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A Weight Has Been Lifted: A Case Study

Leadership | As Western Academy of Beijing has returned to mostly normal on-campus learning, everyone in the community has a renewed appreciation for both the core mission and special add-ons that make independent education exceptional. In February of this year, Western Academy of...


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2021 NBOA Annual Meeting: People-First Strategy: Cynt Marshall

Leadership | When closing keynote speaker Cynt Marshall became CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, she used her deep HR experience to lead a complete transformation of the culture. Interview by Cecily Garber Cynt Marshall is CEO of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. When hired in this...


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Whose Business Is Belonging?

Leadership | Yes, the business office can respond to outcries of racism on campus. Diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Jen Cort shares what she’s heard and possible interventions. Interview by Cecily Garber From the September/October 2020 Net Assets magazine Jen Cort...


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Mission & Motivation: On Speaking Terms

Leadership | In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, how can schools mitigate the risk of toxic exchanges and foster cultures that respect differences? Article by Tara Kosowski From the July/August 2020 Net Assets magazine Like many independent schools, Sacred Heart...


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Strategic “No’s” Are Essential for Leadership

CEO Notebook | Difficult decisions can be opportunities to demonstrate your care for the campus community. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO “How you say no as a campus leader can be as important as the decision itself.” This sound advice comes from a recent...


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Acts of Kindness and Community During the Pandemic

Leadership | From PPE donations to socially distant graduation ceremonies, independent schools have found creative ways to support their students and give back. Independent school leaders, communities and students have rapidly responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. While...


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Four Guideposts for Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Students

Risk Management | Behavioral standards regarding faculty roles, boundaries, power and accountability can catch missteps at an early stage, before rules are violated and damage is done. By David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton, and Tara Kosowski, NBOA A faculty member is coaching varsity...


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Wellness Reimagined: Two Schools’ Approach During COVID-19

Leadership | Independent schools are moving wellness initiatives online and finding new ways to support their community. Interview by Tara Kosowski Feature image courtesy of The Bryn Mawr School. A few months in, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on everyone, even those lucky...


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Finding Strength in Rituals, New and Old

CEO Notebook | Reinventing routines and rituals can boost wellness not only for students but all of us working under new circumstances. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO As someone who has worked in education for most of my career, I’ve always appreciated the...


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NBOA’s Commitment to DE&I

CEO Notebook | Our schools are committed to DE&I, and so is NBOA. This important work is intentionally never-ending. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO So many high points of the 2020 NBOA Annual Meeting , held two weeks ago in Orlando, are fresh in my mind...