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TABS is the central hub where boarding school faculty and administrators come together to learn, share, connect, and advance our communities.

Join the braintrust! Enjoy the camraderie! Don’t miss a moment.

Bennies at-a-Glance

EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS

Professional Learning

Robust Programs and Welcoming Spaces to Elevate You, Your Team and Your School

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS

All-School/All-Staff Pass to
TABS Virtual Annual Conference

One Pass to TABS In-Person Annual Conference for a Staff Member in a Role Focused on Residential or Student Life

One Pass to New Heads Symposium at Annual Conference (for new Heads of School only)

Introductory Virtual Training for all Staff on Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response

Year-round Member Rates to In-person Workshops, Seminars, and Symposia

Resource Aggregation on Best Practices

Webinars from Subject Matter Experts including Recordings & Materials Archive

Online Forums and Discussion Groups defined by Administrative Role

Enrollment Assistance

Tools and Guidance to Help You Connect with Prospective Families across the Globe

ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS

Your School Profile on BoardingSchools.com and TABSconnectED, with 24/7/365 Editing Privileges


Full Inclusion in TABS Worldwide Recruitment Platform​


Member Pricing for International and Domestic In-Person Recruitment Events​


Rotating Opportunity to Participate in Head of School
Family Webinar Series


Individualized Consultations on Student Recruitment Strategy, Digital Marketing, and Other Topics


Digital Brand-Building and Consumer-Marketing on Behalf of the Boarding School Category

Research & Resources

Fresh Insights to Help
Bolster Your Leadership

RESEARCH & RESOURCES EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS

Biennial Brand Benchmark Study

Annual Data Collection Analysis of Enrollment Trends

Frequent Flash Surveys with Published Results

Periodic TABS Reports: Research on the Pressing Topics of the Day

Career Center: Post a Job or Search a Job. Basic Listings are Complimentary

Pathways Forward: The Boarding School Newsletter with Alerts, Insights and Resources

Advocacy regarding regulatory or legal threats to the sector

KeepingTABS Blog

Targeted discounts, some exclusive to TABS members

Eligibility to Enroll in TABS Insurance TuitionNet Program (currently available to U.S. schools)

All Aboard!

Thank you for considering membership

You’re striving to maintain an exceptional environment of learning, creativity, safety, and belonging. You’re leading communities within your community. You’re staying current and responding to the latest global developments. All the while… greeting daily the enthusiasm and potential of eager, talented young people. It’s a job worth doing — but you can’t do it alone.

TABS and your boarding school colleagues are here by your side. We now offer a comprehensive membership model that affords you more access to timely and topical resources, connection, and development, to help you better serve your campus communities.  

MEMBERSHIP DUES

The 2022-2023 dues for TABS membership are based on the number of boarding students enrolled in your school on opening day of the school year during which your application is submitted.

The fee is $45.24 per boarding student. The minimum dues amount is $4,155 and the maximum is $12,475.

Dues for schools located outside the United States are paid in US dollars.

MINIMUM MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS & ACCREDITATIONS

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.