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  • CEO Notebook | Can airtight debt management and a focus on student retention help us emerge in a better financial position than before the pandemic? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Over ...

  • Leadership | Independent schools are always looking for — and finding — new innovations in their business operations. For the first time this year, NBOA recognized those schools with a new award, the Jeffrey Shields ...

  • Leadership | Congratulations to the inaugural recipients of the NBOA Professional Achievement Award , which recognizes the invaluable contributions made by independent school business, finance and operations staff who ...

  • Risk Management | Boarding, camp and auxiliary programs are in a unique position to mitigate this danger. “Do not treat abuse, or abuse incidents, as if they are natural disasters, impossible to prevent,” advised J. ...

  • Human Resources | Research on productivity shows that taking breaks is vital to sustaining your attention for long periods of time.  The key to productivity is fewer interruptions suggests psychological researcher ...

  • Leadership | How can school leaders continue creating change within their organizations?  “Diversity is about counting the numbers, inclusion is about making the numbers count. Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a choice ...

  • CEO Notebook | Our collective, never-ending recognition of the past year as the most challenging, exhausting and memorable of our entire professional careers may soon be in for a reversal of fortune. Jeffrey ...

  • Leadership | Providing volunteer leadership in sports and other pursuits has taught this business officer diverse lessons. By Michael McKitish, The Peddie School Just as any independent school strives for financial ...

  • Leadership | Sharing real funds with students and mentoring their business and investment acumen has literally paid dividends, in the $100,000s. Article by David Wright and Greg Malkin, University School From ...

  • Leadership | Successful leadership requires knowing your default style and strengthening other approaches to meet each moment most effectively. Interview by Cecily Garber From the March/April 2021 Net Assets magazine ...

  • Financial Management | Initial findings from BIIS 2019-20 data collection reveal that for most schools, both revenue and expenses were up slightly as the school year concluded remotely. Article by Elizabeth Dabney ...

  • CEO Notebook | When school leaders listen in focused and systematic ways, they can help their teams broaden their contributions and create conditions for creative confidence. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA ...

  • Human Resources | Through concerted hiring efforts, senior leadership at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is nearly half people of color. Article by Cecily Garber From the March/April 2021   Net Assets ...

  • Projections | As light from the tunnel’s end comes into focus, our charge is to maintain the spirit of innovation through the pandemic’s final stages and beyond. From the March/April 2021 Net Assets magazine ...

  • Leadership | The trends and events of this past year reminds us that change is a constant in our profession and across the educational, social, economic, and political landscape. Feature image: Closing keynote speaker ...

  • Financial Management | The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost everything about independent schools this past year. Is tuition setting next? Article by Stacey Freed From the March/April 2021   Net Assets magazine ...

  • CEO Notebook | Opening ourselves to new ideas and creating the conditions for creative confidence among our teams can go a long way in advancing the future of independent schools. Performing best—and creating the ...

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  • Leadership | More than 2400 independent school professionals helped kick off the 2021 NBOA Annual Meeting: An All Virtual Experience. Feature image: Opening keynote speaker Duncan Wardle answers live audience questions ...

  • Facilities | Extensive facilities monitoring has helped Friends Seminary not only limit the spread of COVID-19 but inspire new ideas about tracking wellness indicators far beyond the pandemic. By Larry Eighmy, The ...

  • Financial Management | Traditional asset allocations once again outperformed alternative investments, and trends in average annual effective spending rate differed by endowment size. Article by Elizabeth Dabney ...

  • Leadership | What happens when trustees, staff, faculty, donors and other keystones of the school community learn more about independent school finances? Greater trust and sense of community. Article by Ed DiYanni, ...

  • Leadership | Observing her children inspired this business officer to pursue her passion for writing and publish a book. Article by Najah Lowe, Vistamar School From the January/February 2021   Net Assets magazine ...

  • Technology | Moving to cloud-based processes — and the holy grail of systems integration — is not a matter of if but when. “We’re no longer moving incrementally.” Article by Stacey Freed and Cecily Garber From ...

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  • CEO Notebook | These schools have capitalized on their strengths to serve essential community needs and build a stronger financial future. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I am excited ...

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  • Leadership | Could you be using data more strategically to improve benchmarking and reporting? Article by Elizabeth Dabney From the January/February 2021   Net Assets magazine While business officers are ...

  • Financial Management | Review the criteria that determines if your independent school is eligible for the new round of federal support and how much it may receive, be it your school’s first or second draw. By Christopher ...

  • Risk Management | Options-based active-shooter response training programs have resulted in more casualties than other methods. So why are many schools still using them? Article by Michael Dorn, Safe Havens International ...

  • Human Resources | How to make the RFP process work for your school and implement the new system smoothly. Article by Kristin Weigand, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School From the January/February 2021   Net Assets ...

  • CEO Notebook | What is still missing from our new modes of program delivery and how can we leverage the changes we’ve made thus far? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO While I would wager ...

  • Facilities | As the COVID-19 pandemic promises to dissipate somewhat but not yet disappear, this summer will be yet another novel experience for independent schools, different from all the summers before. Consider these ...

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