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AFFILIATES

TABS and AIRC will publicize/promote certified agencies to secondary school members. TABS will also amplify visibility of AIRC Education Agencies that join TABS by providing profiles on our popular web properties.

Additionally, TABS will offer eligibility to a special class of affiliation for AIRC-certified Agents only which includes the following benefits: 

BENEFITS FOR AIRC CERTIFIED AGENCIES

Facilitated School – Educational Agency Partnerships

● Complimentary searchable profile on TABS Connect worldwide recruitment platform
● Detailed description of each Agency on TABS.org

Professional Training

● Discounts on Professional Learning offerings
● Two webinars throughout the year on the international and boarding school landscapes

Events

● Discount to TABS Annual in-person Conference - a savings of $600
● One complimentary ticket to TABS Annual virtual Conference
● Webinars with TABS Member boarding schools
● AIRC Agent exhibit hall presence at TABS virtual conference

Advocacy

● TABS advocates for institutional-educational agency partnerships and best practices on behalf of AIRC members
● Members participate in these advocacy efforts through member surveys and advocacy action alerts

BENEFITS FOR CURRENT TABS MEMBERS

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2 Webinars each year jointly delivered by TABS and AIRC

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Access to list of AIRC Certified Educational Agencies

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR TABS MEMBERS WHO JOIN AIRC

Membership Fee Discount

● $400/Year (Originally $600)
● $1000 for 3 years (Org. $1800)
● $1500 for 5 years (Org. $3000)

Industry News, Updates and Information

● Visa and regulations updates
● Regional updates from around the world on issues and topics impacting international students, recruitment and enrollment
● Timely market data and student enrollment trends

Facilitated School – Educational
Agency Partnerships

● AIRC helps to match institutional needs and interests with certified educational agency expertise
● Certified Educational Agency Directory is used by schools to identify potential educational agency partners
● Requests for Agency Partners (RAP) program publicizes institutions that are seeking agency partners
● Facilitated “Partnership Connections” program periodically convenes familiarization meetings between institutions and educational agencies

Professional Training

● Personalized consultations with AIRC professional staff on industry trends, working with educational agencies, and how to adhere to international enrollment management best practice guidelines
● Peer-to-peer support matching with a fellow AIRC member
● Wide range of free webinars, workshops and trainings throughout the year
● Professional certificate course on International Student Recruitment and Enrollment Planning (ISREP); member discount of 30%

Events

● AIRC’s Annual Conference; member discount up to 40%
● AIRC-hosted networking receptions at various locations, i.e. during NAFSA’s annual conference and during the EducationUSA Forum
● Opportunity to exhibit at the NAFSA Annual Conference through participation in AIRC’s Member Pavilion. Dedicated meeting space with signage provided by AIRC; up to 75% off original exhibit booth costs

Resources

● Vetting and certification of Educational Agencies
● Access to online member library of best practices and resources
● Posting job vacancies on various AIRC platforms, including Linkedin and the AIRC Member Newsletter
● Online Member Directory

Setting Standards for the Field

● As the Standards Development Organization for the field, AIRC and its members have the responsibility to set the standards that guide the international enrollment management field
● Members participate in this process at various levels by responding to surveys, commenting on draft guidelines and standards, and participating in working groups and committees.

Consulting Service

● AIRC offers customized presentations and training on developing an international student recruitment strategy that includes educational agency partnerships and best practices (members receive discount for this service)

Advocacy

● AIRC advocates for institutional-educational agency partnerships and best practices on behalf of AIRC members, including communications with governmental agencies and officials, and the media.
● Members participate in these advocacy efforts through member surveys and advocacy action alerts

MEMBERSHIP DUES

TABS Affiliated Membership for AIRC Certified Agencies
Cost: $500 per year 

WILLIAM GILYARD

Will Gilyard is in his 19th year of working in independent schools. In 2020, he returned to his alma mater Choate Rosemary Hall to take on the roles of Form Dean, and Alumni Engagement Associate. Will joined Choate after nine years at the Kingswood Oxford School (KO), a 6-12 independent day school located in West Hartford, CT, where he served as Dean of Students, an upper school math teacher, assistant football coach, and faculty advisor for the United Students club and Boys of Color group. At Choate, Will is the faculty adviser to Choate Afro Latino Men (CALM), and Girls Who Code (GWC).

Will also serves as a core faculty member and helped create the curriculum for the Institute for New Teachers of Color in Independent Schools, created in 2020, the Interschool Leadership Institute, created in 2013. Will also served as a core faculty member of the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (KOLIEC) from 2011-2018 and helped create the curriculum for the mentoring/advising circles for institute participants.

Before joining KO, Will was the Head of the Upper School at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. He serves on the board of advisors for the IDEAL School, also located in New York City. He is passionate about the role of educators in independent schools, specifically in the lives of students of color. Will has attended numerous workshops, conferences, and institutes related to leadership in independent schools and anti-racist education. Will had the honor of being a member of a think tank for the CARLE institute. 

Will has his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and his M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Joseph. Will is thrilled to be a part of the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) team and looks forward to working with energized and focused individuals who are interested in being change agents in the residential life sphere.

Will and his wife, Afton, ALP/Enrichment Teacher in Stratford Public Schools reside in Wallingford, CT with their two sons, William (10) and Maxwell (8).

RYAN PAGOTTO

Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 joined Blair’s faculty in 2002 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the School on matters related to student and residential life, including health and counseling services, athletics and co-curricular programs. He runs Monday School Meeting and, among other things, is known for greeting students in the morning at the Clinton Hall doorway and offering freshly picked apples from his office during the month of October. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ryan serves as a member of the history department and teaches Global Issues. He also authors the monthly e-newsletter From Hilltop to Home, a communication designed to help new boarding-school parents navigate the ins and outs of the Blair experience.

Over the course of his time at Blair, Ryan has served as a history teacher, head tennis coach, a dorm head and Dean of Admission. He completed his undergraduate work at Dickinson College, where he captained the men’s tennis team, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Blair, Ryan taught at the Taft Summer School in Watertown, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He also spent three summers as program director of the Cambridge Prep Experience at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University.

In addition to his roles in schools, Ryan has served as a faculty member for the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) Summer Session and is a regular presenter at national boarding and independent school conferences on student and residential life.

Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, performing arts department chair and Director of Instrumental Music at Blair, live in Grullon House with their children, Jack, Will, Ella and Addison, and their dog, Teagan. The Pagottos enjoy opening their home to Blair students, faculty and staff members throughout the year.

SUSAN BALDRIDGE

Susan served as a professor and leader at Middlebury College for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Provost, leading Middlebury’s academic programs across multiple campuses – Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey – as well as study abroad locations around the world. Prior to her Provostship, Susan served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and Dean of the Faculty. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology and taught throughout her time at Middlebury.

Susan began her consulting firm in 2018, advising schools, colleges, non-profits and foundations in the areas of strategy, planning and governance; and coaching senior administrators to build leadership capacity and support change management. This led her to partner with TABS in 2019, in the development of TABS current strategic plan.

In addition to consulting, Susan co-authored the book, The College Stress Test, an analysis of educational markets and tools for helping schools to identify their place within market trends. The book was named one of the best books on higher education in 2020 by Forbes Magazine. Susan has presented extensively on topics relating to human sexuality, social psychology, and the psychology of women and gender. She received her B.S. with highest honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, at Denison University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.