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Ann Richards School Wins State Film Championship

4/25/17—Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, a member of NCGS and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, recently took home its first statewide win at the University Interscholastic League’s Film Competition. The winning film, The Garden, directed by senior Brooke B., won the Division Two Traditional Animation category.

Brooke hand-drew the characters in the film, scanned each frame, and cleaned and painted the artwork in Photoshop. Backgrounds and animation were added in Adobe After Effects, with the final film compiled with music and sound in Adobe Premier. Two other Ann Richards seniors also assisted with the film: Lina B. wrote and performed the original score and Chloe L. helped with the animation by inking many of the hand-drawn frames.

Marymount School of New York Celebrates Birthday of its Fab Lab

On May 17th, 2012 Marymount School of New York, an independent Catholic girls' school for students in nursery through grade twelve, celebrated the first birthday of its Fab Lab. The creation and use of the Fab Lab (short for fabrication laboratory) represents the School's willingness to embrace the tenets of 21st century teaching and learning. The genesis of the Fab Lab at Marymount grew out of bold steps the School took to provide experiential STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education for its students throughout primary and secondary school.

Headmistress Concepcion R. Alvar said, “Our commitment to STEM education helps address the alarming data regarding the underrepresentation of women in professional STEM fields. We aim to cultivate a problem solving, collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship mindsetñwe want our students to be doers and makers.” Under the guidance of Mr. Jaymes Dec, Marymount’s Fab Lab Administrator, students discover 2D and 3D computer-aided design, digital prototyping and fabrication techniques, computer programming, and mechanical and electrical engineering. The concept of a Fab Lab was born at MIT, the brainchild of Professor Neil Gershenfeld. His goal was to create a set of machines, and the software necessary to communicate those designs to the machines. Anyone is able to create products of their own design using precision tools and manufacturing processes. Since Marymount's Fab Lab opened at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, students have been using its tools to prototype electronic circuits and connect them to the Arduino Microcontroller, connecting digital inputs and outputs to the Arduino and writing programs to allow for simple human-computer interactions. Students have also learned to design and build their own circuit boards. Middle School students have programmed simple animations, video games, and interactive art. In addition, students have translated their two-dimensional designs to three-dimensional designs and posted those designs to, where they caught the attention of other designers including the CEO of TinkerCAD. “The Fab Lab opens up infinite possibilities for learning and exploring,” explained Mr. Dec, “Students are encouraged to bolster their visual spatial modalities and think about things in new ways. It is an extraordinary resource.” Marymount alumna Carla Diana '85, herself an industrial and interaction designer, remarked of the Fab Lab, “The Fab Lab gives students opportunities to work with their hands and build things, while also giving them a contemporary awareness of new technologies and current prototyping techniques.” The Fab Lab has complemented Marymount's existing academic program by providing a space for students to explore the design process of problem solving including the steps of discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation, and evolution. Learning is self-directed as students are encouraged to identify challenges and then take steps to create solutions to those challenges. Headmistress Alvar remarked, “When teaching and learning follows this model, students develop new habits of mind as well as the creative confidence to tackle seemingly intractable problems.” In so many ways, the Fab Lab is preparing its students for their future and at Marymount that future is now. For more information about Marymount's Fab Lab, contact Kimberly Field-Marvin, Director of Communications, 212.744.4486, extension 8183. Kimberly Field-Marvin Director of Communications Marymount School of New York 1026 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028 212.744.4486, ext. 8183

Notre Dame Golf Event Benefits Grace Academy

The Notre Club of Greater Hartford hosted their seventh annual golf tournament at Tunxis Plantation Golf Club on June 22 for the benefit of Grace Academy.  175 Notre Dame alumni, students, their families along with staff, student and friends of Grace Academy all participated.  The event raised over $30,000 for Grace Academy, a tuition-free, middle school for girls from Hartford. 

The Notre Club expanded the event to benefit Grace Academy to grow their relationship with Grace and as part of their tradition of serving the community through designated service days and fundraising events that benefit organizations and people of need.

Following an afternoon of golf, additional guests joined spouses and friends for a reception, dinner, auction and dancing to the surf band AquaTudes.  Corporate sponsorships and numerous donations from many companies and individuals along with generous bidding on the silent and live auction items, that ranged from dog grooming to excursions overseas, generated the funds which will be used for technology, a new science classroom and extended-day enrichment activities at Grace Academy.  Grace Academy is very appreciative of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Hartford’s efforts, their choosing of Grace Academy and supporting their mission to educate underserved girls from Hartford in an intentionally small school environment, emphasizing a holistic academic program that includes an extended-day, -week and mandatory four-week summer school.  

New Head of Hewitt's Lower School Sings Praises of Single-Sex Education

This article is from UPPER EAST SIDE — Frank Patti may be the product of a Boston public school education, but his experience as an educator is in New York City's elite private schools.

A former second and fourth grade teacher at the all-boys Collegiate and then the elementary division head of the co-ed Mandell School — both on the Upper West Side — Patti has moved across town this year to a new role as the head of lower school at Hewitt. The independent school for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade — which has a yearly tuition of $39,400 — has been around for more than 90 years. The elegant townhouse at 3 East 76th St. housing the 182 girls in the lower school’s grades K through 3, has rooms dotted with grand fireplaces and huge wood-paneled windows. Patti is looking forward to finding a balance between the Hewitt School’s history and “focusing on innovation and the 21st century classroom and making sure that we’re giving the girls everything they deserve,” he said. Patti, who will receive his master’s in education leadership from the Bank Street College of Education later this year, plans to focus on an integrated curriculum — where topics are carried across different subjects — and on hands-on learning. “His strong dedication to diversity and integrated curriculum will clearly benefit our community as we work together to complete and implement our strategic plan,” Hewitt’s Head of School Joan Lonergan said. New York talked to Patti about his vision for the lower school. Q: How did you become an educator? FP: I started working as a teaching assistant in public schools when I was at Ithaca College in upstate New York. I fell in love with that town and became involved in schools and after-school programs and camps. I stayed in Ithaca a few years after I graduated and worked in a kindergarten classroom and a day camp. This was on the heels of studying psychology and educational psychology and gender studies, which at the time I thought were two very different things. Years later, I realized those two things would merge for me. Q: How so? FP: I started working at Collegiate, an all-boys school, and immediately fell in love with single-sex education. The fact that the leaders at the school know boys so well, I was immediately drawn into the world of single-sex education. Q. What about single-sex education was interesting? FP: I think it’s the ability of the teachers to really be able to differentiate and focus and zoom in on boys or girls and to really consider learning styles and what’s best for children as learners. Collegiate did such a great job at looking at how boys learn, that after years of being there, I thought, ‘This is it, I was born to teach boys.’ When I ended up at the Mandell School, which is co-ed, after two days, it dawned on me it wasn’t an all-boys education I was in love with, it’s just the single-sex education world. I saw there was another world of girls in the classroom and how they learn and operate. Q. What are some differences between the way boys and girls learn? A. Teachers of boys need to understand they learn through doing. It’s OK for boys to move around and that actually boys are in their resting state when they’re actually doing something. I had boys in my classroom at Collegiate who could be rolling around on the carpet. But a good teacher knows they could be completely tuned in. there are many boys who really thrive in that environment. For girls, they need an environment that allows for us to empower them to use their voices and make their voices stronger. That’s what I started to realize when I was at Mandell and I was watching boys and girls interact. So, after working at Mandell for two years, I thought it was a great next step for me to move on to all-girls as a next phase. Girls need to move around in the classroom, too. Girls love to build with blocks. Girls love to construct things. We need to make sure we offer that to our girls, as well. Experiential learning is really a part of our strategic plan, so they’re learning through doing as well as listening. Q. Can you tell me about your own school experiences? Do you have teachers that impacted your life? FP: I had a teacher who, I think it was eighth grade, exposed us to integration in a way I hadn’t experienced before. It was a humanities class that really mixed nicely history and English. That experience sort of formed who I am as an educator. We’re really pushing to integrate the curriculum at Hewitt across all subject areas. Q. Can you give me some examples of what Hewitt’s integrated curriculum will look like? FP: An integrated curriculum is important for kids because it connects the dots for them. So instead of a child exploring a topic in one classroom and walking out and doing something completely different, good planning and good professional development for teachers allows us to connect everything for them. It makes it meaningful for them. It helps them to understand what we’re studying in the context of the real world. Frida Kahlo doesn’t end in art class. We talk about her in social studies, in writing, in geography. We do extra work as teachers to connect the dots. It’s like when you’re riding the subway and you see another train across the platform you want to connect with and it pulls away. You think, ‘Just one more second and we could have made that connection and it would have been dynamite.’ I think it’s the same thing with teachers. If you don’t stop and take the time to make that connection for the kids, they miss out. Q: What else will you be focusing on? FP: Using New York City as a resource. We live in the most amazing city in the world and so many educators, I think, overlook that. We owe it to the girls to get them out of this neighborhood, to show them this amazing city and get it into the curriculum. So for example, in second grade when the girls study New York City, we’re making a push right now to not just talk about Harlem but to actually go there and walk the stage of the Apollo and see some of these places that they’ve talked about in class. Q. What are some of the big challenges you face in your new job? FP: When you’re steering a community in a certain direction, it’s challenging to stay true to who you are as an established school while incorporating these new teaching methods. I’m excited about that, too, because I know it’s possible. I know that Hewitt is a school that is deep-rooted in tradition and there’s a soul to it. So I’m excited to hold onto that with the leadership team here and with the faculty, but also layer on best practices in education and layer on top of that new experiences and new ways of thinking of curriculum. It’s a nice balance of who are we as a school and where can we head.


10th Grade Student at Ann Richards School Qualifies For State Art Competition

At the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, all members of the middle school Intermediate and Advanced art classes participated in the Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) State Level Competition in Bryan, TX. Tenth grade student Celeste was the first ever State qualifier from the Ann Richards School and her art piece, "Eight", received a Superior rating-the highest rating given. Celeste returned to Austin where she and her fabulous art work were recognized by the AISD Board of Tru...

tees. Congratulations to Celeste!

Southfield School Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Southfield School celebrated its 20th Anniversary on May 18-19 with a gala dinner for 300 and a family festival for the entire community. The keynote speaker for the evening event was Connie Chow, a noted educator committed to social justice and science education for young women. Dr. Chow is the Executive Director of Science Club for Girls, a non-profit organization that offers girls from K-Grade 12 the opportunity to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) ac...

ivities through girl-specific programs in underserved communities. Now operating in five cities in Massachusetts and overseas in Ghana, Science Club for Girls is a nationally-recognized leader in gender and after-school education. Southfield School offers girls in Pre-K through Class 12 a classical education on a 36-acre campus in Brookline, MA  that is shared with the Dexter School (for boys). For more information, please contact Clare Martin at 617-928-7680 or

Stuart Girls Win Top Honors in National STEM Video Game Competition

PRINCETON, NJ, May 23, 2012 – Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, recognized for its bold and innovative approach to all-girls education, announced today that two teams of Stuart eighth grade are winners in the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge. The winning Stuart team members include: Julia Weingaertner, Sarah Lippman, Chloe Mario, Madeleine Lapuerta and Emma Froehlich. They are among the 28 middle and high school students from ...

cross the U.S. who were selected as winners for their original game designs. The Stuart students are the only girls to receive awards.   [caption id="attachment_3067" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="From left to right, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart Grade 8 students Julia Weingaertner (West Windsor), Sarah Lippman (Pennington), computer science teacher Alisha Testa, Madeleine Lapuerta (Montgomery), Chloe Mario (Princeton), and Emma Froelich (Montgomery) at the National STEM Video Game Challenge Youth Winners Celebration at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Monday, May 21. The students were members of the two all-girl teams (and the only girl winners) who designed and developed winning video games for the PBS KIDS Ready to Learn Category of the STEM Challenge."][/caption]

Stuart will honor the winners at an all-school event at Stuart on Thursday, May 24th at 8:30AM.

Mr. Brian Aslspach, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Gamestar Mechanic at E-Line Media, one of the National STEM Challenge presenting companies, will be at Stuart to congratulate the students on Thursday. Both teams were awarded prizes in the PBS KIDS Ready to Learn Category of the National STEM Video Game Challenge. This annual competition seeks to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games. The competition is inspired by President Barack Obama's Educate to Innovate campaign to promote STEM education. Seventeen games created by individuals and teams of students, in eight subcategories, were selected as winners of the Middle School and High School Categories from a group of more than 3700 entries. The girls from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart designed and programmed their video games as part of the required coursework in their Grade 8 Computer Science class with instructor Alicia Testa. “In January when we started this project, the girls had no computer programming experience. They faced a steep learning curve from the beginning; not only did they rise to the occasion – they surpassed all expectations,” said Ms. Testa. “Working in groups of two or three, by the end of the trimester, 10 completed video games were submitted to the Challenge.” “In addition to computer programming, this project required important 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, planning and problem solving,” said Dr. Patty L. Fagin, head of school at Stuart. “Research tells us that these girl-centric skills are invaluable to careers in STEM fields; including developing video games, a field dominated by men.” Dr. Fagin continued to say, “We are very proud of the work all eighth grade students put into the National STEM Challenge. In the end, they all realized that hard work and perseverance yields results. It is icing on the cake that not just one, but two all-girl Stuart teams received national recognition for their creativity and ingenuity.” Under the leadership of Dr. Fagin, Stuart has focused on elevating STEM education, beginning at the earliest grades, to show girls that science, technology, engineering and math can be fun and can open doorways to countless opportunities. The School strives for every graduate to comfortable and confident in basic STEM skills, or ready to pursue a career in a STEM field if she chooses. In January of this year Stuart announced the formation of a STEM Advisory Task Force made up of some of the nations leading thinkers to help conquer the so-called “girl gap” in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Miss Weingaertner, of West Windsor, and Miss Lippman, of Pennington, worked together to design and create a video game called “Animal Inequities” which uses animated sharks and fish to teach the math concepts of greater than and less than. Miss Lapuerta of Montgomery, Miss Mario, of Princeton, and Miss Froehlich, of Montgomery, developed “Math Racing Mania” in which plays get to choose a cool racing car to drive through roads with the correct answers to math problems on the screen. The Stuart students and their teacher Ms. Testa, traveled to Washington D.C. where they were honored Monday at an event sponsored by Microsoft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Each winner was awarded an AMD based laptop computer, travel to and from Washington DC, and subscriptions to Brain Pop magazine and Gamestar Mechanic. Each team will also be awarded $2,000 for their school. About Stuart: As the only all girls school in Princeton, New Jersey, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is uniquely positioned to provide an environment where girls put academics first, are willing and able to take risks, and explore every opportunity. Stuart offers a challenging and innovative curriculum, superb teaching, and individualized attention grounded in the Sacred Heart Goals. Celebrating 48 years, Stuart enrolls girls in Kindergarten – Grade 12 and has a co-ed Pre-School and Junior Kindergarten program. Stuart is part of an international community of Sacred Heart schools and is an independent Catholic school that embraces students of all faiths and backgrounds, helping them to become accomplished and committed leaders with the confidence and passion for justice to transform the world. For high resolution photo or for more information on the event at Stuart on Thursday, May 24, 2012, contact Risa Engel at or  609-921-2330 x253.

Editorial by Ellis's Head of School: "Girls can do math just fine, thank you"

The following editorial by Randie Benedict, Head of The Ellis School, was published on May 30, 2012 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Girls can do math just fine, thank you Last month, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin released a powerful study titled "Exploring Bias in Math Teachers' Perceptions of Students' Ability by Gender and Race/Ethnicity." Utilizing data from the National Center of Education Statistics, researchers focused on math grades and standardized test scores of 15,000 10th-graders from across the country, as well as survey results from their math teachers. The teachers were asked to rate the level of difficulty in their math classes as too easy, appropriate or too difficult. The study found that, in spite of standardized test scores and class grades to the contrary, high school math teachers consistently overrated the math abilities of white males while consistently underrating the ability of white girls and minority students of both genders. These findings held even after the study's authors accounted for race, whether the students went to a private or public school, income and education level, geographic region and urbanicity of a school. The teachers in this study were not new teachers: most had 15 years of experience. Ironically, 55 percent of the students were taught by female math teachers. Citing the work of Charles and Bradley (2002), the authors of the University of Texas study wrote that the idea that girls aren't as good in math as boys likely persists in spite of data to the contrary "because the idea that men and women are different in this regard is considered natural and not discriminatory." The prevalence of gender bias against girls even among educators raises an alarming concern: the very real effects of "stereotype threat." Stereotype threat is a well-documented phenomenon in which a stereotyped group (in this case, girls) actually begins to transform its behavior to conform to negative stereotypes. When girls detect that teachers, parents, friends and society in general believe that girls and women aren't good in math or that math is "for boys," then girls unconsciously lower their performance to meet this expectation. In other words, gender bias about academic ability does more than hurt a girl's feelings; it actually hurts her performance. Decades of research, conducted both in classrooms and in laboratory settings, document the negative impact of stereotypes and gender bias on the academic performance and academic self confidence of girls. Minority women may encounter a double jeopardy of stereotype threat related to race and gender. Stereotype threat in math and science may explain why so many fewer women pursue degrees and careers in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) even as more women graduate from college than men. Moreover, adult beliefs that girls just aren't as good as boys in STEM subjects may prevent girls from developing the basic confidence and competence that makes degrees and careers in STEM possible. By discouraging girls from excelling in STEM subjects at school we compromise the future of our region and our nation to compete in elite professions like engineering, biotechnology and computer science. What can be done? All of us -- educators, parents, employers and mentors -- could start by confronting our own gender biases. Realize that by expecting girls to underperform in math, you may contribute to poor performance. "Girl up" and expect our daughters to excel in and love math, science, robotics, engineering and computing. Model the behavior you expect in your daughters and, if you're female, stop saying, "I'm no good in math." Instead, help your daughters find peer groups where it's safe to be smart. You'll be amazed by their ability to think critically, take risks and solve problems. Modeling and mentoring likely isn't enough. Due to differences in the sequence and timing of brain development, girls and boys don't necessarily learn things in the same way or at the same time. Differentiated instruction for girls in STEM subjects is worth exploring. Researchers at Stanford University, the National Association for Single Sex Public Education and the American Association of University Women study stereotype threat and how girls learn. They've found that girls benefit from learning environments that teach that intelligence is not fixed but rather can be developed through practice and risk-taking. They recommend that teachers encourage girls to persist despite obstacles, to embrace challenging subjects and not just the ones that come easiest to them, and to accept criticism as a natural part of the learning process. At The Ellis School, the all-girls school that I'm privileged to lead, our girls regularly compete and win at the highest levels in math and related STEM fields. Our girls have won international computational math modeling competitions many times. The Girls of Steel robotics team, which includes a dozen Ellis girls, competed and won at 2011 and 2012 regional competitions in Pittsburgh. They won the Innovation in Control awarded in 2012 in Cincinnati and competed for the second year in a row at the international competition in St. Louis. Our faculty will make presentations this summer at a national conference on STEM instruction for girls. I'm understandably proud of our girls and our faculty, but I offer these examples as evidence that believing girls can't excel in math is simply incorrect. If anything, girls hold themselves to a much higher standard. According to the American Association of University Women, girls believe they have to be better in math and science than boys in order to think of themselves as good in these subjects. There are dozens of organizations in our region working to support girls and women in STEM. The Girls Math and Science Partnership, Girls of Steel, YWCA TechGYRLS, WQED Multimedia and The Sprout Fund's Spark program -- to name only a few -- have outstanding resources for parents, educators and girls. Others leading the way include Robert Morris University's Expanding Your Horizons conference, Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center and Propel Schools in partnership with CMU and Sima Products. Together, as parents, educators and role models, we owe it to our daughters to put gender bias behind us and engage girls fully in STEM subjects at school. When we do, our daughters will rise to our expectations and earn leadership positions in fields like medical and scientific research, information technology, and robotics.

Randie Benedict is head of school at The Ellis School in Shadyside ( First Published May 30, 2012 12:00 am
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Roland Park Country School Demonstrates Its Commitment To The Environment

From The Baltimore Sun, April 26, 2012, "Roland Park Country School highlights its partial conversion to solar energy" In an effort to "shine a light on solar energy," Roland Park Country School staged a "Solarbration" on April 22 to pay tribute to Earth Day and the school's own stewardship of the environment. "We celebrated our partial conversion to solar energy and the importance of renewable energy in protecting our own health and the health of all living things," school spokeswoman Nancy Mugele said. For more than a decade, Roland Park Country School has been looking for ways to increase and improve environmental sustainability, Mugele said. The school became a Maryland Green School in 2003, and a member of the Green Schools Alliance in 2008 at the Climate Steward Level. Since then, Roland Park Country has lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent as it works to reduce its carbon footprint, Mugele said. During the 2010-2011 school year, students researched and developed a proposal for a solar photovoltaic array, working with teacher Martha Barss. The school has now installed a 35.88 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array of 156 panels on the roof of the lower school, a project funded with a grant from the Lockhart Vaughan Foundation. The array is expected to generate about 1 percent of the school's electricity in its first year and offset almost 45,000 pound Story found at,0,5379202.story

Saint Mary's School Names 13th Head of School

RALEIGH, NC – Saint Mary’s School Board of Trustees Chairman William G. Taylor of Charlotte announced today to an assembly of students, faculty and staff in Pittman Auditorium, that Monica M. Gillespie, Ph.D., has been named the 13th head of Saint Mary’s School in its 170-year history, effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Gillespie earned B.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia, with her doctoral dissertation focused on independent s...

hool leadership.  As an undergraduate at Virginia, she played varsity soccer, lettering all four years. She currently serves on the board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) and the board of Goucher College. For the last six years, Dr. Gillespie has served as the head of school at St. Paul’s School for Girls (SPSG), an Episcopal all-girls school outside Baltimore.  Prior to serving St. Paul’s School for Girls, she was, for three years, head of school at St. Luke’s Lutheran School in Culpeper, Virginia.  Earlier in her career, for a total of eight years, she taught, coached, advised, and served in the residential communities at two single-sex boarding schools, Westover School in Connecticut and Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. “Monica brings to Saint Mary’s nine years of head of school experience, a passion for educating girls, deep appreciation for the Episcopal heritage of Saint Mary’s School, and a distinguished background in education,” says William G. Taylor of Charlotte, chair of the board of trustees and chair of the head of school search committee. “We believe that she is the right person to succeed Theo Coonrod and to successfully lead Saint Mary’s in the years ahead. She will be both an exemplary leader and a remarkable role model for our students.” Dr. Gillespie will begin her term at Saint Mary’s on July 1, 2012, obviating the interim headship previously announced. The Rev. Dr. Smokey Oats, who had been appointed interim head while the search continued, will continue to serve the school as a member of the board of trustees. The current and 12th head of school, Theo Coonrod, who has served with distinction since 2000, will retire at the end of June. Dr. Gillespie will reside on Saint Mary’s historic campus with her husband, John Gillespie, and their children. “I am deeply honored and profoundly humbled to have the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, trustees and friends of Saint Mary’s as head of school,” says Dr. Gillespie. “I have been inspired by the school community’s shared commitment to Saint Mary’s core values. Excellence in teaching and learning are apparent when entering each classroom and speaking with students and faculty. The school’s emphasis on personal achievement in mind, body and spirit supports the students holistically. I believe the dynamic combination of Saint Mary’s students and its talented educators creates the ideal environment for girls. The school’s 170-year heritage is rich in tradition, Episcopal values and opportunity for women.” About Saint Mary’s School: Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C., is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for girls in grades 9-12. Founded in 1842, Saint Mary’s is the fourth-oldest girls boarding and day school in the nation.


Mary Virginia Swain '77C Director of Development Communications Saint Mary's School 919.424.4034 | <> Saint Mary's School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for girls in grades 9-12.

Ellis School Art Students Win An Unprecedented Four Scholastic Art Awards

(Pittsburgh, PA) May 2, 2012 Four students at The Ellis School have earned national recognition in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2012, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. All awards were for visual art and photography. Ellis’ four winners are: ·        Sophia Sterling-Angus'15 (Shadyside)              Gold Medal           5 o'clock                               Photography ·        Lucy Crelli '13 (Squirrel Hi...

l)                              Silver Medal          Self Esteem                           Drawing ·        Charlotte Forsythe '16 (Shadyside)                  Silver Medal          Shredded Tree                     Photography ·        Annie Gordon '15 (Thornburg/Crafton)          Silver Medal          Black White Sunset              Photography “In a good year, a school might hope for one student to win a national Scholastic Art Award. We have learned that 65 of our girls won regional honors, while four of our girls won national Scholastic Art honors. This level of national recognition is nearly unheard of, especially for a school of our size, and speaks to the excellence of the Ellis arts faculty,” said Randie Benedict, Head of School at Ellis. Ellis’ four winners were selected from 200,000 works submitted from schools across the country. Only the top 1,500 receive national recognition and are invited to the ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City taking place June 1, 2012.  Past Scholastic winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, and Richard Avedon. More information about the Scholastic Art Awards is available online at About The Ellis School The Ellis School is Pittsburgh’s only age 3 to grade 12 independent school for girls. An Ellis School education prepares girls and young women to excel, to lead, and to inspire others. Ellis girls are critical thinkers and intellectual risk takers. To learn more about the benefits of an Ellis School education visit . Kitty Julian | Director of Marketing & Communications The Ellis School | 6425 Fifth Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA  15206 p. 412-661-5992 x192 | f. 412-661-2287 |

7 Students from NCGS Schools Are National Award Runners-Up for NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

NCGS wants to congratulate the seven young women from NCGS schools who were National Runners-Up in the National Council on Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. The Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and p...

ans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local "affiliate" competitions to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide. Congratulations to: Alexis, Sacred Hearts Academy, Honolulu, HI Grace, Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH Jessica G., Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, OH Ketki L.Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH Raewyn, Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN Samantha S., Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH Shanthi, Forest Ridge of the Sacred Heart, Bellevue, WA Keep up the great work!

The Ellis School Girls Part of Award-Winning Robotics Team

Congratulations to the Girls of Steel robotics team, mentored at the Field Robotics Center of CMU, for taking home four awards at the March 6-9 FIRST Robotics Pittsburgh regional competition. Girls of Steel, a 60-member all-girl robotics team, competed against 44 other teams and qualified for the National competition taking place April 26 - 28 in St. Louis. The Ellis School has 12 girls—more than from any other school—on Girls of St...

el team. Ellis, known for its rigorous math and science programs, is Pittsburgh’s only independent school for girls ages 3 to grade 12. At the Pittsburgh regional competition, Girls of Steel won:

  • The Engineering Inspiration Award, which celebrates a team’s outstanding efforts in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school as well as their community.
  • Best website award recognizing excellence in FIRST team websites that are student-designed, built, and managed. Visit the Girls of Steel web site.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award was shared by George Kantor, Ph.D. of Carnegie Mellon University; Theresa Richards, Ph.D., of The Ellis School; and Gregory Young, engineer/parent; The three serve as mentors to Girls of Steel and share Volunteer of the Year for organizing the use of The Ellis School Armory as a robotics practice field for all regional FIRST robotics teams.
  • Girls of Steel team member Jaden Barney, a student at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School - University Scholars Program, won the FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award, which celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.
Watson, the Girls of Steel robot, was tasked with collecting basketballs, shooting baskets, surmounting a small barrier, climbing onto a wooden bridge, and then traversing and/or balancing on the bridge. Girls of Steel will also compete at the Queen City regional competition April 5-7 at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. According to the Girls of Steel website, “We, the Girls of Steel, are more than just a robotics team. Our mission goes past building a robot for competition; we work hard to give girls the skills that will last far beyond their high-school years.” Article from

The Talkington Destination Imagination Team Won Regional First Place and Will Compete at State Level

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="" width="300" height="217" />[/caption] The Talkington Destination Imagination team, from the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, won first place at the regional tournament and will compete at the State level in Corpus Christi. They also received the Renaissance Award, given to the team who demonstrates extraordinary skill in engineering, design or performance. Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges.  The teams must identify a real community need, create an advertisement and marketing brochure, and share their project in an entertaining live presentation at the regional tournament. The Talkington team chose the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses as their community need and began volunteering at the Easy R Equine Rescue. The girls cleaned stalls, painted hay bale feeders, and learned how to groom, feed, and put lead ropes on the horses.  They also assisted with Horse Play, a program where children with medical problems ride horses for therapy and fun. The money raised by the team was matched by a private organization and was donated to help the Easy R reach their $25,000 goal.  The team’s advertisement and brochure are being used to promote Easy R Equine rescue on facebook and around the community.  In the words of a DI team member “Destination Imagination has given us a whole new perspective on volunteering. We had no idea there was a need to rescue horses or what they would need to be rescued from.  We now know things that we never would have known had we not started this journey, and we are looking forward to many more Saturdays at the Easy R Equine Rescue. “

2012 Cannady Visiting Teachers to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

We are pleased to announce the selection of Tricia Davol and Bridgette McGoldrick as the 2012 Cannady Visiting Teachers to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. Tricia serves as Associate Director of Admission and Director of International Outreach at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut and formerly taught Spanish there. Bridgette teaches history, Global Cultures, and World Religions at Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Washington. The selection committee was once aga...

n impressed with the superb field of applicants, which included outstanding teachers who represent the experience, expertise, and wisdom of practice found in the strongest schools. We read the applications with care and discussed at length the contributions that each might bring to the Academy. We are delighted that so many teachers from the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools are clearly able to hit the ground running and fashion a productive experience for Leadership Academy teachers. Thank you for your interest in this program and for your patience with our long process. Joan Countryman Rachel Countryman Caroline Borrow, Cannady Fellow 2010 Beatrice Swift, Cannady Fellow 2010 Contact: Joan Countryman 118 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02903 401 274 0776

Peace and Reconciliation at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Forest Ridge has completed it’s second year of a new leadership program: Peace and Reconciliation – the Holy Land. It is a year- long elective course for credit with a signature 10 day experience in Israel and Palestine. The vision of the program is to empower students to find real world solutions to peace through dialogue, non- violent communication, reflection, cultural immersion, homestays and one- to- one relationships. The program is open to any acad...

mically qualified student in grades 10 through 12 who is committed to collaborative learning and the experience of engaging in travel to the Holy Land. While in-country the students meet with experts in the fields of history, peace -building, theology and political activism. They also immerse themselves in both the Israeli Jewish culture and the Arab culture and learning about each through peer to peer encounters.

Ellis Team Wins Future City Competition

The Ellis School's team of Middle Schools students won first place honors in the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition, sponsored by Carnegie Science Center and the Engineers‚ Society of Western Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The team won a trip to the 20th annual Future City National Finals in Washington, D.C., in February, where they will compete with the winners from other regional competitions. Last year Ellis won the regional competition and placed 19th out of 36 ...

chools in the national competition. The Ellis team also won a special award for their use of recycled materials. Each year, Future City presents themes that highlight a current issue and asks kids to investigate and come up with solutions. Students start with a research essay describing their concept, and then write a City Narrative outlining the key features of their city. Participating students used SimCity 4 Deluxe software to design a virtual Future City model, incorporating their ideas. They then build a physical model using recycled materials at a cost of no more than $100. Students also write brief abstracts describing their city and present and defend their designs before a panel of engineer judges who test the depth of the teams' knowledge. The challenge this year was to design a renewable green energy source to power a city. The Ellis team focused on Los Angeles, a real city with real pollution problems. The students imagined a future Los Angeles abandoned because of the air pollution and scarce water supply. The city is reborn with the creation of a clean energy source, one that relies on a combination of artificial photosynthesis and hydrogen fuel cells, producing clean energy and clean water as a by-product, which alleviates the water shortage. Ellis was represented by  Isabel B., Lauren D., and Gigi N., presenters, and Alma B., Leila R., Emily W., Jordyn T., Quinn W. and Lainey N. Advising the team were teachers Karen Compton and Andrea Christian-Michaels, and volunteer mentor Frank Sidari, an engineer. The Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition is presented annually by Carnegie Science Center and the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, and is sponsored in part by Shell Oil Company.

Karen Douse Appointed Academic Dean

The Online School for Girls, a non-profit online school consortium, is happy to announce that Karen Douse has been appointed Academic Dean for the School. “Karen has been a national leader in independent school education, girls’ education, and education with technology for many years,” said Brad Rathgeber, the Director of the Online School for Girls.  ”From STEM education to best practices using technology in the classroom to online education, Karen has consistently led the way for independen...

schools and girls’ schools.  She is a true visionary in the field.” For the past twenty years, Mrs. Douse has been a leader at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee, serving as the Director of Library and Information Services for the last twelve years.  In that role, Mrs. Douse began one of the nation’s first one-to-one laptop programs in the country and started a collaborative, national Think Tank on STEM education for girls. Mrs. Douse is a past member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force and is a frequent presenter at national conferences, including NAIS, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), and the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). “The Online School for Girls has helped to define what a high-quality, student-centered online courses are over the last two years,” said Mrs. Douse.  ”I am excited to work with the creative and innovative teachers at the Online School for Girls to continue the efforts of bringing the best of independent, girls’ education online.”

Foxcroft Celebrates Next Generation of Women Leaders in Science, Technology Engineering and Math

Middleburg, VA (PRWEB) February 23, 2012 Foxcroft School students were recognized this week for winning the individual team and school championships at Expedition K2M: the STEM Summit, a challenging all-girls competition held on Foxcroft’s campus Saturday. At an all-school meeting Monday, Foxcroft’s Head of School, Mary Louise Leipheimer, congratulated the winners, their fellow participants, and the School’s high-powered Math a...

d Science faculty for organizing an outstanding event. “What these girls can do in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Science is amazing,” Leipheimer said. “I don’t know when I’ve been so proud of our School for its leadership, creativity, and entrepreneurial” spirit. Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit attracted a breadth of talented students from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, with 19 high school and 12 middle school teams participating in the all-day competition. Norwood School of Bethesda, MD, won the middle school competition. At the STEM Summit, girls worked in teams of 3 or 4 to solve problems that draw on STEM skills. Challenges included engineering a brick wall with the longest possible overhang, mixing chemical solutions to identify each element, solving a genetics problem called “Who’s Your Daddy?” and conquering tricky logic problems. The middle school competition also included a forensics exercise that involved analyzing fingerprints and fiber samples. The event was sponsored by K2M, Inc., a Leesburg, VA firm that develops technological innovations for surgeons to treat the world's most complex spinal disorders. Two of the company’s young engineers conducted one of the STEM Summit events, and CEO Eric Major came to watch. “We were so impressed with the energy, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity of the Foxcroft girls who visited our lab last spring,” said Major, referring to a field trip by the School’s Engineering and AP Biology classes to learn about K2M innovative engineering, “So we thought partnering with Foxcroft to sponsor this event made a lot of sense.” Foxcroft’s leadership in STEM education was a prime motivator for creating the event. “Providing an environment that combines the use of academic skills to solve exciting real-world with competition in a team setting can be powerfully motivating,” said Foxcroft’s Science Department Chair, Dr. Maria Eagen, who holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. “By offering this event every year, we hope that participating schools will develop programs that help their students be more competitive. Ultimately, we hope that it will foster a life-long love of the STEM fields.” The high school Summit concluded with a luncheon at which medals and other prizes were awarded to the champion “Derivative” team comprised of Foxcroft seniors Chloe Jung, Cindy Li, and Hazel Yan and junior Lexy Lu. Team Derivative won two individual events and was the top-scoring team overall by a large margin. Foxcroft also took home the trophy for winning the school competition. . The Incomplete Dominators, a team from Loudoun Valley High School (Purcellville, VA) placed second while Middleburg Academy’s Zephyr team and the Nova entry from Madeira School (McLean, VA) tied for third. Nova also won an individual event, as did another Foxcroft team comprised of junior Olivia Saez and sophomores Melody Kabbai and Alicia Gordon. In the afternoon, Norwood School’s “Dimension” team took first overall among 12 middle school. Loudoun Country Day’s “Pi” team placed second, while third went to Immanuel Christian’s “Mitosis” entry. All day, individuals could answer questions and problems to qualify for a drawing of fantastic gifts ranging from movie tickets, iTunes, and a massage to a flip camera, electronic tablet, and a Kindle touch. Founded in 1914, Foxcroft School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12. The school is located on 500 acres in Middleburg, Virginia, 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. It is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and is a member of The Association of Boarding Schools, National Association of Independent Schools, and National Coalition of Girls Schools. Posting comes from  

YWLCS Science Partner Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Young Women's Leadership Charter School of ChicagoBoard Member, Dr. Teresa Woodruff, who is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, founded the Women's Health Science Program for High School Girls and Beyond (WHSP) program. Because of her and her team's work in mentoring YWLCS' high school girls for college and careers in science and health, Dr. Woodruff and her team received the pr...

stigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama this past Monday! "We're delighted that President Obama recognized the impact of mentoring the next generation of female scientists and leaders and are humbled by the recognition of this award," said Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D. "By helping women and girls we can help change the world." YWLCS is fortunate that for the past five years, Dr. Woodruff's program has exposed its high school students to hands-on science opportunities at Northwestern University. YWLCS students are mentored by Northwestern graduate students, medical students and other science and medical professionals, and learn about career options in reproductive science, cancer biology and oncofertility (the preservation of the fertility of young men, women and children whose treatment of cancer or other serious diseases is fertility-threatening). Congratulations to Dr. Woodruff and her team for their special recognition from the White House!  For more information about students' participation in WHSP and the good work done by Dr. Woodruff and her team, please click here.

Maranyundo Girls School in Rwanda Ranks Second in National Exam Scores

NCGS member Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata, Rwanda, has just received its national exam scores for the graduating 9th grade class. The school came in second place among all schools in the country and first place among girls' schools; and the top student among all the exam-takers (boys and girls) was a Maranyundo girl. Congratulations on such an impressive outcome and a fitting reward for the dedication and hard work on the part of the Maranyundo facul...

y and, of course, all the graduating girls!

Former First Lady Laura W. Bush to be Keynote Speaker at the Louise S. McGehee School's Centennial Celebration

NCGS congratulates the Louise S. McGehee School on the occasion of its Centennial Founder’s Day celebration on March 23, 2012. Former First Lady Laura W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at the celebration. Founder’s Day is one of the most important occasions in the life of the school. Celebrated by McGehee alumnae and students, on this day we honor the founder of the school and her enduring mission.  Mrs. Bush’s remarks will be delivered at an asse...

bly that recognizes distinguished alumnae, citizens, the Jane Pharr Gage Community Service Award, faculty, as well as the presentation of the Senior Class Gift. The first Founder’s Day was held in March 1935, one year after the death of Miss McGehee. Mrs. Bush has a longstanding commitment to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.  Following Hurricane Katrina, Mrs. Bush visited New Orleans over 25 times.  Through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, more than $5.7 million was provided to school libraries in the Gulf Coast region to rebuild their library book collections that were lost or destroyed. Born in Midland, Texas to Harold and Jenna Welch, Mrs. Bush holds a degree in education with a master’s degree in library science.  She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston and Austin, as well as worked as a public school librarian. In 1977 she met and married George Walker Bush. They are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. Mrs. Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concerns, with a particular emphasis on education, health care and human rights. She has investigated and showcased successful programs for early childhood education, at-risk youth, global literacy, and preservation of our national parks and our country’s national treasures. And through her travels to more than 76 countries, including historic trips to Afghanistan, Mrs. Bush has helped launch groundbreaking educational and healthcare programs for women. McGehee was founded in 1912 by Louise Schaumberg McGehee.  Opening a college preparatory school for girls in 1912, she defied the conventional wisdom of her day that women could not handle the rigors of aneducation equal to their male counterparts. From its inception to today, the mission of Miss McGehee’s school has been to provide a rigorous college-preparatory education to girls in an inclusive environment which fosters self-esteem, encourages high personal standards, addresses individual student needs and emphasizes active student participation in the learning process. Stressing honor, service and leadership, the Louise S. McGehee School has a long history of service to the community and has been nationally recognized for its service learning program, including our strong efforts in literacy. Media wishing to cover the event must provide security clearance information to McGehee.  For more information, contact Kristen Dry, Director of Marketing, Louise S. McGehee School, 2343 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-274-4916 or   

NCGS Co-Founder Speaks to the Value of Girls' Schools in the Baltimore Sun

On January 23, 2012 in the Baltimore Sun, Whitney Ransome, co-founder of NCGS and current director of the James Center at Garrison Forest Schoo in Owings Mills, MD, wrote the op-ed "The Value Of Girls' Schools." Ransome writes, "... each new study fails to note the mounting quantitative and qualitative evidence documenting the positive outcomes of an all-girls education." For the complete article, click here.

The Hockaday School Announces Randal Rhodus as New Head of Lower School

The Hockaday School announces the appointment of one of their own–Randal Rauscher Rhodus–Hockaday Alumna Class of 1997 and Lower School teacher, as Head of Lower School effective 2012-2013. After graduating from Hockaday, Rhodus earned a B.A. in Spanish, B.A. in Comparative Area Studies, and Elementary Education Certification from Duke University. She subsequently earned her M.A. in Reading from Columbia University Teachers College in New York. While at Hockaday, Randal played varsity field ...

ockey and golf, served as class president, and was a recipient of the Founder’s Day Award, the Idanelle McMurry Headmistress Award, and the Sudie Duncan Citizenship Award. Rhodus spent the last nine years teaching in Hockaday’s Lower School. While at Hockaday, she has served on the Board of Trustees, Lower School Admissions Committee, and the Load and Compensation Committee. She also served as the Lower School Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator and the Director of the Creative Arts Camp. Prior to coming to Hockaday, Rhodus taught first grade at The Brearley School in New York, elementary Spanish at Triangle Day Elementary in Durham, NC, and was a fellow with the Interschool Teaching Fellow Program in New York. Eugene McDermott Headmistress, Kim Wargo stated, “Building and supporting a fantastic leadership team, faculty, and staff is one of the greatest responsibilities in being a Head of School. As I entered this first year at Hockaday, I have discovered that I am fortunate indeed to work with an exceptional group of dedicated and inspiring administrators, teachers, and staff members. Thus, it comes as no surprise to me that after a national search for our next Lower School Head, Randal emerged as the obvious choice in a pool of exceptional educators.” Randal’s vision for the Lower School is one that embraces Hockaday traditions while leaning forward into the challenges of 21st century education. Randal writes, “The Lower School is a place where girls can develop confidence, find their voice, build lifelong friendships, and learn how to become leaders. My goal is to encourage faculty and students to question and explore, to take risks, and to grow while taking on new challenges. I am fortunate to have been taught and guided by incredible teachers and mentors, and I seek to embody many of their qualities and inspire a love of learning in my colleagues and students as well.”   About The Hockaday School The Hockaday School is an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls.  From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, we prepare bright and engaging girls to define their place in the world.  Ranked among the country’s finest college preparatory schools, Hockaday was founded almost a century ago and continues today to build on its original Four Cornerstones: Character, Courtesy, Scholarship and Athletics. To learn more about how Hockaday inspires bright girls to lead brilliant lives, visit The Hockaday School Web site at

Amy Bean named the new Executive Director of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women

Amy Bean has been named the new Executive Director of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women.  Amy has worked with FEYW as Associate Director for over two years and is well positioned to lead the organization through exciting times.  The FEYW network now has six schools across the state and serves over 2,000 young women!  Amy...

Bean Ms. Bean’s career is dedicated to bringing positive change to the lives of women and girls by addressing their most pressing issues.  Prior to joining FEYW as Associate Director, Ms. Bean served as Venture Center Manager at The Center for Women & Enterprise in Boston, MA.  While there, she helped women of all backgrounds to start and grow successful businesses.  Amy has also enjoyed international work, and has consulted on microfinance projects in India, Mexico, and Mali.  She received a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, with a focus on economic development and social entrepreneurship, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from U.T. Austin.

Hastings Center, Kent Place School embark on pioneering high school bioethics program

Garrison, NY -- The Hastings Center and the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School are joining forces on a pilot project in which a group of high school students will engage in a dynamic, in-depth research and exploration of the use of medicine for human enhancement, a major topic in bioethics. Selected students from Kent Place School, an independent girls school in Summit, N.J., will research this controversial topic using a modified version of The Hast...

ngs Center's research methodology, which involves bringing together a diverse group of people with a range of perspectives for a careful and respectful investigation of a multifaceted dilemma in bioethics. "My colleagues and I are regularly amazed by how much can be learned about a difficult bioethics issue by inviting people with a multitude of perspectives to the table to engage in respectful and rigorous discussion and debate," says Josephine Johnston, a codirector of the project and a research scholar at The Hastings Center. "We are excited to work with students and teachers from Kent Place School in modifying our basic approach for the high school setting." For the pilot project, Kent Place students will research cases related to human enhancement under the mentorship of Hastings Center scholars. Students will present and discuss topics such as cosmetic surgery and performance-enhancing drugs. The results of the project will be presented to parents and community members at a public forum and published on a public Web site. "Without a doubt, the Hastings Center-Kent Place School project is an exciting opportunity for members of our entire school community," says Karen Rezach, a codirector of the project and director of both the Ethics Institute and of the Middle School at Kent Place. "Our students will be afforded the chance to work one-on-one with some of the finest bioethical research scholars in the world, further develop their ability to articulate a position on a complex issue, and respectfully appreciate the differing points of view of their project colleagues. The greater community will be exposed to biomedical ethics and given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and perspectives on issues that are most relevant to life in the 21st century." In addition to providing an intellectually rich and stimulating learning experience for a group of Kent Place School students, the project will explore how The Hastings Center's methodology can be applied more generally as an educational tool in high schools. Using what they learn in this pilot project, Hastings and the Ethics Institute aim to create resources that would allow teachers and students in the United States and elsewhere to use this methodology to investigate a series of bioethics issues.

The Hastings Center is an independent bioethics research institute founded in 1969 to address ethical, legal, and policy issues in medicine, health, and the life sciences. Much of the Center's research is in three broad areas: care and decision making at the end of life, public health priorities, and new and emerging technologies. The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, founded in 2007, fosters the study of ethics and ethical decision-making in primary and secondary school communities and provides ethics resources and programs to Kent Place constituents, independent schools, private schools, public schools and the greater community.

Jane Foley Fried named new Head of School at Brearley

From the New York Times, December 14, 2011: The Brearley School, an all-girls private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, named a new head of school on Wednesday, capping a six-month search that involved 100 candidates. The announcement was in a letter to Brearley community families. Jane Foley Fried, the dean of admission and assistant head for enrollment, research and planning at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., will be Brearley’s 15th head of school. Her appointment comes a...

a time when private school admissions are increasingly cutthroat and costs are soaring. “She brings a wealth of experience at an extraordinary institution,” said Alan K. Jones, president of the Brearley board of trustees. “As we did our reference-checking and our research, we found time and again she has been transformative in students’ lives and in helping faculty and administrators at Andover.” Stephanie J. Hull, the last head of school, resigned abruptly last summer. Priscilla Winn Barlow, a former Brearley head, has been serving as interim head and will remain in place through the end of the current school year. Ms. Fried graduated from Bowdoin College in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy. In 2002 she received a master’s in education from Tufts University, where she wrote her thesis on girls’ perceptions of leadership. She began her career in private education as a history teacher and house counselor at Suffield Academy in Connecticut. In her biography on the Andover Web site, Ms. Fried said she was attracted to boarding school life because she could teach, coach field hockey and lacrosse, and be a girls’ dorm leader. “I loved the boarding school environment and decided to stay in education,” she said. After a stint at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., Ms. Fried arrived at Andover 19 years ago. The letter sent to the Brearley community said her research interests there included the composition of the student body, and the performance in math and science of underrepresented students. “There is tons of pressure for legacies at a place like Andover, and she made sure there was room for diversity and financial aid,” said Brother Brian Carty, head of the De La Salle Academy in Manhattan, which has sent some of its students to Andover. The letter to Brearley community members also highlighted Ms. Fried’s fund-raising prowess at Andover. “She is a frequent spokesperson for its development office, specifically for Phillips Academy’s current $72 million financial aid fund-raising effort,” the letter said. A version of this article appeared in print on December 15, 2011, on page A35 of the New York edition with the headline: New Leader For Brearley Is Announced.

The Nightingale-Bamford School Head asks "What's Happening to Our Girls?"

This article originally appeared in the Nighthawk, the monthly newsletter for The Nightingale-Bamford School and was written by Head of School Dorothy A. Hutcheson:   Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman recently shared a shocking problem her university faces: despite a 50-50 ratio of undergraduate men and women, there are enormous disparities between men and women in visible positions of ...

tudent leadership on campus. President Tilghman was the keynote speaker at the centennial conference of the Head Mistresses Association of the East—an organization of over 100 heads of both single-sex and coed schools who are committed to the education of girls—that I attended last month. (Former Nightingale trustee and past parent Anna Quindlen and current trustee and Barnard President Debora Spar were also among the distinguished speakers.) She went on to say that undergraduate women were winning fewer prestigious academic awards and postgraduate fellowships. With the 40th anniversary of coeducation at Princeton looming, Tilghman was determined to get to the root of the problem. Thus, she convened a steering committee chaired by Nan Keohane, the former president of Duke (who had also researched the performance and attitudes of female students at Duke), to study the issue and make recommendations for change. If you are interested, the complete committee report is available at  Although the percentage of women in high-profile student leadership positions on Princeton's campus had been rising throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, the number began to decline from 2000 onward; the same was true for prize-winners. (She did note with pride that in 1975, both the Princeton valedictorian and salutatorian were women—I am proud to report that those two women were graduates of Nightingale!) In its research, the committee discovered that "although some [undergraduate] women do run for elected office, many choose less visible jobs behind the scenes," and, shockingly in 2011, some reported that they got "the message from peers that such posts are more appropriately sought by men." Women were more often the secretaries of their class or of high-profile clubs, and according to both men and women, the essential tasks needed to keep the groups running fell more often to women. Further, women consistently "undersell themselves," a tendency that one alumna described as "the intensity of self-effacement." It sounded to me like an age-old problem: women do most of the work and take little of the credit. (It’s ironic that this undergraduate problem persists at a university where the president and most of her leadership team are women.) What's going on? It's important to note that this problem is not confined to Princeton; President Tilghman is just one of the few presidents honest enough to speak about it. In fact, at Duke University, President Keohane found in 2002 that, for undergraduates, "being cute trumps being smart for women in the social environment," and that women suffered from what was termed "effortless perfectionism": be beautiful, smart, and athletic, and make it all look like it took no effort! As I noted in a 2003 Nighthawk article about President Keohane's findings, female undergraduates spoke openly of the pressure to look good and the expectation that they "hide their intelligence in order to succeed with their male peers." Perhaps most telling was that "graduates of the former Woman's College at Duke University, which merged with the men's college in 1972, reported more personal confidence than their younger peers." Duke women felt better about themselves when the all-women's experience was the norm! To me this was another powerful argument for single-sex education. What did Princeton's steering committee recommend? First, restructuring orientation to include more upper-class students with the goal of building more immediate connections for the first-years. Secondly, and most importantly, the committee proposed to strengthen both faculty and peer mentoring programs to encourage more women; those who were successful in winning Fulbright or Rhodes scholarships, for example, reported the importance of a faculty member encouraging them towards a goal that they would not have set by themselves. If I had been on the task force, I would have also recommended that Princeton establish all-women's dorms where older students can naturally mentor younger ones. The importance of a "room of one's own," as Virginia Woolf called it at the beginning of the 20th century, is still necessary to combat gender stereotypes. All of this reminds me how important a school like Nightingale is. Our single-sex environment allows girls to develop into confident and bold young women. Faculty and staff encourage our girls to undertake scientific research, to apply for prestigious awards, and to stretch themselves both academically and otherwise. The personalized support we provide ensures that our girls are ready and eager to tackle the world ahead of them. As our mission statement says: our commitment to the success of every girl is absolute. So while President Tilghman’s findings are difficult to hear in 2011, I look around every day at the schoolhouse and see young women with uncommon drive, confidence, and knowledge. They know what we all know: Nightingale girls don’t just lead the show, they are the show. —Dorothy A. Hutcheson, Head of School

Ursuline Academy of Dallas Announces New President

Ursuline Academy of Dallas is pleased to announce that Gretchen Z. Kane will become the next President of Ursuline Academy, effective July 1, 2012. She will succeed Sister Margaret Ann Moser, O.S.U., who retires at the end of the current school year, when she will assume a new role as President Emerita. Ms. Kane has served as President of Ursuline Academy in New Orleans since 2004. Please click the link below to view the full announcement:

Ann Healy, Headmistress of Roland Park Country School

Anne Healy, a visionary educator who as headmistress led the way in integrating Roland Park Country School and oversaw its transition into the computer age, died Wednesday afternoon of post-polio s...

ndrome at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Guilford resident was 97. "Inclusion, technology and academics were always at the top of her mind," said Jean Waller Brune, who was a member of the RPCS Class of 1960 and has been head of the school since 1992. "She was a remarkable woman, educator and leader who always had great humility in her heart." A native New Englander, Miss Healy was born and raised in Windsor Locks, Conn. When she was 3, she was stricken with the paralytic polio that later returned and claimed her life. She was 12 when she left home and enrolled at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1935 from Wellesley College and a master's degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Miss Healy did additional graduate work at Columbia University and at Trinity College in England. In a 1969 interview, Miss Healy explained why she chose a career in education over that of being a pianist. "Well, I was going to be a pianist, but by the time I got to college, I changed my mind. Then in 1950 I had to make a decision between teaching in a college or a girls school," she said. To read the remainder of Ann Healy's obituary, which appears in the Baltimore Sun, go to,0,3890761.story?page=1

Porter's Alumna Presents Award to Oprah Winfrey

Recent Miss Porter's School graduate Ayanna Hall '11 presented Oprah Winfrey with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2011 Governors Awards dinner, held Saturday, November 12 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. Ayanna, an Oprah Winfrey Scholar alumna, attended Miss Porter's School for three years, graduating in 2011. She was one o...

just 1,000 students selected for the Gates Millennium Scholars program, out of more than 23,000 students who applied. Originally from Harlem, N.Y., Ayanna currently attends Barnard College. After an introduction by Maria Shriver, Ayanna spoke about the impact Ms. Winfrey has had on her life. She shared, "There is no way that I can thank [Ms. Winfrey] with just words. She put me through high school, allowed me to be the very best me while I was there and to reach for goals that I never thought possible until now." On behalf of the more than 65,000 other students Ms. Winfrey has put through school, Ayanna noted, "The words aren't adequate, Ms. Winfrey, but thank you." The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is given to an "individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Ms. Winfrey was honored for her dedication to supporting educational initiatives and raising awareness of issues that affect women and children locally and globally, and for her many philanthropic efforts, including Oprah's Angel Network, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (South America). Located in the center of Farmington, Conn., Porter’s is a college preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades nine through 12.  Founded in 1843 by lifelong scholar and educator, Sarah Porter, the school’s dynamic, rigorous, well-rounded approach to education prepares girls to expand their minds and grow into socially engaged, confident young women. With 333 students hailing from 25 states and representing 27 countries, Porter’s provides a diverse high school experience that helps young women become local and global leaders of the future.  For more information about Porter’s, please visit <> .

Miss Hall’s School Announces 10th Head of School

PITTSFIELD — Miss Hall’s School announces that Margaret A. Jablonski, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of New Haven, has been named the School’s tenth Head of School, succeeding Jeannie Norris, who will step down as planned in June. Dr. Jablonski, who is known as Peggy, has nearly thirty years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, including senior administrative position...

for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brown University, and the University of Connecticut. She was a visiting assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has been adjunct faculty at Brown University and North Carolina State University, teaching graduate courses in higher education policy, women's issues, leadership theory, and student affairs. “We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Jablonski as our next Head of School,” said Susan P. O’Day, a member of the MHS Class of 1977 and President of the School’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Jablonski received the unanimous and enthusiastic support of both the Search Committee and the full Board. Her experience as an educator and administrator, her clear alignment with the School’s values and mission, and the value that she places on girls’ education make her the ideal candidate to lead Miss Hall’s into its next chapter.” “I am both excited and humbled to be selected to be the next Head of Miss Hall’s School, and I am eager to join the Miss Hall’s community,” said Dr. Jablonski. “My calling is education. My passion is working with young women. Educating girls for leading purposeful lives and having an impact on the world around them and preparing girls for their rightful positions as leaders in society is important to me and it is important to Miss Hall’s School. The School’s mission resonated with my background in working with young women, in leadership development, and in experiential education, and I look forward to being a part of that mission at Miss Hall’s.” Dr. Jablonski, who will officially begin as Head of School on July 1, 2012, joins the School at an exciting time, as it looks to build on the success of its ongoing $50 million Go Far, Go Together Campaign, which has raised $36 million so far for endowment, programs, and campus improvements. The School is also well positioned in its markets, with strong enrollment and students who continue to achieve significant academic successes: The forty-four members of the Class of 2011 were accepted into 96 colleges and universities, and more than half of our graduates received merit aid toward their continued education; 94 percent of MHS students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams in May received qualifying scores; and based on those exams, twenty-two students were named by the College Board as AP Scholars. Last month, the School also announced that it received the gift of 60 Crofut Street, a property not far from the MHS campus. The property will be used as a home for the new Head of School. “I am delighted that the Selection Committee chose a candidate who has engaged with young women on the college level, in that next step of their education, and chose a candidate who understands the important work that is happening at Miss Hall’s School to prepare girls for college and their future roles as our next generation of leaders,” said MHS Head of School Jeannie Norris. “Dr. Jablonski is an educator whose career focus has been about women and facilitating their growth as leaders, and she is extraordinarily well suited to expand the scope of work already underway at the School and to guide an ever more robust implementation of the School’s mission.” Ms. Norris announced in April that she would step down after the 2011-12 academic year, her sixteenth year as the School’s Head. In accordance with a succession plan previously developed by Ms. Norris, Ms. O’Day, and the MHS Trustees, the School subsequently formed a Search Committee, chaired by Stacey Sotirhos, Ph.D., an MHS Trustee and member of the MHS Class of 1989, and retained the executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to assist in the transition. “We were very pleased with the number of applicants and the quality of applicants for this position, and with the fact that we were able to swiftly conclude our search, all of which speak to the strength of the School, its position as a leader in girls’ education, and its potential going forward,” said Dr. Sotirhos. “The Committee was impressed with Dr. Jablonski’s administrative and academic credentials, as well as her demonstrated experience leading multi-dimensional organizations, her interest in and commitment to broader social issues affecting women, her experience as a successful fundraiser, and her ability to provide inspirational leadership.” As a lead student affairs administrator at the University of New Haven, Dr. Jablonski works with students, faculty, and staff to create and maintain a climate that fosters student learning and development while enhancing a strong sense of community. Prior to joining the University of New Haven, Dr. Jablonski was the vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2004 until 2010, overseeing student life for approximately 17,500 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students. Her areas of responsibility included housing and residential education, campus health services, counseling and wellness services, student judicial affairs, and Greek life. Dr. Jablonski’s previous administrative and academic positions include serving as the dean for campus life at Brown University, the associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Connecticut, associate dean for undergraduate education and student affairs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and assistant dean for residential services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests include women and leadership, higher education policy, spirituality in higher education, and the history of higher education. She is also a frequent presenter at international and national conferences on topics that have included sexual harassment on college campuses, women in education leadership, and transformative professional development for faculty. Additionally, Dr. Jablonski has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), of which she is a member. She has also been on the board of the Massachusetts Association of Women in Education and is a member of the International Women's Forum. A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Jablonski holds a doctorate in Education from Boston University. For her dissertation, she researched the leadership styles of women college presidents across the country. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and education, respectively, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. About Miss Hall’s School Founded in 1898, Miss Hall’s School was one of the first all-girls boarding schools established in New England. Today the School is a nationally recognized, boarding and day independent secondary school that combines an exceptional college-preparatory curriculum with two acclaimed leadership programs, Horizons and the Girls’ Leadership Project. Both programs are central to our belief that, in addition to outstanding academic preparation, girls need additional skills that allow them to step confidently into the real world, where they will be expected to communicate effectively and authentically, voice opinions with resolve and respect, and be comfortable having influence, leading change, and contributing boldly and creatively to the common good. Miss Hall’s School currently enrolls 180 girls, representing 15 states and 15 countries. For more information, call (413) 443-6401 or visit our website at <> .

Emma Willard School Junior, Francesca Gundrum Selected for 2012 Student Leadership Conference in Australia

TROY, NY (11/28/2011) -- Francesca Gundrum (Grafton, NY), a junior at Emma Willard School has been selected by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) as one of only two delegates to represent the United States at the 2012 Student Leadership Conference, January 18-22, at The Women's College, University of Sydney, in Australia. The Student Leadership Conference is organized by The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia, a not-for-profit organization that aims to promote the education o...

girls in single sex girls' schools and increase public awareness that single sex schools provide the optimal learning environment for girls. This year's conference is titled, "The Service Revolution," and its goal is to prepare students to be leaders in their school and in life. Gundrum will join 120 other student delegates from a mix of Alliance schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. The girls selected are independent and confident young women who will be ambassadors for their school and for NCGS. "Francesca's school leadership experience and community service achievements speak for themselves," said Nancy T. Mugele, Interim Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools. "She is a young woman who is moved to action and has a clear sense of how to mobilize those around her. She is a real model for her peers at Emma Willard School and beyond." To say Gundrum is the epitome of a student leader would be an understatement. Her list of extracurricular activities is vast. She is the Junior Class President, a two-sport standout varsity athlete, and recipient of Emma Willard School's Helen Snell Cheel award for athletic achievement, sportsmanship and spirit. Gundrum is also an admissions tour guide, writing tutor, writer for The Gargoyle (Emma's yearbook), a board member of the school's literary magazine, The Triangle, and co-head of the cooking and soup kitchen club. "Francesca (Ches) is a high achiever in a demanding academic program," said Trudy Hall, head of Emma Willard School. "More than this, she is an extraordinary school citizen; poised, respectful and respected, a mature and motivated optimist in a best-of-class league of her own. She is also a superb athlete who possesses that desirable chemistry of exceptional ability, mental and physical toughness, and a collaboratively competitive spirit. Ches is a truly gifted leader whose energy is felt in almost every aspect of Emma life." Gundrum, a student who lives locally, said she welcomes the opportunity to hone her leadership skills internationally. "Being a student leader at a boarding school requires flexibility, tolerance, open-mindedness, and a non-judgemental respect for others," said Gundrum. "It means getting involved. It means not just listening, but hearing, and it means knowing when to act and when not to." About Emma Willard School As the oldest non-denominational girls' school in the country, Emma Willard School has been empowering girls since 1814. Pioneering educator Emma Hart Willard founded the first school in the country to provide girls the same educational opportunities given to boys. Emma Willard School will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2014.

Head of St. Margaret's School on Executive Leaders Radio

Margaret Broad, Head of St. Margaret's Schoolin Tappahannock, Virginia and NCGS Board Member, was featured on a national talk radio show recently.  In an interview with Executive Leaders Radio, she shared the school's mission and philosophy, discussed how she came to be the Head of St. Margaret's and explained how the school's program has evolved since she has been Head. The show aired in the Washington D.C. metro area on WHFS/1580AM, WFED/1500AM ...

nd WWFD/820AM, as well as on AOL Radio and Yahoo Radio.

Students from 3 NCGS Member Schools to serve as Teen Advisors for Girl Up

NCGS is thrilled that students from three member schools were selected to be Teen Advisors for Girl Up. Congratulations to Annie Gersh who attends Marlborough School in Los Angeles, Annie Kiyonaga who attends S...

one Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda and Iztel Delgado who attends The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem in New York. Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. They give American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. The Teen Advisors help make Girl Up an engaging, effective, and powerful campaign by sharing their ideas and providing feedback on everything Girl Up does.  

Miriam College’s Int’l Learning and Teaching Conference shows collegiality at its best

Miriam College’s (MC) first International Conference on Learning and Teaching (ICLT) proved to be a big success, gathering more than 400 participants composed of education leaders, scholars, and practitioners both here and abroad. Held last October 5-7, the conference created a dynamic venue for all participants to teach and to learn from each other: educators from co-educators, students from teachers, and teachers from students. The first day saw a packed Marian Auditorium fill...

d with delegates from different colleges and universities in the country; members of the MC community; and representatives from Ghana, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, US, India, Japan, Nigeria, Nepal, Iran, Malaysia, and Tanzania. Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College president and ICLT convenor, welcomed the attendees and urged all to build upon the lessons and stories to be shared at the three-day conference and emerge from these “excited by the opportunities to innovate, effect change, and make a difference in our own classrooms, schools, and institutions.” Among the distinguished speakers at the conference were former University of the Philippines president Emerlinda Roman who delivered the keynote speech on behalf of Senator Edgardo Angara; Dr. Virginia A. Miralao, UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines secretary general; Quezon province Representative and Committee Chair on Higher and Technical Education Philippine House of Representatives Juan Edgardo M. Angara; Amb. Laura Quiambao Del Rosario, Foreign Service Institute director; Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo, executive vice president and chief academic officer of the Dominican University of California, USA; Dr. Robert Mobley, retired professor of Deaf Education; Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., Ateneo De Manila University president; Sr. Helen R. Graham, M.M.; and representatives from the different colleges and universities. Dr. Calingo shared his experiences about school leadership in the US and emphasized the need for shared governance and communicating a value system by example. Kabataan Party List Representative, activist and blogger Raymund DV Palatino spoke about the teacher as a visionary, challenging teachers to use the liberating power of education to teach students how to change the world instead of preparing them to be more competitive in the job market and convert them into “mere consumers who are interested on how to increase their purchasing power.” Taking a different perspective, the conference gave students their moment to speak and express their views about education. Participating schools were Miriam College, Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf, Assumption College, and Philippine Science High School. The students, who represented different unit levels including the deaf, shared their struggles about juggling academic life and their social activities in school and the importance of their teachers’ support every step of the way. They also recognized the sacrifices of their teachers who, like them, balanced multiple tasks despite minimum salaries. One student speaker even suggested that teacher’s salaries should either be increased or shielded from government tax, earning applause among teachers in the audience. Closing the conference was a sharing by Sr. Helen Graham, M.M. on Teaching God’s Love in Action. Using the autumn rain as analogy for a good teacher of God’s work, Sr. Helen astutely stated that “rain must be neither too overwhelming nor too spare to successfully water the land.” In between plenary sessions were parallel sessions, paper presentations and workshops held simultaneously at different venues on campus. The Miriam community’s very own teachers and administrators shared the best practices of the school’s different advocacy centers, offices and academic units. There were also performances by the ethnic music ensemble Kontra Gapi and the school’s homegrown talents including MC High School Glee Club, Music Center, MCHS Cultural Classical Dance Club, Musikayumanggi, and the Halili Cruz Ballet Dance Group. The conference ended on a high note, with Dr. Lapus acknowledging the community’s efforts in making the event a success and announcing that the school will host the next ICLT in 2013.

Sacred Hearts Academy Host Educational Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy

  October 28, 2011--Sacred Hearts Academy hosted an educational program on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy for 800 girls from 18 public and private schools.  Experts serving on the educational panel included:  Ambassador Lauren Kahea Moriarty, Dean of Academics College of Security Studies, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and U.S. Ambassador (ret.) to APEC  from 2003-2005; Dr. Nancy Davis Lewis, Director for Research Program, East-West Center; Dr. D...

nise Eby Konan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, UH Manoa and Senior Advisor to UH President on APEC; and Ms. Adrian Yi, Program Officer and former James A. Kelly Korean Studies Research Fellow, Pacific Forum Center for Strategic Studies. Mary Vorsino, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, moderated the discussion on economics, health, international relations and youth leadership in APEC nations.  Student questions and round table discussions with the experts followed the program.   [caption id="attachment_2171" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Front row: Betty White, Sacred Hearts Academy Head of School, Adrian Yi, Pacific Forum Center of Strategic Studies; Ambassador Lauren Kahea Moriarty, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies; Dr. Denise Konan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, UH Manoa; Mary Vorsino, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Dr. Nancy Davis Lewis, Director for Research Program, East-West Center and Sister Katherine Francis Miller, Sacred Hearts Academy Campus Minister Back row: Taylor Higuchi, Megan Ramirez, Jodi Quon, Melanie Maier, Megan Stevenson"][/caption]

YWLS in Queens featured in article about girls and STEM

Congratulations to the students, faculty and administrators from the Young Women's Leadership School in Queens who are featured in a story and accompanying video on about girls' participation in the math and science fields. To see the article, click ...


Greenwich Academy Students Present Research at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

This summer, two Greenwich Academy students, Priyanka and Rebecca, spent several weeks at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, conducting research in the lab of Dr. G. Pasinetti. These internships, coordinated by GA’s Duff Center, allowed both girls to focus on individual projects relating to the biological processes associated with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Priyanka and Rebecca tackled different subsets of this research, both working under the direction of the Center of Excellence for Research ...

n Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CERC) in Alzheimer’s Disease. Last week, the CERC gathered for a periodical update at the New York Academy of Medicine, where members of each of the nine involved institutions presented their findings to an external review board. Priyanka and Rebecca were both asked to attend this meeting and participated in a poster presentation session together. Priyanka also was invited to speak to the external review board to present the data she collected this summer. Both girls’ work this summer reflects the dedication of GA’s Duff Center to fostering a community of independent learners. Engaging with real medical challenges, Rebecca and Priyanka spent their summers taking part in a global effort to eradicate disease. By embracing the Duff Center’s mission to ‘learn by doing,’ the girls made significant, active contributions to a vital field of research. For more information see  

Irma Rangel School Cited as Example of Successful Public Single-Sex Schooling

In Christina Hoff Sommers column "Fight proposed ban on single-sex schools" in USA Today on October 12th, NCGS member school, The Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in Dallas, was cited as an example of an excellent public all-girl academy. Sommers states "The Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in Dallas, opened in 2004 and enrolls 473 girls in grades 6 through 12. Its success has been dazzling. The school has scored at or near the top of all Dallas public schools on state test...

for the past five years. Dallas has opened a comparable academy for young men and has been inundated with applications from hopeful parents." To read the complete article, which is a response to the article opposing single-sex education in Science Magazine, click here. Congratulations to Irma Rangel for this national recognition!

Roland Park Country School Teacher Published in Fall Issue of Independent School

Justin Short, eighth grade history teacher at Roland Park Country School, wrote an article entitled "I came, I saw, I friended Pompey on the Internet" for the Fall 2011 issue of Independent School. He describes his annual class project called "Rome-Net, a class project that exploits teenagers' fondness for using social networking websites like Facebook to create a spirited and dynamic simulation of Roman History" (page 1, from "The Reporter" section). To learn more about this project...

see pages 1 and 2 of "The Reporter" section of the Fall 2011 issue of Independent School.

Young Women's Leadership Network raises more than $1.1 million at 5th annual (Em)Power Breakfast

The theme of this year's breakfast was "Our Teachers, Our Heroes" and celebrated the amazing teachers who inspire YWLN students to dream big and realize their potential. See this video to learn more about YWLN and the fantastic work of their teachers:



St. Mary’s Episcopal School Class of 2011 includes Two Presidential Scholars, Four National Merit Scholars and a Morehead-Cain Scholar

(Memphis, TN) The St. Mary’s Episcopal School Class of 2011, made up of 58 graduates, included two Presidential Scholars, Four National Merit Scholars and a Morehead-Cain Scholar.   The naming of Valerie Huang and Neha Kumar as 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars marks the second time in recent history that St. Mary's has had two Presidential Scholars in a graduating class. In 2006, another pair of St. Mary’s seniors - Katie Camille Friedman and Laura Kaplan were chosen for the honor. Hua...

g attends Yale University, and Kumar attends Washington University in St. Louis.   Kumar was also named a National Merit Scholar, joining fellow Seniors Melissa Luttmann (College of the Holy Cross), Mary Peeler and Maria Zoccola (Emory University) are recipients of the 2011 scholarship. Additionally, Peeler was named a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina.   "These incredible honors certainly validates the strength of the St. Mary’s curriculum and how we educate the whole student," said Mimi Grossman, college adviser at St. Mary's. "Each of these girls is stellar in not only her academics, but also in her community service, leadership, and contribution to both St. Mary’s and the general community."   FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sally Walker Davies 901/537-1489

The Ethel Walker School Celebrates its Centennial!

Congratulations to The Ethel Walker School on occasion of its Centennial Celebration, October 1, 2011. For more information about the Ethel Walker School's Centennial, go to  

President of the Girls' Schools Association quoted in Telegraph on Gender Differences in UK Test Scores

In an August 26, 2011 article in the Telegraph, Helen Wright, president of the Girls' Schools Association, commented on the recently reported record high gender gaps in national exams in the UK. According to the article, "Figures show that more than a quarter of exams taken by girls this year scored top grades compared with less than a fifth of those sat by boys. The gap in results between the sexes is at a record level – and four times wider than when GC...

Es were first introduced in the late 1980s." Helen Wright comments that "Where there is such a clear gap, there is obviously something wrong with the whole system and it's a sign that GCSEs are not working if boys are not performing as well as they can." For the complete article, please see

Greenwich Academy Introduces Online STEM Scholar Network

Greenwich Academy's Upper School students were introduced to the Greenwich Academy Scholar Network ," GAINS," on January 7, 2011. This scholar network connects and provides a network for students who are interested in STEM-related fields with one another and with GA alums and friends of GA who are working and studying in those academic and professional fields, in which women have been underrepresented. The network currently hosts 99 members.  If you are interested in joining or learning more abo...

t the network, contact Ann Decker: See

TYWLS of East Harlem Senior Takes Part In 10th Anniversary of September 11th

The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem senior Asatira Lenard recited Billy Collins' poem "The Names" in front of the United Nations General Assembly as part of the Commeration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  To see the video, click here. She comes on at minute 47:30.

Director of Agnes Irwin's Center for the Advancement of Girls Responds to T-Shirt Controversy

This Op-Ed "Empowering girls, one T-shirt at a time" by Mariandl Hufford appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on September 14, 2011. "The newest brouhaha over young women's apparel concerns retailer Forever 21's "Allergic to Algebra" T-shirt. This comes on the heels of J.C. Penney's T-shirt faux pa...

. The "I am too pretty for homework so my brother has to do it for me" quip so offended men and women alike that the company quickly pulled the product and issued a formal apology. I don't want to linger on the sexist nature of these messages. As the mother of two daughters, I have screened the writing on their clothing for years, looking for any one-liners that diminish them as girls. I am not naïve enough to think that this incident will be the last time a company, in the name of humor and marketing, splashes a message that reduces girls to dolled-up, pretty airheads.

What I do want to talk about is why, in 2011, it is still commonplace to degrade girls and paint them with a brush of disempowering emptiness, more interested in beauty than smarts? When I saw the offending shirts on the Internet, I was reminded of a little girl I saw this summer, marching through the hallways of my school, getting ready for a dance performance. She could not have been more than 6 years old. She wore shorts and a T-shirt that she had decorated herself, with copious amounts of glitter surrounding her name. Her elbows bent at her sides, her head flung high, she marched, almost trotted, to the little girls' room. Her arms pumped vigorously, her hips propelled her forward, and in her face beamed the confidence, the sassiness, and the grit that are so often part of a little girl's personality. My words stuck in my throat when a colleague pointed her out to me and said, laughing: "Isn't she awesome?" She was, and what I wished for in that moment was that this little girl would never lose the supreme audacity that shone in her eyes and radiated from her confident posture. I hope this girl stays so self-assured that she rejects wearing a shirt that says her beauty is more important than her brain. I hope she never doubts that she can indeed take on the world and that she dismisses outright debasing messages when they come her way. I want her, and any girl, to know that she is not a mindless "princess"; she is not an advertisement for her breasts (recall the infamous "Hooters in Training" T-shirt). Instead, she should always believe that she is fiercely capable of making an impact in the world and leaving it a better place. With her brain and her heart. As an educator, I have the privilege of working in an all girls' environment. I know my work in some ways is easy. Our girls, throughout their time with us, are exposed to messages that girls are smart and can do anything. Our girls know they do not need to define themselves in shallow ways. Instead, they can define themselves as athletes, intellectuals, artists, leaders. And that little girl I saw this summer. . . walking fearlessly and proudly toward her moment on stage, well, she has a shot. We will work with her to recognize the implications of the next offending shirt. And in so doing, we will allow her to create for herself the identity she deserves. With audacity and grit.
Mariandl Hufford is the director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls, an initiative of The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont. E-mail her at"

Young Women's Leadership Academy Names New Executive Director

The Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation (YWLAF), the founding sponsor of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), recently appointed educator and student advocate Rebeca Clay-Flores as its new Executive Director. She will succeed Executive Director, Maxine Bailey, co-founder of the Foundation as well as the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. Bailey, who has transformed the lives of hundreds of...

girls and women in Hamilton County since moving to the Scenic City 13 years ago, is retiring to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Though we are saddened to see Maxine leave us, we are certainly grateful for the meaningful contributions she has made in our community,” said Sue Anne Wells, Board Chair of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Co-founder of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. “After an extensive search to find Maxine’s replacement, we were very fortunate to find Rebeca. Rebeca personally understands how educational opportunity can change the life of a child for the better.  Her experiences, expertise, and knowledge will undoubtedly strengthen the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts and help us to further our mission.” An undergraduate of Princeton University, Clay-Flores received a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She has taught at the secondary and postsecondary levels and was a founding teacher at the KIPP Aspire Academy in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Clay-Flores’ previous experience also includes developing and implementing youth empowerment community programs in Illinois and Texas.  She founded and led a nonprofit organization in San Antonio, Texas that worked to break the cycle of poverty, violence, and teenage pregnancy. Clay-Flores has traveled extensively throughout the world and was an English instructor in 2008 at the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Tampico, Mexico. Most recently, Clay-Flores served as Student Missions Coordinator at Southern Adventist University, preparing students for year-long foreign missionary assignments. “I am excited to be part of an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of girls and strengthening our communities through educational empowerment opportunities,” said Clay-Flores. “I look forward to working with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and the many supporters of the Foundation’s work on behalf of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.”

6 Hockaday Alumnae working with Teach for America

DALLAS, Texas (August 25, 2011) Poverty limits educational opportunities, but children facing the challenge of poverty are proving that -with education- they can achieve at the highest levels. Hockaday alumnae are working with Teach for America to close the achievement gap and bring superior education to all children. Continuing a long line of Hockaday alumnae joining the Teach for America corps, the Class of 2007 has six members who began their first stint teaching this fall in low-income sc...

ool districts. Teach for America recruits a diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community. Teach for America has the wonderful opportunity of an overwhelming number of applicants wanting to join the program as teachers, making the acceptance rate highly competitive. The Washington Post reported that the Teach for America 2011 acceptance rate was only 11 percent of the record 48,000 applicants for this fall. “Hockaday is proud that so many of its alumnae have been accepted into Teach for America, where they are making a huge difference in the lives of children across the country,” said Kim Wargo, Eugene McDermott Headmistress for the Hockaday School. From the Hockaday Class of 2007, Teach for America invited the following recent college graduates. Allison Hayes is currently teaching middle school special education in Durham, NC, after graduating from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Duke Robertson Scholar. Katherine Novinski now teaches middle school science in Baltimore, MD, after graduating from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. Olivia Trevino now teaches first grade in Dallas after graduating from the University of Southern California. Blakely Hull is teaching in Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Southern California. Kat Morgan is teaching middle school math in Memphis, TN, after graduating from Rhodes College. Bess Milner is teaching in Nashville, TN, after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. CONTACT: Andi Pickle 214-360-6532

Kim Wargo officially begins her tenure as Head of School at The Hockaday School

  Kim Wargo officially began her tenure as Eugene McDermott Headmistress of The Hockaday School, Friday, July 1. She is the eleventh person to lead the School in its almost 100-year history. Ms. Wargo’s appointment as Head of School was announced in November 2010 after an intensive nationwide search to find a successor to Jeanne P. Whitman, who announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year, following a distinguished, seven-year tenure. Led by Hockaday ...

lumna Talley Dunn ’86, and in partnership with nationally-recognized search firm Storbeck/Pimentel, the search had tremendous momentum, attracting outstanding candidates from across the country. Ms. Wargo emerged as an extraordinary leader with a passion for the education of girls. “Hockaday has long stood at the forefront of girls’ schools. I feel privileged to join the Hockaday community, and I am energized by the opportunity to lead this exceptional school into its second century of educating girls to be the leaders of tomorrow,” Ms. Wargo said. A formal installation is planned to inaugurate Ms. Wargo, Sunday, September 25, the anniversary of Hockaday’s founding in 1913. Ms. Wargo grew up in Louisiana and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University, graduating summa cum laude. In 1993, she earned a master’s degree from Tulane University in history. She comes to Hockaday from the Katherine Delmar Burke School, a K-8th grade girls’ school in San Francisco, where she served as Head of School. Previously, Ms. Wargo was the Head of Upper School at the Louise S. McGehee School, a girls’ school in New Orleans. While at McGehee, Ms. Wargo taught middle and upper school girls while she served as chair of the history department and college counselor. The Hockaday School prepares girls of strong potential to arrive at positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world by giving them a foundation for living grounded on the Four Cornerstones: Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics. Founded in 1913, Hockaday is an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls. Comprised of more than 1,000 students of diverse backgrounds and cultures, Hockaday educates girls from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade and is the largest girls’ school in the nation.

Woodslands Academy Science Center Earns LEED Silver Recognition

The Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Science Center has been awarded Silver Certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Woodlands Academy was seriously committed to environmentally responsible construction in the building of its state-of-the-art Science Center. 24% of all construction materials were produced with recycled content, so drywall, flooring, and concrete were selected based on the recyc...

ed content utilized by each manufacturer. 48% of the building materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the project, minimizing the environmental impact and cost of long-distance trucking. And Pepper Construction Company recycled 75% of the construction debris. For complete article, see

Holton-Arms Alumna named Managing Director of IMF!

The International Monetary Fund announced its selection of Christine Lallouette Lagarde Holton-Arms class of ’74 to the post of Managing Director. She is the first woman to lead the organization. Congratulations!

Vanity Fair nominates Ann Tisch, Founder of the YWLN, to Hall of Fame

In the June 2011 issue of Vanity Fair (p.107), Ann Tisch, Founder of the Young Women's Leadership Network, was nominated into Vanity Fair's "Hall of Fame." Ann was nominated for many reasons including "[b]ecause [she] saw no obstacles to her dream of a public, single-sex school in Harlem, where 83 percent of the students were below the poverty line and some lived in homeless shelters or in foster care" and "[b]ecause in 1996 she resisted the American Civil Liberties Union's objection to single-s...

x education, found space in an office building on 106th Street, and opened the Young Women's Leadership School (T.W.L.S.)." Congratulations to Ann and the entire YWLN!

Roland Park Country School girls visit White House!

A group of students from Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, MD attended an event at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama along with Girl Up, an organization formed by the United Nations Foundation. The students discussed  a day in the life of an African girl and shared common themes that unite girls everywhere, no matter where they are born. The event coincided with First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa where she focused on youth leadership, education, health and wellne...

s.   For photos from the event see:

Soledad O'Brien Inspires CGLA Students and Community

CNN Special Correspondent and award-winning author Soledad O'Brien addressed a sold-out crowd at the Odyssey 2011 Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in May, inspiring the crowd of over 500 to make a difference in the lives of young women in our community. Presented by the Young Women's Leadership Academy Foundation (YWLAF), founding sponsor of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), the event raised over $50,000 to support CGLA's mission.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Columbus School for Girls

Fifth and sixth grade girls experienced a day using their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design, and build!  CSG, in collaboration with Women in Engineering at The Ohio State University provided the girls with a variety of engineering experiences that included designing and building a shock-absorbing system for a lunar lander made out of everyday materials.  They also explored chemical engineering by mixing different chemicals to create sidewalk chalk and bath fizzies.  Thei...

final task was to take on the role of a civil, mechanical, and materials science engineer to plan, design, and build a miniature playground.   They have learned that engineers are changing the world all the time by dreaming up creative and practical solutions. CSG is offering an additional hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) event for girls in our community ages 9 - 11 on Saturday, May 7th from 10 AM to noon.  This event is in celebration of the national 10th anniversary of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Feel free to spread to the word to your daughter's friends.  Click here for more information.   YouTube Video:

Congratulations to 4 NCGS students for winning National Award for Aspirations in Computing!

NCGS wants to congratulate from Caroline A from Hathaway Brown School, Katherine Brennan S. from Convent of the Visitation School, Olivia W. from Stuart Country Day School and Sarah H. from

ref="">Holton-Arms School for winning the National Award for Aspirations in Computing given by the National Council for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women active and interested in computing and technology. We are proud to have 4 national winners amongst our membership!  To learn more about the winners, see and to learn more about the Award for Aspirations, including how to apply, see

Coastal Studies for Girls Offers HALF OFF Fall Tuition for NCGS Members

Sharing like minded missions of making great opportunities available for girls, The National Coalition of Girls Schools is pleased to be partnering with Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport, Maine. Coastal Studies for Girls would like to support the work of NCGS Member Schools by encouraging girls whose schools are members to apply for the Fall Semester at Coastal Studies for Girls, The NCGS Member School Applicants will receive TUITION AT HALF PRICE FOR THE FALL SEMESTER! Coastal Studies for Girls is accepting applications NOW for Fall Term, and are on a rolling admissions basis, which means GET YOUR APPLICATION IN ASAP!  You must be accepted based on merit first (including your complete application, essays, transcript and letters of recommendation) and if you are approved, CSG will hold a space for you in the August 28-December 17 semester. Should one of your students have serious intent to apply, please send an email to to let her know. There is great information on the website, so be sure to check out the Student Blog and Facebook links at the bottom of the home page, as well as the Gallery Tab on the top of the home page. You are also welcome to visit CSG this spring, but don't hesitate, as the remaining spots will go fast.

Visitation School's Robettes Win North Star Regional Robotics Competition

The Convent of the Visitation's FIRST Robotics team, the Robettes, took their pink bows and fierce mechanical and programming skills straight to the top of the North Star Regional Robotics Competition April 2 at Mariucci Arena. Competing in a three-team alliance, the Robettes advanced through the quarterfinals, semifinals and final rounds, taking it to the third and final match every time. The points of the alliance as a whole are used to determine who wins the match. "It was very much a ...

inderella story," said team mentor Melissa Murray, an engineering teacher at Visitation. Read the full article.

Two TYWLS students chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair!

After three rounds of competition in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair, culminating in a competition Tuesday at the American Museum of Natural History,  Maryama Diaw and Marjana Chowdhury have been selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair! These two TYWLS of East Harlem students are part of a 15-student team chosen to represent New York City, out of 600 applicants. The elite "Team New York" will travel to the Fair in Los Angeles to compete...

with 1,400 high school students from around the world. YWLN celebrates Maryama and Marjana's academic achievements, which would not be possible without the generous support of our friends and partners. Thank you for believing in our students.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Receives Prestigious International Baccalaureate Designation

Greenfield, MA - March 30, 2011: Stoneleigh-Burnham School has received official authorization to open as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.® The school will offer the internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, academically-rigorous IB Diploma Program starting this fall. Coming after an in-depth, multi-year accreditation process, the designation means that Stoneleigh-Burnham School is now the third girls' school in the United States, the only girls' school in New ...

ngland and one of only three boarding schools in New England to offer this prestigious program of study. "The IB Diploma Program will complement not only our dedication to preparing girls for collegiate success, but also our commitment to multicultural education," said Head of School, Sally Mixsell. "The IB impels us to offer a more global, interdisciplinary curriculum, opening doors for our students to attend universities around the world and to graduate with critical thinking skills that will set them apart from their peers." Students who choose to enroll in the optional IB program will spend their junior and senior years studying high-level material in six subject areas. As part of the curriculum, students will also complete an extended essay, take an integrative Theory of Knowledge course and work to achieve self-set goals focused on creativity, athletic pursuit and community service. Alternatively, students will be able to take single or multiple IB courses to earn individual certificates of study without completing the entire IB Diploma Program. Unlike the Advanced Placement (AP) program, student access to the IB Program is based on motivation to work, not grades. "The IB is available to any student," said Academic Dean, Natalie Demers. "It encourages interdisciplinary thinking, approaches subjects from an international perspective, teaches for understanding and self-reflection, and affords students a balanced view of themselves in the larger world. Most importantly, the IB Diploma signifies that the student has taken an active role in her own intellectual and personal development." As in the AP program, students may earn college credit for their IB work. For more information on the IB, visit Since 1869, Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been preparing girls grades 7-12 for college and the world. Stoneleigh-Burnham School is an academic community that inspires girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect and intellectual curiosity. Each student is challenged to discover her best self and graduate with the confidence to think independently and act ethically, secure in the knowledge that her voice will be heard. For more information on the school, visit

Member School Marymount High School Wins Distinguished Apple Award

Apple has awarded Marymount High School with an Apple Distinguished School designation for the 2010-2011 school year.  In an all-school assembly, Apple executive Dan Roach indicated that " Apple has watched  you integrate these devices in a way that changes the way you learn...Marymount represents what we think is the best way to approach education.  We have so much pride in your school that we want to align our brand with your brand." The Apple Distinguished school desi...

nation is reserved for schools that have demonstrated Apple's highest vision of a successful 21st century learning environment, and are centers of educational excellence and leadership, consistently employing 'best practice' qualities of a 21st century learning environment utilizing Apple technology. Marymount is one of only 10 schools in the state and 52 in the country to be recognized this year. Further, Marymount is one of only 19 schools in the country who are considered NEW Apple Distinguished Schools this year. Upon receiving notice of the award, Head of School Jacqueline Landry said,  "We are excited that Apple has recognized our success with this program and our commitment to a 21st century learning environment.  As a Catholic, independent girls school, we know that girls thrive in a collaborative environment, and the one to one program really complements both this tendency toward collaboration as well as the many and varied learning styles of our students." Of the changes at Marymount since launching the one to one program, Assistant Head of School and Dean of Studies Dr. Judy Edwards said, "Well into our second school year employing Apple's one to one laptop program, the changes I see in the classroom are phenomenal. Both students and teachers alike are actively engaged with the learning process and the digital tools at their fingertips. The use of these tools is not just technology for technology's sake, but with an eye toward an enhanced, enriched, learning experience." Marymount High School is an independent, Catholic college preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12. Since 1923, Marymount has educated and empowered the minds, hearts and spirits of girls while preparing them to make a better world.  The school provides purposeful leadership training, a rigorous academic program, and extensive co-curricular opportunities that challenge and inspire students to be educated, informed, and socially responsible global citizens. Marymount draws students from throughout Los Angeles and challenges them to recognize their leadership abilities, to apply their intellects to work for social change that will extend dignity to all.

Purnell School To Be Featured On The Discovery Channel

An award-winning, long-standing television program, The Profiles Series is dedicated to showcasing the most important issues of the day. From business and technology stories to breakthroughs in medicine, topics also cover the current issues of today, and now include education. Purnell School was selected as one of just a few educational institutions to be featured on a Telly Award winning program for schools exemplifying the best in 21st Century education and individualized learning. H...

sted by Lou Gossett, Jr. this series highlights Purnell's mission to teach young women to be lifelong learners with the ability to conduct research, analyze, and present their thinking in coherent and compelling ways. Susanne Beck, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools, joins with Ayanna Hill-Gill, Head of Purnell School, and validates the significance of single-sex education and the importance of the work that is happening at Purnell. The Profiles Series and Purnell School are proud to announce the airing of this special edition half-hour program on the Discovery Channel, Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific times. View the short six minute clip. Note, it may take a minute or two for the clip to download.  Please be patient.

First Lady Michelle Obama's Remarkable Women Panel Visits Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Stone Ridge was honored to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama's celebration of mentoring. Mrs. Obama brought together twenty-two accomplished women, each paving their way in a variety of fields, to serve as mentors and share their experiences with students in the Washington, D.C. metro area in this final week of Women's History Month. We are deeply honored that Mrs. Obama chose Stone Ridge to share this mentoring opportunity. The four guest mentors who spoke to the Stone Ridge senior ...

lass and took questions from several students were Abbe Raven (President and CEO of A&E Television Networks,) Alfre Woodard (award winning actress and founder of Artists for a New South Africa), Geena Davis (Academy Award-winning actress, producer, writer, philanthropist, and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media), and Judith Jamison (award-winning dancer, choreographer, author, and Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre). The students listened to these four remarkable women speak eloquently about their personal stories and the important role mentoring plays in the lives of young women as they pursue their dreams. The students were encouraged to follow their passions, work hard, gracefully learn from their mistakes, and make a difference in the world. Read more...

Student Leadership Conference 2011: A Reflection The importance of "people before progress"

The National Coalition of Girls' Schools recently chose us, Lauren and Vivien, as their two student delegates to attend the Alliance of Girls' Schools Student Leadership Conference in Sydney, Australia. Although we were both thrilled, we had no idea what to expect. We thought we would get some good ideas, learn various practical skills to bring back home, and very possibly get severely sunburned. Little did we know that we would soon be experiencing one of the best weeks of our lives "dow...

under." After overcoming exhaustion from the long flight, we toured the city with the help of our wonderful host sister and her family. We tasted new foods, snapped pictures, and enjoyed getting familiarized with a new culture and new pronunciations of many words. After just a brief time, our journey began with the commencement of our five-day conference. We were busy from seven in the morning to nine thirty at night with a fun-filled schedule that included listening to inspiring women speakers, doing team challenges (such as creating a prototype for an iPhone application), developing skills through leadership workshops, and sharing our personal stories in groups. Each of the five days focused on the following essential tools for leadership: strength, passion, values, service, and resilience. The entire experience taught us an invaluable lesson - the importance of "people before progress." "People before progress" can signify the importance of simply being you even through the hard work of our daily lives. We learned that we must love and respect ourselves as people if we truly hope, as leaders, to earn the love and respect of those around us. It was fascinating to see that every person at the conference had a unique personality, yet each was a leader in her own way. Whether introverts or extroverts, spontaneous or methodical, all of us thrived as we gained confidence in our own abilities and learned how to use our exceptional skills to complement others' talents. Everyone used their remarkable talents to help each other and people in need.  This included an excursion to an elderly home in Sydney. All of us had a chance to converse with a wide variety of elderly people who had illnesses, hearing problems, old bones, or just happy people who need help.  Through singing, talking, and helping, everyone from SLC brought a joy to the home that hopefully stayed with the people at the home and the girls!  Helping others is always a rewarding experience and this experience is one that we will never forget. Another fantastic experience that we had the opportunity to participate in was a talk with Australian voice-over super star and motivational speaker, Robyn Moore.  She not only evoked a power and memorable response from each person at the conference but also gave us encouragement to move forward as strong, women leaders.  She influenced us to come home to the U.S. and share our newfound talents with our friends in our own American schools. All in all, we can both honestly say that we have never made more friends, laughed harder, learned more, or been more thrilled at the possibilities of the future than in the short five days we spent at the SLC Conference in Sydney, Australia.  Thank you!

Lyda Hill Donates $20 Million to The Hockaday School -The Largest Single Gift from a Living Alumna to an All-Girls School

April 6, 2011 (DALLAS, Texas) - Hockaday alumna Lyda Hill, Class of 1960, has pledged $20 million to The Hockaday School, the largest single gift in the School's history. According to the National Association of Independent Schools, the commitment represents the largest single gift from a living alumna among independent girls' schools in the nation. Miss Hill is a businesswoman, volunteer, philanthropist and environmentalist.  With Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, she is a mem...

er of The Giving Pledge, a group of the nation's wealthiest individuals and families who have committed to donating the majority of their wealth to philanthropy either during their lifetime or after their death. "This is a landmark gift for Hockaday, for our students, and for the women they will become; most importantly, a Hockaday alumna has made it happen," said Jeanne P. Whitman, Eugene McDermott Headmistress of The Hockaday School.  "Miss Hill has always liked to launch big ideas, and with this gift, she has launched our Centennial Campaign." For more than 30 years, Miss Hill has exemplified leadership in the business and non-profit communities.  She started her own travel company and built it into the largest travel agency in Texas.  From that business base, she managed other family owned businesses, including Colorado Springs' Seven Falls, Kissing Camels Estates land development, and the Garden of the Gods Club.  When she joined Young President's Organization, she was one of only five female members. In addition, Miss Hill has made significant impact in several civic arenas.  She created the Volunteer Connection to promote volunteerism throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, a model that has been replicated in more than 70 cities and earned her the President's Volunteer Action Award from the White House.  She was appointed to President Reagan's Advisory Board for Private Sector Initiatives.  In Dallas, she led the first campaign for the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), one of her many community passions, and helped build the VNA's new headquarters.  In addition, she initiated a planned giving program at VNA and the VNA Caring Society.  She is a Life Member of the Board of Directors and serves as a Director of the VNA Foundation. Miss Hill sits on the M.D. Anderson Advisory Board and the Garden of the Gods Foundation Board.  She organized the first LPGA Skins Game for Dallas Easter Seals; began the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors annual Living Legends Luncheon; and for the Garden of the Gods Foundation, created the Summer of Celebration. Miss Hill's tenure at Hockaday was marked by her early acumen in mathematics and polite distaste for the classroom.  She was awarded the Esther B. Moody Trophy in Mathematics at Hockaday in 1960.  She was White Team captain and the only member of her class to serve on one of the three governing boards each year of Upper School. With Miss Hill's gift, Hockaday will be a national leader in STEM education in secondary schools. Of the gift, $10 million~is for the construction of new classrooms and research space for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a Hockaday focus for the last decade.~ The~other $10 million is for~faculty and program support.~ Since 2006, enrollment in science courses has increased 59 percent and Advanced Placement course enrollment has increased 250 percent.~ More than one-third of~graduating seniors have indicated that they intend to study STEM disciplines, including medicine, in college. "Science is the solution to most of the worlds challenges, be they food shortage, energy, medicine or pollution.  These matters have become my life's interest," Miss Hill said. "Hockaday is educating the most promising girls in the country - the women who will solve many of these problems.  I thought it would be fun to set the bar high." Hockaday is the nation's largest independent school for girls, serving Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.  More than 1,000 students of diverse backgrounds and cultures have vast opportunities to realize their full potential and are expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world.  Ranked among the country's finest college preparatory schools, Hockaday was founded almost a century ago and continues today to build on its original Four Cornerstones:  Character, Courtesy, Scholarship and Athletics. To learn about Hockaday, visit the School's website at

Hathaway Brown’s Globally Focused Curriculum

In the past year, Hathaway Brown has expanded its globally focused course offerings across the curriculum, created and developed programs that pair HB students and faculty with international partners around the world, and broadened its sponsorship... Read the full article.

Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich Teams Up with World-Renowned Science Lab

Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich has a launched a new science initiative with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center.  The school has entered into a two-year charter membership with the DNA Center (which will advance the school's strong offerings in science research programs for girls in the Middle School and the Upper School).

For a full description of the partnership, see the article that appeared in the Greenwich Time on Monday, October 15, 2012:

Ann Richards School one of 16 Schools To Participate in Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest

The Lemelson-MIT Program is awarding – based on technical merit – three all-girl schools (including NCGS Member Ann Richards School For Young Women) up to $10,000 in grant funding as part of the 2012-2013 InvenTeam initiative. Sixteen teams total comprised of students, teachers and mentors will pursue year-long invention projects that address real-world problems. Now in its tenth year as a national grants program, InvenTeams aims to inspire a new generation of inventors by engaging participants in creative thinking, problem-solving and hands-on learning in STEM.

NCGS congratulates Ann Richards School For Young Women and its pressurized produce preserver for being one of the three girls' schools selected to participate!

Celebrating innovation, inspiring youth

The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding innovators and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering. The Foundation sparks, sustains and celebrates innovation and the inventive spirit. It supports projects in the U.S. and developing countries that nurture innovators and unleash invention to advance economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. To date The Lemelson Foundation has donated or committed more than U.S. $150 million in support of its mission.

Roland Park Country School in the Baltimore Sun and

Roland Park Country School has been named by the Baltimore Sun as one of The Baltimore Sun Top Workplaces! In addition to this honor RPCS also received a special award for being the Top Workplace for Training based on their professional development programs.

RPCS is honored to have been selected for both of these awards. Learn more here:

RPCS' five-acre backwoods plot and how it serves a resource for both the arts and sciences at the school was recently highlighted on See

Inaugural Ball Features and Supports Excel Academy

The girls of the Excel Academy Chorus will sing God Bless America to a Cabinet Secretary, members of Congress, U.S. State Department officials and representatives of 22 countries as part of the 7th annual Environmental Inaugural Ball dedicated to creating a more sustainable future. Proceeds from the gala will be donated to Excel. School CEO Kaye Savage will join U.S. Energy Secretary Ken Salazar in making remarks to the inaugural ball audience. More than 100 companies and organizations have joined together on the Host Committee for the event January 21, 2013 at the Sequoia Restaurant on the Georgetown Waterfront.

Excel is being featured because the school is the top-performing elementary school in Anacostia and has demonstrated its commitment to teaching its girls about environmental concerns. The school provides its girls with important experiential learning opportunities in its organic garden and has plans to add a hoophouse. With many groups coming together to promote a “green” redevelopment of Anacostia, the school is interested in serving as a hub of green activity and a bridge between the aspirations of the environmental movement and the needs of the area’s families and children. Excel serves almost 10% of the girls in Ward 8, the ward with the highest poverty rate in the District. Participating countries include Japan, Germany, Canada, Israel, Sweden, Turkey and Great Britain. A full list of participating countries can be found at Tickets to this black tie event remain available and the ball is open to the public. For more information about the ball, call 301-718-0077.

About Excel Academy Public Charter School
Five years ago, Excel Academy opened its doors in the heart of Anacostia to 134 little girls with big dreams. The school was the first all-girls public charter school in the Washington, D.C. region. Today the school serves 505 girls in preschool through fourth grade and will grow each year until the school has an eighth grade in 2016. The school’s board, management, and faculty are dedicated to ensuring that Excel Academy scholars continue to believe in a bright future for themselves and their community. The school is located at 2501 Martin Luther King Avenue, S.E. For additional information, please visit

Marymount Junior ties for second place in Los Angeles BRAIN BEE

On Saturday, January 25, Marymount High School junior Charlotte Starling participated in the Los Angeles Brain Bee. The Brain Bee is an intense all-day competition where area high school students demonstrate their knowledge of neuroscience through a written test and anatomy practicum.

Charlotte was in competition with 70 other young scientists from across Los Angeles, and was the only female student who made it to the top six. These top six scorers proceeded to a semi-final Jeopardy round and then on to the final trivia round. In the end, Charlotte was quite excited to tie for second place in the competition.

Charlotte credits her love of science to her teacher, Lynn St. Hilaire, indicating that science had not been her favorite discipline prior to taking science classes at Marymount. “taking anatomy with Mrs. St. Hilaire changed my views of science completely. Her enthusiasm about anatomy was contagious and it quickly became my favorite class.” Further, she notes, “Now, I really want to study neuroscience in college and I hope to become a neurosurgeon someday.”

Charlotte learned of the Brain Bee during the summer of 2012 while completing a neuroscience course at the University of Southern California. Seeing Charlotte’s enthusiasm for the coursework, her professor, a neuromolecular biologist, suggested she enter the competition. Since then, Charlotte has spent the past six months independently preparing and studying for the competition, which took place at the USC Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute on the USC Medical School campus.
Founded in 1923, by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Marymount High School is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for girls in grades nine through twelve. The school provides purposeful leadership training, a rigorous academic program, and extensive co-curricular opportunities that challenge and inspire students to be educated, informed, and socially responsible global citizens.

Beth Drummond Casey appointed Lower School Head at Roland Park Country School

Jean Waller Brune, Head of Roland Park Country School, is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2013. Beth Drummond Casey will serve as the next Lower School Head. Beth, the Founding Executive Director of the Middle Grades Partnership – a public/private initiative of the Baltimore Community Foundation, has had extensive Lower School experience both as an administrator and teacher at Park and Gilman Schools.

Through her own experiences attending an all girls’ school and teaching in an all boys’ school, Beth deeply values single gender education, and we are excited to have her share in our passion for upholding tradition and promoting innovation at RPCS. In addition, Beth’s time as a non-profit Executive Director has provided her with a unique perspective on management, marketing and best practices in current pedagogy that will enhance An Education Above in the Lower School.

Excel Academy’s international reputation is growing!

Excel Academy, Washington DC’s first all-girls public charter school, was visited for more than 5 hours by Beth Mendelson, Chief of the Voice of America Desk for Afghanistan. Beth came with a crew from VOA to tape Excel for airing in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Much of VOA's work has been around efforts to demonstrate successful models of publicly funded efforts to educate girls. The Excel community demographics mirror those of under and undeveloped segments of the world. Click here to view the link produced by Voices of America in 2012. The video is in Urdu and was shown on the Armed Forces Network in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other places.

Convent of the Sacred Heart Sophomore wins $10,000 grand prize and will use it to help Maasai girls gain an education

2/21/13—Mary Grace Henry, a sophomore at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, started a foundation called Reverse the Course a few years ago to help to fund education for young girls in Africa.  She has just won a $10,000 grand prize from Kids Who Give and will use it to help Maasai girls obtain an education that will lead them to a better life.

Mary Grace entered the contest which was sponsored by Kids Who Give for teenagers who started nonprofit organizations. The winning announcement was made on Tuesday, February 12 on the Kids Who Give website,  Mary Grace won the $10,000 top prize after Kids Who Give conducted a final tally of the online voting for its teenage contestants. In the weeks leading up to the end of voting, Mary Grace conducted a widespread campaign that included her town, school and the U.S. Network of Sacred Heart schools.

Her interest in starting Reverse the Course began after a 2009 visit to Sacred Heart’s sister school in Uganda.  “The Maasai tradition of circumcision and early marriage makes Maasai women some of the most vulnerable on earth,” said Mary Grace. “Many die in childbirth, and their lives are a never-ending misery of hard, physical labor. If a husband dies, the wife becomes the property of a brother or other relative. I work through a group on the ground in Kenya. They hold seminars with village elders to help them realize the benefits of educating girls. For me to make a bigger impact, though, I needed funding for support. Now, winning this grant I can do this.

“Usually I begin working with girls trying to go to secondary school, which means I provide an average of four to six years of financial support.  Like most things, each small step leads to another. Every year these girls stay in school increases their incomes approximately 15%, providing immediate financial support for their families. They want to become teachers, doctors, engineers, lawyers and businesswomen. They will marry later, have fewer children and send those children to school, which will strengthen their communities,” said Mary Grace.

The $10,000 grant will enable her foundation Reverse the Course to fund the education of a total of five girls/young women for four years each.  This will go a long way to helping them attain a better life.

Two Hewitt Students Take Part in International Women's Day March at the UN

3/19/13On International Women's Day, two Hewitt upper school students interviewed the featured speakers and participated in the "March on March 8" rally at the UN, which was held to raise awareness about violence against women. The students had the opportunity to interview Christy Turlington Burns, the founder of Every Mother Counts; Ms. USA, Nana Meriwether; actors Kelly Rutherford and Susan Sarandon; and more. 

The two students are both young journalists, one is taking the Hewitt Broadcast Journalism class and the other is a correspondent for the school's digital newspaper, The Hewitt TimesClick here to read the full account of the students' visit to the UN as told by Nancy Gallin, Hewitt's History Department Chair, who accompanied the young women at the march.

Head of The Agnes Irwin School to Retire in 2014

3/20/13The Agnes Irwin School has announced that its Head of School, Dr. Mary F. Seppala, will retire at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year.

Having completed her 43rd year in education, Dr. Seppala will retire in June 2014 after five years that the helm of The Agnes Irwin School. As she stated in her retirement letter, “My only regret as I contemplate my departure is that I did not come to Agnes Irwin much earlier in my career. Having been engaged in both public and private education in the United States and abroad, I can say with certainty that what happens in our all-girls’ environment provides an advantage to girls and young women that I have not seen in other schools.”

Sacred Hearts Academy Screens "Girl Rising"

4/12/13Sacred Hearts Academy recognized International Women's Day by screening the film Girl Rising on March 7. Sacred Hearts Academy Junior Leaders led a panel discussion with the following guest speakers: University of Hawaii Women’s Studies Department Professor Dr. Susan Hippensteele, Soroptimist International and Community Relations Coordinator Judy Lee, East-West Center Director of Research Program and President of the Pacific Science Association Dr. Nancy D. Lewis, and YWCA of O’ahu Interim Chief Executive Officer Noriko Namiki. Over 800 students and community members viewed the film.

Sacred Hearts Academy Screens "Girl Rising"

4/12/13—Sacred Hearts Academy recognized International Women's Day by screening the film Girl Rising on March 7.

Sacred Hearts Academy Junior Leaders led a panel discussion with the following guest speakers: University of Hawaii Women’s Studies Department Professor Dr. Susan Hippensteele, Soroptimist International and Community Relations Coordinator Judy Lee, East-West Center Director of Research Program and President of the Pacific Science Association Dr. Nancy D. Lewis, and YWCA of O’ahu Interim Chief Executive Officer Noriko Namiki. Over 800 students and community members viewed the film.

Head of The Harpeth Hall School to Retire in 2014

4/12/13—The Harpeth Hall School has announced that its Head of School, Ann Teaff, will retire at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year.

Mrs. Teaff, who has served as the Head of The Harpeth Hall School for 15 years, will retire in June 2014. As stated by Harpeth Hall’s Chair of the Board Trustees, Edie Carell Johnson '80, “Educating girls to be critical thinkers, confident leaders of their peers and their communities, and young women of integrity who live honorably has been Ann Teaff's singular focus and her lifelong passion.”

St. Mary’s Episcopal School Hosts STEM Showcase

4/16/13—St. Mary’s Episcopal School hosted a STEM showcase on April 14 for all grade levels, pre-K through 12th. Hundreds of visitors dropped by the school to see the projects that came out of a year of special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for the girls at St. Mary’s.

“Everything is age appropriate,” said Melissa Lofton, Chief Information Officer for the school. “Our job is to start small with the itty bitty girl and then build them up.” Pre- and junior kindergarten students made models of robots out of tin cans; high school students made actual robots.

This year, the proceeds from St. Mary’s annual parents association fundraiser were directed toward STEM education, which culminated in the one-day showcase.

“It’s really important for girls to get introduced to STEM subjects as young as possible,” Lofton said. “We always encourage them to be as fearless as possible and to ask questions, especially since there is a great disparity between the number of men and women in STEM fields today.”

Sacred Hearts Academy Hosts Annual Science Symposium

3/21/13Sacred Hearts Academy presented its Annual Science Symposium for 500 girls (grades 5-8) and parents from 60 schools on March 2, 2013. The featured speaker was Dr. Julie T. Anné, a Phoenix-based psychologist who is currently a cast member on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Dr. Anné addressed the students and parents in a keynote titled “Listen to Your Passion and Create Your Dreams.”

An Arizona licensed clinical psychologist and inspirational speaker, Dr. Anné’s personal story of adversity and triumph over significant educational, financial, and familial limitations was one of inspiration and encouragement. She is a health expert in the areas of eating disorders and body-image, and serves on the Medical Advisory Board of EmpowHER Media. Dr. Anné’s therapeutic work was featured on E! Network’s critically acclaimed documentary series, What’s Eating You.

The Science Symposium program consisted of 18 hands-on workshops facilitated by local professionals. Workshop leaders included a nutrition educator, Tripler Army Medical Center Chief of Pediatric Surgery, wildlife biologist, pharmacist, and maritime archaeologist. Students selected two sessions allowing them to freely explore exciting topics and potential future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related fields.

The Hamlin School Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Title IX

5/28/13The Hamlin School continued its year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX with a sports-themed event for Hamlin families.

Let’s Have a Ball! Title IX Family Night featured events and activities across The Hamlin School’s campus, including “Leveling the Playing Field,” an exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum, commemorating this milestone in sports history as shown through the antics of loveable Peanuts characters including Peppermint Patty, Lucy, and Marcie.

Hamlin families played soccer, basketball, table tennis, and miniature golf in between Zumba classes, surfing lessons, and trying Hamlin’s new climbing wall.

Sue Macy, author of Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map, discussed the history of women in sports, and visitors enjoyed video clips of soccer extraordinaire Brandi Chastain’s visit to The Hamlin School earlier this year.

“Our mission at Hamlin of developing extraordinary thinkers and innovators, courageous leaders, and women of integrity continues to have resonance in a world where many women continue to struggle for parity, self-sufficiency, physical safety, equal pay, access to education, and representation in government,” said Head of School Wanda M. Holland Greene. “It is our hope that Hamlin’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX will ignite a spark of activism in our girls so that they see themselves as participants in American history and young global citizens who can make a difference for girls and women around the world.”

Julia Morgan School for Girls’ Students Get Insiders Look at Local Government

5/22/13Students in Julia Morgan School for Girls’ “Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service” group are learning about the ERA, equal pay for equal work, and how our government operates. They gained some expert insight thanks to a private meeting with District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, the first female elected as Alameda County District Attorney. D.A. O’Malley spoke at length with the students about the power of their voices as girls, the importance of them getting involved in their communities, and being a part of positive change. She commended the students on their interest in government and gave each girl a certificate recognizing their work.

Following their meeting with D.A. O’Malley, the students attended a sentencing hearing with Judge Carrie Panetta, who introduced herself to the girls and welcomed them to her courtroom before the hearing began.

The girls then attended the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting where they each received a Commendation for their participation in the "Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service" group.

Next up for “Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service” is a campus visit from local staffers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to film a video of the students sharing their findings about wage disparity and its impact on their future.

Louise S. McGehee Students Travel to Ghana

5/24/13A group of Louise S. McGehee students traveled to Ghana to hand-deliver donations they raised (11 scholarships) and supplies (254 books) to girls involved in the SISTA Scholar (Stay-In-School-Tuition-Assistance) Program at Bolgatanga Girls’ Secondary School. The profits from this social enterprise provide tuition assistance for girls and women from the rural villages of Ghana who would otherwise head to the city around age ten to find urban street work.

“I wanted the girls to have an opportunity to visit a non-westernized country, gain perspective of life in a third world country, and meet the women and girls whose education they were supporting,” said Eileen Powers, Head Mistress of Louise S. McGehee School and a NCGS Trustee. “Their future as women and leaders of this country within the global environment will be intrinsically linked to the success and progress of Africa, Asia, and South America.”

To learn more, read the two-part blog series written by faculty chaperones: Part 1 and Part 2.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Student Ranked Among Top 10 Female Debaters in Country

5/29/13A senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (FSHA) is ranked in the top 50 of Lincoln/Douglas debaters nationwide and is one of only 10 females on the list. She recently competed in the invitation-only 2013 Tournament of Champions (TOC) at the University of Kentucky.

The FSHA senior did not let gender disparity and stereotypes weigh her down. “Debate at the top level really feels like a boys’ club sometimes, so I had a lot of fun interrupting that trend," she stated. "Often, girls are either seen as not dominant enough or overly mean and aggressive, while those same traits classify guys as assertive."

Julia Morgan School for Girls’ Students Speak at EEOC Conference

7/2/13—In the U.S., women are paid $0.77 on average to every $1.00 that men earn for doing the same work. This is called the gender wage gap, and students in Julia Morgan School for Girls' "Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service" (GGLS) group have been hard at work educating and advocating to close that gap.

During the last weeks of school, students were filmed for a video shown at the 39th Annual Equal Rights Advocates luncheon in San Francisco on June 13. In the film, the students discussed what they would do with the accumulated earnings lost over the course of a lifetime due to the gender wage gap. Over 800 lawyers and activists for equal pay saw the film, including Lilly Ledbetter, who is a champion of the equal pay movement as she fights her own public battle to win back lost wages from Goodyear after more than twenty years of service to the company. At the luncheon, the students had the opportunity to meet Ms. Ledbetter.

The girls attended a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission conference, where they addressed an audience of over 150 EEOC investigators and counselors. Earlier this year, Linda Li, the EEOC program analyst who organized the conference, spoke on equal pay at a Monday Morning Meeting and was so impressed by the spirit of the JMSG community that she immediately wanted to bring some of student voices to the adults who are working on the equal pay issue. Following the GGLS students’ video and live performances, Linda Li awarded EEOC Certificates of Recognition and Appreciation to the students and their adviser.

Head of St. Margaret's School (VA) Retired on July 1, 2013

7/15/13—St. Margaret's Head of School, Margaret R. Broad, retired on July 1, 2013, after 23 years at the helm of the NCGS member school.

Mrs. Broad, a NCGS Trustee, dedicated 32 years of service to St. Margaret's School where she started as a French teacher in 1980. As stated by St. Margaret’s Board of Governors Chair, Caroline L. Baldwin, “[Margaret] has accomplished much on behalf of St. Margaret’s while leading with integrity, honor and grace; the very qualities we strive to instill in our students.”

Lindy MacDonald Williams, former associate head of Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, was named the 11th Head of St. Margaret’s School in October 2012.

Agnes Irwin Leadership Conference For Girls Draws 150 Attendees

10/7/13—Nearly 150 high school girls representing 19 public and private schools in the Greater Philadelphia region took a major step toward exploring leadership on Saturday, September 28 by attending the first-ever “For Girls, By Girls Leading for Change” conference hosted by NCGS member The Agnes Irwin School.

The conference was the realization of the vision and the hard work of the Council for the Advancement of Girls, a student group that serves as a liaison between the Center for the Advancement of Girls (CAG) and the student body at The Agnes Irwin School (AIS).

Founded in 2011, CAG is an educational initiative that focuses, through research, innovative programming and community engagement, on four domains of girls' lives: leadership, wellness, global citizenship, and teaching and learning in the twenty-first century.

Council members, led by AIS student Rachel Hansen ’14, played an instrumental role in every aspect of the daylong conference’s planning and execution. The aim of the conference was to create an opportunity for girls to come together, be inspired, and get educated about issues affecting girls and women both locally and abroad.

The conference featured two keynote speakers: Philadelphia’s veteran 6ABC News anchor Lisa Thomas-Laury and Philadelphia native Maryfrances Metrick of Centerbridge Partners, a New York based hedge fund. Both women spoke to the crowd about staying positive, following your dreams and the important attributes that make a leader. Thomas-Laury emphasized the importance of friendship in times of hardship. Metrick focused on the power of "yes" and the possibilities that come from simply saying "yes," while also reminding girls: “Don’t forget about other people. It is not just about you.”

A Girls’ and Women’s Walkabout, or information fair, showcased AIS’ girls at their best. Nine pairs of students presented on a host of different topics that affect women and girls, such as women in the media, women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), domestic violence, and breast health.

Afterward, the girls attended a networking luncheon where they met local businesswomen from companies like The Vanguard Group. The volunteers mingled with conference attendees and talked to them about their own paths to leadership. In the afternoon, the girls participated in a variety of workshops with topics ranging from public speaking to social activism. The day ended with a group activity in which the girls were charged with creating Dream Flags, to capture the essence of their leadership goals. The Dream Flag Project ® is an annual community-building program that uses art and poetry to promote civic engagement.

Hansen was thrilled by the response to the conference, stating, “We were pleased to see so many girls, who had never been to an event like this, spend their Saturday with us. A lot of them had never attended a leadership conference… it was amazing to see girls caring about the same issues that concern us. It gave us hope to see so many girls, just like us, be so passionate about becoming good leaders.”

The day was an unqualified success that keenly demonstrated the power of an Agnes Irwin education. As one workshop presenter said, “Your girls (all of them) give an old girl like me so much hope for what is ahead. I hope the world is ready!”

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Dean’s Blog Post Spotlighted by WordPress

10/21/13—A blog post by Bill Ivey, Middle School Dean of NCGS member Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Mass., was featured recently on Freshly Pressed as a editors’ pick. Freshly Pressed showcases blog posts that WordPress editors consider worthy of reaching a broader audience.

In “Through Peace, Through Dialogue, Through Education,” Ivey ties in a lesson from his 7th Grade Humanities class with Malala Yousafzai and International Day of the Girl. The blog post was first published on Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s blog, View from the Nest.

“As a life-long feminist, few things make me happier than seeing girls and young women understand and claim their autonomy and power,” WordPress Editor Michelle Weber said. “This post is a great example of that, tied in with the incredibly important story of Malala. It's a great piece that deserves a wider audience.”

Each week, the editors at WordPress select about ten new blog posts for Freshly Pressed. According to WordPress, the chosen posts “represent how WordPress can be used to entertain, enlighten or inspire.”

Julia Morgan School for Girls Alumna Honored at Exceptional Women of Color Brunch

10/5/2013—Chanel Johnson, a member of the Julia Morgan School for Girls’ pioneer graduating class in 2002, and the first alumna to join their board, received recognition as an honoree at the Exception Women of Color (EWOC) Brunch on October 5, 2013 in Sacramento.

At the event, Chanel met State Senator Holly Mitchell and Judge Bunmi Awoniyi, who were also both honorees. An EWOC honoree is an unsung heroine who has made significant achievements and accomplishments that go unrecognized by mainstream media. Chanel was recognized under the “Young Women of Distinction” category.

EPA Recognizes Kent Place School as a Top Green Power User

11/4/2013—Kent Place School has been added the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Top 30 K-12 Schools list of the largest green power users. Ranking No. 25, Kent Place is the only New Jersey school on the list.

Kent Place uses more than one million kilo-watt hours of green power annually, which makes up 69 percent of the school’s power usage. Head of School Susan C. Bosland states, “We value sustainability and green power as an important part of our multi-pronged program on campus.”

Kent Place Primary School Students Celebrate their Heritage

11/22/2013—First grade students at Kent Place Primary School gathered in November with their families to celebrate heritage, culture, and diversity. “The Heritage Festival” is an annual event, which represents the culmination of the learning unit “Our Heritage,” where students are encouraged to connect with their families to discover their own unique history.

Some countries represented in their year’s class were: the U.S., Canada, India, Puerto Rico, China, Italy, Ukraine, Greece, and Israel. Countries represented last year were: the U.S., Canada, India, Puerto Rico, China, Italy, Ukraine, Greece, and Israel., Multicultural concepts are woven into the curricula at Kent Place Primary School.

St. Catherine’s Completes $40.4 Million Campaign: “For Girls Who Will Shape the Future”

11/25/2013—This year marks the end of a five-year capital campaign by St. Catherine’s School, “For Girls Who Will Shape the Future.” The campaign raised $40.4 million, exceeding the $36 million goal.

Money raised from the campaign has yielded 43 new classrooms, 100,000+ sq. ft. of renovated and expanded space, the state-of-the-art Armfield Science Center, the 350-seat Kenan-Flagler Auditorium, the Harrison Arts Center, an expanded Dining Hall, a new kitchen, and the addition of Café 2010.

Head of School Dr. Terrie Hale Scheckelhoff explained, “The exceptional facilities and resources provide the infrastructure for our strong program that is designed to maximize each girls learning and to prepare her to be a competent, confident leader in our global society.”

Kent Place School Senior to Represent NJ in the United States Senate Youth Program

12/3/2013—Kent Place School senior Allison Berger from Madison, NJ was one of two New Jersey high school students to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.. She will be awarded a monetary college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue relevant coursework.

The U.S. Senate Youth Program was established in 1962 as an educational experience for exceptional high school students interested in pursuing a career in public service.

Girls Preparatory School Senior honored with the Youth in Philanthropy Award

11/2013—Anna Carroll, a senior at the Girls Preparatory School, has been honored with the Youth in Philanthropy Award given by the Chattanooga Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in celebration of National Philanthropy Day.

Anna is being recognized for her work as the founder of a nonprofit foundation called the Corina Field Carroll Fund, named for her late mother, a pediatrician.

Committed to providing counseling for families victimized by child abuse, the foundation recently awarded their first gift of $25,000 to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County. The gift will fund a new initiative that offers continuing education to medical residents on the topic of child abuse.

Girls Preparatory School Students win Best Delegation Award at Regional Model UN Conference

11/2013—A team of students from the Girls Preparatory School (GPS) won the Best Delegation Award at the Southeastern High School Model UN Conference for the second time in three years. The team competed against over 300 delegates representing 53 nations; the GPS team represented Australia in the competition.

Four students from the GPS team were also selected as All-Star Delegates, rendering them eligible to participate in the National High School Model UN Conference in NYC.

Miss Porter’s School Invites Girls to Attend a Global Perspectives Conference in January

12/6/2013—Miss Porter’s School will host a Global Perspectives Conference for girls in grades five through eight on January 11, 2014. The event is part of the school’s Porter’s Leads Program, which is designed to inspire middle school girls to become comfortable with their own personal power and to develop the habits of mind necessary to enter the world as ethical global citizens.

The event will emphasize the importance of being engaged in and knowledgeable about the world around them.

Lake Washington Girls Middle School to participate in FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge

12/8/2013—The Lake Washington Girls Middle School sent their robotics team, FuerzaBots, to participate in The FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Robotics Challenge. The theme for this year’s challenge was “Disaster Relief: Nature’s Fury.” Teams applied research and robotics to explore natural disasters and their implications.

FuerzaBots created an app using the process of Design Thinking that will help people find and gather an emergency supply kit closest to them. This was Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s first time participating in the challenge.

Convent of the Visitation School Student Wins International STEM Award

4/29/2014—For the first time, a Minnesota student is a recipient of the prestigious Dean’s List Awards at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science (FIRST) and Technology Robotics World Championship. Madeleine Logeais, a junior at Convent of the Visitation School, was named one of the ten students to win the 2014 award at last week’s competition in St. Louis, Missouri.

Madeleine is Co-Captain of the Robettes, the first all-girl robotics team in Minnesota. As part of her prize package, Madeleine will receive a written recommendation from FIRST to the colleges or employers of her choice, and an expenses-paid trip to the FIRST Dean’s List Award Winners Summit this summer. 

Award recipients were nominated by their team mentors and were chosen based on their leadership skills, commitment to FIRST ideals, contributions to their team, and their effectiveness in increasing awareness of FIRST within their schools and communities.

Kent Place Primary and Middle School Students Headed to National Math League Competition

5/1/2014—Eight Primary and Middle School students from Kent Place School have advanced to the National Math League Competition in Houston, Texas.The NJ State Math League Competition was held on April 28, where three third grade students, one fourth grade student, and six sixth grade students qualified for invitations to the National level. 

The Math League Competition is an international competition that test mental math, computation, and problem solving skills.

Sacred Hearts Academy Students Meet with Innovative Women Leaders

7/23/14—Thirty Sacred Hearts Academy (HI) students had the opportunity to interact and learn from 13 innovative women leaders from the Asia Pacific and U.S. who are participating in the East-West Center's “Changing Faces, Women's Leadership Seminar – Women As Innovators and Entrepreneurs: Generating Job Creation and Strengthening Communities.”

The women leaders, who are from China, Fiji, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, and the U.S., represent diverse businesses and institutions. They have expertise in social policy, communications, tourism, wellness, business, and employment services. Sacred Hearts Academy Head of School Betty White shared the school’s leadership and service philosophy offering examples of inspirational women. Following this presentation, the students and women engaged in further discussion and reflection on leadership, entrepreneurship, and community development.

The student interaction reinforced leadership skills taught in the seminar and provided participants with a local community model to inspire the next generation. According to Sacred Hearts Academy student Alexia Nono, "This experience was amazing. [It] taught me that we are learning every second. Just by looking from left to right we observe something new and something that we have never knew before. [It] taught me that if you have the heart and passion to do something, you can do it."

The Sacred Hearts Academy students were also guests at the Women As Innovators and Entrepreneurs Reception with a keynote address by Susan R. Madsen, Author, Leadership Consultant and Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Utah Valley University.

Bay View Academy Accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge

8/22/14—More than twenty Bay View Academy students, administrators, faculty and their family members came to campus to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge on the last day of summer break. Upper School Principal, Colleen Gribbin, showed her support and received a dousing of ice water at the hands of Bay View juniors, Mikaela Lee and Dakota Grenier. Bay View’s collection was sent to John Paul II Medical Research Institute to benefit ALS research.

Click here for a video of the event.

Kent Place School Opens STEAM-Focused Classrooms for Kindergarten

9/23/14—NCGS member, Kent Place School has brand new classroom spaces designed to support STEAM initiatives in kindergarten. The school reconfigured spaces to place more emphasis on science, math, creating, building, and engineering curricula. The new spaces, with names like “Kindergarten Laboratory” and “Kindergarten Maker Space,” allow students to get hands-on experience. As part of the kindergarten's technology curriculum, students interact with technology throughout the day with a class set of iPads and interactive whiteboards, and they even get their first experience with coding.

Click here to read the school’s article.

The Hockaday School Announces Opening of State-of-the-Art Science Center

8/27/14—The Hockaday School officially opened the doors to its new Science Center on August 27. The new facility allows students to have the opportunity to use a wide variety of dynamic tools and real-world resources to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The Science Center includes a performance/lecture hall, high-tech classrooms and labs, independent student labs, rooftop green lab and flexible IDEA labs, engineering shop, 16-seat planetarium, and Foucault pendulum and sundolier.

Click here to read Hockaday’s full story.

Founding Head of Orchard House School to Retire in 2015

10/3/14—Orchard House School has announced that its Founding Head of School, Nancy W. Davies, will retire at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year.

Davies, who worked with parents and educators to found Orchard House School, will retire in July 2015 after 16 years of dedicated service. As stated by Orchard House’s Board Chair, Benita Felmus, “Nancy is irreplaceable. We aim to find a successor who shares Nancy’s deep commitment to middle school education as a transformational time in a person’s development.”

The Archer School for Girls Opens New Saban IDEAlab

10/8/14—NCGS member, The Archer School, opened its new Saban IDEAlab today with a ribbon cutting ceremony on campus. The Engineering Classroom and Design Workshop serves as the physical hub of Archer’s Integrated Design and Engineering Arts Program. The facility includes a wide array of materials, electronics, and hand and machine tools that allow students to actively participate in classes like mechanical design, robotics, computer programming, discrete electronics, prototype building, and project management. The Saban IDEAlab furthers Archer’s commitment to addressing the persistent lack of women in engineering and computer science.

Head of Baldwin School to Retire in 2016

10/9/14—The Baldwin School has announced that its Head of School, Sally Powell, will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.

Powell will retire in June 2016 after a decade of dedicated service. As stated by Baldwin’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, Terry D. Steelman, “Sally has demonstrated her unwavering dedication to academic excellence, and in keeping with the Baldwin tradition, will leave a remarkable legacy of educational innovation.”

Foxcroft School Receives Transformative $40 Million Gift

10/28/14—Foxcroft School received a transformative gift of $40 million from the estate of alumna Ruth Bedford, a member of the class of 1932. This gift is the largest ever bestowed on a girls’ school in the U.S., and the largest gift granted to any secondary school nationwide so far this year. The majority of Ms. Bedford’s gift will be used to sustain, and more than double, the school’s endowment. Head of School Cathy McGehee said, “Ruth’s gift allows us to begin realizing our dreams for the future of Foxcroft.” 

McGehee also commented, “It is a ringing endorsement of girls’ education, and a challenge to other women to support the schools which have helped to shape them.” This historic bequest to Foxcroft shines a light on the continuing value and power of all-girls education.

Click here to view the school’s news story.

Bay View Academy Graduate Cites All-Girls Education with Success at Polytechnic Institute

11/7/14—Bay View Academy alumna Emily Sulanowski ’14 was awarded a $150,000 scholarship through the Rensselaer Medal program. Created in 1916, the Rensselaer Medal honors high school students who have distinguished themselves in the study of math and science by providing a scholarship to pursue these fields at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Sulanowski said she was grateful for the all-girls education she received at Bay View and feels it prepared her for attending a polytechnic institute with a “70% male” population.

“I think being in an environment where the math and science courses were full of girls gave me the mindset to be interested in a school like RPI in the first place,” explained Sulanowski. “RPI being a male-dominated institution did not intimidate me, and I had no inclination that I ought to feel out of place at a polytechnic institute, nor do I feel that way now.” Currently a freshman at RPI, Sulanowski is enrolled in the five-year Bachelor of Architecture professional program.

Burch Ford Builds Long-lasting Partnership with Maranyundo Girls School

11/25/14—When she retired as Head of Miss Porter’s School in 2008, Burch Ford, a former NCGS trustee, found a way to pursue her passion for girls’ education through a partnership with the Maranyundo Girls School, a middle school in Rwanda. Ford has spent time at the school and now serves as a liaison and board member for the Maranyundo Initiative. She continues to play an active role in promoting rigorous academics for the girls through connecting Maranyundo with the Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, MA. Donations from members of the Concord community are helping the school’s efforts to expand to include a high school.

Click here to learn more about Ford’s work.

Bay View Academy Hosts 4th Annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference

12/1/14—Bay View Academy hosted its annual Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference for middle school girls interested in pursuing science and engineering fields. Over 125 girls from 45 cities and towns across Massachusetts and Rhode Island attended. The students participated in a day of hands-on workshops presented by Bay View alumnae, faculty, and parents who are accomplished in STEM fields. Bay View President Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis said, "We were thrilled with the turnout and the happy faces at the WISE Conference. The fact that 127 girls woke up early on a Saturday morning to attend this conference truly says something about their desire for opportunities to gain hands on experience and speak to experts in STEM fields.”

Click here to learn more about the conference.