2013 TABS Conference


Focusing exclusively on boarding school issues, TABS Annual Conference continues to be THE professional development venue for heads of schools, marketing, admission, academic, residential life, and campus health professionals and other administrators.  In addition to valuable networking opportunities in the heart of Boston’s vibrant Back Bay, the 2013 conference will feature concurrent sessions and pre-conference workshops by practitioners in our schools and other leading national and international education experts.


Conference Pricing

Take advantage of our Member Group Rate! Purchase three or more "Standard Registrations" at the same time and we'll take an additional $50 off each registration!


 General Registration
Standard Rate

  Standard Registration
  Speaker Registration
  Head of Schools / Trustees Registration
  Standard Registration
 Pre-Conference Sessions
Standard Registrants
Heads: Pre-con Only
  Thur, Dec 5, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 W-1 Student Discipline Done Well
 W-2 The North American Boarding Market
 W-3 Next Generation Classroom
 W-4 Advising with Purpose and a Plan
Conf. Registrants
Non-Conf. Registrants
   Saturday, Dec 7, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
 For Teachers / Academic Administrators
 Heads Dinner Friday, Dec 6 - Invitation only
Conf. Attendees
Non-Conf. Attendees
 Heads of School (dinner included in reg.)

Proposal Categories

Suggested Topics

Submission and Review

Financial Arrangements

Sponsorship Levels

Exhibit Hall


Wednesday, December 4
4:00 - 6:00 pm
  Registration for Pre-Conferences
Thursday, December 5
7:00 am - 6:30 pm
      7:00 am - 8:00 am   Breakfast (For Pre-Conference Registrants Only)
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
  Pre-Conference Workshops
12:00 - 3:45 pm
  Exhibitor Set-Up
12:30 - 1:30 pm
  Lunch (For Pre-Conference Registrants Only)
1:30 - 2:45 pm
  Networking Discussion Groups
 3:00 pm
  TABS Presentation TABS Strategic Plan 2013-2017
4:00 - 6:45 pm
  Exhibit Hall Open
4:00 - 4:45 pm
  Canadian Welcome Reception- Sponsored by peerTransfer
4:45 - 6:45 pm
  Conference Kickoff Reception - Sponsored by ERB
& A Capella Festival Performances - Sponsored by Student Discoveries
Friday, December 6
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 - 8:45 am
  Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:45 - 9:00 am
  TABS Welcome
& Introduction of TABS 2013 Charitable Partner, Wishbone
9:00 - 10:15 am
  Keynote: Daniel Gilbert, Author of "Stumbling on Happiness"
10:15 - 10:45am
  Break in Exhibit Hall
& A Capella Festival Performances - Sponsored by Student Discoveries
10:45 - 11:45 am
  Concurrent Sessions A
11:45 - 1:00 pm
  Lunch & Ruzicka Compass Leadership Award
1:00 - 2:00 pm
  Concurrent Sessions B
2:00 - 3:00 pm
  Dessert in Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by Smart Tuition
& A Capella Festival Performances - Sponsored by Student Discoveries
3:00 - 4:15 pm
  Concurrent Sessions C & Speed Sessions
3:00 - 5:00 pm
  Leadership Forum (For School Heads, Trustees & Alumni & Advancement Directors) - Sponsored by Flik ISD
5:00 - 6:15 pm
  Attendee Reception - Sponsored by peerTransfer
6:45 - 9:30 pm.
  Heads Dinner, Harvard Club (by invitation only)
Saturday, December 7
8:00 - 11:00 am
7:45 - 8:30 am
  Affinity Breakfast & TABS Member Relations Forum Breakfast     (All Attendees are welcome)
8:30 - 9:30 am
  Concurrent Sessions D
9:30 - 10:00 am
10:00 - 11:00 am
  Concurrent Sessions E
11:00 - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  Concurrent Sessions F
12:30 pm
  Grab & Go Lunch - CONCLUSION of Conference
1:00 - 5:00 pm
  TABS 1st UnConference (Focus on Teaching & Learning)
Schedule subject to change

Are you a Head of School? See what we have just for you!

Keynote Speaker

Daniel Gilbert is a world-renowned authority on how people predict their emotional reactions to future events. He is the author of the national bestseller, Stumbling on Happiness, which spent 25 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has being translated into 30 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Prize for best science book of the year. Time magazine called it “Fascinating,” the New York Times called it “Brilliant,” and Bloomberg News called it “the only truly useful book on psychology I’ve ever read.” Daniel’s groundbreaking research on how people make judgments, choices and decisions lies at the intersection of psychology and behavioral economics.

Gilbert is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. He is the co-editor of The Handbook of Social Psychology and a co-author of the college textbook Psychology. In 2008 he was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to being a leading scientist and best-selling author, Gilbert is also an award winning teacher. He has received the President’s Associates Teaching Award and the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, and year after year he is chosen by Harvard’s graduating seniors as one of the university’s Most Outstanding Professors.

Gilbert is also a public intellectual. A regular contributor to The New York Times, has written for Time and Forbes, has been a guest on The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and The Colbert Report, and is the host of the new PBS television series Secrets of Happiness.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, December 5, 2013 • 8:00am - 12:30pm

More bang for your travel buck if you join one of our Pre-Con sessions below! Keep in mind that you must also register for the Conference in order to take part in either of these.

W-1 Student Discipline Done Well: From Policy Handbooks to Practice
What are best practices for addressing our students’ policy violations to successfully balance punishment, education, contract compliance, risk management, legal compliance, and most importantly institutional mission? Four senior administrators bring a wealth of experience and a variety of perspectives to ten case studies on drugs, alcohol, bullying, cyber-misconduct, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, harassment, academic dishonesty, stealing, defamation and more. Learn when to involve parents, legal counsel, and criminal authorities. Understand threat assessment, public relations strategies, and documentation practices. Opportunity provided to submit sections of your handbook for expert review and feedback.

Melanie Clements, Assistant Head for Student Life, The Peddie School Katie Koestner, Executive Director, Campus Outreach Services
Aya Murata, Associate Director of College Counseling, Phillips Academy
Courtenay Shrimpton, Assistant Head of School, St. Andrew's College
Joe Williams, Assistant Head of School, Kimball Union Academy
Click here to learn more about the presenters

W-2 The North American Boarding Market

You know the bad news—a demographic trough in key age groups; Great Recession declines in family wealth; ubiquitous concerns about tuition; and intense competition from day, charter, and public schools. Challenges certainly abound, but what are the opportunities? Join Pete Upham, TABS Executive Director, with help from Richard Phelps, TABS Director of Research, for a presentation detailing what we’ve learned to date about the domestic boarding market—followed by a wide-ranging exploration of the preliminary strategic implications for school marketing, student recruitment, and enrollment planning and management.

Richard Phelps, Director of Research, TABS
Pete Upham, Executive Director, TABS
Click here to learn more about the presenters

W-3 Next Generation Classroom (New Content & Focus for 2013)

Technology is changing the way teachers teach, and students learn. Yet the fundamental look and feel of education has changed little in the last twenty years even as other industries have been radically transformed. How do independent boarding schools balance staying true to our mission and values, while also staying relevant in a changing landscape? Once an institution has developed a technology strategy, what are the best practices for moving a diverse faculty forward? This session will focus on three high level topics to help schools navigate these fascinating (and sometimes disconcerting) times.

  • Values-driven technology integration vs. chasing the latest trend
  • Adoption strategy: getting people to buy in and adopt, bell curve of adoption and where to focus energy
  • Starting a pilot program: collecting data and assessing success
  • Technology supported experiential learning
  • Tech as means rather than end
  • Model innovative project using simple tools
  • Online Education
  • How to reconcile relationships with online

Hans Mundahl, Director of Technology Integration, New Hampton School, NH
Justin Joslin, Director of Experiential Learning, New Hampton School, NH
Cheryl Ann Costello, Academic Technology Coordinator, Cheshire Academy, CT
Click here to learn more about the presenter

W-4 Advising with a Purpose and A Plan

Haphazard advising can be hazardous to your students’ well-being. By adopting a clear, intentional and coherent curriculum into which advisers can inject their own style and perspective, you can teach goal setting and achieve positive developmental outcomes. Special sections on detecting distress, advising students in crisis and enhancing students’ appreciation of each others’ cultural backgrounds will serve as the foundation for discussing interpersonal connection.
Come prepared to discuss the essential components of the kind of school-wide advising curriculum that will transform teacher-student relationships on your campus. Engage in lively debate about the merits of advising advisors and leave with all the tools you need to help all advisers live your school¹s motto and mission with integrity.
Presenter:  Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach, Wildwood School
Dan Morrissey, Director of Admissions, Western Reserve Academy
Dr. Christopher Thurber, Clinical Psychologist and Professional Educator, Phillips Exeter Academy & CampSpirit, LLC
Click here to learn more about the presenter

Networking Discussion Groups
Thursday, December 5, 20113 • 1:30 - 2:45pm

Just like the title says, there are discussion groups with no presentation, and an open agenda. Discuss most relevant topics within your arena of interest.

  • Residential Life
  • Technology
  • Admission*
  • Health & Counseling
  • Athletics**
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Academic Administration

*Admission topic options include: 1) Working Collaboratively to Increase Applicants in Our Collective Pools AND 2) Deadlines, Decisions, and Difficulty

** Athletics topic options include: Athletic Recruiting in the 21st Century

You must be registered to attend, so be sure not to miss out and select one when you register for the conference.

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change

Concurrent Sessions

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By Session Block   By Session Track
Just for Heads   Conference Preview


829 Studios

Table Number: 72


Looking for an interactive campus tour or new website? Check out 829 Studios.


Primary Contact:

Ted Kolb


1330 Beacon Street
Suite 228
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446

T: 617 933 9824 ext: 705

Adventure In Adventure Out

Table Number: 25


Transforming lives through culture building, leadership development and outdoor adventures.


Primary Contact:

Ben Delozier


408 Montague Rd.
Shutesbury, Massachusetts 01072

T: 413 253 4910


Table Number: 14


Blackbaud combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions.


Primary Contact:

Jessica Gladback


2000 Daniel Island Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29492

T: 843 216 6200

Boston Educational Services / iTEP

Table Number: 15


For increasing international applicants/providing an ideal on site English proficiency exam.


Primary Contact:

Lee Rabideau


22048 Sherman Way
Suite 113
Canoga Park, California 91303

T: 818 887 3888

Bowie Gridley Architects

Table Number: 4


Specializing in Master Planning, Architecture, Interior Design since 1981.


Primary Contact:

Suzanne Singleton


1010 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, District of Columbia 20007

T: 202 337 0888

Brock and Company

Table Number: 6


Quality dining and catering services for schools, focusing on sound nutrition & healthy eating.


Primary Contact:

Eric Rappaport


257 Great Valley Parkway
Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355

T: 610 560 4249


Table Number: 11


CaMLA offers the highest-quality products and services for your English language assessment needs.


Primary Contact:

Rachele Stucker


Argus 1 Building
535 West William St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103-4978

T: 866 696 3522

Carney, Sandoe & Associates

Table Number: 64


CS&A provides faculty and administrator placement, retained search, and consulting to schools.


Primary Contact:

Jonathan Ball


44 Bromfield Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

T: 617 542 0260

Center for Change

Table Number: 70


Center for Change specialized treatment for eating disorders.


Primary Contact:

Tamara Noyes


1790 N. State Street
Orem, Utah 84057

T: 888 224 8250 ext: 267

Chill Expeditions

Table Number: 29


CE creates multidisciplinary eco-immersion expeditions for school groups to Spain and Latin America.


Primary Contact:

Wendy Brown


124 Sibley Ave
2nd Floor - Rear Building
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003

T: 800 551 7887

Circlescapes Virtual Tours

Table Number: 69


Circlescapes produces visually-rich, interactive tours that will bring your campus to life online.


Primary Contact:

Lisa Franzino


2609 Herschel Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

T: 904 383 7746


Table Number: 48


Schools automate the ordering and fulfillment of eBooks and traditional Print books.


Primary Contact:

Pete Petruccione


34 Commercial Drive
Castleton, New York 12033

T: 518 336 2108

ClearLake Furniture

Table Number: 13


Upscale custom furniture & cabinetry Conference tables to stacking wood chairs, desks, bookcases


Primary Contact:

Brent Karner


322 Rt. 100 N.
Ludlow, Vermont 05149

T: 802 228 8395

Crane MetaMarketing Ltd.

Table Number: 5


CRANE is the reframing partner that helps institutions identify and leverage their Category of One.


Primary Contact:

Tiffany Hendryx


831 Christopher Robin Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30005

T: 770 642 2082

Creosote Affects

Table Number: 40


Creosote is a branding firm empowering schools to take advantage of cross-platform strategies.


Primary Contact:

Joe Cliber


PO Box 207
314 W. Main St.
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727

T: 301 447 2338 ext: 11


Table Number: 52


CulinArt provides custom dining solutions for Independent and Boarding Schools across the country.


Primary Contact:

Robert Kelly


175 Sunnyside Blvd
Plainview, New York 11803

T: 516 390 2700

CWRA+ (College & Work Readiness Assessment)

Table Number: 46


The CWRA+ is a performance-based assessment used by middle and high schools nationally to assess students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and eff


Primary Contact:

Chris Jackson


215 Lexington Avenue
Floor 16
New York, New York 10016

T: 212 217 0845

Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc.

Table Number: 47


DRA specializes in the design of learning environments.


Primary Contact:

Debra Polomarenko


235 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451

T: 617 964 1700 ext: 143

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Table Number: 35


Testing that provides real insight into your students' English communications skills to help you make the best decisions.


Primary Contact:

Magali Daumas


660 Rosedale Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08541

T: 609 683 2058

Edwards & Co

Table Number: N/A


Exceptional brands and persuasive communications that boost enrollment and philanthropy.


Primary Contact:

Maria Kadison


75 Gardner Rd.
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445

T: 508 726 4677

EF Education First

Table Number: 68


The EF family includes educational tours, cultural exchange, language schools and academic programs.


Primary Contact:

Katherine Schlemann


One Education Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141

T: 617 619 1657


Table Number: 3


Envoys blends online learning with international travel to develop globally competent youth.


Primary Contact:

Seth Leighton


79 Mystic St
Arlington, Massachusetts 02474

T: 267 253 2922


Table Number: 42


ERB provides admissions/achievement assessments, and quality practice programs to member schools.


Primary Contact:

Pamela Appleton


470 Park Ave, South
New York, New York 10016

T: 646 503 2619

Eustis Chair

Table Number: 44


US manufacturer of top-quality hardwood chairs for libraries, dining halls, and conference rooms.


Primary Contact:

Fred Eustis


PO Box 842
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

T: 978 827 3103


Table Number: N/A


EverTrue is a mobile networking platform that enables stronger communities through better social data.


Primary Contact:

Kathryn Crimmins


290 Congress St.
Floor 7
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

T: 855 387 8783

FACTS Management Company

Table Number: 53


FACTS provides tuition management, financial need assessment, and fund raising solutions.


Primary Contact:

Dan Hughes


PO Box 82527
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501

T: 401 487 0839

FCD Educational Services

Table Number: 30


FCD is the leading provider of school-based substances abuse prevention services around the world.


Primary Contact:

Mary Tripp


398 Walnut Street
Newton, Massachusetts 02460

T: 617 964 9600


Table Number: 82


With CMS, Web Design, Mobile, LMS, Modules, & Portals, finalsite serves schools in 50+ countries


Primary Contact:

Jon Moser


809 Main Street
East Hartford, Connecticut 06108

T: 800 592 2469

Flik Independent School Dining

Table Number: 74


Flik ISD is a dedicated dining service committed to providing freshly prepared nutritious foods


Primary Contact:

Eileen Coughlin


3 International Drive
Rye Brook, New York 10573

T: 914 935 5401

Follett Virtual Bookstores

Table Number: 2


Follett Corporation is the nation’s largest distributor of educational course materials.


Primary Contact:

Patrick Foys


2211 West Street
River Grove
River Grove, Illinois 60171

T: 708 437 2170

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Table Number: 16


ScanSnap scanners allow users to convert paper documents to PDF files that are easily organized.


Primary Contact:

Allie Rumpanos


1250 E Arques Ave
Sunnyvale, California 94085

T: 408 746 7501

Gateway to Prep Schools

Table Number: 22


The online application created by schools to help families navigate the admissions process.


Primary Contact:

Chris Warner


500 West University Parkway
Suite 1M
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

T: 410 243 1014

George K. Baum & Company

Table Number: 27


George K. Baum & Company is an investment bank dedicated to meeting the needs of independent schools.


Primary Contact:

Charles Procknow


1400 Wewatta Street, Ste. 800
Denver, Colorado 80202

T: 303 391 5444

Grand Classroom

Table Number: 79


Grand Classroom is a student travel company.


Primary Contact:

Eddie Jones


PO Box 7166
Charlottesville, Virginia 22906

T: 800 825 1453

Greenwich Leadership Partners

Table Number: N/A


GLP strengthens the connections between learning, leadership and strategy in schools


Primary Contact:

Stephanie Rogen


One Park Avenue
Suite One
Old Greenwich, Connecticut 06870

T: 203 570 2717

Heifer International

Table Number: 28


Heifer offers field trips, service learning, and free curriculum for teaching global citizens.


Primary Contact:

Kim Machnik


1 World Ave.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

T: 501 681 7394

Holsag Canada

Table Number: 55


Leading Manufacturer of wood chairs and barstools, made in Canada from 100% European Beech hardwood.


Primary Contact:

Vanessa Archer


164 Needham Street
Lindsay, Ontario K9V5R7

T: 888 745 0721 ext: 234

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School

Table Number: 8


The leader in experiential outdoor education.


Primary Contact:

Amanda Hoel


41 Mechanic Street
Suite 313
Camden, Maine 04843

T: 207 404 0220


Table Number: 49


inRESONANCE offers a suite of FileMaker® Pro database solutions and apps for independent schools.


Primary Contact:

Kevin McAllister


32 Industrial Drive East - Suite 1
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

T: 413 587 0236

InSchoolwear Inc

Table Number:


Producing comfortable, well-designed uniforms that offer our customers real value-for-money.


Primary Contact:

Delia San Juan


482 South Service Road E
Oakville, Ontario L6J 2X6

T: 905 330 9622

Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership

Table Number: 79


The Klingenstein Center at Columbia offers leadership programs for independent school educators.


Primary Contact:

Pete Simpson


525 W 120th St Box 125
New York, New York 10027

T: 212 678 6666

Lands's End School Uniform

Table Number: 19


Lands’ End School Uniforms delivers uniform solutions to over 6,000 public and private schools.


Primary Contact:

Jennifer Bradley


6 Lands' End Lane
Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53595

T: 608-935-6274

Lantrix Inc

Table Number: 63


Furnished Dorm Room option by Lantrix Inc provides simple & easy way to generate additional funds.


Primary Contact:

Uzma Khan


12 Stadelman Ct.
Kendall Park, New Jersey 08824

T: 732 398 1866

Laurel Springs School

Table Number: 79


Laurel Springs is an accredited online private school offering high-quality blended learning options.


Primary Contact:

Stephanie Fyfe


1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 200
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382

T: 484 947 2011

Lice Treatment Center

Table Number: 67


Lice Treatment Center provides professional on-site lice treatment and prevention services 24/7.


Primary Contact:

Adrian Picheny


PO Box 4
Easton, Connecticut 06612

T: 917 648 3789

Magic Hour Communications, Inc.

Table Number: 59


Magic Hour helps schools improve communications through the development of advanced websites.


Primary Contact:

Mike D'Virgilio


11 Union Ave Suite 200
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004-1725

T: 866 211 5510

Magnus Health

Table Number: 32


The Magnus Health SMR collects and securely stores student health information online.


Primary Contact:

Amy Wallace


323 West Martin Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

T: 919 443 5202


Table Number: 65


Max-R builds tailored indoor/outdoor waste & recycling enclosures made of pure recycled plastic.


Primary Contact:

Kris Jacob


W248 N5499 Executive Drive
Sussex, Wisconsin 53089

T: 888 868 6297 ext: 1291

MBS Service Company

Table Number: 41


Course material fulfillment solution through an online bookstore as well as eContent delivery.


Primary Contact:

Jamie Hofeditz


2711 West Ash Street
Columbia, Missouri 65203

T: 573 234 5313

Me to We

Table Number: 60


Me to We specializes in educational volunteer travel, preparing students to become leaders today.


Primary Contact:

Tina Ding


225 Carlton Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2L2

T: 416 964 8942 ext: 546

Metz Culinary Management

Table Number: 1


Metz Culinary Management is a leading regional provider of foodservice management.


Primary Contact:

John Geronimo


Two Woodland Drive
Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612

T: 570 675 8100

Mid-Atlantic Sports Construction

Table Number: 20


Mid-Atlantic Sports Construction is the premier end-to-end design/builder of elite sports complexes.


Primary Contact:

Matthew DiMarco


1000 Conshohocken Road
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428

T: 484 567 2057

Middlebury-Monterey Summer Intensive College English

Table Number: 61


Preparing international students to attend college in the U.S.


Primary Contact:

Alisyn Henneck


460 Pierce Street
Monterey, California 93940

T: 831 647 4115

Mills Uniform Company

Table Number: 51


We provide uniforms that are superior in style and quality to the nation's finest schools.


Primary Contact:

Michael Gaw


1830 Harrison Street
San Francisco, California 94103

T: 415 864 1899 ext: 126

Nightingale Group LLC

Table Number: 78


GleeWorks e-Health Record & e- forms. Convert ANY form/report to automate processing & workflow.


Primary Contact:

Marcy Venezia


P.O. Box 272
Canton, Massachusetts 02021

T: 781 830 9559

Our Kids Media

Table Number: 73


OUR KIDS Media is Canada’s leading multimedia publisher specializing in K-12 school recruitment.


Primary Contact:

Neil Persaud


4242 Rockwood Road
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1L8

T: 905 272 1843 ext: 23


Table Number: 33/34


peerTransfer streamlines the international payment process for schools and international families.


Primary Contact:

Lindsay Robichaud


295 Devonshire Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110

T: 617 340 2254

Pottery Barn

Table Number: N/A


Pottery Barn Residence Hall Program offers a convenient way to purchase everything for your dorm.


Primary Contact:

Jill John


3250 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California 94109

T: 415 402 4700

Ravenna Solutions

Table Number: 31


ORCAS Mosaic provides a comprehensive online admission system with online reading for K-12 schools.


Primary Contact:

Linda Haitani


16301 NE 8th St, #241
Bellevue, Washington 98008

T: 206 357 5779 ext: 2022

Renweb School Management Software

Table Number: 36


RenWeb is the leading Internet-based school management software serving more than 2,800 schools.


Primary Contact:

Paul Baker


PO Box 1622
Burleson, Texas 76097

T: 866 800 6593

Revolution Prep

Table Number: 12


Revolution Prep: an educational services company with years of experience achieving academic goals.


Primary Contact:

Stephanie Rollo


1337 Third Street Promenade
Fl 2
Santa Monica, California 90401

T: 877 738 7737

RLM Finsbury

Table Number: 56


A leading strategic communications firm that helps manage crises to protect schools' reputations.


Primary Contact:

Anne Granfield


1345 Sixth Avenue
4th Floor
New York, New York 10105

T: 646 805 2033

Ruckus Wireless

Table Number: 71


Ruckus Wireless, Inc. is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile market.


Primary Contact:

Leilani De Nieva


350 West Java Drive
Sunnyvale, California 94089

T: 408 598 2082

SAGE Dining Services

Table Number: 50


Providing sustainable dining services and catering to independent schools for over 20 years.


Primary Contact:

Paco Rodriguez


1402 York Road
Suite 100
Lutherville, Maryland 21093

T: 410 339 3950

School Year Abroad

Table Number: 21


School Year Abroad is a study abroad & homestay program for 11th & 12th grade high school students.


Primary Contact:

Kaitlin Martel


439 S. Union Street
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843

T: 978 725 6828 ext: 117


Table Number: 81


Sophisticated Online Admissions & Enrollment Software that Strengthens Relationships


Primary Contact:

Elyn Roberts


816 Congress Ave.
Ste. 1210
Austin, Texas 78701

T: 512 588 3596


Table Number: 76


SchoolMed specializes in compliance medication packaging for residential schools throughout the U.S.


Primary Contact:

Dana Godel


PO Box 267037
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33326-7037

T: 954 916 4990

Senior Systems

Table Number: 23


Senior Systems is a complete school administration software solutions for independent schools.


Primary Contact:

Belinda Nanez


201 Boston Post Road, West
Suite 300
Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752

T: 888 480 0102

Smart Tuition

Table Number: 80


Smart Tuition is the largest independently-owned tuition management company.


Primary Contact:

Ben Heroux


One Woodbridge Center
Suite 800
Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095

T: 800 762 7808

Southern Teachers Agency

Table Number: C


Since 1902, STA has helped independent schools find superior teachers and administrators.


Primary Contact:

Carey Goodman


7 Elliewood Aveune
Suite 2A
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

T: 434 295 9122

SSC Service Solutions

Table Number: 75


SSC provides Custodial & Campus Services, Maintenance services, and Grounds Management.


Primary Contact:

Greg Edwards


1845 Midpark Rd.
Suite 201
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921

T: 610 731 7955


Table Number: 77


SSS By NAIS provides financial aid management tools to private schools.


Primary Contact:

Kristen Power


1129 20th Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, District of Columbia 20036

T: 202 973 9759

Stanmar, Inc.

Table Number: 57


Stanmar is the athletic facility specialists.


Primary Contact:

Jim Wakely


321 Commonwealth Rd.
Wayland, Massachusetts

T: 508 310 9922

Student Discoveries

Table Number: 26


Teacher infused, student inspired: Customized travel especially for your student groups


Primary Contact:

Matt Galloway


5301 S. Federal Cir.
Littleton, Colorado 80123

T: 303 703 7176


Table Number: 45


TADS provides integrated tuition management, enrollment, financial aid, and admissions services.


Primary Contact:

Lindsey Peterson


1201 Hawthorne Ave.
Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

T: 612 548 3325

The Bleachers Corporation

Table Number: 17


BLEACHERS. LIVE + ON DEMAND video streaming of athletics, arts and school events, anywhere.


Primary Contact:

Erica Evelti


300 First Stamford Place
Stamford, Connecticut 06902

T: 860 838 3200

The Experiment in International Living

Table Number: Booth B


Challenging students to explore host countries through hands-on experiences via the lens of a specific theme.


Primary Contact:

Heather Beard


1 Kipling Road
PO Box 676
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302

T: 802 258-3412

The Proof Group

Table Number: 7


From admissions to advancement, Proof's unified school software supports your mission and your team.


Primary Contact:

Stephen Ritchie


223 Bolt Hill Road
Eliot, Maine 03903

T: 207 475 8595

The S/L/A/M Collaborative

Table Number: 39


S/L/A/M Collaborative specializes in campus planning & facilities of independent schools.


Primary Contact:

Richard Connell


80 Glastonbury Blvd.
Glastonbury, Connecticut 06033

T: 860 657 8077


Table Number: 43


Since 1918, TIAA-CREF has been dedicated to the needs of our participants and their families.


Primary Contact:

Kevin Moultrie


601 13th Street NW
Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia 20005

T: 202 637 8945

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Table Number: 54


Residential treatment for women/girls with eating disorders, addiction, trauma and more.


Primary Contact:

Bob Bordonaro


40 Timberline Drive
Lemont, Illinois 60439

T: 630 640 4544

Tuition Management Systems

Table Number: 38


TMS is helping families afford education and schools prosper with our integrated payment solution.


Primary Contact:

Julie Rossi


171 Service Ave
Suite 200
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886

T: 401 921 3983

Turnaround Marketing Communications

Table Number: 18


Award-winning, results-driven brand and marketing advisors to independent schools since 1991.


Primary Contact:

Rob Norman


101 Cedar Glen Drive
New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938

T: 215 862 8868


Table Number: 37


A web-based, fully integrated SIMS tailored to each school’s needs, connecting the entire community.


Primary Contact:

Jeremy Anderson


701 Edgewater Drive
Suite 360
Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880

T: 866 492 3463


Table Number: 58


Helping admissions officers identify best-fit Chinese applicants with one-to-one video interviews.


Primary Contact:

Chris Boehner


525 Barnwell Ave NW
Aiken, South Carolina 29801

T: 803 341 7322

Veritas Collaborative

Table Number: 9


Eating disorder care for males & females. Inpt, Res & PHP for ages 10-19; PHP for college students.


Primary Contact:

Cameron Peterson


615 Douglas St. Suite 500
Durham, North Carolina 27705

T: 919 908 9730

Voith & Mactavish Architects LLC

Table Number:


VMA provides sustainable architecture, preservation, planning, landscape, and interior design.


Primary Contact:

Mary Ely


2401 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

T: 215 545 4544


Table Number: 62


WhippleHill provides cloud-based LMS, SIS, CMS & Enrollment Management solutions to private schools.


Primary Contact:

Julia Bannister


5 East Point Drive
Building C
Bedford, New Hampshire 03110

T: 603 669 5979


Table Number: A


Career discovery & optimization services, leveraging custom data to identify one’s unique abilities.


Primary Contact:

Patrick Long


715 Gimghoul Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

T: 336 210 0484

Hotel Information

The Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel is now sold out.

Please contact A Room With A View for information on the designated TABS overflow hotel.
They will secure the lowest available rates within walking distance of The Marriott Hotel.
In the event that rooms become available at The Marriott Copley Place due to cancellations,
Room With A View will notify conference attendees and help transfer reservations back to
The Marriott Copley Place in the order in which they were booked.

A Room With A View can be reached at 1-800-780-4343.

This is a FREE SERVICE for all TABS attendees.

If you're currently holding reservations at the Marriott Copley and wish to modify your reservation, you may do so online or by calling the hotel directly at 800-266-9432 (international: 801-832-4532) Please have your reservation number available.

Marriott Boston Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116 USA
Phone:  617-236-5800

A modest portion of the negotiated room rate helps offset a share of the conference food expense and other hotel event charges.

TABS UnConference

UnConference for Educators

Saturday December 7th • 1-5pm
(Following the TABS Conference)
No additional cost for TABS Conference registrants!
AND for non-conference registrants only: $15 for TABS Members
& $25 for Non-TABS Members
Note that you must sign up!

Join your colleagues for our very first unconference, designed specifically for educators with a focus on teaching and learning. Bring your session ideas and come ready to participate! This unconference will begin with time to meet over refreshments, while everyone posts sessions they want to lead. Attendees will “vote with their feet”, exploring new tools, methods, fresh ideas and best practices.

Facilitated by:
TABS Staff
Zachary Lehman, Head of School, The Hill School, PA
Scott MacClintic, Dir. Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching, Loomis Chaffee School, CT
Kim Sivick, Dir. of Professional & Organization Development, PAIS, PA
Thomas Steele-Maley, Dir. of Studies, The Bridge Year at Kieve-Wavus

More Info:
Still curious about what the unconference is all about? Click herefor many more details, or click the image to the right to watch a video about unconferences from start to finish!

Or, click this link to see what Wikipedia has to say.

Whatever you do, join us, and tell your colleagues!


Just for Heads

Each year TABS strives to provide sessions and events at the conference, that we hope will be of most interest and value to Heads of School in particular. Below please find some of what has been planned for this year and that you may find most appealing.

C-1  Leadership Forum: Boarding School & Entrepreneurship

Friday December 6th, 3:00 - 5:00PM
Arlington, 3rd Floor

Some of the most celebrated boarding school alumni are those who have developed new products, invented new technologies, and founded new organizations. Is there something about boarding school that fosters such creativity and ambition? Which characteristics of a boarding school education promote an entrepreneurial spirit? Which characteristics do not? How does a boarding school deliberately promote entrepreneurship? We will pose these questions to several boarding school alumni entrepreneurs—colleagues of ours who eschewed more traditional, safer career paths and accepted the high risk of failure in order to bring to the world something that did not exist before.


Steve Paikin, Anchor & Senior Editor, Ontario Public Television


Harry D. Frick III, Director, The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur, Culver Academies, IN

Christopher LaFarge, CEO & Chairman, Medica Metrix, MA

Robby Larkin Jr., Co-Founder & COO, Daily Juice, Co-Founder, Rhythm Super Foods, TX

Dr. David Morgan, Director of Innovation Lab, The Ross School, NY

Kai Sato, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Field Level, Inc., Santa Monica, CA

Beth Schmidt, Founder & Executive Director, Wishbone, San Francisco, CA

Learn more about the Panel

Heads Dinner

Friday December 6th, Following the Leadership Forum

The Harvard Club
374 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 0221

Heads & Senior Management Track: Fri & Sat sessions

A-2 • Progress Report on Study of College Progress & Outcomes
Richard Phelps, Director of Research & Pete Upham, Executive Director, TABS, NC

A-7 • Bringing the TABS Budget Model to Life
Thom Greenlaw, COO/ Asst Head fro Strategic Initiatves & Bessie Speers, Head of School, The Ethel Walker School, CT

A-12 • Collaborative Leadership Development for Boarding Schools
Earl Ball, Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, PA

B-2 • Value Propositions in the Age of MOOCs
Cathy Murphree, Assistant Head for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Hockaday School, TX; Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director, Online School for Girls, MD

B-7 • Surviving the Storm: Staying in School during a Crisis
Ayanna Hill-Gill, Head of School; Melissa Poole, Director of 21st Century Learning; and Kathleen Weems, Dean of Faculty, Purnell School, NJ

B-12 • When Schools Plan with Faculty... Change Happens: A Pomfret Case Study
Pam Mulcahy, Associate Head of School, Pomfret School, CT; Stephanie Rogen, Principal, Greenwich Leadership Partners, CT

C-6 • Creating a Roadmap for School Security - A Case Study
David Galajda, Director of Residential Life and Amir Naseem, Network Services - IT, St. Andrew's College, ON

D-1 • Beating Drugs and Alcohol; Improving School Culture
Michael Mulligan, Head of School, The Thacher School, CA

D-12 • Straight Talk with our Colleagues: What to Say, When and How
Christopher Brigham, Attorney, Updike Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., Trustee at the Ethel Walker School, CT; Bessie Speers, Head of School, The Ethel Walker School, CT

SS-19 • Crisis Counseling Crash Course for Administrative Leadership
Erin Croddick Avery, Certified Educational Planner, Avery Educational Resources, NJ

CLICK HERE to download all of the sessions

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