NCGE - 2012 Session Descriptions

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Pre-conference Session I
Fight Like a Girl

This workshop will focus on the martial arts as a vehicle through which girls gain self-knowledge, develop resilience, and practice leadership. The workshop will begin with an overview of the structure and teaching methods of the Madeira Karate activity program, including anecdotal successes. The majority of the time will be spent covering self-defense as it is taught to the freshman class at the Madeira School. Participants will be engaged mentally and physically in self-defense activities and will gain skills, drills, and information that they can take back to their institution.

Presenter: Kyoshi Stacey Boyette, Madeira School (VA)

Using Games With Girls to Explore Self- Acceptance, Interpersonal Trust, and Voice in Their Community

This workshop will lead participants through a series of three games, each designed to explore first-hand key issues within girls’ education. The approach of using a game and then debriefing the experience has value both in and out of classrooms, and is an often overlooked and underutilized resource to beginning meaningful conversations among students and staff. This workshop will also consider how this work can inform professional understandings of school culture, character education, and college completion for female students.

Presenters: Lora Dever, Michelle Philippin, Girls Prep Charter School (NY)

Leadership in Action

This workshop on everyday leadership is designed to help educators learn to challenge middle school girls to better understand themselves: their values, personalities, skills, interests, and dreams. Participants will engage in exercises in conflict resolution, effective communication, team building, and creative problem solving that will assist them in helping their students understand who they are and how that translates into how they lead.

Presenters: Lauren Laschon, Michelle Rust, The Ellis School (PA); Jean Mercier, President of the AATF Western (PA)

Girls and Financial Literacy: Making it real

Financial literacy allows you to be independent, to put your goals into action, to plan for the future, to help people that you care about and support causes you believe in. This session will show how economics can be fun, safe, and rewarding when relevant to the lives of students and how girls can harness the power of their own interests and experiences while developing financial competence, confidence, and leadership.

Presenter: Denise Hartford, Havergal College (Toronto, Canada)

Robotics Kits Across the Curriculum: Integrating STEM in Middle and High School Courses

Robotics is one way to provide early exposure to a variety of STEM experiences in the kind of hands-on collaborative environment in which girls and young women thrive. In this workshop, participants will learn from examples of lessons that have already been prepared and tested in the classroom and will get to see and touch Robot Diaries kits and engage in a hands–on programming experience using these kits. Workshop presenters will also facilitate a discussion of ways to integrate robotics across the curriculum at girls’ schools. Teachers and administrators will come away with ideas, resources, and concrete and specific next steps to include Robot Diaries at their own school.

Presenters: Terry Richards, Elizabeth Perry, The Ellis School (PA)

2:40 PM – 3:25 PM Pre-conference Session II
Apples to Apps to Androids: What Our Schools Need to Know About Wireless Technology

You hear lots of buzz words, like engaged learning, 21st century mobile learning, etc., but what’s right for your institution and the student body? New wireless tools and technologies are giving you ways to create more exciting and varied educational opportunities than ever before. How can you expand your mobile education options beyond school walls with the right solutions? Come hear the Associate Director of Marketing and Sales Operations at Verizon Wireless, responsible for the consumer and business markets, talk from a strategic and tactical perspective. Learn what K12 and higher education emerging technologies have had a positive impact in schools.

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Presenter: Toni May, Verizon Wireless (DC)

The Traveling School – The World As Classroom

This workshop is on a semester abroad program for girls ages 15-18. A semester away provides a unique opportunity to reflect on oneself as a learner and as a community member, but it is not an experience that exists in isolation. Semester aboard schools teach transferable skills that allow alumna to return to their high schools with a renewed sense of self and the ability to both contribute to and benefit from their school community.

Presenter: Gennifre Hartman, The Traveling School (MT)

The Personal is Political: Helping Teenage Girls Manage Themselves and Become Straightforward Leaders in a World that Trains Them to be Otherwise

How do we help our girls grow out from society’s gender norms into newer, eminently more respectable, well-related, happier, capable, more confident girls? By teaching them, of course, just as you teach them the “hard skills” their subject classes cover every day. We call them Soft Skills, adopting Workplace Life skills’ expert Peggy Klaus’s term. In the workshop, presenters will guide participants through lessons based on the group’s issues working with girls and will model as teachers so that the audience can experience the lesson as students would. Examples of lessons are: “How to deflect gossip when it’s offered,” “How to pick up the pieces when you’ve done it wrong” and “Owning our unique traits: why trying to be liked by everyone is a losing game.”

Presenters: Emily Wylie, Colleen McGeehan, The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem (NY)

Bridging Athletics and Academics: How Coaching Girls Informs Teaching Girls

Research has shown that student success is predicated on three factors – rigor, relevance, and relationships. The model for coaches allows them to create real physical rigor, relevance based on player investment in performance, and most of all – meaningful relationships. This workshop will look at best practices for coaching girls, real world case studies in which coaching and teaching the same student has led to great success and implications, and applications for the classroom.

Presenters: Eliza McLaren, Lois Miller, Roland Park Country School (MD)

The Next Generation of Women Leaders

This interactive workshop will focus on attributes of effective leadership. Recent research has pointed to a continuing bias against women leaders, particularly when it comes to evaluating their leadership ability. Essential skills and dispositions will be identified that can be translated to the classroom in developing leadership in girls and young women.

Participants will learn tools and strategies for teaching, coaching, and developing the next generation of women leaders.

Presenter: Adele Bovard, Webster Schools (NY)

Trials and Errors of Tracking Alumni in College and Technology Tools That Can Help You do it More Effectively

Presenters from Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) will highlight the importance of developing systems to help track high school graduates as they enter and persist through college. They will reveal their current reporting structure and the organizationally identified need to implement a robust, flexible tracking system. The discussion will conclude with an overview of the decision to create a partnership between YWLN (not for profit), JumpRope Corporation, an educational technology service provider (private) and the New York City Department of Education schools (public) and how this partnership provides opportunities to students in their educational careers.

Presenters: Jon Roure, Selina Suarez, CollegeBound Initiative, Young Women’s Leadership Network (NY); Jesse Olsen, JumpRope Technology (NY)

Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Concurrent Session I
Global Issues in Girls’ Education: Best Practices, Communications and American Girl Engagement

Being born a girl carries with it a significant education disadvantage in many countries. Although many countries have made progress in narrowing the gender gaps in education over the past decade, many girls are sill being left behind in educational opportunities. This panel will discuss girls’ issues and girls’ education from a non-US perspective. The panel will then go on to talk about how we communicate these topics through different forms of media and how American girls can become advocates for their global counterparts.

Presenters: Pamela Kraus, St. John’s College (MD); Holly Gordon, 10×10 (NY); Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Girl Up Campaign & Global Partnerships (DC); and Ann Van Zyl, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (South Africa)

Connecting Girls to the World: Forming and Sustaining Enriching Partnerships

Creating and sustaining meaningful school partnerships can elevate the educational impact of a school and connect girls to a wider world beyond their own communities. There are thousands of organizations and corporations, including STEM, health and wellness, career preparation, and leadership/social change, that provide substantive and innovative opportunities for girls. This workshop will provide a roadmap to develop a partnership strategy, vet possible partners, develop sustainable partner relationships, and evaluate a partnership’s success.

Presenters: Polly Lagana, Jessica Baxter, Young Women’s Leadership Network (NY)

Making Advisory Meaningful: Using a Non-Academic Class to Develop Confidence, Leadership and Lifelong Productivity in Young Women

This workshop focuses on Advisory Program that uses an innovative schedule, offers a personalized learning environment, supports students’ academic progress, and promotes personal growth to provide a non-academic environment for success in school. During this workshop, presenters will share their schedule and explore possibilities for media as an aid to discussion and student leadership.

Presenters: Meg Cain, Abigail Goldstein, Shannon DeRosa, Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (NY)

A Crisis of Confidence? How Participatory Action Research Alleviated Anxieties about Life Outside the Bubble

How do girls anticipate interacting in co-ed environments after graduation? This presentation will use participatory action research from students at Miss Porter’s School and scholars at the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives ( to discuss how girls’ school graduates feel empowered to take intellectual risks while also thriving in social settings. Participants will explore the significance of creating more opportunities for natural interactions with boys, designing programs to involve young alumnae in student life on a regular basis, and orchestrating other organizational changes that will help girls “outside the bubble”.

Presenter: Jessica Watkin, Miss Porter’s School (CT)

Re-defining Gender Expectations Through Girls’ Coalition Groups

This workshop will describe and demonstrate how Girls’ Coalition Groups guided by our one-of-a-kind curriculum, From Adversaries to Allies, are transformational for girls. Current harassment and bully-prevention programs do little to address the relational and societal realities of girls’ lives, or the underlying causes of girlfighting behavior. By offering girls a safe space, adult muses, and tools to critically look at media stereotypes, double standards, and divisive messages, girls learn how to support one another in camaraderie while positively affecting the world through social action.

Presenters: Emily Brostek, Hardy Girls Healthy Women (ME)

It Takes a Village: Building Sustainable Partnerships Between Scientists, Community Organizations and Girls

In this workshop, presenters from each organization will describe their frameworks for supporting scientist public outreach with girls, particularly in urban areas. This workshop is ideal for those seeking to invest in partnerships with scientists and community organizations that challenge gender and other intersecting social and cultural stereotypes in STEM through hands-on, minds-on activities. The workshop will highlight nationally recognized approaches and provide participants with concrete ideas and resources to implement similar programs at home.

Presenters: Dr. Connie Chow, Science Club for Girls & Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative (MA); Dr. Linda Kekelis, Techbridge (CA); Jameela Jafri, Project Exploration (IL)

The Essential Impact of Advisory on Girls’ Education

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Gkourlias and Ms. Rebell will introduce a girls’ advisory curriculum for middle school and high school that centers on five core areas of focus: Leadership Development, Organization and Study Skills, School Culture and Community, Health and Wellness, and College/Career Preparation. Participants will learn how strong advisory programs can help students re-define cultural gender expectations and build the confidence to become leaders in their communities as well as advocates for themselves. Participants will also work to brainstorm specific needs of girls in their communities as an initial step in developing and reshaping advisory programs in their own schools.

Presenters: Laura Rebell Gross, Dr. Jennifer Gkourlias, Young Women’s College Prep Charter School of Rochester (NY)

We’re Going to College?! Working with First Generation, College Bound Girls and Their Families

In this session, participants will explore the challenges faced by first generation, underrepresented young women. Participants will explore what it takes to create a college bound culture that supports them and their families on the road to post-secondary opportunities. We will also discuss what it means for these girls to be “college ready” and how a comprehensive program serves them.

Presenter: Ann Marano, Irma L. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (TX)

Creating a High Challenge, Low Threat Classroom

Research shows us that adolescents, particularly girls, thrive in a setting where they feel challenged but not threatened. In this workshop, we will describe our assessment structure and will assist attendees in brainstorming how to apply this idea to your classroom. Participants will learn how Edmodo, a free, educational social-networking platform, helps students develop skills in collaboration and communication in a stress free environment.

Presenters: Ashley M. Johnson, Reyna K. Pratt, Madeira School (VA)

Welcome to the 21st Century

In 2040 it is predicted that the United States will become a developing country due to the lack of vision, leadership and funding of education. Inertia stagnates; resistance to change persists. Yet, we at girls’ schools know that our girls with their acute sense of global responsibility and community should be the answer to successfully move us into and through the 21st century. Let’s challenge each other by sharing answers to these questions: What are the skills needed for the 21st century? How does that change classroom instruction and curricular development? How does that affect the physical facilities? What are the important technology tools for the classroom? Where, how, and when does globalization come into the classroom? What innovative designs have you instituted? How do you teach creativity, resiliency, and leadership?

Presenters: Jeanne Goka, Jill DiCuffa, Shamaa Lakshmanan, and Jamie Langley, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (TX)

Public-Private School Partnerships for Girls

NCGS and Wingspan Partnerships have jointly launched an initiative to develop a pilot group of three independent girls’ schools and their sister public schools for girls, in Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington DC. This group seeks to develop programs relevant to their unique situations, focus on best partnership practice, and model effective partnership. Building on the national movement of independent schools engaging more actively with their community – particularly for the benefit of underserved students – these schools are enhancing the academic and social experience of private and public school students, while expanding community support.

Wingspan Partnerships will describe the national context for these public-private partnerships. Public and independent school leaders from the partnership schools will present their aims and experiences, discuss the particular relevance of these partnerships for girls and girls’ schools, and invite participants in the session to consider their opportunities for similar partnerships.

Presenters: Jacqueline Smethurst, Wingspan Partnerships (CA); Holly Fidler, Laurel School (OH); Whitney Ransome, Garrison Forest School (MD); Kaye Savage, Excel Academy Public Charter School (DC)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Session II
Featured Speaker Session

The Gender Gap in College: Why It Matters and How it Has Changed Over Time

Dr. Sax will present her current research, using national longitudinal data on college students over the past four decades. Currently women comprise an increasing majority of college students—up to 57 percent nationwide. This “gender gap” in higher education has garnered renewed public interest. Unfortunately, focusing on the gender gap solely in terms of a zero-sum admissions game overlooks the role that gender plays once students are enrolled. Dr. Sax’s work has focused on questions such as how male and female college students differ from each other in terms of their backgrounds, characteristics, and dispositions and how gender influences the way in which they experience college.

Presenter: Dr. Linda Sax, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies UCLA (CA)

Engineering Design in Your STEM Classroom or Club: What is that “E” in STEM?

The engineering design process is a critical thinking skill that our 21st century students need to know and utilizes students’ creative, innovative, analytical, teamwork, and communication skills in crucial ways that students may not experience in a traditional classroom. Both engineering science topics and the engineering design process can readily be integrated into any STEM classroom from K-12 while enhancing the core science or math topic. Participants will leave this session able to distinguish among the STEM disciplines, having developed the engineering design process themselves. Participants will also explore readily available engineering K-12 curriculum and work to create their own first engineering design experience for a class they teach or extra-curricular activity they run.

Presenter: Stacy Klein-Gardner, Harpeth Hall (TN)

How Teaching and Learning Centers Cultivate Authenticity and Build Communities that Support the Whole Child.

In a culture that increasingly emphasizes achievement, perfectionism, competition, and narrow constructions of success, how do young women and girls develop authentic identities and a sense of self in relation to their communities? This workshop explores how two schools developed teaching and learning centers to promote the healthy development of women and girls in the areas of self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-advocacy both within their school communities and beyond. Hear about how these centers support the whole girl, interface with teachers, advisors and guidance counselors, and promote notions of service, leadership, and independence in the transition to their respective divisions and to life beyond high school. Expect to leave with practical suggestions for starting a center in your school.

Presenter: Elinor Scully, Alison Gammage, National Cathedral School (DC); Cathy McGehee, Diane Vacarrino, Karen Brockenbrough, St. Catherine’s School (VA)

Classroom Publication as a Tool of Empowerment and Engagement

At the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, we have found that large-scale publication projects are fantastic tools to build confidence in girls, engage them in rigorous, real-world writing tasks, push them to revise their work, and teach them to collaborate meaningfully. This presentation includes information about how teachers can start and fund their own publishing houses, how they can create publication-based curricula that value authentic, publishable writing tasks with a real audience, and how they can use publishing technology in the classroom. We will include curriculum tools, samples of student writing, and artifacts, videos, and photos from our experiences with publication.

Presenters: Mary Maddox, Paige Conn, The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem (NY)

Case Study: Building an Effective Confidence Curriculum

The presenters will share a case study focused on the process by which Step Up Women’s Network, in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting and Jess Weiner of Talk to Jess, LLC, evaluated after-school programs, developed 11 key outcomes and behavior indicators of confident, college-bound and career-ready teens and designed new confidence curriculum aligned with those outcomes. While the curriculum was designed specifically for underserved high-school girls in an after-school setting, the evaluation and curriculum development process is applicable to professionals in all aspects of education.

Presenters: Jenni Luke, Step Up Women’s Network (CA); Jess Weiner, Talk to Jess, LLC (CA)

Strong, Smart, Bold: Navigating Successfully Through the Challenges of Girlhood

In a society that still greatly undervalues women, girls face distinct challenges in navigating the difficult task of growing up. This session will share learning and practices developed by Girls Inc. over many decades to help girls develop the skills and self-confidence to navigate successfully through challenges and barriers. Participants will learn about elements essential to the effective programming delivered by Girls Inc., as well as the critical but sensitive topics that need to be explored but often are not. We will also provide examples of ways that Girls Inc. affiliates partner with schools to deliver programs and carry out projects to provide a much needed focus on developing healthy, educated, and independent girls.

Presenter: April Osajima, Girls Inc. (DC)

Building a Comprehensive Leadership Program in Your School

Female leadership programs simultaneously shape and challenge cutting edge research on female leadership development. Learn how mission-driven leadership programs can be integrated into the curriculum, service learning, advisory, clubs, and the school’s daily vocabulary. The benefits of developing a leadership infrastructure that undergirds all student experiences will be illustrated.

Presenters: Jennifer M. Adams, Traci Keller, The Harpeth Hall School (TN); Caroline Blatti, Hutchison School (TN)

Teaching Girls Activism for Leadership in Gender Justice & Global Equality

Come hear about an innovative leadership development and civic education project to launch the first International Day of the Girl, based on School Girls Unite’s pilot project. Then, learn more about how girls at the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) use writing, social media, and partnerships with local and national organizations such as GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services), SPARK, and Hollaback! to create change locally and nationally on issues that are important to them. These transformational opportunities provide girls the chance to become social change agents and leaders who recognize the power of partnerships, public speaking, writing, and advocacy. Educators and administrators interested in teaching girls how to examine the intersections of race, class, and gender alongside activism and academics will emerge with new approaches and materials to use in their classrooms and schools.

Presenters: Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, Youth Activism Project (MD); Joanne Conelley, Day of the Girl (MD); Ileana Jiménez, and LREI (NY)

Surviving in a Coed World

An> inside look at the programs, training, and partnerships at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston whose focus is increasing awareness of girls’ issues through marketing and public relations. This workshop will show an integrated approach to remaining relevant and establishing leadership within a world that continues to push against gender specific programs and education.

Presenters: Deborah Re, Diane Zipoli, Sharon Daura, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston (MA)

Online Learning for Girls: A Single Gender Approach to Increased Opportunity and Greater Connections

This presentation will show how the online school has been built around four principles for engaging girls in online courses (connection, collaboration, creativity, and application) that work to both encourage engagement and success in academic pursuits and connect girls to counterparts and kindred spirits around the world. Examples will be given from many subject areas and levels of courses.

Presenters: Brad Rathgeber, Online School for Girls (MD); Janet Wolfe, St. Paul’s School for Girls (MD)

Promoting Girls in STEM

Participants will learn why girls tend to lose interest in STEM, they will investigate programs that improve girls’ outcomes and aspirations, and they will consider innovative models that best prepare girls for the demands of 21st century STEM careers. Come away with specific research-based strategies that can be incorporated into the classroom to ensure girls are educated in a way that fosters confidence in science and technology.

Presenters: Cassia Sonderleiter, The Archer School for Girls (CA); Rashida Bradley, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens (NY)

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Concurrent Sessions III
Featured Speaker Session

How The Landscape Of Single-Sex Schooling Has Evolved Over The Past Decade And A Half And What I See For The Future

Professor Salomone will focus on policy that applies to both the public and private sectors and will cover issues such as the relevance of brain research, the implications of the “boy problem” for girls’ education, the continued concerns raised by women’s advocacy groups, changing demographics and the increasing religious and ethnic diversity of the school population, the implications of the current accountability agenda, and charter schools.

Presenter: Dr. Rosemary Salomone, St. John’s University Law School (NY)

Creating Safe Spaces For Adolescent/Teenage Girls

Workshop participants will learn strategies used for building trusting, open, safer and healthier relationships between adults and youth, with a focus on how to help the youth turnkey that into their peer relationships. Using a multimedia presentation, including interviews with girls about their experiences in our school, participants will understand the key components of our school’s emotional wellness programs.

Presenters: Josephine Ramage, Julie Wood, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn (NY)

Growing Up Girl: Media Literacy And Adolescent Development In A Digital Age

This session explores the media literacy programs designed and implemented by Hathaway

Brown and Windsor. The media literacy curriculum is based on the premise that, to compete and thrive, an educated student must have the skills to competently interpret and contextualize the thousands of designed messages sent to her each day.

Presenters: Terry Dubow, Hathaway Brown (OH); Suzanne B. Baumann, Winsor School (MA)

Math: A Deciding Factor in the Lives of Girls and Women — Success in Math for Females has Powerful Consequences

Identity formation, educational opportunities, job options, and economic potential are all affected by perception and by achievement in math. Why does success in math at middle school have lifelong consequences? How can educators and parents use data from the United States and from the global community to influence positively the mathematical experiences of girls? This workshop identifies the strategies, the learning environment, the mindset, and the curricular choices that directly benefit girls, especially at the middle school level.

Presenter: Nancy Davies, Orchard House School (VA)

Training Teachers For Success In Single Gender Classrooms

How do we support teachers in creating transformative classroom experiences—classrooms designed for the ways girls learn best? In particular, how do we bring new teachers at girls schools up to speed with these best practices intentionally so they are positioned for success as they start their first year? Participants will hear about the details of the course that the Online Schools for Girls ran in three sessions during the summer of 2011 to address these issues.

Presenters: Patty Carver, Holton Arms School (MD); Cathy Murphree, The Hockaday School (TX)

An Innovative High School Scientific Research Program: Breaking Gender Expectations In STEM

The Honors Research in Science program at Marlborough School will be presented as an affirmation of the School’s commitment to guide girls from advanced high school science courses to careers in science. This program, now in its 15th year, offers 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to experience original research guided by leading scientists in the greater Los Angeles area.

Presenters: Dr. Elizabeth Ashforth, Dr. Arleen Forsheit, Marlborough School (CA)

Empowering and Teaching Teachers

The richest resource of a girls’ school is its faculty. Come learn about strategies for teaching teachers, including mentoring, collegial feedback, collaborative curriculum development and mini-classes for teachers. This session will offer a combination of practical pedagogy, innovative research and proven experience.

Presenters: Angela Stepancic, Washington Middle School for Girls (WA); Meg McClellan, Emma Willard School (NY)

For Men Only: A Single Sex Workshop for Men Who Teach Girls

A popular saying proclaims that, “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” The reality is that girls need honorable men in their lives the way fish need water. They need men who can project both strength and kindness and make what is right more important than what feels good. This workshop is intended to provide a supportive environment where participants can give voice to their successes and concerns about the vital role of male educators in a society where men are increasingly absent from the lives of their daughters.

Presenters: John Bjornton, Drew Higginbotham, The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem (NY)

Literature As A Vehicle For Leadership And Action

Reading and writing about literature can foster voice, agency, and leadership. As 21st century teachers in the humanities, we can use literature to encourage young women to connect what they read to their own lives, develop voice and self-confidence, and ultimately launch their own ideas for change. Using assignments that include writing, visual and performance art, and cultural critique, we will explore how students learn to think critically and respond actively to literary texts. As young women engage with literature, they draw as well on their own experiences and other sources to form their positions, composing themselves in the process.

Presenters: Douglas DuBrin, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart (IL); Norma Greco, The Ellis School (PA); Aerie Treska, Kelsey Twist Schroeder, Roland Park Country School (MD)

The First All Girls’ School In A Large Urban School District: A Leader’s Perspective

A member of the leadership team that has been involved in the starting of an all girls’ school in one of the largest school districts in the United States will share the reaction and response of the school community. Hear about preliminary data from the responses of the stakeholders, which consist of school leaders, parents, teachers, students and community members about the initial phases, viability and future growth of this unique educational opportunity for urban female students.

Presenter: Jyoti Malhan, Young Women’s College Preparatory (TX)

The Foundation for the Education of Young Women: Lessons from Public-Private Partnership in Education

The Foundation for the Education of Young Women (FEYW) starts and supports all-girls, college preparatory, public schools in Texas. By utilizing a public-private partnership model, we now have six schools operating successfully in urban districts across Texas and are serving over 2,000 young women. In this panel discussion, FEYW leadership will discuss our partnership with public school districts across the state, and the principals of our network schools will share how they have utilized the partnership to build programming in our schools’ three core areas: college readiness, service leadership, and health and wellness.

Presenters: Amy Bean, Executive Director-FEYW (TX); Vivian Taylor, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (TX); Michelle Krejci, Ann Richards School (TX); Jeanne Goka, Anne Richards School (TX); Delia McLerran, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (TX); Berta Forgerson, Talkington School for Young Women Leaders (TX); Mia Hall-Young Women’s Leadership Academy (TX)

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Concurrent Sessions IV
Featured Speaker Session

Gender and Technological Desire

Dr. Brunner will present on the decades of research about how the desires and expectations we have, in relation to the technologies that are increasingly part of our lives, are gendered. She will describe the profound differences between a masculine perspective, what it privileges and wants from technology, and a feminine perspective, what the important differences in assumptions and uses are that help explain why many young women fail to consider technology a promising arena for their talents. Dr. Brunner will draw out the implications of these different kinds of “voices” in the discourse around technology in general, and technology education specifically, and share a few examples of efforts to include and address the feminine perspective in educational projects.

Presenter: Dr. Cornelia Brunner, Center for Children and Technology (NY)

Facebook Ate My Daughter (with Apologies to Peggy Orenstein)

Today, 73 percent of American girls 13 to 17 years of age have a Facebook page. Among middle-income and affluent girls, that figure is above 85 percent. Social networking has become more common among younger girls too, with sites making inroads among girls as young as eight. How are these new social media changing what counts in the lives of American girls? This presentation begins with a review of recent research and then we will consider how the culture of texting, YouTube, and Facebook have created a world in which girls are hyperconnected to same-age girls 24/7 – but increasingly disconnected from themselves.

Presenter: Leonard Sax MD PhD, Author & National Association for Single Sex Public Education (PA)

Making a Modern Woman: The Role of the History Classroom in Preparing Girls for the 21st Century

The study of history gives critical insight to the causes of current events and helps young women develop and engage in habits of the mind vital for insightful community and global leadership and participation. This workshop aims to provide participants with concrete lesson plans, pedagogical techniques and curriculum recommendations for the study of history in all-girls environments. We will also examine the common misunderstanding of the concept of feminism and how the history classroom should play a critical role in educating girls about feminism and social and political issues related to women.

Presenters: Jared Peet, Krystle Merchant, The Madeira School (VA); Dawn Franchina, Brooke Carey, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (NY)

Opening the Doors to Community Girls: Three Models for School-to-Community Partnerships

Creating and sustaining meaningful school partnerships can elevate the educational impact of a school and connect girls to a wider world beyond their own communities. From STEM, to health and wellness, to career preparation, to leadership and social change, there are thousands of organizations and corporations that provide substantive and innovative opportunities for girls. Come discuss the nuts and bolts of community outreach, program start-up, funding, and program assessment.

Presenters: Kim Roberts, Castilleja School, Director of Advancement, Melissa Levy, University of Virginia Women’s Center, Assistant Director, Young Women Leaders Program, Ashley Thorndike, Founder, Now&Next Dance Mentoring Program

Club Med: Why Mindfulness Matters

Research indicates that simple mindfulness practices significantly improve emotional, physical and cognitive self-regulation, strengthen our immune systems and increase our set-point for happiness and well being. This presentation will describe how Miss Porter’s School has been working over the past 10 years to practice and develop mindfulness skills. Hear about “Club Med,” a voluntary mindfulness skill-building, do a simple mindfulness practice, and learn ways in which the practice of mindfulness has transformed the paradigm for faculty evaluation, and the work many teachers do in the classroom. Hear what has worked, and what has not worked, how progress is measured, and how you can incorporate this into your own school.

Presenters: Gretchen White, Susan Reeder Moss, Miss Porter’s School (CT)

Body and Mind Wellness: Paving the Way for Academic Success

This presentation is intended to provide an overview of how the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders meets the wellness needs of its students through a collaborative partnership with Covenant Health Systems and the Center for Prevention and Resiliency at Texas Tech University. The BodyMind Initiative (BMI) is a program that focuses on developing and improving resilience, promoting and empowering self-care, and educating and supporting wellness in youth. This presentation will describe the program and will delineate how BMI has been incorporated into the school curriculum and has become part of the school culture.

Presenters: Berta Fogerson, Julie Akeroyd, Talkington School for Young Women Leaders (TX)

Helping Girls Find Their Voice In and Out of the Classroom, Before and After School

Now, more than ever, it is important for educators to provide forums for young women to voice their needs. Student-led conferences (SLCs) are a venue for our students to share their strengths as students as well as a time to voice their needs as learners. Participants in this workshop will be provided information in support of SLCs that includes the rationale behind them along with strategies on how to begin a program in their schools. Participants will also hear about how Miss Hall’s School helps girls develop their own voice in a variety of ways, including their Profiles in Leadership course. Conference attendees will review key course materials, examine methodologies for engaging students, and learn how social media can be used to guide girls to work cooperatively with one another toward a collectively agree to goal.

Presenters: Jenny Chandler, Jaime Peters, Miss Hall’s School (MA); Jerry France, Scott Melcher, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (NY)

Curricula For Girls’ Leadership Development

This panel will present leadership curricula for girls from 14 to 18. Learn more about Journeying to the Hearts of Young Leaders: Personal Mastery in Girls©, The Girls Summer Leadership Program at Dana Hall, Kent Place’s fifth grade 11-week course, and Queen Margaret’s leadership program. Engage in discussion and take-ways about the successes of these initiatives for girls.

Presenters: Shelley McClure, Aspiring Leadership (British Columbia, Canada); Sharon Klein, Queen Margaret’s School (British Columbia, Canada); Kristin Ryan, Rob Mather (MA); Dr. Sergio Alati, Kent Place School (NJ)

Kamikaze Mentoring: The Best Way To Mentor Girls Specific To Girl Culture

Parents, where are they? Though this question may seem trite, it’s the truth at the heart of mentoring girls. Across wide swaths of the American girl population, there appears to be a lack of appropriate guidance in on raising girls in a way that enables them to make sound and healthy decisions for both their short and long-term success. This workshop is a guide for teachers on fulfilling the mentoring role and filling the gap that is often left by parents.

Presenters: Keturah Kendrick, Courtney Fenner, The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem (NY)

Secondary Schools Field Research Program: A Model for Raising Student Achievement

This workshop will describe how to set up a field research program and engage participants in round table discussions of the obstacles and outcomes of incorporating research into the school curriculum. Our goal is for participants to become empowered to design programs at their schools through demonstration of feasibility in setting up the programs and compatibility with current mandates to increase student proficiency in STEM education. The workshop will provide examples of how student engagement in authentic research builds competence in skill sets, confidence to lead and courage to speak in public, sharing insights and accomplishments with the scientific and school communities.

Presenters: Susan Vincent, The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem (NY); Dr. Robert Newton, Secondary Schools Field Research Program Loyola University New Orleans (LA); Kat Allen, Columbia University (NY)

A Schooling In Relevance

While girls’ schools do an unparalleled job of preparing young women to succeed in life, girls’ schools’ brand management and awareness campaigns sometimes do a notoriously poor job of articulating their relevance, differentiating themselves, and advocating for single-gendered education broadly. Genuine relevance and differentiation offer answers that satisfy the needs, proactively address the fears, support positive cultural shifts, and compel girls and their parents, simply and deeply. This workshop addresses how to promote the power that single-gender education has on the lifelong well-being of girls and the worlds they will influence.

Presenter: Gloria J. Zemer, Black Dog Strategy & Brand (NY)

A Four Pillar Framework for Social Emotional Literacy and Leadership Skills for Girls of Color

Participants will learn how to weave La Trenza’s Four Pillar Framework into existing programming and curriculum to build social emotional literacy and leadership skills in girls of color. The Four Pillars represent 1) Roots – learning and feeling proud about where I come from, 2) Hands – creating and solving problems with my hands that express who I am, 3) Hearts – developing healthy relationships, and 4) Body – taking care of my body and developing a positive self-image.

Presenters: Jane Kerschner, Kaleidoscope Coach (MD); Eva Young, La Trenza Leadership (MD)