February 22, 2019

Claire Shipman, author of “The Confidence Code,” giving keynote address at the recent Educating Girls Symposium

NCGS team members have been crisscrossing the map from St. Louis to Dallas to New York City visiting with member school communities and hosting professional development offerings.

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development Jen Shakeshaft started with a trip to St. Louis for two exciting events. The first was a visit to member school Visitation Academy, affectionately call “Viz” by the community. Jen met with Head of School David Colón and delivered presentations to faculty/staff and parents about the value of an all-girls education. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Viz’s new strategic plan as well as share NCGS’s most recent research about how girls’ school graduates are more engaged academically and socially than their coeducated peers.

Jen then attended the 5th Annual Young Women’s Leadership Network Affiliate Convening. Educators from all five of The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in New York and nearly all of the Network’s 15 affiliate schools across the U.S. came together to discuss issues such as creating a college-going culture, addressing girls’ social-emotional needs, and developing an innovative STEAM program.

The great state of Texas was next on Jen’s travel itinerary where she met up with Executive Director Megan Murphy to convene a luncheon of NCGS member school representatives at The Hockaday School. The group engaged in planning and discussion for the Educating Girls Symposium being held in Dallas on January 27, 2020. NCGS is grateful to Dr. Karen Coleman Warren, Hockaday’s Eugene McDermott Head of School, for so graciously welcoming us to her campus, and to the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, which is collaborating with NCGS and Hockaday on this not-to-be-missed professional development event.

The last stop brought Jen and Megan to New York City for NCGS’s biannual Educating Girls Symposium hosted in partnership with the New York State Association of Independent Schools. Over 250 educators from New York, New England, and beyond braved the winter weather to join us for an inspirational day of programming. In addition to hearing from powerful keynote speakers Claire Shipman and Jennifer Pharr Davis, attendees also shared best practices in peer-led breakout sessions. Many thanks to Paul Burke, Vice President of the NCGS Board of Trustees and Head of School at The Nightingale-Bamford School, and his entire community for their consummate hospitality.