The 2024 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 2024 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 opportunities for meaningful participant engagement on leadership-level topics.
- 15-minute goldmine sessions that are well-suited to sharing a single idea or tool.
- Net Assets magazine articles: published in the award-winning Net Assets magazine, which is delivered in print and online.
- Other NBOA learning channels, like workshops, online courses and partner programs.
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
- 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(s)
Learning objectives are essential when developing a learning program and are useful in deciding the appropriate instructional methods and allocating time to various subjects. Learning objectives are the
measurable outcomes that participants should accomplish upon completion of a learning activity. When developing the learning objectives, please select specific verbs such as: identify, recognize, distinguish, discuss, illustrate or plan. The learning
objectives can begin with a statement like, “Participants will learn…” or “The program participant will…”
- 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 that 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.
*If your proposal
actively supports this commitment to DE&I, please provide any relevant information in your submission (optional).
- Continuing education field of study and general topic (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, descriptions and learning objectives and determine appropriate delivery channels.
If your proposal is selected for the 2024 NBOA Annual Meeting:
- All presenters/speakers must register and submit payment to attend and present. 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 (at a discounted speaker rate), 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
requested speaker changes must be submitted to NBOA prior to October 2, 2023.
If a proposal is selected for other NBOA learning channels such as webinars, Net Assets magazine article (print or online), workshops, online courses or partner programs:
- NBOA staff will follow up with the submitter and presenters to discuss program specifications.
- Webinars, workshops and partner programs are typically presented virtually, in which case no travel or registration fees are required of presenters.
NBOA is committed to intentionality and action regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in programming. As a part of our commitment to DE&I, 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 will be inclusive and nondiscriminatory in language, substance, terminology and intended audience. 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 innovations in independent school business or that address the most pressing needs facing the industry. 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:
- Accounting, audit and tax
- Auxiliary programs/non-tuition revenue
- Budgeting and financial planning
- Compensation and benefits
- Endowment and investing
- Enrollment and financial aid
- Facilities and operations
- Financial reporting and communication
- Human resources
- Legal issues and other compliance
- Risk management
- Strategic/future planning and sustainability
- Tuition models and discounting
NBOA uses a third-party event management platform for program submissions. The advantages of the submission platform are:
- You can start a submission, save it, and continue editing it later.
- Having an account makes it easier to submit and manage multiple proposals.
- It streamlines the review process for NBOA and allows for easier communication between the Review Committee and submitters.
If you have technical issues, please contact the platform provider:
- Cadmium Technical Support
Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM ET, Mon-Fri
Phone: (Direct) 410-638-9239 | (Toll Free) 877-426-6323
If you have questions about the call for programs, please contact: