2023 Call for Programs

Submissions for the 2023 Call for Programs are closed.
If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified in September. If you have any questions, please email programs@nboa.org or call 202-407-7140.

Overview

The 2023 call for programs supports many of NBOA's learning channels. There is no shortage of opportunities to share your insights and successes that will elevate the industry throughout the coming year. We seek to offer robust programming through our many learning channels. Proposals will be selected by the NBOA Program Selection Committee (PSC) and staff reviewers to populate:

  • Webinars: one-hour virtual programs that provide timely information and are hosted throughout the year
  • Sessions at the 2023 NBOA Annual Meeting & Business Solutions Showcase, including:
    • 50-60 minute concurrent sessions that include a brief Q&A.
    • 75-90 minute deep dive sessions that offer additional opportunities for participant engagement on plenary-level topics.
    • 15-minute goldmine sessions that are well-suited to sharing a single idea or tool.
    • Digital sessions that may be pre-recorded and/or delivered through live streaming.
  • Net Assets magazine articles: published in the award-winning Net Assets magazine, which is published in print and online.
  • Other NBOA learning channels, like workshops and online courses

 

Submission Requirements

To submit a proposal for consideration, the following information must be completed by the submission deadline using the Call for Programs platform:

  • Session title and description (View session topic ideas)
  • Presenters' names, job titles and organizations
    *Each session proposal may have up to a maximum of three presenters. Please make sure you have explicit consent that each co-presenter will adhere to the presenter requirements (outlined below) when adding them to your submission. Preference will be given to submissions that include presenters who work in independent schools. Submissions from NBOA members are preferred, though membership does not guarantee selection.
  • Session level
    • Basic: Requires limited or no prior knowledge about independent school business or the specific topic to participate and comprehend the information presented.
    • Intermediate: Requires an understanding of independent school business to be able to fully participate and apply the learnings presented.
    • Advanced: Considered strategic and requires substantial knowledge and experience in independent school business or leadership. Sessions may focus on the long-term viability of independent schools, change management, and strategic opportunities and challenges in school business operations.
  • Recommended delivery channel
    *In the notes section of the submission, you may make session reviewers aware of any circumstances surrounding your proposal that make it better suited for certain delivery channels. Flexible submissions have the best chance of being selected for one of NBOA’s delivery channels (webinars, Annual Meeting sessions, Net Assets articles, etc.)
  • Learning objective
    • This should begin with a statement like “Participants will learn…”
  • NBOA’s commitment to DE&I
    NBOA is committed to intentionality and action regarding diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in programming. As a part of this commitment, all program submissions will be considered, but priority will be given to those which feature or seek to represent and address a diversity of perspectives and voices. NBOA expects that submissions received under the Call for Programs and subsequent presentations should focus on language and substance which is inclusionary of all groups and nondiscriminatory. DE&I are important to the individuals who comprise and engage with the association and are critical to our personal and collective success.

    *Please provide any relevant information for reviewers (optional)
  • Continuing education field of study and NBOA website tag (both to be selected from a list of options)

Each organization may submit a maximum of three session proposals. NBOA reserves the right to exclude presentations that are incomplete (including any speaker information) or directly promote a business or product. We also reserve the right to edit presentation titles, learning objectives, presentation descriptions and delivery channels. 


Presenter Responsibilities

  • All presenters/speakers must register and submit payment for the NBOA Annual Meeting. If your program is selected, you will receive a "speaker code" after you have submitted your signed speaker agreement to NBOA that entitles you to a discounted registration rate for the entire conference. You must use this code when you register to receive the discounted rate. It is the lead presenter's responsibility to advise co-presenters of these responsibilities. Registration opens in October at www.nboaannualmeeting.org.
  • All expenses related to registration, travel and lodging are the responsibility of each individual speaker/presenter. In addition, speakers must make their own travel arrangements and book their own lodging.
  • If your program is accepted, all speakers included on the submission form must be registered and present at the NBOA Annual Meeting. NBOA reserves the right to cancel any program due to speaker substitutions after the program has been accepted. All speaker changes must be submitted to NBOA prior to October 3, 2022.

 

Content Recommendations

NBOA is committed to intentionality and action regarding diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in programming. As a part of this commitment, all program submissions will be considered, but priority will be given to those which feature or seek to represent and address a diversity of perspectives and voices. NBOA expects that submissions received under the Call for Programs and subsequent presentations should focus on language and substance which is inclusionary of all groups and nondiscriminatory. DE&I are important to the individuals who comprise and engage with the association and are critical to our personal and collective success.

The strongest program submissions offer new and different information relevant to the most pressing needs facing independent school business. The 2023 NBOA Annual Meeting, in particular, kicks off a yearlong celebration of NBOA's 25th anniversary, so programs fitting the "celebrate" theme are welcomed. This could include highlighting success in a school's business operations through innovation and fortitude or the change management processes that have strengthened our schools, providing a trajectory for the future. We are also looking for programs that incorporate BIIS data where appropriate and are unique to, or first offered to, NBOA. 

Key learning areas include:

  • Leadership
  • Strategic finance
  • Human resources
  • Accounting, audit and tax
  • Facilities and operations
  • Risk management
  • Governance
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Endowment and investing
  • Enrollment and financial aid
  • Auxiliary programs
  • Technology

Ideas recently requested by NBOA programs attendees include:

  • Affordability and accessibility
  • Compensation systems and inclusive benefits programs
  • Board financial metrics
  • Business continuity
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Cybersecurity and compliance
  • Data management
  • Endowment management strategies
  • Enrollment management
  • Financial models and sustainability
  • Governance and board relations
  • Human resources compliance and management
  • Legal compliance and updates
  • Long-range financial modeling
  • Master facilities planning
  • Schools of the future
  • Strategic leadership
  • Tax issues and unrelated business income

Perennially popular topics include:

  • Accounting, financial reporting, auditing, budgeting
  • Auxiliary services: summer programs, extended-day, food service, campus rentals, school stores, transportation
  • Performance evaluations
  • Change management
  • Crisis management and communications
  • Debt management
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Enrollment management and financial aid
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Leadership development
  • Risk management, emergency preparedness, safety and security
  • Succession planning
  • Operational issues including management of facilities and technology

 

Submission Help

NBOA uses a third-party event management platform for program submissions. The advantages of the submission platform are:

  1. You can start a submission, save it, and continue editing it later.
  2. Having an account makes it easier to submit and manage multiple proposals.
  3. It streamlines the review process for NBOA and allows for easier communication between the Review Committee and submitters.

Questions?

If you have technical issues, please contact the platform provider:

  • Cadmium Technical Support
    Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET, Mon-Fri
    Phone: (Direct) 410-638-9239 | (Toll Free) 877-426-6323
    Email: support@cadmiumcd.com

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