Webinar: Mission Anchored Compensation Strategies for Independent Schools

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (2pm - 3pm US/Eastern)

Zoom Meeting

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Independent schools’ faculty and staff are indispensable to the school’s mission, executing the vision through a unique structure at each school. Yet many schools use stagnant or inflexible systems to compensate their faculty and staff, systems that have failed to support the schools’ missions or financial realities. Over the past two years, NBOA conducted extensive, innovative research on independent school faculty and staff compensation models with generous support from the E.E. Ford Foundation, including a landscape analysis to gather information from a wide variety of independent schools on their approaches to faculty and staff compensation. Learn about the key findings from this Mission-Anchored Compensation Strategies for Independent Schools project and the research-based resources developed to support independent school leaders as they leverage compensation strategies to attract, retain, motivate, and grow a high-quality and mission-aligned workforce of educators. At a time when independent schools are seeking to reaffirm and reimagine who they are within a context that demands thoughtful allocation of finite resources, these insights and strategies are well-timed to foster growth, sustainability, and excellence in independent schools across our state, region and beyond.

Offered in Partnership with Cal-ISBOA, MISBO, PAISBOA, and NBOA.


Patrick Schuermann, Ed.D. is one of the nation’s leading experts in educator compensation. Following a career spanning elementary, middle, and high school teaching, tutoring, coaching, and leading in both independent and public schools, Patrick’s doctoral dissertation at Vanderbilt University, “An Integrated Approach to Professional Development, Faculty Evaluation, and Compensation: Resources for Independent School Leaders”, allowed him to visit independent school campuses across the country to explore how schools were seeking to creatively cultivate mission-aligned human capital. Following its completion in 2006, Patrick served as the founding Director of Technical Assistance for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educator Compensation Reform that oversaw the federally funded Teacher Incentive Fund program. In his subsequent role as the Director of Policy for the Center, and with the support of the Aspen Institute, Patrick worked with a team of content experts to support members of the House and Senate Committees crafting our country’s policy agenda around compensation reform. Concurrently, with support from the Gates Foundation, Patrick led a team of education and technology experts in the development of multimedia resources to help district and school leadership teams navigate the work of compensation system innovation. In 2022, NBOA collaborated with Patrick to serve as the lead researcher for the Mission-Anchored Compensation Strategies project - the most comprehensive assessment of compensation and benefits practices used in our independent school community to date.

Amber Stockham, SPHR holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and brings 20 years of experience in human resources to her role at NBOA. Prior to joining NBOA in 2020, Stockham’s career spanned a variety of industries, including social services, manufacturing and construction. She found a passion for education when she served as the director of human resources at Miss Hall’s School, an independent day/boarding school for girls in grades 9-12. In her six years at Miss Hall’s School, Stockham was a key member of the school’s compensation, evaluation and benefits task force, and served in a volunteer capacity as finance committee chair of Captivated Health and on the board of the New England Educators Insurance Association. In her role as senior director, human resources programs at NBOA, Stockham designs and leads courses and workshops on topics ranging from difficult conversations and employee supervision to benefits administration, thus developing opportunities for sustainable benefits and strong faculty and staff support. Working with the volunteer Human Resources Council, she is proud to provide professional development through numerous avenues, including live and virtual programs as well as articles, which help member schools expand their network of peers in independent schools.

Technical Requirements

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• An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
• Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
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Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 05/15/2024
Name Price Available To
Member Rate $0.00   NAES Members
Nonmember Rate $85.00   Non-Member Schools

Cancellation and Other Policies:

Written cancellations must be received by email to jfc@episcopalschools.org, no later than 24 hours before the start of the webinar. Registrations submitted less than 24 hours prior to the start of the webinar are not entitled to any refund if they are cancelled.

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For more information please contact:

Mr. Jonathan F. Cooper
Communications Manager
National Association of Episcopal Schools
Phone: (212) 716-6182
Fax: (212) 286-9366
Email: jfc@episcopalschools.org