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  • CEO Notebook | As we enter the holiday season of gratitude, thankfulness, family and friends, look for what is going right at your school. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Last week, ...

  • Leadership | Smith implemented a regular risk audit, which spurred his school to raise limits on fire damage just 15 months before a devastating wildfire. His tireless efforts enabled campus to reopen one month ...

  • Leadership | Transforming 3,000 square feet of underused space, this K-8 independent school became the first in its area to offer programs for infants and toddlers. All photos courtesy of Saint Paul's School. ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Search anywhere on the Gordon School website, and you will not find mention of financial aid. That is intentional. Administrators at the 330-student preschool through grade 8 day ...

  • Projections | How can schools employ mission-fit financial aid awards without harming their financial health? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Picture a group of business officers having ...

  • Financial Management | The end of its financial dependence on a longtime sponsor forced this school to scrutinize operations and reset its revenue and expense levers. “We were a 160 year-old toddler learning to ...

  • Leadership | The Northwest School’s long-held commitment to sustainability comes full circle in its purchasing policy, dining, facilities, transportation and, most recently, its investment policy. Article by ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Independent schools in the Seattle area meet regularly to learn and support one another as they work to improve financial aid policies and strategies. Article by Debra Lee-Rizzi, ...

  • Risk Management | While active shooter events draw overwhelming attention, sympathy and concern, reactions to them should not drive a school’s safety and preparedness policies, said safety experts from Kiernan ...

  • CEO Notebook | Beyond their positive economic impact on independent schools and universities, international students can contribute to host countries long after graduation. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Fundamental shifts in demand for and uses of financial aid have stretched many schools’ budgets to the breaking point. Greater clarity, accountability and due diligence could help ...

  • Leadership | Rego provides strategic counsel and has modernized everything from collections and benefits to campus security and financial aid.   The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers ...

  • Human Resources | Supporters cite fewer mistakes, improved student health and streamlined processes. Article by Michael Ambrose, M.D., SchoolDoc.com When delivering health care at schools, serious mistakes ...

  • Financial Management | Article by Jennifer Osland Hillen As previously discussed in NBOA coverage, several areas of the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in January 2018 potentially impact independent schools ...

  • CEO Notebook | How is the BIIS data-collection platform different, and how can it help you? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Dear Colleagues: During this frantic data-collection season, ...

  • Leadership | Give this business officer a map and a compass, and he’ll find his way across brambles and boulders in a flash. Article by Tim Parsons, retired; formerly of Beaver Country Day School From ...

  • Financial Management | At some point this year, you will be looking for data points that could help with setting your school’s budget, preparing a board report or outlining a strategic plan. The time to prepare ...

  • Leadership | Koller has been instrumental in transforming her school and bolstering its future viability, while lending a hand to many others.   The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers ...

  • Financial Management | Webinar explored Lakeside School’s use of “sustainability markers” for continued success. Featured image: Classroom in The Downtown School, a Lakeside School, in Seattle To better track ...

  • Leadership | Online learning’s rapid evolution isn’t just giving independent schools more course options. It’s also redefining expectations for exemplary teaching, according to One Schoolhouse founder Brad Rathgeber. ...

  • Facilities | For an informal glimpse into how your peers are handling a situation, check out NBOA's surveying tool. Highlights from two recent surveys. Article by Mary Kay Markunas From the September/October ...

  • CEO Notebook | NBOA is striving to increase diversity and model inclusion within our community. First steps: honest conversations and a new emphasis in programs.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President ...

  • Human Resources | Judge as we would wish to be judged: For this head of school, performance assessments are highly personal — and highly effective. Article by Renata Rafferty,  Saint Gertrude High School   ...

  • Risk Management | Faculty and staff who have completed popular active shooter training programs often perform worse in simulations than those with no training, according to this school safety expert.  Article ...

  • Leadership | Greene's forward-thinking financial leadership boosted reserves and decreased debt, while improving facilities and expanding risk management. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business ...

  • Financial Management | How can business officers develop an optimal working relationship with their heads of school in order to better support their schools? Peter Christian, director of finance at Windward School, ...

  • Technology | A single-platform school information system can make a school operate more effectively. But there’s nothing turnkey about it. Article by Alex Pearson,  The Agnes Irwin School From the September/October ...

  • Projections | Let’s take a collective breath and identify technology tools that will work for our schools. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO It’s never been about the technology. When ...

  • CEO Notebook | Could a mammoth fundraising push enable independent schools to lower tuition? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Strained as independent schools’ financial aid budgets may ...

  • Technology | To meet evolving technology needs, independent schools use a variety of staffing options, some outsourcing and others fostering tech talent from within. Article by Stacey Freed From the September/November ...