Webinars

During the school year, NBOA conducts a series of webinars on Thursdays. Our goal is to bring you the latest information that is most relevant to your job as an independent school professional, in an easy and accessible format.

All webinars take place at 4:00 PM ET and are FREE to NBOA Members and $89 for nonmember schools. To learn more about these presentations, as well as the system requirements to attend, please see our Webinar FAQs.

Questions? Please email programs@nboa.org or call 202-407-7140.

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Summer Webinar Series

Rebuilding the Independent School Business Model in a Time of Change

When faced with the loss of a significant sponsorship revenue stream that had supported the school for 160 years, St. John's Preparatory School was forced to take an introspective look at its remaining revenue as well as mounting expenses to continue operations. How did the school achieve financial solvency during this time of unprecedented change? Hear how leaders at St. John's were able to stabilize and then grow net tuition revenue, and match faculty FTEs to current and planned student enrollment by focusing on the true cost of an empty seat and cohort size. The school also diversified revenue sources with successful investments in fundraising to strengthen its overall financial position. This case study illustrates how there is no "silver bullet" to financial sustainability and, instead, the entire independent school business model, including both revenue and expense management, merits reconsideration.

Learning Objective: Participants will learn strategies for diversification of revenue sources as well as strategies for calculating the true cost of an empty seat at their schools.

CPE Credit

Field of Study: Business Management and Organization
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Program Level: Basic

Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.2

HRCI Credit

Recommended HRCI Credits: 1.0
HRCI Category: HR (Business)

SHRM Credit

SHRM PDC Credit: 1.0
SHRM BoCK: Business Acumen

Presenter(s)

Speaker

Sherry Krebsbach, Executive Director of Finance & Facilities, St. John's Preparatory School

Sherry Krebsbach is executive director of finance and facilities at St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota, an independent college preparatory school serving students in grades five through twelve. Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Krebsbach attended the College of Saint Benedict and went on to earn her B.A. in economics and M.B.A. from Saint Cloud State University. Krebsbach is also vice president emeriti for the Board of Alumni at Saint Cloud State University. Prior to transitioning to St. John's Preparatory School and the world of independent school education, Sherry worked in the fields of private investments and compliance.

Speaker

Laura Hartog, Director of Admission, St. John's Preparatory School

Laura Hartog is the director of admission at St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota. Hartog has over ten years of experience in admissions and marketing for both independent schools and higher education institutions. Prior to joining the staff at St. John's Preparatory School, Hartog worked at both St. Cloud State University and St. Mary's University. Hartog earned her B.S. in mass communications and marketing and her M.S. in higher education administration from St. Cloud State University.

Forging a New Path with the Family Individualized Tuition (FIT) Model

In January 2015 The Gordon School's board of trustees recognized that the current systems of tuition and financial aid were not working and ran contrary to Gordon's mission of building an inclusive community. The school took a bold step by asking, "If we started a school today, how would we create a tuition system that aligns with our core values?" Over a three-year period, Gordon researched, designed, and implemented a new tuition model, eliminating traditional "financial aid" and the inequities embedded in that system. Taking the stance that "what has always been done" is not necessarily best practice, Gordon developed a tuition system that is more equitable, sustainable, transparent, and predictable for its families: Family Individualized Tuition ("FIT").

Join Gordon's head of school, director of admissions and chief financial officer as they share the story of planning and implementing FIT. Hear about the anticipated and unanticipated outcomes as well FIT's role in creating a more inclusive school community.

The Gordon School has been called upon to help other schools rethink their tuition systems. To accommodate these requests, schools are invited to contact Gordon here.

Learning Objective: Participants will learn about how Family Individualized Tuition (FIT) can create a more inclusive school community and about the anticipated and unanticipated outcomes of using FIT.

CPE Credit

Field of Study: Business Management and Organization
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Program Level: Basic

Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.2

HRCI Credit

Recommended HRCI Credits: 1.0
HRCI Category: HR (Business)

SHRM Credit

SHRM PDC Credit: 1.0
SHRM BoCK: Business Acumen

Presenter(s)

Speaker

Noni Thomas Lopez, Ph.D., Head of School, The Gordon School

Dr. Noni Thomas López is the head of school at The Gordon School in East Providence, Rhode Island. Before her move to New England, López spent over 20 years as a teacher, administrator and consultant in New York City independent schools. From 2010-2013, López served as a trustee of the Caedmon School, and she is currently vice chair of the board of trustees of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts. In 2013, López founded the Interschool Leadership Institute for Educators of Color. López was a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools' Diversity Committee for six years. She has presented at national and regional conferences, and consulted at universities as well as public and private schools on curriculum, diversity/equity/inclusion, and organizational leadership and provides executive coaching to educators and nonprofit leaders. López holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her M.A. in private school leadership at Teachers College where she was awarded a Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship. In 2016, she completed a doctorate in educational and organizational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

Speaker

Tom Cicatiello, Chief Financial Officer, The Gordon School

Tom Cicatiello is the chief financial officer of The Gordon School in Providence, Rhode Island. During his 22 years with The Gordon School, Cicatiello has worked collaboratively with the leadership team and board of trustees in strengthening the school's balance sheet. He has been called upon to execute multiple campus expansion projects and steward Gordon's growing endowment. Cicatiello's experience positioned him and other members of the leadership team to accept the Board's challenge to be bold regarding the school's tuition pricing system. Cicatiello has been deeply involved in the planning of Family Individualized Tuition from brainstorming and financial modeling to communication planning and execution. Cicatiello joined Gordon as a certified public accountant with banking, internal audit, industry and nonprofit experience. He recently completed his tenure as trustee and treasurer for The Wolf School.

Speaker

Veronica Jutras, Admissions Director, The Gordon School

Veronica Jutras is the admissions director at The Gordon School, and has been at Gordon since 2007. She has served on many school committees and is one of two faculty liaisons to Gordon's LGBTQ+ community. Jutras has developed health and wellness curriculum as well as one of the few middle school Gender and Sexuality Alliances in southeastern New England. As a trainer, she has been sought after for seminars and workshops by schools and youth organizations from Manhattan to New Hampshire. Jutras also serves as an eighth-grade advisor.

Tuition Sticker Price Discipline and Using Micro- and Macroeconomics

Since 2010, The Gunston School's enrollment has grown more than 45 percent, net tuition revenue has increased 33 percent, and the school enjoys a robust waiting list, all in spite of the difficult economic climate over the past nine years. While a combination of factors contributed to growth at Gunston, a key component has been the school's disciplined tuition constraint — increases of two percent or less for seven consecutive years — as well as a multilayered "theory of tuition" that guides the school's decisions around tuition. Hear from Head of School John Lewis, who spearheaded the growth, how the school worked to peg tuition increases at or below the rate of inflation. Learn how Gunston realigned its sticker/net price more closely to current market demand, as well as to longer-term inflation and economic, demographic and inflation trends. Understand how to leverage behavioral economics insights to avoid the "anchoring effect" and hyperbolic discounting.

Learning Objective: Participants will learn the theory of realigning sticker/net price for tuition more closely to current market demand, as well as to longer-term inflation and economic, demographic and inflation trends.

CPE Credit

Field of Study: Finance
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Program Level: Basic

Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.2

HRCI Credit

Recommended HRCI Credits: 1.0
HRCI Category: HR (Business)

SHRM Credit

SHRM PDC Credit: 1.0
SHRM BoCK: Business Acumen

Presenter(s)

Speaker

John A. Lewis IV, Head of School, The Gunston School

In 2010, John A. Lewis, IV was installed as The Gunston School's eighth headmaster. Prior to joining the team at Gunston, John spent seven years at Ranney School in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, where he served as English department chair, director of studies and head of upper school. Before his tenure at Ranney School, he spent several years as a teacher and administrator working in international schools including the United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore, where he taught English and philosophy, and as one of the founding faculty members of the Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito, an independent school in Ecuador. Lewis holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University, an Ed.M. in teaching and learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.A. in private school leadership from the Klingenstein Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the Centreville Rotary and is on the boards of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne's County, the YMCA of Queen Anne's County. He is currently vice president of the board for the Association of Maryland and DC Schools, where he formerly served as chair of the Accreditation Committee.

CPE

CPE Information

NBOA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

SHRM

SHRM Information

NBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). Webinars that have met SHRM's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit will be noted above. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

HRCI

HRCI Information

NBOA is a recognized provider of recertification credits. Webinars that have met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for credit towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification will be noted above.

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NBOA Summer 2019 Webinar Series

New Summer Webinar Series: Innovations in Independent School Business Models

Learn about forward thinking solutions and strategies designed to address the unprecedented challenges around issues of enrollment, financial aid, sustainability and value perception this summer in NBOA's Summer Webinar Series. All webinars take place at 4:00 PM ET and are FREE to NBOA Members and $89 for nonmember schools.

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