2016 Global Forum - INSPIRE! Sessions

[II] Framing Social Impact: How One Film Encourages Girls To Become Leaders in the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Children

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Libby Spears, Filmmaker and Nishima Chudasama, Director of Programs | Nest Foundation

In the US, the average age of entry into the sex trade is 13. Girls from all backgrounds are affected by the underground epidemic and the advent of the internet has resulted in an explosion of access to personal information and images of children. In this session, we’ll share how our high school curriculum, based on our film PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America, empowers girls to be smart and savvy as they navigate their world, both online and offline, and enables them to rise as leaders in the fight against an issue that affects them the most.

[II] Are We Really Preparing Our Girls for their Lives as Women?

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Alicia Johnson, M.Ed. Candidate | The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University and Trude Goodman, Middle School Director of Academic Technology | The Chapin School

It is commonly held that girls who attend all-girls schools grow up to be more confident and successful women as a direct result of the fact that their school experience was in a female-centered environment where they were insulated against the inequities faced by girls and women in the wider world. But is their education in this environment truly preparing them for the lived realities of being a woman in the world today? By discussing concrete and actionable strategies, this session will explore how educators in all-girls schools can better prepare our girls for their lives as women.

[II] Beyond Beauty: Media Literacy and Illiteracy in the Representation of Girls and Women

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Rathkopf, MS English/Media Literacy Teacher | Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich

Society and media present impossible images of beauty that manipulates girls’ views of belonging and self-worth. We must teach girls that their value lies in innovative thoughts, balanced choices, and decisive acts that benefit the greater good. This session provides research and statistics about negative media messages, and the damaging consequences to relational awareness. This discussion will present a process that encourages girls to notice, examine, and question the gender biases they encounter, and then take steps to enact change. Sexualization of girls, rape culture, and underrepresentation of women in leadership roles demands that we take action now.

[II] Blame my Brain, Not Me!

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Tracy Johnson, Headmistress | Gateways School (United Kingdom)

This session explores, from a lay person’s perspective, the very real physical and chemical changes which begin to occur in the brain anywhere from age 8 and how these changes manifest themselves in the familiar “teenage yuk”. While the session will not seek to excuse certain behavioural patterns it will explore some of the reasons behind them in the hope that it will makes them easier to recognize and ultimately respond to.

[II] Building Character, Compassion and Community: How to Support the Whole Girl through Physical Activity

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Allison Hauser, Executive Director and Lindsay Zickler, Program Manager | Girls on the Run NYC

Schools have recognized the importance of addressing the “whole girl.” Beginning in elementary school, girls face pressure surrounding academia, from their peers, parents and the media. During this interactive workshop, attendees will learn of a transformative physical activity-based youth development program that uses running to teach life skills and helps girls to cope with the stressors that life brings, along with the research behind it. Girls on the Run teaches more than just running. It is used as a form of relaxation as well as a time for self-reflection. Girls set goals and feel empowered after making healthy decisions. More specifically, Girls on the Run staff and teachers will discuss ways to promote values related to self-awareness, selecting healthy social relationships, and empowering girls to have a voice in their personal and community well-being. Workshop participants will actively engage in exercises that encompass the whole girl and leave with tools to help increase confidence in their own girls, develop life skills and foster connection with each other. One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain." Girls must learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

[II] The Center Should Not Hold: Creating Collaborative Student-Centered Networks

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Marc Maier, English Teacher | Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich

This session will discuss ways to create opportunities for your students to collaborate with each other using digital platforms to scaffold a student-centered learning environment. Be inspired to build and foster a community of learners that encourages innovation by seeding ideas through the classroom with blogging circles, digital writing portfolios, and discussion forums, a place where young women can cooperate and support each other. Students gain confidence and help each other by driving their learning forward using the freedom to engage in new modes of thinking in a distributed network in which you are not the hub but the facilitator.

[II] Co-Constructing Learning Experiences: Global Health and the Girl Child

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Sarah Anne Eckert, History Department Faculty and Research Associate for The Center for the Advancement of Girls | The Agnes Irwin School

Girls present a special set of issues and opportunities in the global health landscape. This presentation analyzes the creation and implementation of a special elective course co-designed in partnership with university faculty that explores the most pressing topics in global health issues facing girls today. Anchored by lectures delivered by a distinguished group of faculty from a local university, students in the course focus on health inequity and explore topics through discussion, research papers and solution-seeking group challenges. The presentation will offer both an overview of the course and best practices for creating interdisciplinary curricula in collaboration with university faculty.

[II] Connecting Students with Scientists: The Scientist Profile Project

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Joyce Reed, Science Teacher | Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich

Searching for a way to engage students with current science research and expose them to STEM professionals? This session will provide the details of an annual year-long project by eighth-grade students. Each student chooses a specific area of science that is of interest to them and then reads several articles on current research in this area. Students then interview a scientist or professional working in their field of interest and create a video explaining the topic and portraying their interview subject. Learn how you can create these inspiring connections for your students.

[II] Discover Leadership

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Peggy Boon, Dean of Faculty/Academics and Nancy Carrig, Dean of Student Life | Saint Gertrude High School

Discover Leadership, an incremental approach to growing the leader within each young woman, offers increased levels of complexity each year, aligning with academic and personal maturity. Developing leadership skills is a collaborative effort on the part of faculty, administration, alumnae, and community members to strengthen the character and confidence of every student. Essential elements of leadership are woven into activities, programs, and a summer internship, equipping young women to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. Attendees of this interactive session will take away ideas that can be applied to developing a comprehensive, community-oriented, leadership program.

[II] Financial Literacy and Girls' Empowerment

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Melissa Donohue, Founder and Principal | Financial Nutrition

This session will examine the critical relationship between financial literacy, and girls' and women's empowerment. We will look first at the current context for women and money, and how that impacts life choices around career, family, and education. We will then discuss the relationship between financial knowledge and behavior, and how discrimination and a lack of economic empowerment can impact young women's life choices and achievement. We will look then at the great opportunity in knocking down these barriers for women, by teaching girls about money and financial awareness. We will also examine how a financial literacy curriculum can fit into a school's programming, and how to start the class. In addition to my own research and current research, I will draw on my experience working with students from The Spence School, The Brearley School, The Chapin School, and The Nightingale-Bamford School, all in New York City.

[II] From Little Things Big Things Grow – The Evolution of a Marine Science and Diving Progamme

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Mark Staniforth, Head of Marine Science and Diving | St Mary's Anglican Girls' School (Australia)

This presentation demonstrates how student interest and an immersion in a real life experience can inspire the development of a Marine Science and Diving Programme which is now an example of the globalisation of school-based student-centred curriculum development with a focus on STEAM curricula in a girls’ school context. Through a hands-on approach and research based programme in scuba diving and marine science, girls’ perception of science can be changed and enhanced significantly, motivating them to enjoy and excel in science and applied technology. For our girls, it has opened up a new world of study, endeavour and excitement that has involved whale tracking and preservation and oceanic research. The presentation aims to provide an example of how to inspire and develop a STEAM programme that will enhance girls’ science education to a point where they are comfortable and motivated to pursue careers in related areas of study. Participants will be provided with an outline of the programme and a checklist to help develop school based STEAM curricula.

[II] Girls as Changemakers

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Kate Taylor, Director, Rudolph S. Rasin Center for Global Justice and Sara Sykes, Director of Admission | Westover School

The Girl Effect states that investing in girls is the solution to a better world. How can educators prepare girls to be thought leaders and global change-makers? How can we cultivate girls’ courage, creativity, and collaboration in areas where women are most underrepresented: STEM fields, business, politics? How do international students help broaden our perspectives, developing skills to thoughtfully and responsibly create change together? Join us to discuss Westover School's trans-curricular, holistic approach to empowering girls, living our motto, “To Think, To Do, To Be.”

[II] Girls from Diverse Communities: Building Partnerships Between Schools

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Carmen Pinto, Principal | Madonna Heights School and Allison Persad, Principal | The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

Girls from different beginnings, and sometimes different middles, can all have similar endings: success. The Madonna Heights School in Dix Hills, NY, is a residential school in a campus environment that teaches, strengthens and encourages young and adult women to heal from trauma. It provides 24-hour care in order to address their physical, emotional, and social needs, building confidence, strengthening family bonds and supporting the transition back home or to a new home in the community. TYWLS of Astoria is a 6-12 single sex school with a mission to empower the next generation of women through leadership, STEM, health and wellness, and college readiness with a robust partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Network. Two schools, two very different populations. One commonality: relational aggression. Principals share common experiences and best practices to support the social emotional growth of young girls.

[II] Girls Going Global: Empower, Engage and Inspire

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Sharon Mahony, Global Exchange Co-ordinator | St Margaret's Anglican Girls School (Australia)

With a strategic intent to foster girls' cultural and global competencies, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Brisbane, Australia, has developed survey instruments to measure the impact of their unique global exchange program. Of particular interest are the longer term outcomes related to student development and engagement with student leadership, as a direct result of program participation. A series of surveys is completed by each student at key stages throughout her global exchange journey. Feedback not only demonstrates the positive impact of the program but has proven invaluable for its continued development and success. An international experience delivers opportunities that culturally enlighten, empower and broaden the aspirations of young women. St Margaret's offers 35 places annually for Year 10 girls to spend a term in a partner school in one of ten countries, and in turn hosts their exchange partners in an alternate term. Global exchange provides the platform for enhanced development of life skills through daily challenges in an unfamiliar cultural environment. This session explores the global exchange journey and provides tools and digital data which will assist you to establish or enhance your current exchange program. Focus then shifts to assessing outcomes and the value of operating a global exchange program and measuring its impact and success.

[II] Imagination Mindset: Ideas and Techniques for Integrating the Arts with Students (K-5)

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Joanne Emery, English - Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator | The Kent Place School

The key to appreciation and application of the arts is the cultivation of a growth or an imagination mindset, an attitude that is both curious and resilient. By incorporating the arts into the classroom, teachers and students construct knowledge and gain deeper understanding. The ability for teachers to nurture students’ personal artistic talents is important in building awareness of an imagination mindset. Through movement, drama, and storytelling, students collaborate, solve problems and express what they had learned. Artistic endeavors helped students to develop what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi termed flow or optimal experience. Teachers are instrumental in providing a creative space where students take risks and think beyond the box. Through creative arts experiences, students become intrinsically connected to the curriculum and engaged in learning.

[II] Increasing Girls' Interest in STEAM through Inquiry-Based Curricular Units

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Jeannette Adkins, Upper School Science Instructor | Saint Catherine's School and Dean Goodwin, Science Instructor | Tatnall School

Schools globally are implementing interdisciplinary science initiatives in response to current educational research that addresses the needs of the 21st-century workforce. A curriculum that is centered on a hands-on, inquiry-based approach that utilizes place-based experiential learning opportunities will be described in this session. The presenters will show how to use this pedagogy to supplement traditional classroom instructional methods. The use of inquiry-based units meets all the criteria as outlined in the proven strategies in SciGirls 7 for engaging girls in STEM. This type of inquiry-based curriculum unit not only allows for differentiation of instruction but also the introduction of global problems.

[II] Inspiring Girls to Campaign

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Jo MacKenzie, Headmistress | Bedford Girls' School (United Kingdom)

Girls’ Leadership Groups in schools are beginning to recognise the power of their own voice and want to be given the opportunity to make a difference whilst at school. How do you provide these opportunities for girls and how do you get them to campaign successfully whilst operating in a school environment to bring about effective change? At Bedford Girls’ School we have run many successful campaigns and would be delighted to share with you what we are doing to empower our young women.

[II] Keeping Girls on the STEAM Train

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Melissa Tighe, AP Calculus Teacher | Mayfield Senior Schoo

Learn how a veteran AP Calculus teacher keeps girls passionate about mathematics through senior year, helps over 50% of her students earn 4's and 5's on the AP, and encourages them to stay in STEAM fields through college and beyond. Specifically we'll look at how alumnae speakers, girl-relevant word problems (from the mathematics of Google to the mathematics of love), cultivating a growth mindset and habits of excellence (including the Pomodoro Technique) combine with dynamic lesson plans and interactive classes to keep students saying studying mathematics was a high point of their school experience and something they want to continue.

[II] Learning to Lead: How to Unlock the Leadership Potential in all our Girls

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Jane Danvers, Principal | Wilderness School (Australia)

The formation of leadership identity is fundamental to the future capacity of young women to pursue their goals and to ensure greater representation of women in all tiers of leadership. Learning to Lead will illustrate how a narrative of growth drives a whole school approach to unlocking the leadership potential in each girl. Participants will be able to explore one school’s journey to establish a PK-12 leadership framework using developmental progressions of leadership capabilities across the curriculum. The outcome for each girl is a responsive and descriptive leadership profile which documents her growth as a leader for use by teachers, girls and their parents.

[II] Mindfulness Matters by femcho*

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Tina de Lemps, Founder | femcho* and Carin Cohen | femcho* and Little Red Schoolhouse

femcho* is currently offered at three Young Women's Leadership Schools. Workshop attendees will participate in a mini-version of an actual session. By experiencing femcho*, they will gain first-hand knowledge of how impactful and beneficial this program can be. Through a unique combination of dance/fitness and "girl-talk", girls can be fit, healthy, and confident. The dance/fitness portion promotes physical health and wellness. The "girl-talk" is facilitated, interactive discussions which take place in a safe, nurturing environment. femcho* promotes character building, acceptance of cultural diversity, social media mindfulness, friendship/anti-bullying, self-image, life skills, and stress management.

[II] Pubertal Girls at School: Body Talk in the Classroom

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Karen Winkler, Assistant Professor of Community Health | City University of New York/Hostos Community College

Join a lively conversation about girls’ rapidly changing (and sometimes unruly!) pubertal bodies in the classroom. Learn about the developmental challenges and psychological opportunities for girls during puberty. How can we support them as they struggle with the ways their evolving bodies impact their relational worlds and sense of self? How can we help girls sustain pleasure, curiosity, confidence, and agency during the transformations of puberty? Discussion will explore ways to support gender non-conforming students, and to encourage all girls to question the relentless gendering and sexualizing of their bodies in the culture. Come share your insights and experiences.

[II] Sexuality Education: Why the Confidence and Community Built through Classroom Discussion is as Important as the Curriculum

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Joyce McFadden, NCPsyA | The Spence School/Private Practice and Guido Sanchez, Chair of the Health Education Department | The Spence School

Classrooms have the power to create a culture around health, wellness, and identity that builds confidence and a sense of belonging rather than the shame and isolation girls express feeling. Using research on girls’ experiences of learning about sexuality, come explore a model of collaboration that led to a girl-centered 4th-12th grade sexuality education curriculum. As research highlights the negative impact a deficiency of community around sexual development has on girls’ well-being, the curriculum was constructed based not only on self-knowledge, but on the imperative for self-confidence, and the empathy and critical thinking crucial to self-agency and personal development.

[II] Sprouting Minds: Building Mindfulness, Mindset, and Resilient Leadership within the Classroom

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Nancy Taylor, Junior School Curriculum Leader and Head of Junior LINCWell and Laura D'Angelo, Middle School LINCWell Teacher and Counsellor | St. Clement's School (Canada)

Sprouting Minds is an innovative, research-based classroom program designed to address growth mindset, resiliency, anxiety and perfectionism in grade 5 and 6 girls. Using a multimodal curriculum, girls learn how their brains develop and change by trying new experiences and making mistakes. Strategies such as positive self-talk and mindfulness are internalized through activities, discussions and reflection. Guest speakers share authentic stories about their youth to help girls connect the program themes to their own lives. These classes equip the girls with practical tools to manage academic, social and emotional worries that can interfere with learning and sometimes lead to perfectionism.

[II] Successful Alternative Assessment: Physics for Girls Who Want to Change the World

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: LaShonda Torbert, Physics Teacher and Joanna Caudle, Upper School Science Department Chair | Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Using a global connection to a non-profit with stations in Peru and Tanzania, two ambitious educators endeavored to teach their students about principles within physics using design and engineering challenges to help the poor communities in these regions. Students conducted research and communicated with experts from the non-profit in-country to design and build a helpful device such as a solar oven or portable power source. Easy to scale up or down, come and find out the highs and lows of such a project, and engage in the process of brainstorming to try it out in your class or school.

[II] We Make Makers

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Alicia Testa, Technology Integrator and Melinda Huffman, Science Teacher | Stuart Country Day School

Explore how Stuart Country Day School, an all-girls PK-12 independent school in Princeton, NJ, is leading the charge of the Maker Movement in the curriculum. ​Hear​ how we create projects that infuse Making, Design, Computational Thinking and Technology in our Middle and Upper Schools. Come learn how students are developing important skills by participating in the Maker Movement and STEM. Participants will spend time brainstorming ideas for their own classrooms and will be given the opportunity to make a project or two! Come learn, explore, make, and collaborate with others!

[II] Women's Colleges in the 21st Century: Why We Matter

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM


[II] Writing to Wake Up: A Pedagogy of Mindfulness

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Jenny Kirsch, Associate, Center for Teaching and Learning Through Writing and Maureen Burgess, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Through Writing; Middle School Head | The Hewitt School

In an age of endless opportunities for distraction, students sometimes struggle to maintain attention in even the most collaborative classroom. Many begin to skim rather than read deeply, switch topics rather than pursue difficult questions, or listen only to themselves in a discussion rather than genuinely considering the ideas of others. In this workshop, led by Jenny Kirsch and Maureen Burgess of The Hewitt School’s Center for Teaching and Learning Through Writing, participants will explore specific writing practices to cultivate mindfulness in the classroom.

[II] Schools Not Factories: How Student-Driven, Global Collaboration Fosters Authentic Learning

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Homa Tavanger, Author/Advisor|Growing up Global

Inspired by Sugata Mitra's TED-Prize-winning school-in-the-cloud model, learn about a self-organized learning environment (SOLE) with a diverse team of experts and practitioners. We’ll explore effective roles for teachers and discuss an environment where children of all abilities learn, collaborate, unlock the big questions and ignite passions. This self-directed learning model engages students through the use of technology, self-discovery, collaboration, and social media. During this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to experience a guided SOLE for themselves, in order to take it back to their schools.

[II] Igniting Political Ambition in Young Women Across America

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Kristin Hayden, Chief Partnership Officer | IGNITE

IGNITE is building a national movement to dramatically increase the number of young women who are ready and eager to become to next generation of political leaders. We have a curriculum to teach young women why political leadership is important and how to get there. Join this session to learn about how to inspire and equip young women to see political leadership as not just a responsibility, but a calling!

[II] Women's Colleges and Universities: "The New Cool"!

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Michele Ozumba, President | Women's College Coalition

A nationally prominent blogger recently described women's colleges as the "New Cool".  This session explores the broad diversity, attributes and value of today's women's colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.  With a fresh perspective on why it matters for young girls to have the choice of a women's college experience, the discussion highlights why attending a women's college is a matter of  intentionality; why it is to be seen as "selecting", not "settling".  Join Michele Ozumba, President of Women's College Coalition for a lively conversation about women's colleges and the latest happenings at the Women's College Coalition.