Our Student Life Strategic Work Retreat aims to guide boarding school colleagues through the critical work that often gets pushed aside in favor of students' immediate needs, teaching, meetings, duty nights, etc. It's the work we know can move our programs ahead on policies, planning, or culture. It's transformational work. But we need the time to make it happen and the support to keep moving when obstacles slow us down. That's where OES comes in! In our upcoming Strategic Retreat, participants will get more than 18 hours of group and individual support, from goal setting to putting the final bow on your project, so it's ready to roll out to your community. This is NOT a conference, institute, or workshop! There is no information overwhelm, content-driven sessions, or speakers. This is a facilitated work session with colleagues and a coach to hold everyone accountable for their goals and keep the work moving.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will attendees receive?
12 hours of in-person support
School specific guidance
Access to shared resources
Accountability throughout the process, from goal setting, through milestone planning and implementation
Who should participate?
Assistant and associate heads for student and residential life
Residential and student life deans, directors, assistant deans/directors
Any school leaders with interest in our shared strategic priority (our Retreat Topic)
What should you bring?
Documents (drafts included) related to our topic
An understanding of your school's mission, vision, and culture
A willingness to share resources, collaborate, and build community with your cohort
Can we send a team?
YES! Your school will benefit the most from having at least two members present. We ask that each school register no more than three people to keep our cohort small with a diverse group of schools at the table.
Can OES run a retreat on MY campus?
Absolutely! We are actively looking for future host schools. We only need a conference space with seating for 12-15 people and a point person on campus to assist with catering needs. Host schools receive two complimentary registrations and take priority on designing the topic. Want to go even deeper into the work? OES can facilitate a focused retreat for up to five days on your campus for only your faculty. Email to find out more.