2/8/19—Having just returned from our February NCGS Board of Trustees meeting, I find myself reflecting on how fortunate we are to work in—and for—girls’ schools. The NCGS Board and staff are grateful to Miss Porter’s School for hosting our meetings over two days and to The Ethel Walker School for hosting a wonderful dinner where we were thrilled to come together with colleagues from Emma Willard School, Greenwich Academy, Miss Hall’s School, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, and Westover School.
When opening our meetings, I always share a reading, poem or quotation, and felt words from Rosa Parks would be very appropriate during Black History Month. Parks said, “I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” Parks’ wish is one to which we all—educators, schools, and our Coalition—aspire.
Time together with girls’ school colleagues always magnifies how important our work as educators is in facilitating our girls’ growth and learning. I believe we learn just as much from our girls as they do from us. While we know when our students leave us they are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and conviction to thrive, we also find our schools have learned and grown because of their presence. Our girls challenge us to keep things like freedom, justice, and equality front of mind—just as Rosa Parks would want.
At NCGS, our purpose to be the leading advocate for girls’ schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls guides us in all that we do. Our advocacy, networking, professional development, and research is done with an eye to enabling you to do the best work you can for your students. Much has been accomplished by our Coalition since our last meeting in October, including but not limited to:
- NCGS’ research report on Fostering Academic and Social Engagement: An Investigation into the Effects of All-Girls Education in the Transition into University has been rolled out, and I encourage you to take advantage of the supporting resources and toolkit available for member schools. Email Olivia Haas, if you have not yet requested these materials.
- NCGS’ recently reformed its Transgender/Gender Identity Task Force (originally formed in 2014). Updated recommendations and resources to support member schools will be available in the weeks and months to come.
- After a very successful Educating Girls Symposium hosted at Laurel School in Cleveland in October, we look forward to our next Symposium—which is sold out!—at The Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City on February 20.
- NCGS continues to focus on preparing for our NCGS 2019 Conference: Dream, Dare, Do: Girls as Makers, Inventors, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs, to be hosted at Westridge School in Los Angeles, June 24-26.
Finally, we are continually taking stock of our important work in order to inform our future. This reflection cannot be done without our members’ feedback. Our NCGS staff, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, is currently working on a member survey to be distributed later this year. Your input is invaluable, and we look forward to your full participation and valuable reflections.