2016 Global Forum - Breakout Sessions

[C] 360 Degrees of Empowerment: Inspiring Leadership Through Corporate Partnerships

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Abigail Zorn, Manager, Global Talent Design and Christine Hwang, Manager, Executive Education | The Estee Lauder Companies

In this session we will share the model for the partnership between The Estée Lauder Companies and The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. Our mission for this partnership is “360 degrees of Empowerment” because our workshops empower both the students and our employees. We will give an overview of the programs we run at the school and at our offices, as well as discuss the benefits to corporations (such as employee engagement and leadership development opportunities).  All attendees will be invited to participate in a brief activity where they will create a workshop inspired by one of our formats.

[C] Are Single-Sex schools in Europe making a Comeback? The Revival of Single Sex Schools in Poland, Germany and Portugal

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Barbara Schellenberguer | Stiftung Freie Schulen (Germany); Dobrochna Lama, Head | Edukonsulting Schools Network (Poland); and Margarida Garcia dos Santos, Head | Colégios Fomento (Portugal)

Three European countries with different cultures are seeing the resurgence of girls' schools. The session explains how from three very distinct realities, educational institutions from Germany, Poland and Portugal decide to venture into single sex schooling so as to educate the new European citizens in equality. With an innovative perspective, they offer families the same education for their children, but in schools specializing in girls and schools specializing in boys. It is a system used to offer more personalized attention to each student and care for their family more efficiently.

[C] Beyond Tomboys and Girly-Girls: Offering A World of Possibilities Via The Gender Spectrum (PreK-6)

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Bryan, Educational Consultant | Team Finch Consultants

By using a broad, contemporary paradigm for understanding Gender, Early Childhood and Elementary Educators can foster healthy identity development in all students. Binary concepts of gender -- along with pervasive, persistent gender role stereotypes -- interfere with each student’s free exploration of the many personal, social and academic possibilities at school. In this session we will explore everyday manifestations of implicit and explicit gender stereotyping and consider the structural and pedagogical approaches that reinforce binary expectations for gender identity development. Interactive, case examples. Bring your curiosity, candor and a sense of humor!

[C] Building Leadership Capacity, Wellbeing, School Culture, and Educational Outcomes

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Karen Spiller, Principal | St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School (Australia); Ros Curtis, Principal | St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School (Australia); and Roz Mexted, Principal | Westlake Girls High School (New Zealand)

Three Heads will present a range of strategies from their school experience to illustrate how across two countries and in a variety of school contexts (including independent and government schools) they have encouraged and modeled female leadership for staff and students and as such, fostered the community leaders of the future. These strategies will be set in the context of community engagement and student wellbeing and achievement. Delegates will be invited to share their experiences to add to the richness of the discussion. Examples of strategies include student leadership models and programs, encouraging aspiring leaders in staff, utilising the community and alumni in these programs and how these contribute to student wellbeing and enhance student educational outcomes.

[C] Building Programs for Global Citizenship: The Resources of GEBG

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Clare Sisisky, Director of Responsible Citizenship and Strategic Planning | Collegiate School; Walter Swanson, Dean of Faculty and Director of Global Advancement | Wilbraham and Monson Academy; Joseph Vogel, Director of the Center for Global Citizenship | Hathaway Brown School; and David Thompson, Director of International Programs | Hotchkiss School

How do you build a global program around global citizenship? How do you design a curriculum for all aspects of global programs? What resources are available to schools to help guide these discussions with research and independent school data? The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) is a national organization founded and run by leading global education professionals at independent schools to help provide these resources and foster dialogue. Learn how the presenters have built and grown the varied global programs at their schools, learn more about the resources of GEBG, and see how the presenters have used GEBG's benchmarking data to explore questions such as "Why are so many more girls than boys enrolling in international travel programs?" and "In what type of programs are girls most engaged?"

[C] Creating an Innovative School Culture

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Samantha Coyne Donnel, Assistant Head for Research and Strategic and Karen Pavliscak, Assistant Head for Curriculum and Instruction | The Archer School for Girls

The challenge for educational leaders is to transform practice rather than to continuously improve upon old models. Join us for a conversation about how to lead systemic innovation and to make dynamic change happen at your school. We will discuss the challenges of managing an environment in flux and the positive impacts of innovation on student learning. Specifically, we will explore the following questions: How can schools spark innovation and professional growth amongst its faculty? How can schools move from islands of innovation to develop a faculty culture that is forward-thinking, reflective and purposeful?

[C] Global Girls Inspiration Network - Connecting the Girls' School Community as Never Before

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director | Online School for Girls; Cathy Murphree | Online School for Girls; and Sarah Edson| Ethel Walker School

There has always been a spirit of collegiality in the girls' school community. Girls' schools want to share best practice on classroom innovation, wellness, marketing, and more with each other, although because our schools are dispersed around the world, that sharing tends to be regional. The Global Girls Inspiration Network (GGIN), a prototype program run by the Online School for Girls and the National Coalition of Girls' Schools, helps educators share on a global level through creation of professional learning communities on key conversations in our schools. Attend this session to learn more about the prototype program that involves 18 schools from six countries, and to find out how your school can be engaged in the future.

[C] Inspiring Million Dollar Giving from Women: Real Data, Real Results, Unreal Impact

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Elizabeth Zeigler, President | Graham-Pelton Consulting; and Louise Peterson, Director of Development and Anne Faircloth, Alumna and Dev/Campaign Committee | The Madeira School

This session provides six actionable data findings to cultivate $1M+ gifts from women donors as well as personal testimony from a female campaign leader and donor. Graham-Pelton applies the findings of its research on women philanthropists making gifts of $1M+ through partnerships with girls’ schools focused on their campaigns. Joining Graham-Pelton is The Madeira School – the Director of Development as well as an alumna who is a principal gift donor. Madeira has secured nine gifts at the $1M+ level during the campaign’s quiet phase thus far. The panel will share strategies for engaging alumnae, parents and board in philanthropic action.

[C] No, it’s Not an Elective! Seventeen Years of Teaching CS as a Required Class

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Tricia Kellison, Computer Science Department Chair and Sophie Libkind, Computer Science Teacher | The Girls' Middle School; and Michelle Hutton, Ph.D. Candidate and Chris Proctor, Ph.D. candidate | Stanford Graduate School of Education

Since its founding in 1998, The Girls Middle School has prioritized STEAM education, making computer science a mandatory course and integrating computing across the curriculum. Having served over one thousand students to date, the program still flourishes sixteen years later, and continues to refine the techniques best suited to cultivating technical interests in girls. Learn how the curriculum uses research-based best practices to engage every girl, every year, in computer science concepts, allowing them to channel their natural interest in technology towards solving important problems. Discover how computer science can partner across disciplines to provide meaningful learning opportunities for girls.

[C] Put a Women's College on Her List: Innovations and Outcomes in STEM, Athletics and Leadership at Women’s Colleges

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Lori Hendricks, Chair of Physical Education and Director of Athletics | Mount Holyoke College; Mary Shapiro, Trust Chair of Leadership Development | Simmons College; Michele Ozumba, President | Women's College Coalition; and Kate Queeney, Professor of Chemistry | Smith College

Women’s colleges have always been innovators in education. At this session, three colleges will share some curricular and co-curricular  innovations occurring on their campuses. Mt. Holyoke College will discuss experiences of scholar-athletes at women’s colleges, where their cerebral ability and athletic prowess are equally recognized and challenged. Learn about their success in and out of the classroom, their outcomes, and their continued relationship to the college as alumnae. Women’s colleges have long played a significant role in cultivating leaders. Attendees will learn how Simmons College transformed the core of every student’s academic experience, its general education curriculum, into a ground-breaking program focused on leadership. Women’s colleges have a proven track record in advancing women in STEM. At Smith College, the only U.S. women’s college with an engineering program, four in ten students major in science -- a rate double the national average for women. Learn how women’s colleges provide the resources, opportunities and guidance that create women leaders for society’s scientific and technological challenges.

[C] Respect Starts Here: Listen, Learn and Act

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Diana O'Connor, Librarian | Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School; and Lynn McBee, Chief Executive Officer; and Patty Leyendecker, Chief Development Officer

Young Women’s Preparatory Network has established an anti-bias program called Respect Starts Here -- Listen, Learn, and Act. Facing issues of race, gender, and class, the program targets students (grades 6-12), faculty and staff, with an emphasis on empathy for others. Learn about the implementation of this program; the execution of a kick-off conference; the creation of partnerships with social justice organizations; and the integration of this year-long curriculum in the classroom and out. This teaching is a crucial part of a girl's educational development, and will empower these school populations to be agents of social change within their communities and beyond.

[C] The Roadmap to Girls Innovate

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Theodora Miller, Director of Marketing and Communications; Doran McBride, Director of Technology; and Anna Hatfield, Project Manager for the Head of School | St. Catherine's School

What happens when you combine STEAM, community engagement, innovation and Middle School girls? Girls Innovate! Learn about this unique program, complete with dynamic speakers, community mentors and new technology, to see how design thinking brings girls’ ideas to life. Our Girls Innovate program brought together more than 1,000 girls in grades 5-12, including 200 guest students from underserved public schools. Learn from eighteen months of planning that involved corporate sponsorships, volunteer management, branding and communications. Find ways to replicate this program complete with hands-on Innovation Time powered by littleBits.

[C] The Value of Research: Using Data to Prompt Programmatic Change

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Jane Fried, Head of School | The Brearley School; Mariandl Hufford, Assistant Head of School and Director, Center for the Advancement of Girls | The Agnes Irwin School; Pete McCorkle, Director of Learning | Emma Willard School; and Olivia Haas, Director of Strategic Communications & Research | National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

Collecting mountains of assessment data can be relatively easy. Many schools survey students, parents, and alumnae about their school experiences. Summarizing the data into reports, however, is not the final step. What happens to the reports? Do they adorn the shelves of school heads or lie fallow, buried deep in some file cabinet or are they a catalyst for needed change? In this panel discussion, you will learn pitfalls to avoid when conducting research and about a variety of practices that can transform assessment reports into evidence to help enhance the student experience and learning.

[C] The Young Women’s Leadership Schools: Creating a College Going Culture

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Robert Robinson, Director of Programs and High School Partnerships and Jon Roure, Senior Managing Director | Young Women's Leadership Network/CollegeBound Initiative; Jessica Sabia, Director of College Counseling | Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem; and Lauren Quigley, Director of College Counseling | Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria

College access research has shown that girls having college plans by the 10th grade increases the likelihood of attending college by 21%, compared to when plans are created in the 12th grade. Planning early allows girls to be prepared academically, financially and emotionally. Students' achievements and aspirations must be fostered, developed and encouraged in a multitude of ways. Using a highly successful model including Patricia McDonough’s “Nine Critical Principles of a College Culture”, The Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) and CollegeBound Initiative (CBI) have created an incredibly successful college access and enrollment program. Join CBI in exploring ways that counselors, administrators, principals and schools can determine to what extent they are currently fostering a college going culture and the steps they might take in the future to strengthen that culture.