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  • Leadership | From the archives: A chief financial officer unwinds by taking leisurely trail rides and tackling technical cross-country courses. Article by Julie Hoover, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School ...

  • CEO Notebook | From relying on resumes to ineffective interviews, these common mistakes can be avoided. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Hiring season is upon us. During a recent meeting ...

  • Financial Management | Jumping into private equity may look enticing, but it’s better to stick to the basics when investing for your school, according to Permanens. In fiscal 2018, MIT’s endowment saw a 13.5 ...

  • Leadership | This business officer had taught adults ballroom dancing for years, but instructing students required a whole new set of skills. Article by Mike Goto, Island School From the January/February ...

  • Leadership | Leading positive change requires a willingness to both ensure clarity in expectations and an ability to recognize and address the moods around you. ­ Interview by Leah Thayer From the January/February ...

  • Financial Management | Customized financial dashboards available in BIIS help schools monitor financial trends and optimize performance. Article by James Palmieri From the January/February 2019 Net Assets ...

  • Risk Management | Knowing the top risks other independent schools face can help your school avoid getting stuck in the early phases of a risk management program. Article by Constance Neary and Alex Miller, ...

  • Human Resources | Moving from corporate HR to an independent school requires a different pace and close attention to a school’s culture — as well as its many calendars. Article by Kristen Riley, Open Window ...

  • CEO Notebook | This year’s recipients, Dallas Joseph and Debra Wilson, exemplify service and support to the national independent school business officer community. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President ...

  • Financial Management | Data from NBOA’s Business Intelligence for Independent Schools reveals modest financial gains for schools on almost all fronts. Article by Jim Pugh, James Pugh & Associates, and Mary ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | NBOA-EMA partnership gathers steam with programs at 2019 Annual Meeting and beyond. Last fall, NBOA and the Enrollment Management Association launched a partnership to pursue ...

  • Risk Management | Dismissal is the riskiest time of day. A few best practices can help schools more safely direct students in a multitude of directions. Article by Mark Ruiters, SchoolPass From the January/February ...

  • Projections | To truly innovate and map out a mission-centered, financially sustainable future, we must harness our best thinking. This calls for greater diversity of thought, experiences and perspectives. From ...

  • Financial Management | Investment guidelines enable institutions to weather market volatility better than individuals, on average, and a crisis playbook can provide additional assurance. The 2017 calendar year ...

  • Human Resources | Adopting a telehealth plan separate from its health insurance provider has saved Aspen Academy and its employees tens of thousands of dollars. Article by Lynda Sailor, Aspen Academy From ...

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  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Independent schools may have to work harder than ever before to attract the large wave of young adults beginning to raise children. Article by Stacey Freed From the January/February ...

  • Leadership | Play shouldn’t be reserved for students at your school. It can help kids and adults alike cultivate curiosity, think creatively, inspire teams and deliver results. Kevin Carroll, innovation consultant, ...

  • CEO Notebook | Heads of schools, boards of trustees and other school leaders are expecting more from the business office.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO A new year is upon us. I always ...

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  • Risk Management | Schools should look for more than sexual misconduct when identifying educator behaviors that can hurt students. The “rescue mentality” is a real risk. Article by David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton ...

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  • Leadership | Keynote speakers will explore what it takes to accomplish extraordinary feats, which can be found very close to home. “Exploration is in our DNA,” said retired astronaut Mark Kelly in a 2015 interview. ...

  • Leadership | A snapshot of NBOA’s priorities, accomplishments and operational health in support of member schools during the 2018 fiscal year From the January/February 2019  Net Assets magazine Feature ...

  • Leadership | Disciplined creativity is a long-term growth strategy, according to Leadership Awards Lunch speaker Erik Wahl. Getting it right starts with commitment from the top. Interview by Leah Thayer ...

  • Human Resources | High performance teams of independent school faculty and staff don't merely reflect the increasing diversity of the students they serve. They also bring a greater diversity of experiences, perspectives ...

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  • Leadership | Now a NetAssets.org tradition (since 2016!), here's a baker's dozen of articles from the past year: a mix of the most clicked, most provocative and most appreciated. We'll be back in January with ...

  • Leadership | From the archives: A conversation between Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian, and Jeff Shields, NBOA's president and CEO. This article originally appeared in the January/February 2015 ...

  • CEO Notebook | This year's high points include enhanced data sharing and a new compliance guidebook.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ‘Tis the season of many things, including making ...

  • Leadership | Sharing just 200 square feet with a toddler and spouse required patience and problem-solving, but life on a sailboat was well worth it for this HR director. Article by Sara Skinner, Lakeside School ...

  • Leadership | At a school where cultivated diversity drives enrollment demand, this administrator facilitates everything from classroom discussions to faculty hiring. Interview by Cecily Garber From the November/December ...

  • Financial Management | Assessing a school’s perceived value in the marketplace is one of several key data points that signal its financial health. Article by Mary Kay Markunas From the November/December ...

  • Risk Management | Traditional lockdown drills demoralized students and staff. New protocols built confidence and capabilities. Photo above: Staff and students at Indian Creek School assemble "go buckets" for ...