, July 1 at 1:00pm ET | Zoom Webinar

Test Types & Collections Modalities: Performance by broad categories – molecular, antigen, and antibody tests.

Timing & Location: Pre-arrival, on arrival, and post arrival testing, Testing prior to campus arrival vs. testing on-campus

Risks: False negatives and false positives, PPE requirements for those collecting specimens


Dr. Adrianna Bravo, Medical Director, Episcopal High School (VA)
Dr. Miriam Cohen, Health Center Director, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
Dr. Davis Smith, Director of Health Services, Westminster School (CT)

Considerations for Safely Re-Opening Boarding Schools in the Age of COVID-19

May 14, 2020 2:00pm EST

What action steps can and should be taken now to alleviate anxiety and reduce risk? Attend this webinar to learn from nationally renowned medical experts and physicians as they provide updates and insights on the status of COVID-19; national guidelines and safety protocols; testing and related challenges; treatment and vaccine updates; and specific medical considerations and precautionary measures for limiting transmission of the virus and keeping boarding schools as safe as possible. In addition, experienced legal counsel will offer insight on best practices for mitigating the risk of potential litigation upon reopening, and a crisis communications expert will review strategies for communicating effectively before, during and after reopening.



Michael R. Jaff, D.O., FACP, FACC
The Honorable David Shulkin, M.D., FACP
Attorneys Linda Johnson and David Wolowitz of McLane Middleton P.A.
Philip Hauserman, V.P., Director of Crisis Communications, The Castle Group


Strategy in Crisis: What Boarding Schools can Learn from Higher Education about Student Behaviors, Competition, and Institutional Positioning

May 7, 2020 1:00pm EST

Guest: Craig Goebel, Principal, Art & Science Group

Facilitator: Pete Upham, Executive Director, TABS

Online for the Rest of the Year (and the Start of Next?)

April 16, 2020 2:00pm ET

Boarding school campuses provide wonderful communities. This can be true at a distance too, when you keep your mission front-and-center and your values consistent. What should stay the same and what needs to change as you take your community online? We’ll dive head first into:

  • School Policies
  • Academic Honesty and Integrity
  • School Traditions
  • Community Communications
  • Maintaining International Student Enrollment
  • Transitioning to Summer and Next School Year

Facilitated by:
Brad Rathgeber, Head of School & CEO of One Schoolhouse
Liz Katz, Director of School and Student Support at One Schoolhouse

Leading in a Crisis

April 9, 2020 1:00pm EST

Rob Evans and Michael Thompson are both psychologists and school consultants and have each worked in hundreds of independent schools, including many TABS schools, and including many schools that have faced serious crises of all sorts. They will outline essentials for leading faculty and staff and a school community in these unprecedented times, and also for coping with the stress of managing it all.

Facilitated by :
Rob Evans, Ed.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

5 Central Business Questions for Nonprofits with Commonfund

April 8, 2020 1:00pm EST

The financial health of your school is a critical concern during this time of unparalleled challenge. In an effort to help leaders at TABS schools think strategically about these issues, we are pleased to partner with Commonfund, the unquestioned-leader in asset management, investment solutions, and educational programming for nonprofits.

Please encourage your board chair, finance chair, and other leaders at your school to join this critical conversation.

Facilitated by: 

Timothy T. Yates, President & CEO Commonfund Asset Management

Fundraising in a Crisis with Marts & Lundy

April 2, 2020 

Even as the world around us offers little we can control, your constituents (alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff) want to hear that you are focused on solutions. Drawing on their personal experiences as fundraisers and consultants during times of extreme disruption, a panel of Marts & Lundy experts will lead a discussion on the way forward.

The session will be informed by questions you send in advance and will certainly include crisis communications and donor messaging, campaign strategy, staff productivity and fundraising priorities. There will be ample opportunity for your comments during the session.

Karen Callahan, Senior Consultant & Principal, Leader of the Schools Practice Charlie Melichar, Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy Communications Jim Zimmerman, Senior Consultant & Principal, Schools Practice
Adapting to a Virtual Hiring Process with Carney, Sandoe & Associates
April 2, 2020 3:30pm EST
Navigating current International Enrollment Issues with TABS, NAFSA & ISM
April 2, 2020 3:30pm EST

COVID-19 brings new questions of SEVIS regulations, closing borders, family communications, adapting recruiting techniques, enrollment numbers, AND budgets. So many unique thoughts rolling around in our brains with so few answers. Join us!

Hosted by Michael Shaver, Director, International Programs, TABS
Co-Facilitated by:
Jacqui Yamada, Consultant, ISM
Joann Ng Hartmann, Senior Director, IEM-ISS Services, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Student Life / Health Wellness Forum: Leading and Supporting your School Community in Unprecedented Times

April 1, 2020 2:00pm EST

Co-Facilitated by: 

Libby Peard, Director of Health & Wellness Services & Director of International Students, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
José Ruiz, Dean of Students, Milton Academy (MA)
Dr. Christopher Thurber, Assoc. Dir. of Counseling & Psychological Services, Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)

Managing your Enrollment in Uncertain Times

March 26, 2020 1:00pm EST

Facilitated by:
Bill McMahon, Director of Enrollment and Planning, The Thacher School

Virtual Learning: Getting Up to Speed – Fast!

March 26, 2020 3:00pm EST

Co-Facilitated by:

Ryan Dobbins, Director of Technology, Brooks School (MA)
Chris Seeley, Assistant Head of School and Director of Academics, Church Farm School (PA)

Preventing a Social-Emotional Pandemic: Instilling Psychological Calm in Turbulent Times

March 23 & 24, 2020 

Dr. Christopher Thurber, Psychologist, Phillips Exeter Academy

Independent School Coronavirus Response

February 6, 2020 

In partnership with EMA, NBOA, NAIS and SAIS, we covered the following topics, followed by facilitated Q&A:
•  Emergency preparedness and public health
•  Legal and liability issues
•  Communications, pastoral care, and preventing bias incidents during emergencies

TABS is NOT providing medical advice, public health advice, legal advice.