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NCGS Student Delegates Attend 2017 Student Leadership Conference in Australia

2/3/17—Last month, two students from NCGS member schools had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to the land down under to attend the 2017 Student Leadership Conference (SLC), hosted by our affiliate and strategic partner, Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia. Nina ’17 of The Ethel Walker School, and Olivia ’18 of Holy Name of Mary College School, were selected among several applicants to attend the SLC. Click on READ MORE to hear what they had to say about their experience.

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NCGS Hosts Girls’ School Advantage Event in Los Angeles

5/15/15—The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) partnered with ten member schools in Los Angeles to host a Girls’ School Advantage advocacy outreach event. Prospective families and community-based organizations came to learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Linda J. Sax of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute and a Q&A panel of student representatives from each of the participating schools. Over 175 people attended, and guests’ comment cards overwhelmingly praised the effectiveness of the student panelists.

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NCGS Responds to New York Times Article “Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys"

12/2/14—On November 30, the New York Times ran the article “Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys.” Click here to read the article. NCGS submitted the following Letter to the Editor in response:

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NCGS Releases New Research About Girls' School Experience

11/19/14—It is with much excitement that NCGS releases Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools. This robust new research report is a comparative analysis of responses to the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE), which was taken by nearly 13,000 girls attending all-girls schools, coed independent schools, and coed public schools. The girls' responses provide unequivocal support for the value of an all-girls educational environment.

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Megan Murphy Speaks at Installation of 10th Head of Foxcroft School

9/26/14—Megan Murphy was invited to speak to students, faculty, parents, and alumnae at the installation of Catherine McGehee, Foxcroft’s tenth head of school. In her remarks, Murphy quoted research showing graduates of girls’ schools possess more confidence, greater engagement in their education, and a much stronger likelihood to pursue majors and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. She also spoke about the unique opportunities for girls at all-girls schools and addressed a “legacy of thought leadership” in girls’ education by NCGS and Foxcroft, acknowledging McGehee’s predecessor, Mary Louise Leipheimer, as one of the three signatures on the Coalition’s original Articles of Incorporation from 1992.

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NCGS Supports Google's Made with Code Initiative

6/26/14 — NCGS is excited to share our support of an important new initiative driven by Google. Education of girls is our number one priority. Technology is such an important part of our lives today, and we know that the future of our girls will rely on their ability to adapt and learn to keep up with this quickly changing world of innovation.

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NCGS Co-Founder Pens Opinion Piece about Women's Ways of Leading

12/3/13 — Whitty Ransome, NCGS Co-Founder and The James Center at Garrison Forest School Founding Director, has written an opinion piece about women's ways of leading, titled "The Female Advantage: Women Senators Pave the Way to Accord."

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NCGS Rolls Out "The Girls' School Advantage: By the Numbers"

NCGS is proud to roll out "The Girls' School Advantage: By the Numbers," which premiered at the opening of our 2013 Annual Conference, Launching Future Leaders: Preparing Today's Girls to Shape Tomorrow's World. A presentation of research highlights, this 4-minute long animated slide show helps make the case for the benefits of all-girls schools by providing quantitative and qualitative information from third-party experts. This presentation was created as an added benefit for our member schools and is available free of charge as a marketing resource and electronic companion to the NCGS family of print publications.

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NCGS and OSG Launch "Connect-Collaborate-Innovate" Program in Boston

7/16/13—On June 26, 2013, Online School for Girls (OSG) and NCGS held a wildly successful first launch of the "Connect - Collaborate – Innovate: Advanced Professional Certificate in Girls' Education." The program’s first in-person workshop took place at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, and was held in conjunction with the NCGS 2013 Annual Conference, "Launching Future Leaders."

In a time when education is changing rapidly, OSG and NCGS offer this program to help schools and educators continue to enhance teaching and learning approaches so that they reflect the ways that girls learn best. Participants learn about current research and gain experience with leading-edge tools and methods. The blended course combines two program cohorts in the fields of STEM and Social Sciences/Humanities, two in-person conferences and workshops, and participation in three of OSG's asynchronous Professional Development classes.

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NCGS Launches The Girls' School Advantage Event in Los Angeles

6/17/13—On June 9, NCGS hosted, along with six member schools, the inaugural Girls' School Advantage event in Los Angeles. This unique information session was created for Los Angeles area prospective families to learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. Participating NCGS member schools included The Archer School for Girls, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Marlborough School, Marymount High School, Ramona Convent Secondary School, and Westridge School.

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NCGS Responds to New York Times Article “School Vote Stirs Debate on Girls as Leaders”

4/16/13—On April 11, the New York Times ran the article “School Vote Stirs Debate on Girls as Leaders.” Click here to read the article. NCGS submitted the following Letter to the Editor in response:

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NCGS Board President Publishes White Paper on Single-Sex Education

3/20/13 — Trudy Hall, Head at Emma Willard School and President of the NCGS Board of Trustees, has written a white paper on the value of single-sex education, titled "This One's for the Girls."

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NCGS Board Member Mark Pierotti Responds to Report on Global Recession's Impact on Girls and Women

Dear Colleagues,

If it is possible to be both stunned and not surprised at the same moment, I certainly experienced that blend and swirl of emotion after reading the BBC News article "Girls and women 'hit the hardest' by global recession" about a new report by the Plan International and the Overseas Development Institute. How can a world be so advanced in the area of iPhones and Wiis, yet remain stifled in a cultural bias toward women and young girls? Isn't there an App for that? 

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NCGS Releases Moments of Voice for Malala Video

NCGS has created a video that resulted from our collective call to our members for action to honor Malala Yousafzai's brave and unwavering commitment to girls' education.

To watch this video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktqu66MqkP0.

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NCGS Responds to School Tragedy

To the entire NCGS Community:

As we mourn the unfathomable loss of innocent young lives and the lives of fellow educators who died protecting them at Sandy Hook Elementary, we believe it is incumbent upon NCGS to join other national educational associations to lead the dialogue in support of secure schools and stronger gun control legislation.  Please take a moment to sign this petition.  We also urge you to contact your representatives to express your personal sentiments.

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NCGS Presents Research and Hosts Reception at ISACS

Megan Murphy reported that it was a pleasure to be in Louisville, Kentucky at the Independent Schools Association for the Central States (ISACS) 2012 Annual Conference on November 9 to present "Exploring Girls' Implicit Attitudes Towards Math" with Carlo Cerruti, Senior Researcher.

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Planned Giving Workshop for NCGS Schools

NCGS, in coordination with the Baltimore Community Foundation, held a Planned Giving Workshop specifically designed for NCGS Member Schools.

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NCGS Schools Celebrate The First International Day of the Girl

Our schools across the country recognized International Day of The Girl. Many worked 10x10, a feature film and a social action campaign using the power of storytelling and strategic partnerships to deliver a single message: educating girls in developing nations will change the world.

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Send A Student to A Leadership Conference in Australia!

NCGS invites member schools to nominate a student to attend the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) organized by our affiliate organization The Alliance of Girls' School Australasia. Two students in their 11th grade year are invited to attend next year's SLC in Sydney, Australia, January 16 - 20, 2013.  Deadline to apply is October 31, 2013!

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A triumvirate of girls’ schools leaders met at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh

A triumvirate of girls’ schools leaders met at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, Sept. 19, to collaborate on best practices in all-girls education. Lynne Thomson, principal of St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School in Australia, visited Saint Mary’s, Sept. 19-20, to learn about girls’ schools in the United States.

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Host an International Day of the Girl Event Through the 10x10 Campaign

The United Nations has named October 11, 2012 the world’s FIRST International Day of the Girl. On this day, the 10x10 Campaign is launching a major day of action, and it is a perfect opportunity for girls' schools to get involved and raise awareness about the power of educating girls globally. 10x10 is a global action campaign led by a team of journalists from New York City. They are using story-telling in a coordinated effort to raise the value of a girl – in her home, community, nation, and around the world.  And they are asking for students to get involved!

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Emma Willard Head Trudy Hall Named President of the Board of Trustees of NCGS

TROY, NY—Emma Willard Head of School Trudy Hall has been named president of the board of trustees of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS). The 21-year-old organization is a leading advocate for the education of girls with a distinct commitment to the transformatve power of all-girls schools “Trudy Hall is a leader in the independent school community and well regarded internationally as an authority on the education of girls,” said NCGS Executive Director Megan Murphy.

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NCGS Responds to Associated Press article on Single-Sex Schooling

On July 8, 2012 the Associated Press released the article "More Public Schools Splitting Up Boys, Girls" by Heather Hollingsworth and Jessie L. Bonner, which appeared in many national news organizations online. Below are responses from NCGS Executive Director Megan K. Murphy and NCGS Board Member and CEO for Excel Academy Public Charter School Kaye E. Savage. "While critics suggest that single-sex educations reinforce stereotypes, no such data is provided, just as it was not provided in the article referenced above, co-authored by Diane Halpern.

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Member News

Foxcroft School Launches Academic Concentrations Program

12/13/17—Foxcroft School recently announced the introduction of an Academic Concentrations program, a new opportunity for students who want to focus on an area of special interest in and out of the classroom.

Set to launch during the 2018-2019 school year, the Academic Concentrations program will offer students specialized studies in Animal Science, Global Studies, Fine Arts, and STEM. While specific requirements will vary, each Concentration will include course requirements, service learning projects or participation, on-campus and/or off-campus internships, and a final capstone or independent study project. Students who successfully complete the requirements will earn a special designation on their diploma.

Animal Science students, for example, may choose to engage in therapeutic riding or Goose Creek stream monitoring to satisfy their service learning requirements, while Global Studies students may choose to work as International Ambassadors or for the World Languages Department in order to meet the internship requirements.

Foxcroft’s Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer stated, “the Academic Concentrations program will allow our students to delve into subjects which they are passionate about and to explore them in a multifaceted way.”

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Young Women’s Preparatory Network Schools Participate in STEM Challenge

12/12/17—Twenty-two teams from the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) recently gathered together to participate in the inaugural Girls Innovate: YWPN STEM Challenge at NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas. YWPN is a Strategic Partner for NCGS’s 2018 Global Forum on Girls' Education® II.


Twenty-two teams comprised of middle and high school students from YWPN's North Texas schools enjoyed a fun-filled and educational afternoon of innovative STEM ideas, friendly competition, and community awareness.

The girls spent many hours before, during, and after school preparing for the STEM Challenge. Kinetic energy tiles to create electricity, a complete filtering system to recycle water, a security drone, recycling robot, and apps to assist busy shoppers were just a few of the innovative projects showcased.

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Oldfields Announces New Head of School

12/1/17—Oldfields School recently named David G. Perfield as the next Head of
School, effective July 1, 2018.

Perfield was chosen unanimously by the Search Committee and the Oldfields Board of Trustees and currently serves as Assistant Head of School at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH. Prior to Cardigan, Perfield served as Associate Director of Admissions and later as Associate Director of Development at the New Hampton School. During his educational career, Perfield has also served as a biology teacher, coach, and dorm parent.

“Those of you who had the pleasure of meeting David know that he is a caring, bright, and energetic leader,” shared R. A. Edwards, III, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Oldfields. “Our search has always been motivated by the Oldfields motto, ‘Courage, Humility, and Largeness of Heart.’ David understands that and has great respect for Oldfields’ past and its traditions. With that said, he is also looking forward to leading our beloved school into the future.”

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Sophia Academy Names New Head of School

11/30/17—Sophia Academy recently named Maura L. Farrell as the next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018.

Farrell currently serves as the Associate Head of School at Winchester Thurston school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to her current position, Farrell has served as Assistant Head for Planning, Director of Institutional Advancement, Director of the Capital Campaign, and Director of Communications at Winchester Thurston.

“We are delighted to welcome Maura to Sophia Academy,” said Alison Eichler, President of the Board of Trustees. “We are confident that she will fully embrace the mission and culture of Sophia – valuing our unique strengths – and build upon them.”

“I am honored to accept the Head of School position at Sophia Academy, and I’m deeply impressed and inspired by the school. Sophia’s guiding principles, mission, and values resonate with my own convictions about education, about girls and women, and about equity,” shared Farrell. “There is a palpable confidence in our collective ability to continue building a vital future for Sophia Academy and its students, and I am absolutely delighted that I will be able to be a part of it.”

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Stoneleigh-Burnham Appoints New Head of School

11/28/17—Stoneleigh-Burnham School recently appointed Stephanie Smith Luebbers as the new Head of School, effective July 1, 2018.

Luebbers currently serves as Head of the Upper School at Cincinnati Country Day School. She has held positions as Associate Head of School, Academic Dean, teacher, and coach at boarding and day schools in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Her leadership at Cincinnati Country Day produced 20% growth in Upper School enrollment and the construction of a grant-funded, 350-seat amphitheatre, among many other achievements.

Luebbers bring a depth of experience in enrollment management, marketing strategy, operations, development, student life, academics, and financial stewardship to Stoneleigh-Burnham’s community.

“Throughout the interview process, Stephanie’s experience was relevant to the strategic priorities of our school, and her enthusiasm for the SBS mission was clear,” shared Allison Porter ’89, Stoneleigh-Burnham Board of Trustees Chair.

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Garrison Forest Names New Head of School

11/20/17—Garrison Forest School recently named Christopher "Chris" A. Hughes as the new Head of School, effective July 1, 2018.

Hughes developed a genuine understanding of the importance of empowering young women to lead during his time at Chatham Hall, where he served for seven years as an Academic Dean, teacher, advisor, and coach. Hughes currently serves as Upper School Principal at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he oversees 420 students and more than 50 faculty members. As chair of multiple K-12 task forces, Hughes has been instrumental in the school's success in increasing enrollment, evaluating and improving its science program, and campaigning to upgrade STEM facilities and redesign the Upper School. He also continues his work in the classroom teaching courses in global issues and ethics.

“A gifted educator and administrator with significant experience in girls' education, Hughes rose as an exceptional leader in a pool of outstanding candidates,” wrote Kit Jackson, Garrison Forest Board of Trustees President. “With his passion for education, breadth of leadership experience, and eagerness to empower young women, Hughes possesses the qualities needed to move Garrison Forest forward into its next phase.”

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Foxcroft Offering New Internship Program with Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center

11/14/17—Foxcroft School recently announced a new internship program for its students in partnership with Virginia Tech's Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center.

One of Virginia Tech’s 11 agricultural research and extension centers, the MARE Center is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of horses through innovative research efforts and exceptional educational programming in equine science. This new partnership allows MARE faculty and graduate students to engage Foxcroft students in ongoing research projects involving equine nutrition and health, pasture management, conservation and land stewardship, and equine reproduction. By acquiring a greater understanding of the scientific method, including experiment design and implementation, Foxcroft students will be able to develop their skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and leadership.

“Providing our students with experiential learning and advanced research opportunities related to horse care is an important part of our strategic initiatives to provide unique learning experiences in and out of the classroom,” shared Foxcroft Head of School Cathy McGehee. “Foxcroft interns will gain confidence and have a real-world perspective that will serve them well in college and in future STEM careers.”

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Louise S. McGehee School Names New Headmistress

11/13/17—Louise S. McGehee School recently named Dr. Kimberly Field-Marvin as the new Headmistress, effective July 1, 2018.

Since 2010, Field-Marvin has worked at the Marymount School of New York where she first served as Senior Administrator and Director of Communications and later as the Divisional Head of the Upper Middle School. She has also served as a mentor in the New York State Association of Independent Schools' (NYSAIS) Emerging Leaders Institute and was a steering committee member for the NYSAIS self-study and accreditation.

"From the moment I met Kim, I loved her energy, passion for, and dedication to all girls' education. She has experience in every level of school, from preschool to high school, from teacher to administrator. Kim has a warm and masterful way of exhibiting her leadership skills while making you feel special, as though you're the only person in the room,” said Search Committee Chair Margo Sanders Phelps ’72.

"I recognize and admire the extraordinary programs at McGehee that empower young women to pursue their passions as they develop and practice their leadership skills. Particularly striking is the grace with which the school tends to the variety of needs of each of its girls. It's clear that the learning environment and culture at McGehee encourages each girl to find her voice and work to understand multiple perspectives,” reflected Field-Marvin on her acceptance of the Headmistress position.

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Sacred Heart Greenwich Donates Preserve to Greenwich Land Trust

11/3/17—Sacred Heart Greenwich recently donated an eight-acre keystone property to the Greenwich Land Trust to connect 165 acres of protected open space along the Byram River. Bordered by previously protected preserves, the land parcel will create a significant, continuous greenway and wildlife corridor in this important watershed.

The school will retain access to the Byram River for its Lower, Middle, and Upper School science classes to enable students to pursue their studies and research of the natural environment. “The science teachers are looking forward to this new partnership with the Land Trust to continue studies of wildlife, invasive species, ecological systems, water quality monitoring, trout conservation, as well as other independent projects in our award-winning Science Research Program,” shared Upper School Science Department Co-Chairs Amy Dillane and Mary Musolino.

“We are excited to contribute to the preservation of such a unique and precious resource that is so important to the community,” said Sacred Heart Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes. “This gift underscores the foundational principles of Sacred Heart Greenwich’s mission, which includes teaching respect for creation and preparing our students to be stewards of the Earth’s resources, while building a global awareness of the issues surrounding human development.”

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Opening of Innovation Lab at Foxcroft School Celebrates Creativity

11/2/17—Head of Foxcroft School Cathy McGehee and Director of Educational Technology Alex Northrup recently celebrated the opening of The Innovation Lab at Foxcroft School (TIL@FXC) with students, faculty, and the greater community.

Northrup convened the team of students that created TIL@FXC in 2016, and they immediately took the reins of the project. “It was a joyful experience for me to see their enthusiasm and creativity,” said Northrup. “Sometimes I had what I thought was a good idea and it was overruled by the students. That process, like this space, did what we try to do every day — move the students to the center of the learning process. Instead of being passive recipients of knowledge, they are active participants in creating their own learning. They begin to see themselves as makers — confident and curious citizens who are going to make the world a better place.”

After the ceremony, the visitors explored the five-room space, observing and talking with girls using the facilities. In the Engineering Shop, students showed off the gliders and drones they had made. In the Collaboration Room, students explained projects ranging from a mathematical analysis of women’s empowerment in four countries to the prototype of a transforming dress being created for the spring production of Cinderella.

“What makes this space so unique among other schools that have makerspaces is that it was researched, designed, planned, and budgeted for by our own students,” shared McGehee. “Ultimately … we are fostering a culture of creativity and joy, and building skills, confidence, and courage that will prepare our students for success in college and in their professional lives.”

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Stuart Country Day School Launches National Center for Girls’ Leadership

10/13/17—Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart recently announced the launch of the National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart (NCGLS).

NCGLS is a global expansion of the school’s Center for Girls’ Leadership, established in 2015 to support and empower the next generation of female leaders. NCGLS works to support and empower the next generation of female leaders worldwide by providing leadership training, mentors and opportunities through research, professional programming, and the development of innovative curriculum.

“As experts in educating girls, we are always asking, ‘What do girls need to lead today, and into the future?’” said Dr. Patty L. Fagin, Head of School at Stuart. “Despite the demonstrated strength of girls over their male counterparts in the classroom, women still remain significantly underrepresented in many high growth areas including the STEM fields, entrepreneurship, finance, and especially positions of leadership … we believe that girls must be given not just the skills, but also the confidence to know their voices are equally important.” 

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Lincoln School Receives $1.5M Gift for Financial Aid

10/12/17—Lincoln School recently received a $1.5 million endowed gift for financial aid from an anonymous donor. This is the single largest gift dedicated to scholarship in the school’s 134-year history and will help to ensure that girls, regardless of their financial situation, can take advantage of the benefits of a Lincoln School education.

“I am in a diverse environment that enables me to better my community. In these crucial years of growth, I have a solid background to fall back on when I stumble, and enough knowledge to set me free. I will breach the boundaries keeping people apart; I will reach across them and spread this wonderful gift of passionate learning with others,” shared a current Lincoln student who benefits from the school’s scholarship program.

“We are so thrilled that a member of our community was moved to make such a remarkable contribution to Lincoln,” shared Head of School Suzanne Fogarty. “This gift will allow future generations of girls and young women to experience the outstanding academic opportunities, top-tier teaching, and lifelong love of learning that are the hallmarks of a Lincoln education.”

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Annie Wright Students Win Verizon App Challenge

10/11/17—A group of students from Annie Wright Schools recently won the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge, a design competition that asks students to create an app concept that will solve a problem in their community. As a Best in State team, the students won a $5,000 award for Annie Wright’s design program, along with a recognition plaque and banner for the school.

All 8th-grade students at Annie Wright participated in the challenge. Students Julia H., Ranbir P., Lauren J., Emily S., Connor S., and Ananya K. designed the app, “Hope, Love, Care” that won Best in State. Reducing the stress of responding to texts or calls or updating multiple social media platforms, the app enables patients to update loved ones on their health from one single app that propagates other social media sources. The patient or the person using the app would receive a private patient code. Once receiving the code, loved ones could access information directly from the patient blog and even send e-cards and well wishes through the app.

The team’s design was supervised and submitted by Assistant Director of Middle School Clare Wagstaff. “They dove into every task, kept to every deadline, and were very thoughtful in all aspects of the competition,” shared Wagstaff of the winning team. “What particularly impressed me about this group is that they genuinely care about the problem they were trying to solve.”

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Head of Lincoln School Honored with 2017 Leading Women of Distinction Award

10/10/17—The Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England will honor Suzanne Fogarty, Head of the Lincoln School, with a 2017 Leading Women of Distinction Award. The award acknowledges women who have embodied the Girl Scout “G.I.R.L.” spirit of Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader throughout their careers. They have shown themselves to be a direct reflection of what Girl Scouting stands for and have inspired girls to thrive in the direction of their ambitions and lead lives full of courage, confidence, and character.

Honorees will be recognized at an Awards Breakfast where Neil D. Steinberg, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, will serve as a guest speaker.

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Girls Prep and The Female Lead Announce Nationwide Effort to Develop the Next Generation of Female Leadership

10/6/17—Girls Prep, an NCGS strategic partner for the 2018 Global Forum on Girls' Education ® II, joined forces with The Female Lead to host an event at Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School to celebrate strong female leaders. The Female Lead is a revolutionary new campaign dedicated to making more visible the breadth of women's stories and female achievement to inspire future generations.

Majora Carter, a leading urban revitalization strategist and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster; Edwina Dunn, founder of The Female Lead; and Nell Merlino, founder of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, joined Jessica Diaz, Girls Prep Bronx Academic Director, for a panel discussion about the importance of increasing the presence of strong female role models to help develop the next generation of female leaders.

"Since our founding in 2005, Girls Prep has grown to now educate nearly 1,500 low-income, African-American and Hispanic female scholars, and support now 350 alumnae who are at top private, parochial, and public high schools, or are freshman at some of the finest colleges and universities in the country," shared Public Prep Superintendent Janelle Bradshaw. "Hearing from these amazing women is another step in Girls Prep’s long commitment to demystify what it means to develop female leaders.”

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Annie Wright Becomes Only IB Continuum School in Washington State

10/3/17—Annie Wright Schools was recently approved to deliver the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP), making Annie Wright the only school in Washington and one of fewer than 20 schools in the United States to offer the full continuum of IB programming from Preschool to Grade 12.

The MYP, which provides a framework for curriculum and assessment, focuses on understanding the concepts behind facts and developing lifelong approaches to learning. Both inquiry-based and trans-disciplinary, the MYP emphasizes strong communication skills, challenges students to think analytically and creatively, and provides opportunities to solve problems and make decisions in real-world contexts.

Annie Wright Schools gained authorization to deliver the Diploma Programme in its Upper School in 2009 and the Primary Years Programme in its Lower School in 2015. The Middle Years Programme bridges the gap, providing consistently rigorous, inquiry-based, and internationally-minded education throughout the school.

“Over the last decade our faculty has worked hard to implement the IB programs across the school,” said Christian Sullivan, Head of Schools. “We are thrilled to receive final authorization for this gold standard of education, but more importantly, we are proud to offer programs that inspire students to solve problems and make the world a better place.”

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Hamlin’s Admission Director Selected as Recipient of AISAP Leadership Award

9/20/17—Lisa Lau Aquino, Admission Director at The Hamlin School and member of the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP), has been selected by AISAP as the inaugural recipient of the Andy Noel Leadership Award for Excellence in Advancing the Admission and Enrollment Management Profession.

Aquino’s demonstrated ability to lead by empowering students and admission professionals is why she was singled out as the recipient of the award. An alumna of Hamlin, Aquino began her career at Hamlin as a science teacher and later moved to Admissions after discovering how much she loved sharing the school’s innovative approach to learning, high academic standards, and supportive environment with prospective families.

Aquino is described as an admission leader “force,” able to inspire and build up those around her, whether it’s students, colleagues, or prospective families. “We all admire Lisa because of her deeply held and boldly lived ethical values, her tireless work ethic, and her steadfast commitment to access and inclusion,” shared Hamlin’s Head of School Wanda Holland Greene.

“At Hamlin, we educate our girls to meet the challenges of their times—it is part of our mission,” said Aquino. “We want our students to be the girl in the red dress; to stand out, step up, and take on issues that are important to them. Every decision we make is with our students in mind.”

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The Girls' School of Austin Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Service Challenge

9/19/17—The Girls’ School of Austin (GSA) is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the launch of a “15 Years, 15 Hours” challenge to their school community. Students, teachers, and parents are being challenged to complete fifteen hours of community service over the course of the 2017–2018 school year. Eligible service hours include volunteering for a non-profit, helping out a neighbor, caring for the environment, or completing a fundraiser for a charity. 

The challenge began with a school-wide service project benefiting victims of Hurricane Harvey. Students got together with their "school sisters" (multi-grade level groups they are a part of during their time at GSA) to make cards and banners welcoming evacuees displaced by the hurricane. Many students continued the volunteer work on their own by assembling “Welcome Kits” for the evacuated families. As a result, several students have already reached five or more hours.

"We wanted to celebrate our 15th anniversary in a way that is both meaningful to our students, and gives back to the greater Austin community,” shared Shanna Prewitt-Hines, Service-Learning Coordinator at GSA.

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Annie Wright Capital Campaign Surpasses Goal

9/18/17—Annie Wright Schools’ capital campaign to enhance athletic facilities and grow the endowment recently surpassed its goal of $12 million by nearly 50 percent, fulfilling these essential strategic initiatives and enabling greater scholarship opportunities.

From Strength to Strength: The Campaign for Annie Wright Schools launched in 2014 to preserve and bolster the strength of the school and to make a transformative difference in the lives of its students. The campaign had exceeded its goal prior to the receipt of an estate gift from Suzanne Patrice Smith ’82. The alumna gift enhanced the campaign’s success and enabled the school to create its largest-ever endowed scholarships. The newly established Suzanne Patrice Smith Scholarship Fund will benefit students in Grades 9-12. The campaign’s success also enabled Annie Wright Schools to open a new all-weather athletics field this past spring, replacing the previous field built in 1923.

“Our donors’ leadership, philanthropy, and passion for Annie Wright Schools have been tremendous,” shared Head of Schools Christian Sullivan. “This exceptional community has come together to support students who will go on to make a lasting difference in the world.”

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Saint Mary’s School Welcomes New Head of School

9/15/17—Saint Mary's School recently kicked off its 176th year of educating girls by welcoming new Head of School Brendan J. O’Shea to campus. O’Shea began his tenure in July 2017 and will serve as Saint Mary’s 14th Head of School.

A seasoned independent school educator and leader, O’Shea began his educational career at Woodberry Forest School. During his 16-year tenure, O’Shea served in numerous senior administrative positions, including Director of Admission; Assistant Headmaster for Admission, Marketing, and Financial Aid; and Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Academic Affairs. In 2004, O’Shea was appointed Headmaster of Charleston Day School, where he designed and managed a successful capital campaign resulting in the construction of a new Student Academic Center. He also led two successful accreditations for Charleston Day School and has served on numerous SAIS/SACS accreditation teams.

“What is unique about Brendan is his intrinsic ability to make connections,” shared Saint Mary’s Board Chair Gloria Taft Becker. “I look forward to the connections he undoubtedly will make here at Saint Mary’s School—whether it is connecting our traditions with the innovative needs of a 21st century education, his personal connection with our girls, parents, faculty, staff, and alumnae, or building a stronger connection off our campus with the broader community, these are just some of the connections I am confident he will make that will benefit our culture and momentum of academic excellence.”

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Ivette Náter Retires as Director of Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas

9/14/17—Ivette Náter recently retired as the Director of Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas (CPN), located in Puerto Rico. For over 38 years Náter led CPN, the island’s only all-girls school educating girls in PreK through 12th grades. “All of us here at CPN are eternally grateful for her excellent leadership and dedication to our beloved school,” shared Margarita Díaz, Development Officer at CPN.

Náter is succeeded by Cristina M. Dávila, who according to Díaz, is “a dynamic leader with a supreme knowledge in handling the responsibilities that she has now assumed.”

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St. Mary’s Academy Student Recognized with President’s Volunteer Service Award

9/13/17—Camille M., a senior at St. Mary’s Academy (OR), has been honored for her exemplary community service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant time to serve their communities and their country and is granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

It was during her sophomore year at St. Mary’s when Camille first walked through the doors of St. Stephen's Parish in Portland to help serve food to the local homeless community. She immediately felt the intrinsic rewards of serving this community in a way that went beyond providing a warm meal. Those strong ties led Camille to say yes to running the Saturday Breakfasts with a friend, and she now oversees dedicated volunteers that provide 80 to 200 meals every Saturday morning, along with a place to come in from the cold, rest, and talk. “To some people, feeding the homeless may seem like an act of charity, but I believe that it is an opportunity for companionship with our friends who may be going through a tough time and need our support,” shared Camille.

In addition to her time at St. Stephen’s Parish, Camille has contributed more than 300 hours of community service to the Children’s Cancer Association and other organizations during her time at St. Mary’s.

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The Academy of Our Lady of Peace Hosted Hall of Fame Surfer Bethany Hamilton

9/12/17—The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) recently welcomed world-renowned surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton for a day of empowering events on campus.

The day commenced with a moderated Q&A session where Hamilton shared her story of choosing courage over fear and offered tips to students, faculty, and guests on how to thrive and achieve their dreams. Afterwards, there were several opportunities for students and guests to speak with Hamilton more personally. The day concluded with the Shine Forth Event, co-hosted with The Friends of Bethany Organization in support of the Beautifully Flawed Retreat, where the local community was encouraged to share their inspirational stories of choosing courage over fear.

“This partnership with Bethany supports our mission to empower young women,” shared Dr. Lauren Lek, Head of School at OLP. “She inspires, fosters community, and serves as an excellent role model of what it means to be a ‘woman of faith, courage, heart, and excellence.’ We are excited and enthusiastic to host this amazing ‘Unstoppable’ woman and ignite passion for others through her incredible example.”

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School and Smith College Announce Equestrian Partnership

9/11/17—Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) recently announced that its Equestrian Center has been selected to become the new home base for Smith College’s equestrian program. The SBS Equestrian Center encompasses two indoor riding rings, a heated viewing room, a large outdoor facility, and two heated barns that can house a total of 55 horses. Smith equestrian students and teams will be able to ride and train from the barns at SBS. Additionally, Stoneleigh-Burnham will offer training and coaching in a wide range of disciplines, a number of which are not currently available to Smith students, such as dressage.

The partnership is likewise set to bring SBS students many new benefits, including eight new horses, an additional instructor, and a new connection to the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association. Young riders at SBS will also have the opportunity to connect with older mentors who can share with them the experience of being a rider at the college level.

“Stoneleigh-Burnham's equestrian center is widely recognized as being one of the best in the country,” shared Smith College Athletics Director Kristin Hughes. “Having toured it with the team, we are confident that this new arrangement will provide interested students with top-quality riding opportunities.”

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St. Mary's Academy Appoints New Principal

7/14/17— St. Mary's Academy has announced that Nicole Foran has been named to lead the school as the next Principal.

Foran brings distinct perspective and experience from her 15 years with St. Mary’s Academy as an English teacher and the department chair, and most recently as Assistant Principal of Student Life. She is also the proud parent of a Class of 2012 alumna.

“Nicole demonstrates her deep commitment to an all-girls Catholic college-preparatory education, her passion for St. Mary’s students and her appreciation of the mission of our founders, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, in every relationship, decision and act of leadership,” said Christina Friedhoff, St. Mary’s Academy President. “Nicole has been, and will continue to be, an exemplary leader for our staff, faculty, students and community.”

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Girls Prep Celebrates Two Graduating Classes

7/10/17—Nearly 1,500 family members, friends, past and current faculty, alumnae, and scholars attended Girls Prep’s first-ever unified ceremony. Girls Prep Lower East Side and Girls Prep Bronx came together to celebrate the graduation of this year’s 8th grade scholars, and honored the inaugural Girls Prep cohort that graduated from 8th grade in 2013.

The Girls Prep inaugural cohort have now completed 12th grade and are pursuing post-secondary plans. Ninety percent of the students received an average of five acceptances from top colleges and universities, and cumulatively received more than $5 million in scholarship funds.

There is no better way to sum up the celebration than with the words of one of the 8th grade valedictorians:

Taking our core values of sisterhood, scholarship, merit, and responsibility with me to my high school St. George Academy and to eventually college and med school, I hope to become a successful female doctor. As having been in an all-girls school for my entire life, I am not intimidated by attending a coed high school. Following along this path as a strong, independent woman of color, I am not a voice to be silenced. I am a force to be reckoned with – WITH ATTITUDE. As my dad always told my sisters and me, "Reach for the moon. Even if you fall short, you’ll land among the stars," and luckily for us, the stars are our sisters.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Receives National Award

6/26/17—Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) was recently honored as one of four schools in the United States to receive a 2017 School Innovation and Change Award from the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI), which recognizes exemplary schools that have been transformed through innovative educational practices.

Presented by Dr. Jill Berkowicz, NPLI associate and co-author of The STEM Shift, the award includes a $10,000 prize and the opportunity for CGLA Principal Maryo Beck to attend a weeklong principal development program in New York during the summer of 2017.

Having spent two days learning about CGLA, Dr. Berkowicz commended the school for its impressive gains on standardized test scores, strong community partnerships, and ability to provide students with the support they need to be successful. "I have never had the honor of being in the company of so many selfless people who care so deeply about giving children a chance,” said Dr. Berkowicz.

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Stone Ridge Student Selected as Girl Up Teen Advisor

6/8/17—Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart student Mary D. ’20 was recently selected as a Girl Up Teen Advisor. The campaign selected 21 young women to serve as 2017-2018 Teen Advisors—representing Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, and 14 different U.S. states—from more than 400 applications.

Teen Advisors serve a full year helping carry out campaign-wide goals, including championing new legislation and energizing others to take action in support of United Nations programs that will better the world for girls. In order to be authentically “by girls, for girls,” Teen Advisors also act as Girl Up representatives at official events and work alongside Girl Up staff to share their perspective and feedback.   

“As a two-year teen board member and the Community Service Group Leader, my team and I work to find and organize community service projects and meet monthly to come together and share ideas. We also hold a summer camp for girls where they do various activities to develop their confidence through their journey to self-discovery in the hardest parts of their lives,” shared Mary. “I am very excited to be working in such an amazing program and am honored to be able to help other girls get an education like mine.”

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Trinity Hall Graduates First Class

5/26/17—Trinity Hall, an independent all-girls high school that opened in fall 2013, will graduate its inaugural class this June. This event marks Trinity Hall’s first-ever commencement and the end of a historic journey for its first class of students. The 32 soon-to-be graduates have begun to organize the Trinity Hall Alumnae Association as they transition from students to supporters.
 
“There is much to be proud of at Trinity Hall, and our students are at the very top of that list,” said Mary Sciarrillo, Head of School. “The risk of attending a brand-new school has paid off for our Class of 2017. These young women, our very first graduates, have grown in confidence and ability, have learned to persevere in the face of challenges, and will continue to be leaders at their individual colleges and universities – and following that, in the world. They will do well and accomplish great things. Indeed, they already have.”

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Nashoba Brooks Students Learn the Power of Kindness

5/25/17—Each fall, 6th graders at Nashoba Brooks School participate in the ThinkGive Challenge, a character education program that uses giving to teach prosocial skills including empathy, compassion, awareness of others, kindness, and gratitude. By regularly giving directly to others in ways that are meaningful to them, students discover the magic and power of making giving part of their daily life. The acts themselves could be tiny, the impact huge.
 
Throughout the Challenge, students work individually and collaboratively with their peers, giving and receiving encouragement and ideas in a forum designed to promote peer-to-peer learning. Teachers support students and inspire them to give in ways they may never have considered by integrating the Challenge into the daily life at school.
 
Susan Lewis, the teacher who coordinates the program, explains, "It is heartwarming for me to watch our sixth graders experience ThinkGive. The program reinforces the school's core values of empathy and inclusivity. It helps our girls see beyond themselves and realize that they have the power to create a supportive community, both within Nashoba Brooks and beyond."
 
To learn more about the ThinkGive Challenge, visit the website or attend Ms. Lewis' INSPIRE! session at this year's NCGS Conference, Education Innovations: Building Cultures of Creativity, in Washington, DC, on June 25-27.

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Hamlin Students Win Technovation Pitch Challenge

5/23/17—Students Charlotte K. and Elanor M. from The Hamlin School recently won the regional Technovation Pitch contest. The contest asked girls ages 10 to 18 to identify a problem in their community, create a mobile app to address the problem, and communicate their ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. Ideas were then pitched to a panel of judges that included venture capitalists, technology executives, design consultants, and coders.

Charlotte and Elanor’s mobile app, Walk4Water, encourages young teens to stay fit and healthy through competitive incentives and social features. Teens are also able to do some good by using the app: 12 cents is donated to Charity Water with every thousand steps a user takes. Charity Water provides poverty-stricken communities access to clean, sanitary water closer to their homes. Girls in these communities are better able to pursue their educations if they do not have to spend their time walking to find water.

Charlotte and Elanor are now semifinalists for the World Pitch. The national finalists will be announced in June and will be invited to attend the World Pitch in August 2017.

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TYWLS of Astoria Teacher Included Among Top Ten Positive STEAM Influences from Latina Women

5/18/17—Andrea Chaves, a Spanish and computer science teacher and Creative Director at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, was recently named by TECHNOLOchicas as one of the top ten positive STEAM influences from Latina women in the United States.

Chavez achieved this recognition because of the love she has instilled in her students for technology. She has integrated digital education and coding into all of her classes and has led the school’s Tech Crew—composed of student filmmakers, graphic designers, coders, website designers, and project managers—to collaborate and solve problems around school like teaching students about recycling by coding educational video games. In encouraging her students to pursue STEAM fields, Chavez hopes to show that "all girls are equipped to break the boundaries and take part of the change."   

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Foxcroft Student Creates Global Exchange

5/17/17—Camila K., a junior at Foxcroft School, is making a big impact on girls 2,200 miles away, and garnering headlines in the process. Camila has created an international language and cultural exchange program called LEAP (Learn English And Progress) that connects Advanced Placement Spanish students at Foxcroft with girls in Colombia to help them improve language skills and cultural understanding.

A native of Colombia, Camila conceived of the program several years ago while living in Brazil with her family. “I noticed the great difficulties, but also the huge opportunity, for lower income girls to learn and practice English,” she said. A digital, real-time version of the classic pen pal scheme, Camila shared the goal of LEAP “is not only to practice languages but also to provide both sides with a better understanding of each other’s lives, which will be culturally rich for all participants.”

LEAP was recently featured on Telemundo, the second-largest Spanish-language network in the U.S. Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro made several visits to Foxcroft to interview Camila and other student participants. “I am so proud of how these young women are making a difference in the world while expanding their own skills. Camila's project is a model for service learning!” tweeted Head of School Cathy McGehee after the two-minute segment aired live. The piece was also streamed nationally.

Camila has big plans for LEAP: “My goal is to continue to expand this concept and make sure that we build a network that can help educate hundreds of girls from all around the world about different cultures for years to come.”

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Hamlin Students Win NASA’s Optimus Prime Challenge

5/16/17—Two Hamlin School students were recently awarded NASA’s Optimus Prime Challenge (OPSPARC). The challenge asked students to use their imaginations and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world. Items such as memory foam, invisible braces, firefighting equipment, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, and long-distance telecommunications were first developed for a NASA mission and later re-worked to make everyday life easier.

Hamlin 7th graders Alexa T. and Ellie J. researched Thermawing technology, which prevents plane wings from freezing. They redesigned the technology to be used in greenhouses to keep crops from freezing in the winter. To display their research findings and ideas, Alexa and Ellie made a physical model of their Spinoff creation and used a combination of text, images, and videos to create a Glogster Multimedia Poster, which was later submitted to NASA.

The girls, along with their teacher Melissa Alfred, were awarded a paid trip to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, where they will attend NASA workshops and the NASA OPSPARC Awards Ceremony.

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Linden School Teacher Wins Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence

5/11/17—Beth Alexander, Curriculum Leader and STEM teacher at The Linden School, was recently awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Since 1993, this award has recognized outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines who, through the innovative use of information and communications technologies, have helped Canadian students to meet the challenges of a 21st-century society and economy.

From a life-size model that allows students to climb inside a computer to a lab exploring the chemistry of candy, Alexander has revealed herself to be the creative genius behind many innovative projects, which have transformed Linden’s classrooms into spaces where students are able to enjoy exploring STEM and ICT fields. Understanding all students learn differently, Alexander excels in adapting lessons accordingly, sometimes using a flipped classroom model to pre-teach material and always utilizing class time to encourage students to take charge of their own learning by asking questions, seeking answers, setting goals, and performing self-assessments.

“Beth is, by far, one of the most outstanding, creative, passionate, innovative and engaged teachers that I have ever known,” shared Dr. Lisa Barnoff, a parent and member of Linden’s Board of Trustees. “Beth’s pedagogical approach encourages students to develop their own capacity for leadership and helps them see how their academic skills can make the world a better place.”

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Margaret Talkington School Student Named National Merit Semifinalist

5/10/17—Student Zaina M. was recently named the first National Merit Semifinalist from the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, a member of NCGS and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Less than 1% of high school seniors can claim the designation of National Merit Semifinalist.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham Student Wins Big at World Debating and Public Speaking Championship

5/9/17—Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) student Sophie H. ’18 recently returned from the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Sydney, Australia, where she earned 6th place in After Dinner Speaking and 12th place in Interpretive Reading. A member of the U.S. team, Sophie was one of 120 competitors from 12 different countries that competed at this year’s championship.

A member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society, Sophie qualified for the championship upon competing at the International Independent School Public Speaking League tournament in West Vancouver, B.C., Canada in October. Sophie joins an elite group of world competitors from SBS dating back to 1988: she’s the 16th SBS student to compete on the world stage.

Dr. Paul Bassett, Head Coach of the SBS Debate & Public Speaking Society, lauded Sophie for her focused preparation and stellar performance. “She’s grown a lot from the experience,” said Bassett. “She was already an impressive speaker, but the experience of competing on the world stage has really upped her game.”

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Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy Participates in Innovative Conferences

5/8/17—Students from the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA) at Houston—a member of NCGS and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network—recently presented at the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco and at the SXSWedu Conference in Austin. The goal of SXSWedu is to foster innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education. At SXSWedu, YWCPA students presented their findings on project-based learning in computer science.

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The Force is Female at This Year’s Archer Film Festival

5/4/17—The Archer School for Girls recently hosted its fifth annual Archer Film Festival, with Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy serving as the keynote speaker. Kennedy followed in the footsteps of some major Hollywood names, including previous keynote speakers J.J. Abrams, Nina Jacobson, and Vanessa Morrison, to name a few.

Kennedy spoke about Star Wars, gender equality, and her secrets to producing success. “'Right now women make up less than a quarter of all positions in the film industry, and less than a third of all speaking roles,” shared Kennedy. “These are all jobs that women can do, they just need to be given the chance … so, do, or do not. There is no try. The force is female."

"One of the most important things that we need to teach girls is how to ask for what they want, so when they run an event like this, they go out and they get the theater donated, they get the food donated, they approach people like J.J. Abrams or Kathleen Kennedy to be their keynote speakers," explained Head of School Elizabeth English. "They have to ask, and they learn sometimes people are going to say no, but guess what, often times people say yes.”

The Archer Film Festival is a high school student film festival dedicated to empowering female filmmakers. The goal is not to exclude men, but rather to include women. This year’s festival saw more than 800 submissions from high schoolers across the globe.

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Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold Wins Big at Engineering Showcase

5/3/17—The Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold, a member of NCGS and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, recently entered high school and middle school teams into Grand Prairie’s ISD engineering showcase, STEaMposium 2017. The competition featured three different types of challenges, including instant engineering challenges, early release engineering challenges, and robotics building and programming. Arnold’s high school team won first place and was awarded the STEMly Cup, while the middle school team was awarded second place medals for their work in the competition’s engineering challenges.

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Lincoln School Co-Hosts First All-Girls ‘Hackathon’

5/2/17—NCGS member Lincoln School and Sophia Academy recently co-hosted the first all-girls ‘hackathon’ in Rhode Island. The event, called ’Girls Hack the World,’ encouraged girls and young women to pursue an interest in computer science and tech fields—a necessary step to rectify the gender imbalance in STEAM professions—by providing them with an inspiring space for hands-on coding, problem-solving, and collaboration.

The event kicked off with two keynote speakers: Roopa Parekh, New England Market Vice President of Konica Minolta and Theresa Moore, Founder and President of TTime Productions.

An enthusiastic group of 75 students in Grades 5–10 from Lincoln School and Sophia Academy were divided into teams and assigned mentors. The role of the mentors was to help the teams organize the design process, assist with using the code.org platform, and spur the teams to take risks to create true hacks. Because the event was held on Earth Day, the teams built and coded apps and games designed to generate real-world solutions to Rhode Island’s environmental problems.

“There was such a buzz in the room and so much creativity going around. Whether they came in with little coding experience or a lot of experience, they left with accomplished problem-solving skills that will last a lifetime,” said Susan Amsler-Akacem, Head of Lincoln’s Education Technology Department.

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Irma Lerma Rangel School Receives Visit from Senator Wendy Davis

5/1/17—Former Senator Wendy Davis recently visited Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School—a member of NCGS and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network—to hold a training for students interested in taking action about human trafficking and the trafficking of minors. Senator Davis visited alongside her staff from her non-profit organization, Deeds Not Words, a dynamic community that aims at connecting passionate young women to resources, policymaking tools, and each other in hopes of inspiring them to take action and be changemakers.

Students previously participated with Senator Davis in the NEST Student Forum, which took place in the fall of 2016. Facilitated by the NEST Foundation, a non-profit working to end sexual exploitation and trafficking in America, the forum prompted a conversation on finding ways to end child sexual exploitation and trafficking in Texas.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham Student Rides to Success at Equestrian National Finals

4/28/17—Stoneleigh-Burnham School student Isabela C. ’19 recently placed fourth in beginner flat equitation individually at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. Isabela is a member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham IEA team. She qualified for the National Finals by winning first place at the IEA Zone 1 Finals held at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA. This placed Isabela as number one in New England in her division.

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks YWPN Schools Among Top High Schools

4/27/17—Five girls’ schools, which are members of NCGS and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), were recently included in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools Rankings. Of the 589 Texas schools included in the 2017 rankings, the following girls’ schools ranked in the top 125: Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Young Women’s Leadership Academy San Antonio, Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, and the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy Houston.

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Cornelia Connelly School Appoints New Head of School

4/26/17—Cornelia Connelly School has named Cheri Wood as the new Head of School, effective July 1, 2017.

For the past ten years, Wood has served as the Principal of St. Bernadette School, a Catholic school in Silver Spring, MD. Wood comes to Cornelia Connelly with a deep knowledge of student development, curriculum development, and the business and financial sides of educational leadership. During her career as an educator, Wood focused on providing students with unique learning opportunities that challenged, engaged, and inspired personal and academic growth. She is also a strong advocate for all-girls education, having sent her own children to single-gender high schools.

Wood is tremendously excited about joining Cornelia Connelly’s dynamic, progressive educational environment. “When I stepped onto campus and met with students, faculty, staff, parents, and board members, I could sense the loving community that lives by ideals to lead, serve, and inspire,” shared Wood. “I am continually inspired by each young woman that I met and the members of the community who shared their stories with me.”

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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.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham Student to Compete in World Debating and Public Speaking Championship

4/14/17—Stoneleigh-Burnham School student Sophie H. ’18 is set to compete in Sydney, Australia, as part of the U.S. Team at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship. A member of Stoneleigh-Burnham's Debate and Public Speaking Society, Sophie qualified for the world competition after competing at the International Independent School Public Speaking League tournament in West Vancouver, B.C., Canada in October.

Sophie credits her rhetoric teachers—Dr. Paul Bassett, Head Coach of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society, and Cyndee Meese—for recognizing her potential as a debater and public speaker and for motivating her to step out of her comfort zone to achieve success. She also thanks her teammates. “It helps so much to be surrounded by a bunch of awesome strong women,” shared Hathaway.

Hathaway joins an elite group of world competitors from Stoneleigh-Burnham dating back to 1988. Last year was the first time in the school’s 150-year history that two students qualified to compete at the world championship. One of those students competed in the world competitions two years in a row, including in Hong Kong in 2015. Sophie will be the 16th student to compete.

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Melania Trump, Jordan's Queen Tour All-Girls Charter School

4/13/17—Melania Trump recently highlighted her interest in empowering women and girls by touring NCGS member Excel Academy Public Charter School with Queen Rania of Jordan and the U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Excel Academy opened in 2008 in an economically depressed area of Washington, D.C. Today, the school has nearly 700 students enrolled in pre-K through 8th grade.

"As an all-girls school, you all represent what we work so hard to build for our girls," said Deborah Lockhart, Chief Executive Officer of Excel Academy, as her visitors settled in for a discussion with the principal, three students, one representative parent, science teacher, and art teacher. After the round-table conversation, the First Lady, the Queen, and DeVos visited an art class followed by a science class.

The First Lady later said in a written statement that education helps "shine a light" on gender equality and empowerment of women. She cited Excel Academy as an "exceptional example" of a school that's preparing young women to "succeed in a global community."

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Academy of Our Lady of Peace Hosts Third Annual Women’s Symposium

4/12/17—Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) recently hosted its third annual Women’s Symposium. The event brought together top women leaders who shared their insights with students and the community and featured an impressive panel of speakers, including a keynote speech from Food Network star and OLP alumna Marcela Valladolid ’96.

More than 250 external community guests joined the student body at OLP to experience this incredible day of women’s empowerment. Funds raised went towards supporting the OLP Alumnae Scholarship Fund for students who embody the charisma of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, show academic potential, and demonstrate financial need.

The keynote was followed by a series of panel topics focusing on Arts and Entertainment, Business and Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, and STEM. Panelists at the event included world-renowned interventional cardiologist Dr. Patricia Aubanel, and writer, director, and first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Brenda Chapman, among others.

“I believe there are few things more powerful or positive than young, smart and inspired women,” shared Cheryl Goodman, Executive Director of Athena and symposium STEM panel facilitator. “Nothing is beyond their reach.”

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Washington School for Girls Appoints New President

3/28/17—The Washington School for Girls (WSG) has appointed Beth Reaves to serve as the next President. Reaves comes to WSG from the Friends School Mullica Hill in New Jersey, where she has served as Head of School for five years.

During her tenure, Reaves successfully led the school through the re-accreditation process, expanded philanthropic support of the school, and worked with faculty to thoughtfully implement new programs that met the needs of the student population.
 
Reaves has shown a deep appreciation for and commitment to the things that define WSG, including its Catholic identity, mission to serve those students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend an independent school, and belief in each student's gifts, talents, and potential. “As soon as I learned about WSG and the school's mission, I immediately felt called to serve and wanted to learn more,” shared Reaves. “This sense of community and sense of purpose, both guided by the strong faith tradition in the school, are what drew me to the Washington School for Girls.”

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Cranbrook Announces Educational Collaboration with MIT Edgerton Center

3/15/17—Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls has recently formed an educational partnership with the Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This initiative is designed to empower Cranbrook faculty to incorporate innovation and design thinking into their curriculum and teaching. In return, Cranbrook will serve as a testing site for the Edgerton Center with the potential to change the way K-12 curriculum is developed nationally.

Cranbrook students are already benefiting from the collaboration. In 2016, 70 of Cranbrook’s faculty engaged in a workshop devoted to learning and integrating design thinking into lesson plans. Students have also utilized the design thinking process to work on challenges ranging from how they might solve math problems, learn about different parts of the country, design a new kind of backpack, and build roller coasters. Throughout this partnership, Cranbrook is committed to sharing what it discovers with the broader education community in order to offer students everywhere greater educational opportunities in the 21st century.

“Cranbrook Schools is honored to be the first school in the Midwest to be selected as part of this unique educational collaboration with the Edgerton Center at MIT,” said Arlyce M. Seibert, Director of Cranbrook Schools. “For more than a century, Cranbrook has been dedicated to breaking new ground in education. This collaboration is truly a milestone in our approach to experiential learning, with one of the most innovative schools in the country.”

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Girls Prep Partnering With BioBus

3/13/17—Public Prep schools Girls Prep Lower East Side and Girls Prep Bronx have announced a three-year partnership with BioBus to develop the next generation of female engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. BioBus is a non-profit organization that engages PhD and Masters-level scientists to share their expertise and knowledge by creating hands-on learning experiences that can inspire young women’s interest and passion for STEM-related careers.



Founded in 2005 and 2009, respectively, Girls Prep Lower East Side and Girls Prep Bronx currently serve nearly 1,500 almost exclusively low-income, African-American and Hispanic female scholars in grades PrePrep through 8th grade. This partnership will give students the ability to participate in a variety of activities, including field trip visits to BioBase community labs, a BioBus Living Environment Regents Prep Course, and hands-on lessons aboard the BioBus in subjects such as comparative anatomy, microbiology, ecology, and cell biology.

“By establishing a strong foundation in math and science, Girls Prep and BioBus will help young girls develop a lasting love of inquiry, critical thinking and problem-solving. This will, in turn, ignite a curiosity of STEM-related pathways by young women, which is ultimately what’s needed to bridge the race and gender gap in STEM fields,” said Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep.

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Hamlin Students Thrive at California Theatre Competition

3/10/17—Students from The Hamlin School recently demonstrated their impressive skills at the California Educational Theater Association Middle Stage Fest. For grades 6-8, the festival gives theater students the opportunity to meet peers from other schools, share their passions, showcase their talents, and learn from each other. Students compete for bronze, silver, and gold medals as they perform monologues and scenes for panels of adjudicators. While the judges tabulate their scores, students partake in a variety of theatre games.

Nearly 300 students from 19 different middle schools across California competed this year. Hamlin’s girls earned 22 gold, 10 silver, and 4 bronze medals for their monologues, scenes, original pieces, and musical solos.

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Cranbrook Kingswood Teacher Receives Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

3/9/17—Ashlie Blackstone Smith, an 8th-grade physical science teacher at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls, has been selected by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Space Foundation as recipient of the 2017 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.

Smith has taught physical science at Cranbrook since 2003. She has served as a strong advocate of all-girls education—especially in the hard sciences—and presented at the 2015 NCGS Conference, From STEM to STEAM: Girls’ Schools Leading the Way. Among her many achievements, Smith has developed 100+ science content videos that resulted in a year-long flipped classroom experience for students and has created and implemented lessons incorporating technology such as augmented reality, 3D design, computer coding, and programmable robotics into Cranbrook’s curriculum.

The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award is given annually in recognition of creative and innovative uses of technology by K-12 educators, or district-level education personnel. The award, named for Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, will be presented to Smith during the 33rd Space Symposium opening ceremony on April 3, 2017, in Colorado Springs, CO.

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McGehee Announces Headmistress’s Retirement

2/27/17—Louise S. McGehee School has announced Headmistress Eileen Powers, a former member of the NCGS Board of Trustees, will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year after having served 20 years at the helm.

During her time as Headmistress, Powers helped McGehee grow into a powerhouse of academics, sports, facilities, innovation, and success. “Powers has achieved this success while embracing, embodying and strengthening the principles of Louise S. McGehee, the school’s founder, set forth over a century ago: the importance of girls' academics, a love of learning, self-advocacy, leadership, and a deep appreciation of school and classmates,” shared Gene Dry, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“I think we would all agree that the girls are the glue who bring us all together and fuel our passion for the McGehee mission. McGehee girls bring joy, curiosity, and willingness to take risks in their learning. The girls are what make us proud of our work here,” shared Powers. “I am a very fortunate woman to have worked with many amazing people and to have been given the opportunity to continue to shape the mission of our school. I will continue to do so for the next 16 months until June 30, 2018 and beyond that. As you know I will always be a McGehee girl.”

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Bishop Strachan Names New Head of School

2/22/17—The Bishop Strachan School has named Judith Carlisle as new Head of School beginning August 2017.

For the past six years, Carlisle has served as the Head of Oxford High School, an all-girls school in Oxford, UK. Among her many accomplishments as Head, Carlisle is perhaps most widely known for a bold initiative, “Goodbye Little Miss Perfect,” the goal of which was to teach students the difference between high standards and “unhelpful perfectionism.” Carlisle recently spoke on this initiative at the first-ever National Coalition of Girls' Schools' Global Forum on Girls’ Education, which took place in 2016 in New York.

A highly respected leader and innovator in girls’ education, Carlisle is known for her research-based, inquiry-oriented approach to education. “She has a leadership style that is ‘all about the girls’ and her enthusiasm is infectious. Her refreshing candor and disarming humility are just part of why she is so loved by her students and faculty alike,” shared Cindy Tripp, Chair of the Board of Governors at Bishop Strachan. “We look towards a future full of the possibilities that Judith’s creative energy will bring to our community.”

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Marymount Publishes Book on Transformative Teaching and Learning

2/6/17—The Making and Learning Institute at Marymount School of New York recently published its first book, From Prototype to Pitch: New Pathways in Design, Maker and Entrepreneurship Education. The book features contributions from several independent school educators, including faculty from NCGS member schools Harpeth Hall, St. Catherine’s School, and Sacred Heart Greenwich.

The book “celebrates the best practices, exemplar projects, ideas, and frameworks that schools are exploring at the leading edge of design, maker, and entrepreneurship education as well as the emerging paradigm of transformative teaching and learning in the 21st century.”

Marymount recently announced it is now accepting submissions for chapters to be included in Volume 2. Submissions should be sent to Eric Walters, Director of STEM Education at Marymount School of New York.

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Bay View’s Robotics Team Wins FIRST® Lego® League State Championship

1/24/17—Bay View Academy’s robotics team S.M.A.R.T 2.0 recently won the Rhode Island state FIRST® Lego® League championship competition for the second time. The team not only qualified to compete in the international FIRST® Lego® League World Festival in April but the ten students on S.M.A.R.T 2.0 also won individual $20,000 scholarships to Roger Williams University as a result of this win.
 
Each year, FIRST® Lego® League sets a theme for the competition, referred to as the Challenge. This year’s theme was “Animal Allies.” For S.M.A.R.T. 2.0’s project, they set about enhancing GPS for blind users by outfitting seeing eye dogs with a vest that tells them which direction to turn. S.M.A.R.T. 2.0’s project presentation included a book they created, “Once Upon a Tail,” in which a blind princess is granted a dog trained with one of the vests.
 
As Bay View’s robotics program continues to attract students, curriculum and extra-curricular offerings have expanded. Bee S.M.A.R.T. Jr., a third-grade after-school robotics program, began in fall 2016 as part of FIRST® Lego® League Jr., while in the Upper School, two new Advanced Placement Computer Science classes have been added to the course offerings.

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Hamlin Dancers Perform at City College of San Francisco

1/10/17—A group of Hamlin School 8th graders recently took the stage with the Ultimate Alliance Dance Company on the campus of San Francisco’s City College. They performed for a 100-person audience.

One dance focused on “All Lives Matter” while another piece recreated a West Nigerian folktale. The experience gave Hamlin students the chance to be exposed to a variety of dance genres along with diverse cultures and body types.

“I was really impressed by the Hamlin students’ enthusiasm and commitment,” shared Hamlin faculty Kirstin Williams who prepared the students for their performance. “They rehearsed during recess, extra time, and lunch. Their dedication was incredible.”

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Baltimore Leadership School Featured in 2017 Sundance Film Festival Documentary

12/12/16—The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is set to show Amanda Lipitz’s documentary STEP, featuring the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW). The film was selected from 13,782 submissions, including 4,068 feature-length films and 8,985 short films.

STEP was produced by Ann and Andrew Tisch, founders of the Young Women’s Leadership Network of which BLSYW is an affiliate member school. The film chronicles the lives of BLSYW seniors on the step team as they strive to make their dancing a success while also working to become the first in their families to attend college.

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The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn Builds “Wall of Inclusion”

12/9/16—Over the past few weeks, teachers at The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of Brooklyn wrote 500 inspiring messages and affirmations on post-it notes for students. Each note was placed on a locker. In response, students used their school assembly time to write their own notes on paper “bricks” highlighting what they bring to the school community to strengthen it and make it safer. The bricks were combined by the students and teachers to create a "Wall of Inclusion," which now hangs in the hallway of the school for all to see and feel supported.

NCGS member school TYWLS of Brooklyn is part of the Young Women’s Leadership Network.

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Melbourne Girls Grammar Principal Recognized for Leadership and Innovative Programs

12/8/16—Catherine Misson, Principle of Melbourne Girls Grammar School (MGGS), was recently featured in The Educator’s 2016 Hot List, which recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to improving the Australian education system. Misson was acknowledged for her leadership and efforts to challenge the status quo of educational paradigms. This has included the design of new and innovative school programs, which provide new ways to imagine time, new roles in schools, and new ways for young people to take control of their learning.

Misson has also worked extensively on creating an educational narrative that champions the development of an enterprising mindset, so as to equip today’s girls with the skills necessary to work and live in the digital age. Misson established the Centre for Educational Enterprise in 2015 and in 2016 took the agenda international, launching the Enterprising Schools Network earlier this year in order to connect like-minded educators.

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Saint Mary’s School Appoints New Head of School

12/6/16—The Saint Mary's School Board of Trustees has named Brendan O’Shea as new Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. O'Shea will serve as Saint Mary's 14th Head appointed over the course of the school's 175-year history. He comes to Saint Mary's from Charleston Day School where he has served as Headmaster since 2004.

In his letter to the Saint Mary's community, O'Shea shared, "Saint Mary’s is purposeful, providing a top-notch education while instilling important character traits in the girls it serves. As one of the oldest Episcopal boarding and day schools in the country, Saint Mary’s is uniquely positioned to champion the strengths and advantages of an all-girls educational experience."

"Brendan holds a deep appreciation for and commitment to single-gender and boarding education and envisions a compelling future for our school that both honors our traditions and culture and places us on the forefront of modern education," said Chair of Saint Mary’s Board Ted Bratton. "These attributes, and others, left us all with the conclusion that Brendan would be the ideal leader for our school at this point in its history.”

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Marymount School Students Host Summit on Feminism and Gender Equality

11/30/16—Marymount School of New York’s Women in Our World (W.O.W.) Club recently hosted its inaugural W.O.W. Student Summit—an all-day event led by inspirational and influential women from various occupations and walks of life. The summit was open to all girls attending independent schools, especially girls’ schools. The day included keynote speakers, discussions, presentations, crafts, and performances. A variety of topics were explored including “Women, Girls and Leadership,” “Women, Broadway and the Arts,” and “Building New Labor Strategies for a New Economy: A Girl Power Journey.” The goal of the event was to creatively teach the true definition of feminism and to give female students the confidence to use their voices to promote and achieve gender equality.

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The Hockaday School Names New Head of School

11/22/16—The Hockaday School has named Dr. Karen Warren Coleman, former Vice President for Campus and Student Life at the University of Chicago, as its new Eugene McDermott Head of School. On July 1, 2017, Coleman will become the 13th Head of School since Hockaday’s founding in 1913.

At the University of Chicago, Coleman oversaw several campus departments, which included 350 staff members and a budget of $80 million. Robert Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago, said, "Karen was the most important person in helping me interact with students. I depended on her to understand what was going on with them and to deal with people on a one-on-one basis. She is gracious, calm, and always extremely professional."

"I am excited about all-girls education and the opportunities to help these young women become leaders in our community and our world,” shared Coleman. "Hockaday girls must learn how to navigate today's world and understand how to use information to make well-informed decisions, to be resilient, moral, compassionate, confident individuals who are capable of making positive contributions to the community and of defining success on their own terms. I look forward to navigating this journey with everyone in the Hockaday community to ensure a fulfilling and lifelong experience for our students at Hockaday.”

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The Hutchison School Appoints New Head of School

11/21/16—The Hutchison School has appointed Dr. Kristen Ring to serve as the 7th Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. Ring comes to Hutchison with more than 20 years of school experience. She served as Head of Upper School and most recently as Provost at Bayside Academy in Daphne, Alabama, where she led four division heads and 70 faculty.

Ring has demonstrated strengths in admissions, communications and marketing, strategic planning, recruitment of faculty, and benchmarking of student learning. As a professional development facilitator, she has steered initiatives at Bayside as well as presented at the national level.

“Hutchison is an extraordinary school where young women are empowered to lead and serve while building the skills and capacity to impact the world,” shared Ring. “I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to join this talented team of effective educators, and I look forward to becoming part of the Memphis community.”

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Sacred Heart Greenwich Alumnae Speak to Students About Broadcast Journalism Careers

11/17/16—Alumnae of Sacred Heart Greenwich returned to the school to speak about their TV news careers and the school’s Broadcast Journalism Program with current students. “To see that these girls who are in the broadcast program now are able to create these films…it’s really incredible. This is the same level of professionalism and quality that we see now working in news on a daily basis,” said Kate Rayner ’05, a News Anchor for NBC Connecticut. “The girls here are really at such an advantage,” added seven-time Emmy award-winning NBC Investigative Producer Erica Jorgensen ’04.

The keynote speaker was Melanie Bloom, the widow of NBC News Correspondent David J. Bloom, the namesake of the school’s David J. Bloom Broadcast Journalism Program and father of three Sacred Heart Greenwich students. Sacred Heart’s Broadcast Journalism Program has grown exponentially since its beginnings in 2001, with more than 680 students from the Lower, Middle, and Upper schools participating in 2015. In particular, the Upper School elective, which produces the news show “Today from the Heart,” has grown from seven students when it began to 73 today.

Sacred Heart filmmaking students have won more than 276 awards from local, national, and international competitions. At least 32 alumnae work in TV news, communications, filmmaking or social media.

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Archer School for Girls Featured on The TODAY Show

11/15/16—Elizabeth English, Head of School at The Archer School for Girls, along with three of Archer’s students, recently appeared on the TODAY show to share their perspectives on the results of the 2016 election. “Although our country is in a divided state at the moment, we can still find ways to look past this and … encourage each other,” shared one student. “I think the message has been very much you are worthwhile, you are important, [and] your voice matters,” added English.

In conjunction with this interview, English sent an email to Archer’s families titled "Leaning In Together After the Election,” where she noted Archer students had watched Hillary Clinton's concession speech "and took pride in her dignity and graciousness.”

"Today our faculty and staff were heroic as they tried to put their own emotions aside and create a safe and hopeful space for your daughters," she wrote. "Little could have prepared us, even as educators, for the waves of emotion that swept the school first thing this morning. We gave the girls time and space to process their feelings and fears, regardless of their position.”

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The Washington School for Girls Announces Head’s Retirement

11/10/16—The Washington School for Girls (WSG) has announced President and Head of School Sister Mary Bourdon will retire following the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Bourdon has served the WSG community for 19 years and was one of the school’s co-founders in 1997. Since then, Bourdon has overseen the school’s growth from a small after-school program to a full academic educational institution on two campuses with six grades and 140 students. “Throughout all of the expansion and growth, Sister Mary has kept our community rooted in its mission: to serve, empower, and educate young women,” said Board of Trustees Chair Pamela S. Johnson.

“I am grateful for the many miraculous moments and the grace-filled growth that the school has experienced since its beginnings as an after-school program in 1997,” shared Bourdon. “The school is stronger than it has ever been—in its program, its faculty, its staff, its governance, and its finances … I am confident that the WSG is well positioned for the next twenty years with ever greater enthusiasm and joy—and in the Spirit of Courageous Women.”

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Oldfields Announces Head of School’s Retirement

11/9/16—Oldfields School has announced that Head of School Parnell “Parny” Hagerman will retire in June 2017, having served at Oldfields for nine years.

During her first five years at Oldfields, Hagerman was the Associate Head of School, and later went on to become Head of School. Under Hagerman's leadership, Oldfields has increased and diversified enrollment, strengthened the school's endowment, undergone massive building and grounds improvements, implemented new academic programs and courses, and increased its technological capabilities. She has also recruited and managed an exceptionally talented administrative team and faculty who are well prepared to guide Oldfields through this transition.

“I have been honored to work with incredibly talented and dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators who give so much of themselves to our school,” Hagerman said. “As for the Oldfields girls, I cannot sufficiently express how grateful I am to know each of you and to be able to witness your growth as you continue to mature and become confident and accomplished young women. You brighten every day for me.”

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The Bryn Mawr School Appoints New Head of School

11/7/16—The Bryn Mawr School Board of Trustees has appointed Sue Sadler to serve as the 10th Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. Sadler comes to Bryn Mawr from Hathaway Brown, an all-girls school located in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Since 1987, Sadler has served Hathaway Brown in several capacities as teacher and administrator, and most recently as Associate Head of School and Upper School Director.

During her time at Hathaway Brown, Sadler managed several facilities updates, including a state of the art innovation lab and a learning commons within the school library. She was also instrumental in launching Hathaway Brown’s Center for Leadership and Well-Being.

“Bryn Mawr is an optimistic and hopeful learning environment, filled with people who care deeply about what's best for students, and I am overjoyed to be selected as the tenth headmistress,” Sadler said. “Bryn Mawr's reputation for academic excellence and sisterhood is well known, and stewarding the school into the future is an extraordinary leadership opportunity. I am beyond excited to begin, and look forward to working with the entire community.”

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Kent Place School Appoints New Head of School  

11/2/16—The Kent Place School Board of Trustees has appointed Jennifer C. Galambos to serve as the 11th Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. Galambos comes to Kent Place from The Bryn Mawr School, a K-12 all-girls school in Baltimore, where she served as the Assistant Head of School as well as the Upper School Director. 

As Assistant Head at Bryn Mawr, Galambos worked with the Board to create the school’s Strategic Plan, “The Bryn Mawr Way: A Contemporary Vision of What Girls Need to Thrive.” The plan centers on “the whole girl for the whole day,” in order to balance strong academics with care and nurture. She was also the chief architect of the Vision for the Upper School, which comprised four themes: balancing traditional academic values with innovation, student wellness, building character in the 21st century and teachers’ lives and schedules.
  
“Her deep understanding of 21st-century education for girls, of the programs, of the administrative structure, and of the community necessary to support that education and —perhaps most important—her embrace of the Kent Place mission all made her an outstanding candidate. We look forward to welcoming Jennifer into our community,” said James H. McGraw IV, Chair of the Kent Place Board of Trustees.

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The Ellis School Appoints New Head of School

11/1/16—Macon Paine Finley has been appointed Head of The Ellis School starting at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, becoming the 15th Head in the school’s 100-year history. She will join Ellis from John Burroughs School in St. Louis where she has served as Assistant Head of School since 2012 and been an educator since 2000. Among her many accomplishments at John Burroughs, Finley led the development of cross-curricular STEM initiatives tied to the building of a new center for science, engineering, computer science, and library programs.

Finley stood out in an impressive pool of Head of School candidates because of her impeccable track record as an educator with an emphasis on STEM. Moreover, she has been incredibly committed to her community, having cofounded and led the St. Louis Regional Child Care Partnership, a nonprofit organization focused on improving childcare services in the St. Louis area. She has shown herself to be an accomplished businesswoman and academic professional, and will serve as a role model for Ellis students.

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Emma Willard Appoints New Head of School

10/28/16—The Emma Willard School Head of School Search Committee has announced Jennifer Clark Rao as the 17th Head of School beginning in July 2017. Rao comes to Emma Willard from Garrison Forest School, a K-12 all-girls day and boarding school in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she served as Director of Academic Affairs where she led all aspects of curricular and co-curricular K-12 programs with the Division Heads and Department Chairs.

Rao has also served as a teacher, administrator, and former financial consulting associate. In addition to her analytical skills, strategic thinking, educational pedagogy, and classroom expertise, Rao has demonstrated an ability to build teams in order to accomplish institutional goals. "She is the full package: strong yet compassionate, intellectual yet playful, analytical yet self-aware,” said Kim Roberts, Head of School at Garrison Forest.

”From the moment I stepped on the campus, the warmth and spark of Emma was palpable. From students and faculty, to staff and parents, Board members and alumnae, it is clear that everyone at Emma shares a singular vision—to bravely deliver forward-thinking education for women. I am honored to become part of this remarkable place, team, and mission,” said Rao.

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The Hamlin School Participates in the WorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival

10/24/16—The Hamlin School students, parents, and faculty recently participated in the WorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival. WorldWideWomen is a for-profit social enterprise company dedicated to building a global movement for women’s and girls’ equality through technology, philanthropy, and advocacy.

Hamlin hosted an exhibit booth and there were four mother/daughter combinations in the fashion show. There was Hamlin representation in the San Francisco Girls Chorus performance, and on the main stage, students shared their experience putting together the very first Noe Valley Girls’ Film Festival.

The girls went on to speak to over 400 people, pitching their business idea “be-tween” for the BizWorld Girlpreneur Competition. Be-tween is focused on creating an online clothing box subscription service that specializes in clothes for tweens ages 9-13, a niche that is often ignored by retailers. As finalists, the girls were awarded $500 and had to defend their business plan and answer challenging questions posed by Shark Tank judge Mark Cuban and venture capitalists Tim Draper and Sue Siegel.

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Santa Catalina Installs New Head of School

10/19/16—Margaret "Meg" Kathryn Bradley has been installed to her position as the Head of Santa Catalina School. Bradley comes to Santa Catalina after 18 years at Cate School in Carpinteria, where she served as Assistant Headmaster External Affairs. Bradley is the first lay person to lead Catalina since it opened its Monterey campus in 1950.

A graduate of an all-girls Catholic school, Bradley said she felt Santa Catalina's welcoming spirit as soon as she set foot on campus. "As I explored classrooms, there was a kind of engagement and curiosity. It was very clear that the teachers were very interested in inquiry; it wasn't 'sage on the stage,' it was a real combination of questions and answers and very dynamic teaching.”

During the installation ceremony, Bradley shared some of her aspirations for Santa Catalina's coed Lower and Middle School and all-girls Upper School, which included “for students to graduate as innovators and leaders, sure of themselves and their worth” and “to test our assumptions, to ask the right questions, to create continuous improvement in our academic programs … and most importantly, for each student here to find his or her authentic and true voice.”

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Talkington School’s Principal Honored with National Leadership Award

10/13/16—Berta Fogerson, Principal of NCGS member school Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, will be honored with the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. The award is presented by the U.S. Department of Education with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Association of Middle-Level Education, and National Association of Secondary School Principals in memory of former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell.

The award recognizes outstanding school leaders and the vital role they play in guiding students and schools to excellence, frequently under challenging circumstances. Principals nominated for this award have been committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools and have done “whatever it takes” to help their students meet high standards. Their vision and collaborative leadership styles have produced outstanding results for all students, regardless of race, language proficiency, or socioeconomic status. They have shown that – with effective leadership and teaching and a firm conviction – all students can learn.

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Foxcroft School Rededicates Historic Building

10/12/16—One of Foxcroft School's iconic buildings, Court, was rededicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Head of School Catherine S. McGehee and Chair of the Board of Trustees Anne Michele Lyons Kuhns.

Court, which served as a dormitory from the 1930s until 2013, has been renovated and repurposed as a spacious welcome center that houses the external arm of administrative offices—Admission, Advancement, Marketing and Communication, and Business. The building also features spaces used daily by students and other members of the community, such as the school store, campus post office, an outdoor terrace, and a large seminar room with state-of-the-art technology.

The renovation of Court is part of a multi-building, multi-year Residential Initiative that has included the construction of Foxcroft's first green building, Stuart Hall, and major renovations to the other four dormitories plus the associated faculty apartments.

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NCGS Members Named National Blue Ribbon Schools 


10/11/16—U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., recently announced the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools. From the list of 329 schools across the nation, two schools from the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) were named recipients of this illustrious award: Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders and Young Women’s Leadership Academy. YWPN members Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and Young Women’s Leadership Academy in San Antonio—both of which received this honor in 2011 and 2015, respectively—were also awarded this distinction.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers. Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices—professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems—making you shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation,” said King in a video message to the honorees.

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Presidential Historian Sheds Light on 2016 Election at The Agnes Irwin School

10/10/16—Doris Kearns Goodwin, America’s “historian-in-chief,” gave a lecture at The Agnes Irwin School entitled “How Did We Get Here? A Historical Perspective on the Wild 2016 Election.”
 
Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed, New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Home Front in World War II, and is the author of the best sellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries. She also recently interviewed Barack Obama about his eight years in office.

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The Hamlin School Celebrates Character Day

10/3/16—The Hamlin School celebrated Character Day, which poses the question: “What would it look like to have people around the globe devote one day to talking about character?” At its core, Character Day provides an opportunity for the world to devote time to thinking about how we can each be better people by focusing on kindness, empathy, and generosity.

At Hamlin, students were given the opportunity to focus on interpreting one word in the school’s creed. Students began by discussing the meaning of their specific word, delving deeply into the importance of Compassion, Courage, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Hamlin students were asked to think about a time when they saw their word exemplified during sports, physical education, or recess. Students then did artistic drawings that depicted the creed in action.

In addition to the student body’s participation, Hamlin’s Head of School, Wanda Holland Greene, was invited to speak live to hundreds of thousands of people all around the world about character education. She joined other profound thinkers like Angela Duckworth, Sal Khan, and Martin Seligman in this dynamic global forum.

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Foxcroft School Sets New Record of 30 AP Scholars

9/20/16—Foxcroft School student Patia Fann attained the status of National Scholar for her outstanding achievement on the 2016 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams. To become a National Scholar, a student must earn an average grade of at least 4 (out of 5) on all AP Exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of the tests. Fann received perfect 5s on all ten exams she took, becoming Foxcroft’s fourth National Scholar and the first one in nearly a decade. Fann’s achievements led a record-setting 30 Foxcroft students earning 2016 AP Scholar Awards from the College Board for outstanding achievement on Advanced Placement Exams.

Worldwide, only about 22% of the 2.2 million students who took AP Exams performed well enough to earn AP Scholar designation. At Foxcroft, 40% of the most recent graduating class were recognized as AP Scholar award-winners. The number of Foxcroft AP Scholars reached double digits for the 13th consecutive year— an impressive feat for such a small school.

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The Baldwin School Installs New Head of School

9/19/16—Dr. Marisa Porges has been installed to her position as the new Head of The Baldwin School. A 1996 graduate of Baldwin and the first alumna to be named Head of School, Dr. Porges comes to Baldwin from the White House where she served as White House Fellow to the National Economic Council. Her priority as Baldwin’s new Head is to promote the school’s core mission, fostering students with a passion for lifelong learning and creating intellectually curious, confident, and empathetic young women who are prepared to have a lasting impact on the world around them.

“Baldwin dares our girls to test their limits, find their voice, and follow their passions into the wider world,” said Dr. Porges during her installation ceremony. “We help our students be their best selves, with a sisterhood at their back, and in the process, we change the world for the better.”

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Young Women’s Preparatory Network Opens First All-Girls Public School in El Paso

9/1/16—Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN)—whose mission is to support single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond—recently opened it’s eighth school, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA). YWLA is the first all-girls public preparatory school in El Paso, Texas.

Over 200 6th and 7th grade girls are attending YWLA this year, with plans to add a grade every year until the school has students through 12th grade. According to Principal Malinda Villalobos, YWLA’s focus will be on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) programs with an emphasis on YWPN’s three pillars of leadership, college readiness, and wellness life skills, which will be taught daily.  
 
“Each girl has her story to tell, and with our help, she will transform into what she wants to be, where she wants to go to college, and what she wants to do in life. We can’t wait to see what she becomes,” shared Villalobos.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham Graduate Presents Research at International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii

8/31/16—Recent Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduate Sophie Spring ’16 traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she presented her research on the use of oysters for water quality remediation at the International Coral Reef Symposium. Her presentation was an outgrowth of her work as a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program while a student at Stoneleigh-Burnham.

The symposium brought together 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities, and to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability.

The many opportunities to practice public speaking and engage with adults in a professional manner at Stoneleigh-Burnham helped Spring tremendously as she answered questions about her presentation and networked. “It was great to be able to articulate myself in a place where almost everyone else presenting was either a Ph.D. or a graduate student,” Spring said. “It’s a plug for the IB program that I was taken seriously because I put in the work to think creatively and think outside the box.”

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Holton-Arms and Marlborough School Students Selected as Girl Up Advisors

6/8/16—Holton-Arms School student Ellie Y. ‘18 and Marlborough School student Sophia D. ‘19 have been selected as two of Girl Up’s Teen Advisors for 2016-2017. Teen advisors help ensure that Girl Up succeeds in its mission by carrying out advocacy goals, providing feedback on campaign materials and energizing others to take action.

Ellie’s passion for equal rights for girls began in sixth grade upon watching the documentary Half The Sky. Since then, she has been actively involved in Holton-Arms’ Girl Up Club and is currently working to collect sanitary napkins for girls in Kenya who do not have access to essential hygiene products or facilities.

Sophia is a member of Marlborough’s Girls Go Global Club, which seeks to improve conditions for girls around the world. As a Girl Up Teen Advisor, she will oversee all Girl Up-related activities for the club. “I feel so fortunate and excited to be able to work even more closely with the Girl Up community in order to improve the lives of girls all around the world,” said Sophia.

A strategic partner of NCGS, 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 United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.

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Hamlin School Students Empower Girls Through Noe Valley Girls Film Festival

5/26/16—Four students from The Hamlin School recently started The Noe Valley Girls Film Festival (“NVGFF") to encourage young girls to get involved in the movie-making process. NVGFF seeks short film submissions made by girls anywhere in the world in two age groups: up to 5th grade and 6th-8th grades. Taking place in fall 2016, the festival will showcase the top submissions and winners will be presented with awards by a local filmmaker. 

“We hope to create an annual event that will bring girl filmmakers and Noe Valley residents together for a fun filled evening of great film and local spirit,” shared Charlotte and Ella, two of the festival’s founders.

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Three Agnes Irwin Students Receive Awards in Theater, Creative Writing

5/25/16—Three students from The Agnes Irwin School have been recognized for artistic achievement in two well-known area competitions, one in theater and two in creative writing.

Senior Sophia L. was named best solo dancer in the Greater Philadelphia Cappie Awards for her role in The Haverford School’s production of Guys and Dolls. The Cappies is a national program that recognizes the best individual and ensemble performances, costuming, stage design, critic reviews, and a dozen other categories in high school theater production. 

Seventh grader Parker M. and sophomore Lexi S. were awarded prizes for creative writing in the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition in their grade categories. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), this competition is an opportunity for middle and high school students to respond to the lessons of the Holocaust and the related issues of ethnic, racial, and religious intolerance through creative expression. In the poetry competition, Lexi was awarded third prize for her poem "Am I My Brother's Keeper?" and Parker received an honorable mention for her poem "Only One.”

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J.J. Abrams Keynote Speaker at The Archer School for Girls 5th Annual Archer Film Festival

5/3/16—Celebrities and entertainment industry professionals recently joined The Archer School for Girls in presenting the 5th Annual Archer Film Festival. Director and producer J.J. Abrams was the keynote speaker for the event. The Archer Film Festival is one of the only all-inclusive global high school events dedicated to empowering female filmmakers with the goal “not to exclude men, but rather to include women.” Young filmmakers submitted thousands of student-produced films from all over the world, and twenty of these films were screened at a pink carpet gala.

The Archer Film Festival’s mission is to feature young filmmakers who are working to increase the number of women in the film and television industry and to participate in the conversation about women’s representation onscreen. “The Archer Film Festival was created to encourage our student filmmakers, give them hands-on experience in the industry, and to help achieve gender parity in front of and behind the camera,” said Head of School, Elizabeth English. “Archer students have run with this idea, making the Festival their own and bringing exposure and attention to a problem that affects the way young girls see themselves and their place in the world.”

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School Student Wins International Art Award

5/2/16—Stoneleigh-Burnham School student Maia Castro-Santos ’20 recently won the $2,000 Junior Division prize in the Unsung Heroes Art Competition for her paper collage of civil rights pioneer Sylvia Mendez. Castro-Santos portrays Mendez as a young girl surrounded by words that defined the racism and discrimination of her time.

The Unsung Heroes Art Competition was sponsored by the Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes, part of the Milken Family Foundation. Castro-Santos’ winning collage was chosen from a pool of nearly 300 entries and 40 finalists. Her piece is to be displayed in LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, a new museum and exhibition space opening in May 2016.

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Agnes Irwin School’s Repertory Company Selected to Perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

4/29/16—Agnes Irwin School’s Repertory Company was selected to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) in August 2017. Festival Fringe is the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festival, including more than 3,000 performances of music, theater, dance, comedy, and more. Agnes Irwin’s theatre department will use the coming school year to develop a stage production for Festival Fringe.

"This is truly an honor for our theater program at AIS. The selection recognizes the excellence of our program, which means that each and every student who has been involved in any of our productions contributed to this accolade," said Bill Esher, Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Agnes Irwin.

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Emma Willard School Inspires Girls’ Confidence and Leadership through Student-Led Book Discussions

4/20/16—Emma Willard School is a community of readers. This is clearly visible during Emma Willard’s first week of school when seniors are given the opportunity to lead book discussions with peers and faculty.

In the spring semester of their junior year, Emma girls are invited to nominate a title they would like to read and lead a discussion on during their first week back to school in August. They can choose any book they like, so long as it is age appropriate and has enough substance to merit discussion. Current and incoming students are then able to sign up for the book discussions they would like to join with the senior leaders. Faculty, staff, and administrators are also encouraged to participate in this unique program.

This program exemplifies Emma Willard’s core values. It is about girls finding their voices, taking risks, and not being afraid to lead. It is about students from all grades, domestic and international, day and boarders, drawing closer together. It has become something of a tradition—a rite of passage on Emma’s campus.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Presented with Award by Children’s Advocacy Center

4/14/16—Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) was recently honored with the 2016 One with Courage Award by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County (CACHC). CGLA was the winner among three finalists in the Organization category. “By nurturing self-confidence, inspiring leadership, encouraging critical thinking, and promoting academic excellence, CGLA gives hope to girls to achieve their full potential,” stated CACHC during the award ceremony.

CACHC also recognized individuals in the categories of Help, Hope, and Healing. CGLA Board Member, Stacy Lightfoot, was recognized for her work with the Public Education Foundation and named a Hope finalist for being “a champion for low income and first generation college students.”

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Ethel Walker Student Named Wellington Equestrian Festival Champion

4/13/16—Emma Crate, a first-year student at The Ethel Walker School, was recently named Champion in the 12-14 Equitation division at the 2016 Wellington Equestrian Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events. Crate also placed third in the 14-and-under Taylor Harris Medal and seventh in her first jumper classic.

“Her determination and love for the sport has contributed to her top placings in Wellington,” said Hillary Rheinheimer, Director of Riding and Head Riding Instructor at Ethel Walker. “I’ve been so lucky to have phenomenal trainers … Walker’s equestrian program is also really great at teaching horsemanship,” added Crate.

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Sacred Hearts Academy Hosts Personal Finance Education Day for Girls

4/12/16Sacred Hearts Academy recently hosted a Personal Finance Education Day for over 400 girls from Sacred Hearts and area schools. The program was presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and included various workshops with topics ranging from Purposes and Functions of the Federal Reserve Bank to Personal Finance to How to Finance College. Sacred Hearts Academy also hosted a panel discussion, which included entrepreneurs like Susan Yamada, Executive Director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) as well as several young business leaders.

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Julia Morgan School for Girls’ Students Featured in Change.org’s International Women’s Day Video

3/22/16—Students in the “Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service” club at Julia Morgan School for Girls were recently included in Change.org’s 2016 "Celebrating Courageous Women on International Women's Day” video. Created in honor of International Women’s Day, the video celebrates women who are effecting change by sharing their stories with the world. Included amongst such extraordinary women as Malala Yousafzai, Julia Morgan students are shown advocating for the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would guarantee equal rights for women, including equal pay in the workplace.

This is the second Change.org video the girls have been featured in this year. They also appeared in the organization’s 2015 Year in Change video, which was released in January.

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Chapin School’s Robotics Team on a Winning Streak

3/18/16—The Chapin School's robotics team recently celebrated three important victories. First, Chapin’s Varsity Choice Team participated in a Rube Goldberg competition where the team was tasked with designing a complex machine that would open an umbrella. Chapin’s class five students walked away from the competition with two prizes for their hard work and innovative thinking.

In the same weekend, two teams in Chapin’s Varsity FIRST LEGO League (FLL) earned the second and third place Champion’s Award at the FLL City Championship. The award recognized the top three teams in the entire city that exhibited outstanding performance in the following areas: research project, core values, robot game, and robot design and programming. This was a landmark accomplishment for Chapin’s FLL League.

More recently, the Chapin team that won the 2nd place Champion’s Award at the FLL City Championship has been invited to the Razorback Invitational Robotics Tournament, an international competition that will take place at the University of Arkansas this May. The competition will include 72 teams from around the world who have attained the Champion’s Award or similar recognition in their region.

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Television Show FabLab Launched at The Archer School for Girls

3/14/16Launched at The Archer School for Girls, FabLab is the first and only science television series focused on attracting teenage girls to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The new series airs nationally and is seen in over 80 million homes on weekend mornings as part of Xploration Station’s Educational and Informational STEM block of programming. The show brings STEM alive to help teach teenage girls that STEM solves problems, changes lives, and in short, makes the world better.

“We are thrilled to partner with FabLab for the launch of the show,” said Elizabeth English, Archer’s Head of School. “Archer is proud to stand at the forefront of advancing girls in STEM and to be working toward a future where women are not only contributors to STEM solutions but leaders in the field.”

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Foxcroft School Participates in International Women’s Day Event Hosted by the Governor of Virginia

3/9/16—Foxcroft School participated in an International Women’s Day event hosted by Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia. Foxcroft’s cutting-edge STEM programs, both in and outside the classroom, prompted one of the events’ noted speakers, Dr. Carole Inge, to invite Foxcroft to participate. Fourteen students along with Foxcroft’s Science Department Chair Maria Eagen attended the event, which focused on the critical need to increase female representation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students showcased some of Foxcroft’s programs, and then had the opportunity to network with various government and business leaders.

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Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart Launches Center for Girls’ Leadership

3/2/16Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart recently launched the Stuart Center for Girls' Leadership, which works to support and empower the next generation of female leaders. Through research, professional programming, and development of innovative curriculum, the Stuart Center for Girls' Leadership serves as a resource to parents, students, and educators throughout the world. The Stuart Center offers a vast array of leadership opportunities for students, including a Diploma Endorsement Program, a Youth Leadership Summit, and Club Leadership Training. In addition, the Stuart Center hosts a Women in Leadership Speaker Series for students and faculty.

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Greenwich Academy Student Becomes Google Science Fair Winner

2/25/16—Olivia Hallisey, a junior at Greenwich Academy, won the 2015 Google Science Fair with her project to develop a fast and inexpensive ($25) test for the Ebola virus.

She described in her project report, “Current methods of Ebola detection utilize enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ("ELISA") detection kits which cost approximately $1,000 each, require complex instrumentation, trained medical professionals to administer, and up to 12 hours from testing to diagnosis.”

She won a $50,000 college scholarship and received her award at Google headquarters in California.

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Branksome Hall Launches New Chandaria Research Centre

2/24/16—Branksome Hall recently launched the Chandaria Research Centre For Girls’ Learning, Wellness and Global Engagement (CRC). The CRC vision is in line with Branksome’s mission to produce and partner in meaningful research that explores and advances the future of girls' education, and to make an impact through its practical application. The emphasis of the research conducted will be to discover best practices in girls' learning, wellness, and global engagement, and to blend and integrate these spheres into a holistic educational experience.

Branksome hopes to unite with other educational institutions in developing and sharing ideas, and in undertaking collaborative projects. Branksome believes its Chandaria Research Centre will ultimately serve to benefit all communities—students, educators, and families alike.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Teachers Awarded UNUM Strong School Grants

1/27/16—Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) teachers’ Chassey Foster and Olivia Bagby were among 59 Hamilton County educators recently awarded this year’s UNUM Strong Schools Grants, each receiving $1,000 for their grant proposals.

More than $52,000 was given to teachers and administrators in recognition of the effective and creative ways they have engaged students. Grants are intended to help these teachers to execute proposals and projects that will benefit the classroom experience.

Foster intends to put her money towards a year-long project that aims at developing job skills. “I am so excited,” she said. “The thing I’m most proud about is giving [the students] an opportunity to really see the impact that they are capable of creating.”

Bagby hopes to use her grant monies to further her work with CGLA’s Robotics Team exclaiming, “My STEM kids are super excited about all of the electronics supplies I’m going to be able to get for their ‘bug bots’.”

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Roland Park Country School Alumna Has Photograph Featured in TIME Magazine

1/26/16—Regina H. Boone, a photographer at Detroit Free Press and an alumna of Roland Park Country School, recently had one of her photographs featured on the cover of TIME Magazine. The photograph, depicting a two-year-old boy named Sincere Smith, is emblematic of the suffering found in Flint, Michigan. “I am still trying to shine light on the people I photograph. I keep going, because there is always going to be another story or issue to connect with,” stated Boone.

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Emma Willard School Announces Head of School’s Retirement

1/25/16Emma Willard School has announced that Head of School Trudy Hall will retire in June 2016 after 17 years at the helm.

Hall joined Emma Willard in 1999 as interim Head of School, and was formally hired in December of that year. Since then, she has led Emma through enormous change, including a $33 million renovation of historic facilities to create renewed community spaces as well as completing the largest-ever fundraising campaign of any girls’ school at the time—the $80 million IDEA campaign. Moreover, under her leadership, Emma Willard has seen a record number of applications, the highest enrollment in 30 years, significant growth of its reputation worldwide, and a new level of financial success. Hall’s innovative leadership and passion for girls’ education is likewise visible in other areas of her life, as she has been serving as the President of the NCGS Board of Trustees since 2012.

“This extraordinary school has taught me so much about the distinctive power in each girl’s voice. I look forward to taking the amazing experience this special school offered me into the next chapter of my career in education,” Hall stated.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Announces Alma Powell Keynote Speaker for 7th Annual ODYSSEY Awards Luncheon

1/22/16—The Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation, founding sponsor of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), announced Alma Powell, chair of the America’s Promise Initiative and wife of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, will be the keynote speaker for the 7th Annual ODYSSEY Awards Luncheon.

Powell has worked with educational leaders across the country to help improve the lives of young people by connecting them with the resources they need to be successful. In addition, she has been a leader in the GradNation Campaign, an initiative to raise the nation’s high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020.

“We are extremely honored to have her address our 2016 ODYSSEY event, and we look forward to sharing the success story of our school with Mrs. Powell and the broader Chattanooga community,” said CGLA Co-Founder Dr. Sue Anne Wells.

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Women Give Millions to Support The Madeira School

1/20/16—In the past four years, The Madeira School has received large contributions from alumnae and donors, in particular nine donors, all women, who have given $1,000,000 or more. To date, Madeira has raised a total of $46.2 million dollars. What really got the ball rolling was a $10 million challenge gift from an anonymous alumna donor, which remains the largest single gift ever received by Madeira. The challenge money allowed Madeira to renovate two dormitory buildings. Challenge gifts continued, allowing Madeira to make other renovations.

According to Elizabeth Zeigler, President of Graham-Pelton Consulting and an expert in philanthropy data and strategies, these gifts serve as “a testimony to the dedication of these alumnae and their ability to set an example for their fellow alumnae to give.”

Zeigler, along with Louise Peterson, Madeira’s Director of Development and Anne Faircloth, alumna and Development Committee member at Madeira, will present at the Global Forum on Girls’ Education held by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) in New York on February 8. In their presentation, Inspiring Million Dollar Giving from Women, they will provide insight on what motivates women to give million-dollar plus gifts.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Equestrian Center Welcomes Greenfield Middle School Learners

1/19/16Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) and the Greenfield Public Schools have begun a partnership in equestrian studies that gives Greenfield Middle School (GMS) students the opportunity to learn about horses and riding from seasoned SBS equestrian faculty, staff, and students.

The partnership was developed by SBS Equestrian Director George Halkett and GMS Associate Principal Angela Ruggeri with the encouragement of Greenfield School Superintendent Jordana Harper. Under the partnership, 21 6th grade girls and boys from GMS visit the SBS equestrian center on Stoneleigh-Burnham’s campus each school day for an hour and a half to work with SBS student riders and equestrian staff.

“Stoneleigh-Burnham has given to our community in a tremendous way by providing this opportunity to our students at a very low cost, about what it would cost one student to do the program,” Ruggeri said. “We are delighted that students will have such a memorable, unique opportunity, and very grateful to Stoneleigh-Burnham for their willingness to make this happen” added Superintendent Harper.

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Students at Julia Morgan School for Girls Included in Change.org’s 2015 Year in Change Video

1/15/16—The “Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service” club at Julia Morgan School for Girls has been included in Change.org's 2015 Year in Change video, which shows how Change.org users shaped the world in 2015. The club, composed of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls, was chosen out of 200,000 petitioners. Their petition concerned the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would guarantee equal rights for women, including equal pay in the workplace.

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Seattle Girls’ School Announces Next Head of School

1/11/16—The Seattle Girls’ School has appointed Brenda Leaks as next Head of School, effective July 1, 2016. Leaks will succeed Rafael del Castillo.
 
Leaks’ credentials include serving as Middle School Head at Overlake and Trinity Episcopal Schools and teaching Spanish at The Baldwin and Shipley School in Pennsylvania. As a graduate of a women’s college, Leaks is a strong supporter and ambassador for girls’ education. Her leadership skills, commitment to innovative education, passion for a great middle school experience, and demonstrated honesty and integrity made her the unanimous choice for the next Head of Seattle Girls’ School.

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Saint Gertrude High School Debuts “Girlbot” at Consumer Electronics Show

1/8/16—She has a thick pink ponytail, a 3-D printed mouth, fits in a suitcase, and her name is Ellie — and she is the creation of Saint Gertrude High School’s all-girl Robotics Team. Commissioned by Shelley Zalis, Founder of The Girls’ Lounge, Ellie will make her first public appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ellie is programmed to speak messages of empowerment while passing out information about The Girls’ Lounge.

Students Molly Powers and Martha Anne Hotinger will represent Saint Gertrude’s Robotics Team in Las Vegas, and will join Zalis and Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States. “We embraced the challenge, and also had a lot of fun designing and building Ellie,” stated Powers. “The fact that our ‘girlbot’ will be inspiring women around the world makes this so much more than a robot project” concluded Hotinger.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy 6th Grader to Have Story Published by READ 20

12/21/15—Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) 6th grader Tay’Viona Harris gained the title of published author when her story Zulie’s Long Journey was selected for publication by READ 20 to be added to the library of books in the organization’s READmobile. Harris’ classmate Jimena Irineo-Abundez was named Best Illustrator and will draw all artwork for the book. Winners were announced during CGLA’s second STEM Night celebration, which was fitting as all of the students used technology to produce their e-stories.

A public/private partnership, READ 20 works to fulfill its mission by encouraging adults to read with children and helping children learn to love books. READ 20 is dedicated to creating a strong community of readers by promoting the importance of reading with children at least 20 minutes a day or more.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy 7th Graders Become Local Playwrights

12/15/15—Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) 7th graders Carrigan Collins and Abigail Stone have been featured as playwrights for The Muse of Fire Project, which will be performed December 11 and 12 at The Public Library in downtown Chattanooga.

The Muse of Fire Project invites kids from a variety of backgrounds to come together once a week to create original theater pieces. Adults then act the plays in front of a live audience. Collins and Stone completed the 10-week theater program where they wrote their own plays entitled Trapped In An Unwanted World and Flashing Lights, respectively.

“We believe that effective learning reaches beyond the traditional classroom and we like when our girls take advantage of these opportunities,” said CGLA Executive Director Dr. Elaine Swafford. “Writing is such an integral part of project-based learning at CGLA so when our students have the opportunity to practice their creative skills outside of the classroom, it’s a win-win.”

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Convent of the Visitation School Announces New Head of School

12/14/15—Rene Gavic has been named Convent of the Visitation School’s next Head, effective July 1, 2016. Gavic will succeed Dr. Dawn Nichols, who announced last year she will retire after 16 years at the helm.

Gavic brings more than 25 years of education experience to her new role. She began her career at Visitation in 1987 as coach of the track and field teams, adding cross country in 1989. In 1990, Gavic joined the faculty as a mathematics teacher. In 2002, she was named Dean of Students for Visitation's Upper School, and later became Director of Visitation's Upper School.

"I am deeply honored and thrilled to have been selected to lead Visitation," said Gavic. "I feel tremendously blessed to be a part of this amazing community and I look forward to leading this great school for many years to come.”

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Baldwin School Announces New Head of School

12/10/15Marisa Porges has been named Baldwin School's next Head of School, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Porges will succeed long-serving Head of School, Sally Powell.

A Baldwin alumna from the Class of 1996, Dr. Porges has remained connected to her alma mater, serving on the Board of Trustees and the National Board of Advisors and receiving the Young Alumnae Award in 2006. A passionate believer in lifelong education, she holds a bachelors from Harvard University, a masters from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate from King’s College London. Most recently, she served as White House Fellow to the National Economic Council.


Layered on top of these qualifications was her understanding of and personal passion for the advantages of a Baldwin education, and her clear standing as a role model for Baldwin’s students as they seek their own professional and personal paths. She is uniquely able to show Baldwin’s girls the boundless and diverse dreams they can pursue after graduation.

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Garrison Forest and Roland Park Country Schools Awarded 2015 Top Baltimore Workplace Honors

12/8/15Roland Park Country School (RPCS) and Garrison Forest School have been honored as 2015 Top Workplaces by The Baltimore Sun Media Group. The Top Workplaces list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm specializing in organizational health and workplace improvement.

“Who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics.

Both schools are honored to be recognized among the 2015 Top Baltimore Workplaces.

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Roland Park Country School Appoints New Head of School

11/10/15Roland Park Country School’s Board of Trustees has appointed Caroline Blatti to succeed Jean Waller Brune upon her retirement at the end of the 2015–2016 academic year. 

Blatti currently serves as Upper School Head at the Hutchison School in Memphis, TN. Passionate about bringing her skills in leadership development to Roland Park, Blatti is committed to upholding four principles – exploration, vision, voice, and balance – that are core to her leadership style. She is dedicated to innovation, single-sex education, and to creating a dynamic learning environment.

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Winsor School Appoints New Head of School

11/9/15—Dr. Sarah Pelmas has been named Winsor School's next Head of School, effective July 1, 2016. She will join Winsor from the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., where she is currently Associate Head and Head of the Upper School. 

Dr. Pelmas reflected on her educational philosophy, “Now, more than ever, schools need strong leadership so that the vision aligns with the mission, inspires everyone to work and learn, and above all keeps the institution moving forward in exciting ways.”

Board Chair Allison Kaneb Pellegrino said Dr. Pelmas’ career reflects the key qualities – “leadership, vision, inspiration, and drive” – that align with Winsor’s.

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Acclaimed Author Delivers Inspiring Message to Girls Preparatory School

11/6/15—Homa Tavangar recently paid a visit to Girls Preparatory School to deliver a simple message, “Be a friend to the whole human race.” Tavangar, author of the widely acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be at Home in the World, helps audiences from CEOs to kindergartners learn and thrive in a global context.

Global citizens, she said, make a difference in the world through their empathy for others, sincere questions, and use of social media for social good. She encouraged the girls to look locally for opportunities to make new friends and discover shared ideas and ideals. She also challenged the girls to “pioneer innovation” and be change makers in their own community.

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The Archer School for Girls Awarded Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam™ Grant

11/4/15—The Archer School for Girls received $7,000 in grant funding as part of the Lemelson-MIT Program’s 2015–2016 InvenTeam initiative to inspire young people to solve real-world problems through invention. “I'm so proud of our students for coming together to stretch themselves to invent something new and take on a real-world problem that they care deeply about,” said Michael Carter, faculty mentor to Archer’s InvenTeam of 20 students. As grant recipients, the school’s InvenTeam members are invited to develop their invention, a compact faucet mounted water meter, to be showcased at EurekaFest™, a multi-day celebration of inventions and inventors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2016.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School Students Selected for World Debate and Public Speaking Championship

11/3/15Stoneleigh-Burnham School placed first among U.S. schools at the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition. Students Claire Lane ’16 and Clara Swartzentruber ’16 were selected to attend the World Debating and Public Speaking Championship in March 2016.

Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Debate and Public Speaking Society, said while the school’s teams have done well at this competition over the years, the last time Stoneleigh-Burnham earned Top U.S. Team was in 1993. This is the first time Stoneleigh-Burnham will have two speakers participating on the U.S. team at Worlds.

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Foxcroft School Announces Creation of Ruth T. Bedford Scholarship for the Arts

11/2/15The Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts, which will support as many as eight Foxcroft School students with $25,000-a-year grants, has been endowed by a portion of the largest gift ever made to a girls’ high school. “This scholarship will help us to reach new students who might not otherwise attend Foxcroft,” said Head of School Catherine S. McGehee. The scholarship will be awarded to new 9th or 10th grade students dedicated to the performing or visual arts and who have a strong desire to excel in that arena. The girls must also be academically focused, inquisitive, outgoing, and interested in developing leadership skills. They must be individuals who will add to the integrity and to the intellectual and creative richness of the school community. 

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Dana Hall School Appoints New Head of School

10/30/15Dana Hall School’s Board of Trustees has named Katherine Bradley as 11th Head of School, effective July 1, 2016. Bradley joins Dana Hall from Groton School, where she has spent the last 14 years deeply immersed in academic and residential life and school leadership. Her demonstrated passion for educational excellence and enthusiasm for working with the varied constituencies of an independent school has made her uniquely qualified to take Dana Hall into the future. Dana Hall seeked “an inspiring, bold and accomplished leader who is a champion for young women’s education and who models the values of Dana Hall.” With Bradley, they found such a leader, whose passion and energy “will guide Dana Hall to its next level of excellence.”

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Orchard House School Appoints New Head of School

10/29/15Orchard House School has announced the appointment of Laura Haskins as the next Head of School, effective July 1, 2016. As the current Assistant Head at Williamsburg Montessori School, Haskins provides strategic leadership for the Middle School program. Haskins’ educational philosophy is "the school community must be mission-focused and care deeply about the wellbeing of each and every student. Teachers and administrators must respect each student as a unique individual with her own learning style, preference, and personality and value the contributions she brings to the community.”

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Learning Commons Emphasizes Collaborative Space and Technology

10/28/15Roland Park Country School’s Middle and Upper School Faissler Library unveiled a new look to promote an emphasis on active learning, supported by many high tech features. Faissler Library Learning Commons now offers moveable desks and tables designed to promote group interaction and comfortable seating and flexible small rooms that can be used for quiet study, group work, tutoring or meetings. 

“We’re excited to have new technology and spaces for the students to connect and work collaboratively,” said Janice Moore, Roland Park’s Director of Libraries. “It encourages creativity, imagination, communication and sharing knowledge rather than conducting research in isolation. That’s what today’s learners want and need.”

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Ethel Walker Appoints New Head of School

10/27/15—Dr. Meera Viswanathan has been appointed as Head of The Ethel Walker School, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Viswanathan will join Walker’s from Brown University, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies. A lifelong educator and scholar, Dr. Viswanathan holds an undergraduate degree, M.A., and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

According to the chairs of the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, Dr. Viswanathan’s “exceptional character and credentials” make her “the ideal person to lead Walker’s forward, and to continue the extraordinary work and momentum of the distinguished Heads who preceded her.”

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St. Catherine’s Students Gather for Girls Innovate

10/26/15—More than 1,000 girls from St. Catherine’s School and Richmond public schools recently joined female innovators from around the world for Girls Innovate. Held in conjunction with the International Day of the Girl and St. Catherine’s 125th celebration, Girls Innovate is a high-energy, girl-centered event that introduces students to dynamic women doing extraordinary work by combining their passions with technology. St. Catherine’s students partnered with girls from underserved Richmond schools to engage in team building exercises, hands-on activities, and innovation time facilitated by female mentors and makers. Opportunities to collaborate and communicate, the proven ways that girls learn best, were present throughout the day.

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Danica Patrick Delivers Inspiring Message to Foxcroft School Students

10/23/15—Auto racer Danica Patrick recently paid a visit to Foxcroft School to discuss, amongst other things, racing, engineering, and breaking barriers for women. Patrick’s visit began in the library, which was filled to capacity with students, faculty, parents, and press, for a Q&A with the students. Patrick spoke of her career in racing, and of the challenges she has faced being in a profession dominated by men. “At times it has been a challenge getting people to believe in what I can do and getting what I need to run with the big boys,” Patrick noted, “But I have always believed, I was brought up to try to be the best at whatever I am doing -- not just the best girl.” Patrick concluded her visit by encouraging the students to follow their passions. According to Patrick, “there’s no dream too big.”

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Hathaway Brown Appoints New Head of School

10/22/15The Hathaway Brown School Board of Trustees announced Dr. Mary Frances Bisselle as the school’s 14th Head of School beginning July 1, 2016. Bisselle comes to Hathaway Brown armed with an impressive résumé of professional achievements, an outstanding and proven track record of innovative leadership, and an undeniable passion for girls’ education. She has served for the last nine years as Head of Maple Street School, a K-8 independent school in Manchester Center, Vermont. Bisselle’s career includes time as a classroom teacher, dean of students, coach, dorm parent, educational consultant, and teaching fellow. According to Hathaway Brown’s Board, Bisselle embodies the ideals of visionary leadership, commitment to excellence, and joyful engagement that define the Hathaway Brown experience.

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St. Catherine's Student was a UN Sustainable Development Summit Guest Speaker

10/21/15 – UNICEF has launched a digital initiative, Voices of Youth, where messages from children around the world can be shared and heard. Two students were selected to be the first to share their message as part of the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. Noor Samee, a junior at St.Catherine’s, was one of the students. Samee spoke about issues children across the world face today and introduced UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham.

"I'm just a kid," said Samee. She went on to discuss the hardships children face such as poverty, inequality, and violence. She asked the audience, "Can you even hear me?" This haunting question is the central focus of the campaign – hearing and protecting children’s voices.

Click to see a video of the event, including Samee’s speech.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy STEM Celebration

10/20/15 — Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) hosted its first Learning Community PBL STEM Celebration. All of CGLA’s 325 students were working in teams since the start of the school year, and the event attracted more than 200 guests who came to see the final results. PBL – problem based learning – projects ranged from explaining pollution impact to a sustainable home design. The event engaged students in a new environment where they had the opportunity to thrive.

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Dr. Jane Goodall Promoted Environmental Stewardship at Agnes Irwin School

10/19/15 — The Agnes Irwin School (AIS) recently hosted primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. During her lecture, “Sowing the Seeds of Hope,” Dr. Goodall shared with the audience her experiences and hopes for the future. She addressed the issues of the past before focusing on the future that awaits AIS students. Tough decisions will need to be made and “everybody … makes an impact,” she told the students. The speech inspired the students to look to the future and be better stewards of the earth.

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Roland Park Country School Received LEED Silver Certification

10/15/15 — The existing Roland Park Country School (RPCS) building has been certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that measures the design, construction, and operation of buildings. In 2008, the RPCS Athletic Complex was awarded LEED Gold status. These awards show Roland Park’s dedication to environmental sustainability.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Receives New Laptops Thanks to UNUM Grant

10/14/15 — Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) was awarded a grant from UNUM, which allowed the school to purchase 40 new laptops. The Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation, the fundraising arm for CGLA, recognized a critical need to upgrade the computers for school employees who were working on devices that were six years old.

“The outdated laptops posed challenges for teachers in interfacing with PowerSchool — the district system for tracking attendance, grades, and other academic indicators,” said Dr. Elaine Swafford, CGLA Executive Director. “The older devices also challenged support of CGLA’s STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) environment.”

The partnership with UNUM has played an instrumental role in CGLA’s success by supporting the creation of a Community Innovation Lab, which serves as a hub of activity for classes, faculty workshops, parent meetings, and community events.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Inspires Girls Prep Bronx Principal with Surprise Call

10/13/15 — Principal Josie Carbone of Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School received a phone call from Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, where he commended Carbone's dedication to the neighborhood. This was one of only six personal phone calls the Secretary of Education made to principals around the nation.

Secretary Duncan encouraged Carbone to apply for the Principal Ambassador Fellowship. This position would allow her to join the national dialogue about public education.

Click here to read the full story and to see a video of the call.

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Head of Girls Preparatory School Joins #SheBelieves Campaign

10/12/15 — Dr. Autumn Graves, head of Girls Preparatory School joined the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s #SheBelieves campaign. This campaign, according to a USWNT player, “encourages [girls] to set high goals and strive to reach them no matter what the obstacles.”

Heather O’Reilly, midfielder of the USWNT, met with Dr. Graves for a Q&A. The two both shared the positive impacts they have seen sports and all-girl education have on students.

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Foxcroft Presented Screening of "Most Likely to Succeed"

9/30/15Nearly 200 people recently gathered at the Middleburg Community Center for Foxcroft School's presentation of the new documentary Most Likely to Succeed, followed by a post-screening discussion. “I was thrilled to see the turnout and interest from the community,” said Foxcroft Head of School Cathy McGehee, “and to bring our faculty together with other teachers, parents and community leaders to share ideas about how we can genuinely engage our students in learning that is relevant and prepares them for their futures.” The film, which was a 2015 Sundance Film Festival selection, observes that our current educational model was created at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and no longer meets students’ needs in the fast-moving 21st century. Focusing in large part on High Tech High School in San Diego, CA, it presents a very different project-based, cross-disciplinary, student-centered approach. Following the screening, a panel of six educators from five area schools kicked off a stimulating conversation.

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Educators Attend 5th Annual EdCamp CT at Ethel Walker

9/29/15Last month, teachers from throughout New England participated in EdCamp CT 2015 at The Ethel Walker School. EdCamps are based on the unconference model, where participating teachers post what workshops they would like to teach as well as posting requests for workshops they would like to attend. Within an hour, the day’s sessions, including classes such as “How to Best Use Google Classroom” and “Using Digital Tools to Enhance Reading Comprehension,” were designed by the participants. This was the fifth consecutive year that Walker's organized and hosted the event. EdCamp successes have recently received a lot of attention. In August, the EdCamp Foundation received a $2 million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Nobody knows teaching like teachers,” said Carina Wong, a deputy director of the Gates Foundation. “EdCamp is a promising model, and we’re thrilled to see them take the work to the next level.”

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Roland Park Country School Honored with $1M Gift

8/24/15—Jean Waller Brune, head of Roland Park Country School (RPCS), announced today that the Charles T. Bauer Charitable Foundation granted RPCS an endowment gift of $1M. “I am deeply grateful to the Charles T. Bauer Charitable Foundation,” said Brune, “for their unwavering commitment to the school, its philosophy and program, and for its steadfast support of our students.”

The Evelyn R. Zink Emergency Assistance Endowment will provide emergency financial assistance to students whose families experience an unexpected financial need that impacts their ability to pay school expenses. This fund honors the exemplary service of Evelyn R. Zink, Director of Development at Roland Park Country School from 1989 through 2015.

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Julia Morgan School for Girls' Students Petition for Equal Rights Amendment

7/13/15—Julia Morgan School's "Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service" (GGLS) class launched a petition on Change.org asking for signatures to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. What they did not expect was to have Patricia Arquette, Ben Jealous, and the Ms. Foundation tweet about it! Nor did they ever imagine they would have the opportunity to meet Patricia Arquette, who invited the girls to meet with her and hear her speak at the Equal Rights Advocates’ Annual Luncheon where Ms. Arquette was the keynote speaker.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Partners with SunTrust Bank to Promote Financial Literacy

6/8/15—Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) has partnered with SunTrust Bank to promote financial literacy at the school. This partnership began in 2010 with the launch of a YouthBank, a deposit-only SunTrust mini-branch at the school where students could open savings accounts to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the bank. Due to a generous grant received from the SunTrust Foundation, CGLA has expanded the program to include a financial literacy workshop for students and families to learn the skills needed to manage personal finances for college and beyond. CGLA also incorporated a financial literacy component into its mentorship program.

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Award-Winning Photographer Diana Walker Inspires Foxcroft Students at Commencement

6/1/15—Award-winning photographer Diana Walker spoke at Foxcroft School’s commencement this May. Walker, who graduated from Foxcroft 56 years ago, shared insights and advice gained from 20 years of covering politics and the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton for Time. She focused on the future possibilities for the confident, young women receiving diplomas and encouraged the graduates to take risks. “Believe in yourself—be true to yourself,” Walker said. “Don’t ever give up on yourself, ever. And don’t forget to enjoy every day.”

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Bay View Academy Young Alumna of the Year Inspires Students in Commencement Address

5/28/15—Bethany Ellis ’09, Bay View Academy’s Young Alumna of the Year, recently addressed the Class of 2015 at their commencement with a powerful speech on her experiences living and working abroad. Ellis currently works with the International Justice Mission, an organization that fights against slavery, human trafficking, bonded service, and other forms of oppression. She encouraged Bay View students to, “Be women for others. Be women of moral courage. And never lose sight of your own worth and your own value – for without that you cannot truly see and respect the value in others."

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Roland Park Country School Builds a Bottle Brick Bench

5/27/15—Roland Park Country School (RPCS) students collected plastic waste and plastic bottles in order to create and build a bottle brick bench—only the second one in the state of Maryland. Martha Barss, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator at RPCS, along with the 4th and 5th Grades directed the school-wide project. Working with the help of the Harvest Collective, whose mission is to educate and provide programs that empower students to develop a deeper connection to their food, community, health, and habitat, the entire RPCS community was involved in the planning and construction of this sustainable structure made from repurposed and local building materials.

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Columbus School for Girls Students Call for Equal Work, Equal Pay

5/26/15—Middle School students from Columbus School for Girls (CSG) used a Chapel service to raise awareness about the pay gap in the U.S. United for a common cause, the Middle School students crafted a petition for local media and government officials. It concluded, “As an all-girls’ school we are working to raise awareness about this issue so that all people will receive equal pay for equal work regardless of their gender. We urge you to support us in raising awareness about this issue and to join us in working for a less prejudiced America.” They also launched a social media campaign and raised $200 for Gracehaven, a non-profit organization dedicated to the care of sexually exploited children.

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St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School Robotics Team Wins Engineering Inspiration Award

5/25/15—The SWAT (St. Mildred’s Women Advancing Technology) robotics team from St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School competed at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) world championships in St. Louis this April for the fourth consecutive year. Over 18,000 students participated in the competition, and there were 23 girls’ teams. The SWAT team was the first all-girls team and one of three teams worldwide to win the Engineering Inspiration award at the event. The award recognized outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.

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Louisville High School Student Named Fulbright Grant Recipient

5/22/15—Louisville High School senior Hilary Skov was recently named a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant recipient. Hilary will work as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Indonesia. After traveling abroad to Indonesia her junior year, Skov fell in love with the country's people, culture, food and environment, which is why she chose to go back to teach English. During her travels, she noticed the mental and physical barriers people with disabilities face in the country on daily basis. "I hope to work to de-stigmatize disability and increase individual levels of self-efficacy. Of course, this is not a quick-fix, but I look forward to doing the best that I can and helping in any way possible," Skov said.

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Foxcroft School Trustees Present Ruth Bedford ’32 With Its Highest Honor

5/21/15—Foxcroft School’s Board of Trustees recently bestowed its highest honor—the Anne Kane McGuire ’52 Distinguished Service Award—on Ruth Thomas Bedford, a member of the Class of 1932 whose love for her alma mater led to an historic gift to the girls’ boarding and day school. Bedford was the 29th recipient of the award and the first on to be honored posthumously. Foxcroft Board Chair Reggie Groves said the McGuire Award was given to Bedford, “for being a shining example of strength, independence, and service to Foxcroft students and women around the world, and for inspiring us all to be true to ourselves, to follow our passions, and to make a difference in the world.” Bedford, who died in June just short of her 100th birthday, left the school $40 million in her will.

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Girls Preparatory School Director of College Guidance Elected President of College Counseling Association

5/20/15—Susan McCarter, Director of College Guidance at Girls Preparatory School, was installed in April as the next president-elect of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) at the annual meeting. SACAC is the largest regional affiliate of the national association (NACAC) and represents nine states and the Caribbean. The organization is made up of admissions professionals from high schools, colleges, and universities. This will be McCarter’s third term on the board. She will move into the President’s position in 2016 and then serve a year as Past-President. During the three-year term, she will represent SACAC on the regional and national level, serve as a delegate to the national conference, and meet annually with lawmakers in Washington, DC.

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Roland Park Country School 8th Grade STEM Team Wins 13th Annual eCYBERMISSION Competition

5/19/15—The 8th Grade Team at Roland Park Country School (RPCS) was the Maryland state winner in the 13th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition. The event, which is sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based STEM competition designed to help build students’ interest and knowledge in STEM. Students in grades six through nine are challenged with developing a solution to a real-world problem in their local community. The RPCS team will compete in the next round, and a panel of judges in STEM fields will determine three regional winners from each grade level.

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St. Catherine’s School Student Recognized as Blogging Intern for UNICEF

5/18/15—A student from St. Catherine’s School was named one of thirteen blogging interns worldwide for Voices of Youth, an organization under UNICEF. Noor Samee was the only American selected, and she will be posting blogs on a variety of topics. Samee said she hopes the internship will be a good opportunity to give a perspective as a young Muslim woman living in the U.S., but more importantly, provide an avenue for other voices different from hers. Her posts will be featured on the Voices of Youth website.

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Three Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Teachers Named as Finalists for 2015 Charter School Teacher of the Year

5/15/15—The Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) recognized three teachers from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) as finalists in the Nashville and Chattanooga competition for 2015 Charter School Teacher of the Year. Angela Frick (6th Grade Math), Jen Semanco (High School English), and Reed Dillard (6th Grade Social Studies) were nominated with input from colleagues and some of their students. In letters sent to each of the finalists, the TCSC stated the teachers’ nomination materials were outstanding. The three received complimentary tickets to the 2015 Nashville Charter School Gala.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Student Wins in EPB Black History Poetry Contest

5/14/15—A sixth-grader from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) won the 11th Annual Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga’s Black History Month Poetry Contest in the 6th - 8th grade category. EPB received 372 entries overall in this year’s contest. The student’s poem, “The Legacy of Harriet Tubman,” earned her a $100 prize, which was presented to her at an awards banquet sponsored by EPB in April. Her sponsoring teacher, Reed Dillard, also received a $100 award.

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Ethel Walker School Announces New Full Scholarships

3/28/15—Ethel Walker School announced it will offer two new full scholarships. The Capital City Scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student from Hartford, and the Sundial Scholarship will be awarded to a student from outside the area. Head of School Bessie Speers said, "We recognize that while potential is universal, opportunity is not, and these scholarships will provide highly qualified young women with access to an exceptional educational experience."

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Holds Women’s Empowerment Week

3/27/15—National Beta Club members at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) empowered themselves and their classmates with a week of activities during Women’s History Month. Activities included a self-defense class taught by Deputy Chief Curtis Greene of the Chattanooga Police Department, the distribution of red ribbons to raise awareness of heart disease, and a “Jeans for Justice” event to raise money for a local women’s shelter.

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Head of Visitation School to Retire in 2016

3/18/15—Visitation School has announced that its Head of School, Dawn Nichols, will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham Student Selected for Highly Competitive South Africa Program

3/11/15—Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) junior McKim Jean-Pierre has been selected to receive a full, merit-based scholarship to attend an intensive leadership program, “South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights,” this summer. The program is offered by The Experiment in International Living (EIL), an organization that provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply with the richness and complexities of another country. The program will begin with four days of intensive leadership training in Washington D.C., and will be followed by four weeks in South Africa and follow up sessions on EIL’s campus in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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Girls Prep Lower East Side Placed in Top 10% of All NYC Public Schools in Science

3/4/15—For the third consecutive year, 97% or more of fourth grade scholars at Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School passed the New York State Science Exam, placing the school in the top 10% of all New York City public schools. “By providing a strong foundation in science beginning in elementary school, we help instill in our girls an early love of science which will ultimately help bridge the gender and race gap in STEM fields,” said Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep.

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Sacred Hearts Academy Hosted 21st Science Symposium for Girls

2/28/15—Sacred Hearts Academy presented its annual Science Symposium for Girls on February 28, 2015. The 21st Symposium was free and open to girls in grades 5 through 8. The Science Symposium’s featured speaker was Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014 and an advocate for STEM education. Following the keynote address, girls attended hands-on workshops while parents participated in a “For Parents Only” session with Ms. Davuluri, learning techniques for supporting their daughters toward success through communication and development of positive self-esteem.

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The Ethel Walker School to Launch Nation’s First All-Girls Horizons Program

2/2/15—The Ethel Walker School, in partnership with Horizons National, announced it will offer the first Horizons program in Greater Hartford and the nation’s first all-girls program. Horizons at The Ethel Walker School will serve Hartford public school students in grades K-8 from low-income families, providing swimming and academic and arts enrichment to improve educational outcomes and narrow the achievement gap. The program will launch in June 2015.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham Student Selected for U.S. Debate & Public Speaking Team

1/29/15—Stoneleigh-Burnham School junior Claire Lane was selected for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Hong Kong this April. With this prestigious invitation, Claire becomes the 14th Stoneleigh-Burnham student to compete at the world level.

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The Ethel Walker School Receives Transformational $5 Million Gift

1/27/15—The Ethel Walker School received a transformational $5 million gift from an anonymous alumna. It is the largest individual gift in the school’s 103-year history. The gift will go toward the building of the Centennial Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will house contemporary athletics, arts, wellness, and community gathering spaces. The Board of Trustees has voted to break ground for the new facility on April 24, 2015.

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Foxcroft Schools Debuts “Fireside Financial” Seminar

1/14/15—Foxcroft School debuted “Fireside Financial,” a five-part seminar about managing and investing money for individuals and organizations. Inspired in part by the transformative bequest to Foxcroft made by Ruth Bedford '32 last fall (click here to read the original story), the seminar is the latest installment of Foxcroft's growing efforts to incorporate financial literacy and investment basics into the educational experience it offers girls. Students learned the basics of banking during the first session, and representatives of Middleburg Bank will be at the next session to discuss banks and bank investments.

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Head of Roland Park Country School to Retire in 2016

1/14/15—Roland Park Country School (RPCS) has announced that its Head of School, Jean Waller Brune, will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.

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MA Governor’s Office and Stoneleigh-Burnham School Host Panel to Discuss Reproductive Health and Politics

12/19/14—Stoneleigh-Burnham School and the Massachusetts governor’s office brought two local experts on women’s issues to discuss reproductive health and politics with students. Dr. Sarah Perez McAdoo, co-founder and director of the Youth Empowerment Adolescent Health (YEAH!) Network, and Sarah Carlan, social worker and board member of MotherWoman, spoke with a combined class of 18 Upper School students in International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.

“Despite advances in women’s rights, the discrimination and social issues affecting mothers remains,” Stephanie Slysz, a fellow in the governor’s office who organized the event, said. “Our goal is to add depth to the Stoneleigh-Burnham students’ upcoming unit on the reproductive system as we translate the science into social issues, effective programs, and policy.”

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School Senior Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Division I Basketball at Monmouth University

12/10/14—Stoneleigh-Burnham School senior Chinasa (Rosemary) Ilang has signed her National Letter of Intent to play division I basketball at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. During her junior year, Rosemary was the leading scorer for the Stoneleigh-Burnham Varsity Basketball team averaging 18 rebounds and 12 points per game. Rosemary came to Stoneleigh-Burnham from Nigeria, where she only began playing the game of basketball in 2010. “Basketball is my place of peace,” she said. “It’s the one thing that makes me really happy.”

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Lincoln School Partners with Brown University’s School of Engineering

12/09/14—Lincoln School is partnering with Brown’s School of Engineering and the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning to offer the course, Introduction to Engineering, to Lincoln students. The course will include both laboratory and analytical components and introduce students to the engineering profession, engineering design, CAD, analysis of static structures, 3D printing, engineering materials, and electronics.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.” 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 WordPress.com 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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Roland Park Country School in the Baltimore Sun and Baltimorefishbowl.com

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Hathaway Brown Student Doodles Her Way to Google

3/2/17—Brice Bai, an 11th grader at Hathaway Brown School, was recently selected as the Ohio Doodle 4 Google winner. Selected from thousands of entries, Brice’s doodle was inspired by the contest theme, “What I see for the future.” Immediately thinking of women empowerment, Brice wanted to show women that regardless of their gender everyone has the same opportunities in life. “I wanted to do something showing women in many different careers, especially male-dominant careers,” shared Brice. “I wanted to inspire little girls to be whatever they want to be.”

The Doodle 4 Google competition gives K-12 students across the country the opportunity to have their artwork featured on Google's homepage. Brice advances to the national competition where Google plans to announce five finalists. The winner’s doodle will go live on Google.com on March 31. The National Winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and, for their school, a $50,000 Google for Education grant toward the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

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“Hidden Figures” Sparks Conversation at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy

2/27/17—While most schools across the US were closed on Presidents’ Day, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy’s (CGLA) doors were open and its classrooms full as students spent the day discussing race, gender, and determination. This topic was especially suited to CGLA as the school educates a large share of underserved minority students.

In the morning, CGLA's students and teachers went to see the award-winning movie "Hidden Figures,” which focuses on the lives of black female mathematicians who played vital roles at NASA during the 1960s. After the viewing, students spent hours dissecting the film's characters and messages in small group discussions. According to Aniyah Clemons, a 7th grader at CGLA, watching the movie was empowering as it showed black women are just as strong and successful as anyone else. "I really am reminded I can do anything," Aniyah said. "It just takes hard work."

The day was designed to motivate the girls in their studies as they learned about successful women who worked in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Elaine Swafford, Executive Director of CGLA, welcomed the opportunity to break away from the typical school routine as it gave students time to think about these important issues. Eriel Sales, an 11th grader, saw the movie as a reminder that everyone has potential. "You shouldn't let where you come from or your gender or race stop you," she said.

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How Archer’s Innovative Education Model Encouraged a Better Way to Detect Lyme Disease

2/23/17—Marin ’17 of The Archer School for Girls has been working to find a better way to detect Lyme disease. In late 2015, with a proposal due for an honors research class, Marin was inspired by an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to invent a more efficient way of detecting Lyme disease. Armed with the tools and confidence to manifest her idea, she spent the next two years developing a lateral flow assay test—the same technology used for a pregnancy test—to detect Lyme disease. She developed a successful prototype and has since been working to refine and improve it. “The most important tool I have at Archer is teachers who really care about your success and are willing to come up with unique solutions that can help to deal with those problems,” shared Marin.

The workforce gender gap for STEM fields remains wide. When asked what Archer is doing to help change those figures, Head of School Elizabeth English explained, “Archer was founded with the specific mission of empowering young women to ascend to leadership in an environment that is fundamentally innovative, collaborative, and progressive.” English further elaborated, “At Archer, we think that, particularly in the STEM fields, one of the biggest barriers to pursuing those programs in college is that girls don’t have enough role models to be able to see themselves in those fields. It’s really important to us that girls have ample opportunity to do engineering and science research so that the younger students in the school see the older girls engaged in these pursuits.”

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Girls Preparatory School Students Selected to Compete in National App Challenge

1/24/17—A team of middle school students from Girls Preparatory School has been named Best in State in the 5th annual Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge for their mobile app concept called Ripple. Ripple is designed to help calm and improve the mental health of its users. The team is receiving a $5,000 award from the Verizon Foundation for their school as well as tablets for each student on the team.

The team is now eligible to compete for one of eight Best in Nation Awards, selected by a panel of education and industry experts, as well as the Fan Favorite Award, determined by public voting, to earn an additional $15,000 for their school and the opportunity to work with MIT Media Lab experts to bring their app to life. The app would feature calming games, a chat room to share experiences and give advice to others, and a customizable koi fish you can use to track your mood.

The students who developed Ripple hoped to try and solve the loneliness that people with mental illnesses face by creating “a mental health app that's for everyone.” They also see potential for Ripple to grow in the future. “We want community discussion boards. This could be a stretch, but we know that having different kinds discussion forums will make the person feel more welcomed. Of course, Ripple's main purpose is to welcome people,” the girls said.

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Head of Lincoln School Recognized for Innovative Leadership

1/10/17—Suzanne Fogarty, Head of Lincoln School in Rhode Island, was recently featured in a Providence Journal article entitled “11 Trailblazers to Follow in 2017.” She was recognized for her commitment to ensuring her students have the skills and the mindset to be nimble in a fast-changing workplace.

Fogarty stated that education should value risk-taking, collaboration, and experimentation. She hopes to encourage these values in students at Lincoln through the construction of a STEAM Hub for Girls—a $5-million facility that will break down the traditional barriers between the arts and sciences, thereby taking a more interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Lincoln students are also invited to take a college-level course, Introduction to Engineering, at Brown University and an architecture class at the Rhode Island School of Design. As Fogarty explained, “We want to see more of our students begin to close the gaps in industries that are male-dominated.”

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Woodlands Paves the Way for Single-Gender Schools in Chicago Area

12/23/16—Woodlands Academy, an all-girls private school established in 1858 and currently serving about 125 students, may not be the only choice for single-gender education in the Lake County area of Chicago for much longer. The North Shore Prep Foundation is working to open two single-sex college preparatory schools: an all-girls school in North Chicago and an all-boys school in Waukegan.

The North Shore Prep proposal comes at a time when there's a been a "major uptick" in the number of single-gender schools in the country and schools offering gender-segregated classes, said Juliet Williams, a gender studies professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Woodlands Head of School Meg Steele helps explain this rise in single-sex schooling. By taking one gender out of the equation, she argues, teachers can more easily see the "whole range of learning styles, the skills, the interests" of their students and then individualize their lessons to the students sitting in front of them.

Students at all-girls schools, in particular, are also empowered to spend their four years figuring out who they are in a space without boys, so when they go to college or enter their careers, they feel confident to push back against any gender discrimination they may encounter—especially if they head into male-dominated fields, added Steele. "We think it's really important for girls to come out strong and knowing who they are and having their voices fully theirs at 18 rather than expecting them to have them at 13 or 14.”

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Lincoln School Joins High Schools Nationwide in Discontinuing AP Program

12/12/16—Lincoln School has announced that beginning in 2017, they will no longer offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Since 1955, the AP program has offered college-level courses and exams to high school students throughout the United States and Canada. In theory, the classes are designed to prepare students for college coursework and to offer an opportunity to earn college credit in over 35 subject areas.

The mad rush to deliver as much content as possible in the short academic year leaves little time to delve deeply into class discussion and to make meaningful connections. Many educators feel the breadth and rigidity of the AP required curricula hinders their ability to teach. This is one of the reasons why high schools are choosing to discontinue AP courses. As Head of Lincoln School Suzanne Fogarty explains, “We want to emphasize depth over breadth; we don’t want to be teaching to a test as a main measure of success for our students.”

In place of the AP courses, Lincoln plans to offer interdisciplinary courses team-taught by multiple teachers, more electives, and a three-year science research course, allowing students to delve more deeply into various subjects. While Lincoln is the first school in Rhode Island to discontinue AP courses, the school joins a number of others nationwide, including all-girls Oldfields School in Maryland.

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Melbourne Girls Grammar Revamps Professional Development and Learning

12/9/16—Melbourne Girls Grammar School (MGGS) has upturned the notion of professional development and learning by introducing a range of opportunities for its staff, including targeted projects, partnerships beyond the education sector, and teacher externships.

Through the school’s Centre for Educational Enterprise (CEE), teachers have the opportunity to take up to two weeks out of the classroom for a working externship. The aim is to discover first-hand what industry expects of its youngest employees. “This development can’t just focus on content knowledge and practice, but must help our teachers understand the world of work and enterprise we are educating our girls for,” explained the school’s Deputy Principal, Christopher McNamara.

He added this would give MGGS students the opportunity to work collaboratively with industry professionals and to be engaged in processes that make a difference to the broader community. “It would also be an opportunity for our girls to gain experiences that they would traditionally not get until they entered the workforce. That’s the type of partnership that delivers a benefit for both schools and industry.”

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Marymount School Students Appear on CBS’s “60 Minutes”

11/22/16Four student athletes from the Marymount School of New York appeared on the November 20, 2016, episode of CBS’s 60 Minutes to comment on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s request for equal pay and treatment from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Students Asia Horne, Analiese Schwartz, Sarah Sullivan, and Joelle Kelly play soccer for Marymount’s varsity team and local clubs. Throughout their time on the field, they have noticed differences in how male and female teams are treated. “The boys’ teams would get more field time than the girls’ teams. We would have to share space with other age groups while the boys would have the full field,” shared Horne.

The girls have been following the Women’s National Team on social media, and understand the ramifications of this debate for all female athletes. “What they are doing is for us, so we can have that equal pay and so we can be on the same level as men,” said Kelly. When asked whether they would support the Women’s National Team going on strike, Schwartz replied, “Yes, because nothing’s going to change. If they don’t stand up for what they want, they’re never going to get it.”

The Marymount girls were able to meet with members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team during filming.

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Sacred Heart Greenwich Grows Its Exchange Program

11/15/16—Sacred Heart Greenwich’s student exchange program, which allows middle and upper school students to spend two to six weeks at another Sacred Heart school in the U.S. or abroad, has grown significantly since its start more than two decades ago. Last year, the program saw its highest participation ever with 27 students choosing to take part. “The growth is related to the number of locations abroad, which has expanded, and the interest of the students to have a global experience,” said Upper School Exchange Contact Jenn Bensen.

Sophomores can now choose to say in one of 27 countries, including Peru, Egypt, Scotland, Australia, Austria, and Japan. While attending classes at a Sacred Heart school abroad, Greenwich students stay in boarding school facilities or with a host family. Eighth graders are able to participate in a one-week exchange program in the U.S. at Sacred Heart schools in New Jersey, California, Louisiana, Florida, Michigan or Texas.

“The goal of the program offers our students a unique opportunity to broaden their global awareness — academically, socially and culturally — while experiencing a new level of independence within a secure environment,” shared Bensen.

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Seattle Girls' School Students Speak About Importance of Voting

10/28/16—They did the research. They wrote their speeches. They practiced. Then finally, Seattle Girls’ School (SGS) seventh-graders marched into Westlake Park, urging people to vote. “Your vote! Our future!” the girls chanted, carrying handmade signs.

SGS Resident Artist and Performance Studies teacher Lulu Carpenter said the students worked on their two-minute speeches for six weeks in social studies, language arts, and performance classes. “They were learning not to demonize any candidate, but to speak to the issues they care about,” Carpenter said. These issues ranged from immigration to climate change to veterans’ services.

Wendy Ewbank, the girls’ Social Studies teacher, stood at the side of the stage, urging each of them on and then being first to cheer when they came off the stage. Ewbank has had students research, write, and deliver speeches on the importance of voting during every presidential election year since 2004. “I believe that if girls see the power of their own voices and what issues are at stake,” she said, “they will participate for the rest of their lives.”

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Sacred Hearts Head Honored by YWCA Oahu

6/21/16Betty White, former NCGS Trustee and Head of School at Sacred Hearts Academy, was recognized by the YWCA Oahu as one of their outstanding women of the year.

White has been a lifelong advocate for girls’ education having attended a women’s college and having dedicated more than four decades to educating girls in Hawaii. White is thrilled to be honored by the YWCA because she sees similarities between the organization and Sacred Hearts. "The mission of our school is very much in sync with the mission of the YWCA,” White said. “Both institutions try to empower girls to be the best people they can be."

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Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women Graduates First Class

6/15/16—A member school of NCGS and Baltimore’s first all-female, public middle and high school, the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) recently graduated its first class. BLSYW is modeled after the Young Women’s Leadership Network schools whose mission are to provide a premier education and college preparation to underserved girls in an urban setting and have 100 percent of them graduate and be accepted to college. The 60 BLSYW graduates, all of whom are going to college, embody the fulfillment of a dream that there could be a school where girls from across the city could come together and “transform Baltimore one young woman at a time.”

The girls who started as middle-schoolers experienced a variety of challenges including advocating for elective courses and extracurricular activities that were staples at more-established schools. Most importantly, the girls had to be role models for each other and for younger students.

Teachers say the first graduating class has been integral in molding the school’s vision of a holistic education for future classes. “This class has worn their war wounds very well,” said Shanaysha Sauls, former Chair of the City School Board and Chief Executive Officer of BLSYW. “They represent what’s best in the school and also where we want to go. If we can get this year’s sixth-graders to achieve academically, and have that sense of grit, strength, cohesiveness, spirit, sisterhood, I would say we were very successful.”

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Lincoln School Partnership with Brown Inspires Young Women Engineers

5/17/16—Brown University recently offered a class to Lincoln School’s students aimed at sparking the girls’ interest in engineering. The class, taught by Brown faculty and students, introduced key engineering concepts and gave Lincoln students access to tools and equipment in the Brown Design Workshop, a maker space in the School of Engineering. The students were able to work with 3-D printers, laser cutters, and a variety of other tools.

“We were thinking of a way to address this idea of getting girls involved in engineering in a non-intimidating way that would get them really excited,” said Iris Bahar, an engineering professor at Brown.

Ten Lincoln students signed up for this year’s class, the program’s second, which met weekly for three hours for 14 weeks. The program cumulated in the students being able to show off some of their projects to parents, Lincoln administrators, and Brown faculty members.

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Lincoln School to Stop Offering Advanced Placement Courses to Students

4/28/16Lincoln School has recently decided to stop offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses to students in fall 2017. AP courses are offered in many high schools as a way for students to take college-level classes and impress college admissions officers. In place of AP classes, Lincoln has decided to incorporate a variety of interdisciplinary courses into its curriculum, including a three-year science research course. According to Lincoln’s Head of School Suzanne Fogarty these new courses are to emphasize “depth over breadth.” Rather than following the rigorous AP schedule, teachers will have the opportunity to “reclaim teaching time,” thereby giving students the time necessary to develop more complex understandings of course materials.

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Hockaday School Alumnae Raise $185K to Say Farewell to Retiring Security Guard

4/27/16—Kifleab Tekle recently retired from his job as security guard at The Hockaday School. Tekle was beloved by former and current students alike and was renowned for his impeccable memory, caring attitude, and dedication to keeping Hockaday’s girls safe. To honor his retirement, the Class of 2005 decided to raise money to give to Tekle as a token of their gratitude for his service to Hockaday. Initially hoping to raise around $2,000 dollars, word soon spread of Tekle’s GoFundMe account and alumnae, parents, and current students also began contributing. To date, they have raised an astounding $185,000 dollars from over 2,000 contributions.

Hockaday’s Headmistress, Liza Lee, commended Tekle’s "steadfast commitment to the safety of our girls.” According to Lee, Tekle was “the heart and soul of Hockaday. He has given us lessons in grace, lessons in courtesy, and lessons in love.”

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The Ethel Walker School Student Creates Dance Class for Special Needs Children

4/15/16—The Ethel Walker School’s Margaret Wierdsma spent her sophomore year conducting a dance class for children with Down syndrome. The class, held once a month for kids between the ages of 3 and 7, is a creative movement class. The kids are free to dance to the music, but are directed and led by Wierdsma and fellow Ethel Walker students. Wierdsma uses several songs with lyrics that instruct the children on what to do, such as the “Hokey Pokey” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” She also uses props, including scarves and small plastic maracas.

“[Wierdsma] gave the kids with Down syndrome a chance to have a class, to give parents a chance to connect and communicate,” said Cheri Soule, Arts Department Chair and Dance Program Director at Ethel Walker. “Dance is my favorite thing in the world,” shared Wierdsma, “so to be able to spread it to other kids and use that as a way to communicate … it's just a magical thing to be able to do and use something I love so much to communicate with others.”

Wierdsma hopes to continue leading the class into her senior year with the potential for expanding it to include performances at senior centers or hospitals to help “spread the joy of dance around to our community.”

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Defies Odds Says Alma Powell

3/17/16—Alma Powell, wife of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, commended Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) and its 2016 graduating class at the Young Women's Leadership Academy Foundation's seventh Odyssey Awards luncheon. CGLA came from being on the brink of closing in 2012 to gaining state recognition two years in a row as a "Reward School." The recognition means CGLA is among the top five percent of schools that improved their scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program standardized test.

Chairwoman of America’s Promise Alliance, Powell offered words of encouragement to CGLA’s students and more than 700 attendees of the luncheon. "Ladies, most of you here will go on to be the first in your families who attend college. Know the importance of this … as you succeed, you will change the trajectory of your lives, and not just your life, but the lives of every member of your family, your children and their children to come."

"We have something that exists nowhere else in Chattanooga for many disadvantaged and underserved girls," concluded CGLA Executive Director Dr. Elaine Swafford. "We're giving an advantaged education for free to these young ladies with lots of hard work by faculty and staff and by the generous giving of those who are here today.”

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Lincoln School Students Discuss Sexism with Acclaimed Documentarian

2/23/16—During a visit with documentarian Lauren Greenfield, students at the Lincoln School reflected on their experiences with gender inequality and worked to “prove the boys wrong.”

Greenfield has made headlines recently for her Emmy Award-winning #LikeAGirl commercial that premiered during the 2015 Super Bowl. In the commercial, interviewees were asked to perform various tasks “like a girl.” The clips commented on the absurdity of the phrase “like a girl” and sought to turn the phrase into a compliment, rather than an insult, explained Greenfield.

During the talk, Greenfield asked the 100 girls, ranging from ages 5 to 11, whether they were ever told they could not do something because they are female. Every person in the audience had an example.

Suzanne Fogarty, Head of Lincoln, invited Greenfield to speak to students to help promote self-confidence. Stereotyping begins early, so should intervention, she said. “We want them to say ‘I can do this,’” Fogarty added.

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The Archer School for Girls Launches Food Sustainability Solutions Challenge

2/22/16—The Archer School for Girls recently launched the Archer XPRIZE Challenge, sponsored by the XPRIZE Foundation. A leading nonprofit that creates and manages large-scale incentivized prize competitions, XPRIZE will challenge Archer’s middle school students to use their exploratory X-Block period to investigate issues relating to food sustainability.

The teams will be judged on use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) skills, creativity, and feasibility. The top teams will get a VIP tour of the California Science Center. The winning team will also get to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Mary Sue Milliken, Co-Chef/Owner of the Border Grill restaurants, in which the students will get a hands-on lesson about the lifecycle of food.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for our girls to discover the power of their creativity and problem-solving skills – where imagination, science, and engineering intersect,” said Elizabeth English, Head of Archer.

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First All-Girl Public School to Open on LA High Campus

11/9/15The Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) is now accepting applications for incoming 6th and 9th grade students for its inaugural 2016-2017 school year. GALA will be the first non-charter, all-girls school in the Los Angeles School District (LAUSD) and will feature a highly rigorous STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—curriculum. 

“It is clear that within our district, our female student population is underserved in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines. “Not only will this new school help our students discover their potential, think critically and develop important intellectual skills, it will also prepare them for college and beyond.”

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Acclaimed Writer Honored by Alma Mater Lincoln School

10/28/15Acclaimed writer Jane Kramer received Lincoln School's Distinguished Alumnae Award. During her visit to her alma mater, Kramer found time to discuss with the girls her new article, published in The New Yorker, about the political activist and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem. Kramer also spoke to the girls about the benefits of single-sex education and the confidence it gave her. Reflecting back on her time at Lincoln, Kramer noted, “the gift of Lincoln, of an all-girls education," was “finding your voice, as who you are, without the burden of the kind of competition” that coeducation might bring.

Steinem will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2016 Global Forum on Girls’ Education in New York City on February 7-9.

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Chelsea Clinton Touts Leadership, Activism at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

10/20/15Chelsea Clinton visited the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders to promote her new book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” Clinton spoke to the students about how young people can bring about change in their communities and beyond. “What I find so inspiring about this school is that it gives girls the confidence to be leaders today, not only the expectation they’ll be leaders in the future,” said Clinton. 

Such leadership is evident throughout Ann Richards. Service projects are integrated in almost all of students’ classes and are part of the school’s core mission. The last three graduating classes have completed more than 20,000 service hours combined, said Principal Jeanne Goka. Goka also serves on the NCGS Board of Trustees.

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Miss Porter's & Grace Academy Welcome Head of Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

10/19/15Miss Porter's School was pleased to welcome Melvin King to campus. King is the head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG), a school for girls in grades 7 through 12 located in Meyerton, South Africa.

King also paid a visit to Grace Academy, a tuition-free, independent 5th through 8th grade school for underserved, urban girls in Hartford, CT. Miss Porter’s has partnered with Grace Academy on a number of programs throughout the years.

Kate Windsor, Head of Miss Porter’s and a member of OWLAG's board of directors, believes, “Each of our three schools, each unique in their leadership, location and circumstance, embrace a shared vision: to transform the lives of girls through education, developing leaders who will impact the world through their meaningful contributions.”

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Why Opening Another All-Girls School in Dallas ISD Makes Sense

10/14/15—The Dallas school board just gave a triple boost to the chances of success for girls who will attend one of its new “transformation” schools next year. The district took a page from the continued success of its all-girls Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold (YWLA) to show that the single-gender concept is paying dividends. More than 95% of the students at Irma Rangel, which opened in 2004, passed all subjects administered on the most recent STAAR tests. At YWLA, studies show the percentage of 8th grade girls passing the reading and math portions of the STAAR rose significantly when the school went from coed to single-gender in 2012. The girls and their parents say the students succeed because they don’t have the social distractions that interacting with boys on campus can bring. Administrators say the schools create a sense of empowerment and better self-esteem in the girls.

Mike Koprowski, the district’s chief of transformation and innovation, stated, “We want to bust the false stereotypes of what girls can’t do in science and math.”

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25 Girls from St. Mary's Academy Ace AP Calculus Test

10/5/15—Iswari Natarajan spends every day in school challenging her students in Advanced Placement (AP) calculus at St. Mary's Academy. Last spring, all 25 of her students surprised her by scoring 5s on their AP exams. "I was very happy for my students, very proud," Natarajan said.

Natarajan believes her students can change the demographics of who is involved in science, technology, engineering, and math.

"Even today if you see in the STEM industry, it's still dominated by men quite a bit and I think the change has to happen here at the high school level," Natarajan said. "To teach higher math, something like calculus to girls is extremely rewarding."

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Jean Brune Begins her Final Year at Roland Park Country School

10/2/15—Jean Waller Brune first became head of Roland Park Country School in 1992, and has begun her 24th and final school year before retiring next June. Brune graduated from Roland Park in 1960, and was the first alumnae to be named head of school.

Brune is leaving, but will not be forgotten. In October, she will host a luncheon for the 55th year reunion of her own graduating class and will receive the McCauley Bowl, the highest honor the school's alumnae association can bestow. "Jean has been a visionary leader who embraces change," said Catherine McDonnell, president of Roland Park’s board of trustees.

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Inspiring Girls in the Tech Space: 100 Girls to Code

9/30/15Story DeWeese, a Chattanooga's Girls Preparatory School student, participated in the Girls Day of Code. “We need to support more women getting into the STEM fields … If half of popular applications and websites are used by women, I think women should have input and be creating, not just consuming," she says. "I am definitely going to pursue Computer Science in college. My goal is to create my own applications.” The event was organized by 100 Girls To Code, which includes 20 chapters in the U.S. as well as Belize. Girls To Code provides curriculum and starter materials, teacher training for volunteers, technical and education support, promotion, and participant eligibility for college scholarships.

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Ethel Walker Athlete Wins AAU Junior Olympics Gold Medal

9/29/15Lexi King, class of ’17 at The Ethel Walker School, was among 126 of the country’s best U16 field hockey players selected to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics in Virginia Beach. Her team, coached by Paul Lewis, a former member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, won the Junior Olympics Gold Medal. King was also selected to compete in the Junior Olympics in 2013, and has participated in a number of other USA Field Hockey events at the national level. She has played on Walker’s field hockey team since 8th grade.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Principal Helps Launch City Mentoring Program

5/22/15—Dr. Elaine Swafford, principal of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), spoke at Baylor School's annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in February and discussed her dream to create a mentoring program throughout Chattanooga. "You can't just treat the academic side of the child," Swafford said. "You have to feed their human spirit, as well." After Swafford’s talk, she worked with Julian Kaufman, Baylor’s strength and conditioning coach, to implement a citywide mentoring program. They have worked with business and community leaders to make the program a reality. They hosted the Empower kickoff—“Be a Mentor and Take 12”—at AT&T Field in Chattanooga to bring the community together to learn about the program’s benefits.

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Garrison Forest School Tackles STEM Enthusiasm with Interactive Monsters

2/2/15—Garrison Forest School has teamed with a private partner to immerse girls in grades 4 and 5 in science, technology, engineering, and math for one week using an MIT Media Lab-created course. The students will combine crafting with circuitry and Arduino programming to create an interactive monster. "The girls have an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a project-based learning experience," said Reneé Hawkins, director of libraries and instructional technology at Garrison Forest. "This means that they'll practice patience, perseverance, self-directedness, collaboration and teamwork. This is what 'making' is all about."

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Trinity Hall Holds Classes in Snow Thanks to Technology

1/29/15—Recent snow may have brought a day off for many students, but learning continued for girls who attend Trinity Hall. The students continued their school day from home with a web conference with teachers, followed by hours conferring with classmates and instructors online. Google chats enabled students to talk through assignments. They watched instruction over YouTube, and emailed questions to teachers. "That's exactly what we want them to be doing, is working from home," said Mary Mahon Sciarrillo, head of Trinity Hall. "We do a lot of blended learning as a matter of practice."

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NASA Scientist Encourages Foxcroft Girls to Take the Path Less Traveled

1/9/15—NASA's Chief of Science Ellen Stofan spoke at Foxcroft School about black holes, manned missions to Mars, and the role women can play in STEM fields. Stofan encouraged the girls to pursue their interests in science and math, despite the reality that “women in this field have to work twice as hard to get half the recognition.”

Stofan will be a keynote speaker at the 2015 NCGS Conference, From STEM To STEAM: Girls’ Schools Leading the Way, June 22-24 at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA.

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Bay View Robotics Team Heads to the State Championship

12/31/14—Bay View Academy’s “St. Mary Academy Robotics Team,” also known as S.M.A.R. T., is heading to the state robotics championship. Bay View, which had the only all-girl team in the competition, won first place for its research project and presentation in the First Lego League Qualifier Tournament. “It is exhilarating to demonstrate to the broader community that Bay View is a school where girls are encouraged and excited to pursue science and technology, both within the classroom curriculum and through extracurricular programs,” said Bay View’s President Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis.

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A Single-Sex Education Makes all the Difference for Girls

12/11/14—Trudy Hall, NCGS Board President and Head of Emma Willard School, submitted an Op-Ed to the Times Union making the case that "the American standard of coeducational education needs to be challenged, particularly for girls." Backed by the robust new research report, Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools, Hall states that "the impact of the all-girls experience positively permeates a girl's life at rates coeducational environments simply cannot match."

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Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Robotics Team Wins 3D Printer for School

12/10/14—The robotics team at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart received one of approximately 1,500 3D printers awarded to FIRST Tech Challenge teams who will compete in regional tournaments this year. Participants submitted a 300-word essay on how teams would use a 3D printer for this season's robotics competition as well as how its cartridges would be recycled. “The students and faculty are very excited as the printer will be made available to the whole school. Its uses will be confined only by the limits of our imaginations," said John Denman, Woodlands Academy physics teacher and robotics coach. The work of the robotics team reflects the school’s commitment to encouraging girls to become science and technology leaders.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Recognized for Improved Test Scores

9/17/14—Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy was recognized by the state of Tennessee as a “Reward School” for the last two years. The all-girls charter school has been in the top five percent of schools that improved on their scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program standardized test.

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Meredith Vieira Reflects on Her Time at an All-Girls’ School

9/15/14—Journalist and talk show host Meredith Vieira recently sat down with People and reflected on her childhood, particularly her parents’ life-changing decision to send her to Lincoln School, a NCGS member school. Vieira proudly remembers, “we were encouraged to be loud in class, debate was a good thing, and all of it made me feel like the strongest person in the world.”

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Students at Kent Place School partner with Georgetown University

4/24/2014- The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School has established a partnership with Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics to help launch the world’s first-ever bioethics Massive Open Online Course.

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The Never-Ending Controversy Over All-Girls Education

3/20/14—Pippa Biddle always said she would never attend an all-girls school. She reluctantly agreed to visit Miss Porter’s, an all-girls boarding school in Farmington, Connecticut, as a favor to her mom. But after spending one night at her mom’s former high school, she decided to apply. “Until you experience a single-sex classroom, it is hard to understand how beneficial it is,” Biddle, who’s 21 now, tells me. “I could wake up five minutes before class, pull on clothes, and feel just as beautiful as I would have with full hair and makeup. The value was put on who we were, not what we look like.”

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Startup Field Trip: Seattle’s Top Female CEOs Help 7th Grade Girls Learn about Entrepreneurship

1/22/14—Seventh graders from Seattle Girls' School (SGS) spent an action-packed day full of startup lessons from Seattle’s top female CEOs. Titled “Entrepreneur Day,” the students visited six startups and gained a whole lot of inspiration. The seventh grade at SGS is the year of leadership, so the girls were perfect candidates for something like Entrepreneur Day.

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Girls Leading for Change at Agnes Irwin

10/7/13—The first-ever "For Girls, By Girls Leading for Change" conference was held at NCGS member The Agnes Irwin School (AIS) and executed entirely by 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 AIS. 6ABC News anchor Lisa Thomas-Laury gave the keynote.


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Trinity Hall Preparing to Open Doors This Fall

6/14/13—With the start of the 2013-14 school year less than three months away, a new all-girls high school is ramping up efforts to prepare for its inaugural class.

New NCGS provisional member Trinity Hall, located temporarily at the Croydon Hall complex on Leonardville Road in Middletown, will welcome approximately 35 students in September from more than 20 central New Jersey towns.

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All-girls School Sends First Graduating Class to College

6/5/13—The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, the Austin school district’s first all-girls school, celebrates its inaugural graduating class of 52 students on Saturday, June 8.

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Winsor School Celebrates Groundbreaking of Modern Addition

5/29/13The Winsor School is set to begin work on an expansion project that creates performing arts, athletic, and wellness centers and adds more classrooms to its century old campus.

The private girls’ school will add 130,000 square feet of space for students. The addition will provide music rooms, a dance studio, a 500-seat theater, technical theater spaces, two full-size basketball courts, workout spaces, five squash courts, and an academic wing with new classrooms.

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Girls Won't be Defined by Clothes

5/24/13—Mariandl Hufford, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls at The Agnes Irwin School, submitted an Op Ed to the Philadelphia Inquirer in response to the Abercrombie and Fitch CEO's comments about his clothing company being "exclusionary" for "the cool kids."

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Maryland Should Say Yes to Single-sex Schools

3/20/11—Christopher B. Summers, President of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, recently wrote an article for The Baltimore Sun advocating for the support of single-sex schools in Maryland. The Institute is a nonpartisan public policy research and education organization that focuses on state policy issues.

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Artist of the Month contest for teen girls

Teen Voices is a journalism, mentoring, and leadership program for teen girls. They produce an online and print magazine by and for girls that is viewed by girls and their adult advocates around the world.  They have just launched an Artist of the Month contest. It will consist of 12 monthly contests, each with an individual theme such as sisterhood, power and leadership, or dreams. Each monthly winner will be considered a semi-finalist for the contest as a whole.

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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.

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Explore the Connection Between Women, Money, And Philanthropy

The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University is offering a high-level learning experience, "Shemakeschange" which will explore the connection among women, money, and philanthropy. Through live presentations, panel discussions and research, you can explore how women view money, uproot perceived attitudes about money and philanthropy, and leverage these ...

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