Educating Girls Symposium

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NCGS Educating Girls Symposiums are professional development offerings that take place in various regions of the country and provide educators with an opportunity to convene and exchange best practices for teaching and working with girls. The topic for the symposiums changes every 18-24 months based on the real-time issues and challenges faced by NCGS member schools.

How do our schools create a warm and welcoming sense of community? From the outside it may look like this happens organically, but those involved in our schools know it actually takes a lot of dedicated people working in concert to create and sustain vibrant and unique learning environments.

Starting in February 2017, we will be discussing this phenomenon in the next series of Educating Girls Symposiums, School Communities: The Power of Many Voices. How do the various "communities" in your school -- students, teachers, administrators, admissions teams, advancement officers, parents, and more -- collaborate to create a space where girls feel safe, valued, and appreciated? How does your school resolve conflict when any one of these voices is perceived to overshadow others? Participants will hear from keynote speakers and will explore these questions and more in peer-led breakout sessions.

The audience for Educating Girls Symposiums includes heads of school, administrators, faculty, counselors, and educational professionals. Attendees come from all-girls and coed schools that serve PK-12th grade students in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, with a particular concentration from the region in which the symposium is taking place.

Upcoming Educating Girls Symposiums

February 22, 2017
The Nightingale-Bamford School
New York, NY

Hosted in partnership with:


New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) promotes the independence, well-being and public understanding of and respect for New York independent schools and serves as an accrediting body chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.
This Educating Girls Symposium is made possible by the generous support of Graham-Pelton Consulting, a leading fundraising and non-profit management firm with offices around the globe and the trusted advisor and partner to leading impact-driven institutions across all sectors of the non-profit world. Graham-Pelton is proud to partner with NCGS in its mission of advancing girls' education together, using data-driven best practices and trusted counsel.

Please click here for full descriptions of the sessions that will be offered during the Symposium.

Registration is now open! Click here for rate information and click here to register.

Schedule for the Day (subject to change)

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Registration, Networking & Breakfast
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Welcome & Opening Keynote: Leymah Gbowee
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Breakout Session A (90 minute session)
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:05 PM Breakout Session B (50 minute session)
2:20 PM - 3:50 PM Closing Keynote: Ali Michael


Keynote Speakers

Leymah Gbowee 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is Founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She also founded the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative and Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah currently serves as a member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development. She is a board member of the Federation of Liberian Youth. Leymah’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. In addition, Gbowee is the Newsweek Daily Beast's Africa columnist. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Gbowee Peace Foundation and the PeaceJam Foundation, and she is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She holds a M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and University of Alberta in Canada. Leymah was honored as a flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. After receiving the Barnard College Medal of Distinction, she was named as a Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice and a Visiting Transnational Fellow at the Center for Research on Women, and Fellow in Residence at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College for the 2013/2014 academic year. She is currently a distinguished residence scholar at the Union Seminary in New York, a Member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Group and a proud mother of seven children.
Ali Michael Ali Michael is the Director of K-12 Consulting and Professional Development at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators. She is the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015): a book designed to support teachers in the long term and personal process of understanding the role that race plays in their lives and in their classrooms. She is also co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press). She and her partner, Michael, live in Philadelphia and consider questions of race and education on a daily basis in the raising of their two children.

October 23, 2017
Westridge School
Los Angeles, CA

Past Educating Girls Symposiums
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