Learning and Teaching at TABS

By Anastasia Zink, Assistant Dean of Students, Upper School

I traveled up to Boston a day early to attend a TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) pre-conference on discipline.  The format of this extended session focused on discipline issues shared by a majority of the schools in attendance.  We broke into small groups and tackled a few sticky scenarios based on real-life situations.  It was really interesting to hear how other schools would approach the same problem.  The biggest take away I had from this session was the different policies each school had on suspending their students.  I was surprised to hear that several schools never send their students out on suspension.  Length of student suspensions has been a focus for us in the Deans Office in the past year.

A second session that had impact for me was the keynote speaker.  Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness addressed the conference on the sources of happiness.  I was pleased to see that, according to his research, married, empty nesters are the happiest people on earth.  I am pleased that I fall into this group and heartily concur that I’m pretty darned happy!

At the conference, Linda McGuire, Dean of Students, and I presented on the Westtown-designed roommate mediation model that our dorm heads and we deans employ when roommates need help mediating any concerns.  The presentation was very well received and we have received a lot of positive feedback about our model.  Attendees were thrilled to walk out with the steps in hand to implement our model back at their schools.

About Westtown School

Westtown School is a Pre-K through 12th grade Quaker, coed, college preparatory day and boarding school in West Chester, PA.
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