Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions are 40 minutes in length and include a presentation and live, interactive chat

Below is a full list of sessions that will be offered during the virtual conference. Click here to view sessions that will specifically address how COVID-19 has impacted girls’ schools and how to prepare for the future.

Breakout Session A

Monday, June 22, 12:50-1:30 p.m. EDT

Building Programs of Empowerment in an Era of Fracture

This session will give tools to develop and evaluate programming that promotes female voice and empowerment in the context of these cross-cutting questions: How does building leadership frameworks in girls’ schools provide transferable leadership skills for students? Where are the pitfalls of establishing parameters for empowerment around single-sex viz-a-viz other intersectional differences? How does institutional structure influence the development of voice and empowerment in students? What opportunities/challenges exist in implementing programs of empowerment in a context of bipartisan divide? Participants will leave the session with resources for program evaluation, and a beginning rubric for deployment in their school environments.

PRESENTERS: Robert Quinn, Academic Dean | Notre Dame Preparatory School, and Lisa Singleton, Student Activities Coordinator | Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School


Distance Learning 101: Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and Practical Tips

Overnight, we found ourselves in a world where distance learning became the new normal. With the coming school year in flux, figuring out best practices for your school is essential for teaching and learning. During this session, we will explore ways to leverage best practices for synchronous, asynchronous and blended distance learning models. We will discuss lessons learned from the previous year and offer practical tips that can be used moving forward, including student reflections on their experience.

PRESENTER: Stacy Tippens, Educational Technology Specialist | The Madeira School


Enrollment Management Planning: Myths, To-dos, and Must-haves to Make Your Work a Success!

Enrollment Management Planning in the world of an Admission and Enrollment Professional is understood to be a “must-have.” Yet an Enrollment Plan is not always a “we have.” Join AISAP’s Executive Director & CEO Janice Crampton and Director of Education and Learning Debby Murphy as they share with Admission and Enrollment professionals, and other Senior Team leaders, the five fundamental principles and the six key strategies that are mainstays of any Enrollment Plan and planning process. Participants can expect to take away the necessary knowledge to evaluate their present plan as to its appropriateness, and those who have yet to begin or are paralyzed by the potential daunting nature of “where do we start” will have a road map to take the important first steps. All educational content connects back to AISAP’s Learning and Development Framework for Admission and Enrollment Professionals.

PRESENTERS: Janice Crampton, Executive Director & CEO, and Debby Murphy, Director of Education and Learning | Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP)


Mastery Learning: The Great Equalizer

Two graduates of NCGS member schools will share reflections and practical resources from their teaching careers for helping students regain control of their academic journey. We will share our own experience with mastery-based learning in our classrooms, including practical online tools for empowering students to track and pursue their own mastery. Teach girls how to abandon their perfectionism and get savvy with their studying. Watch the burden of points, ranking, and sorting be lifted from their shoulders as your classroom transforms into an engine for intrinsic motivation and deep learning where scores can change with growth and are reflective of what students truly know.

PRESENTERS: Constance Borro, Mathematics Department Chair and Instructional Coach, and Amanda Bunten, Homeroom Teacher and Mentor Teacher | Columbus School for Girls


Opportunity in Crisis: Using Today’s Challenges to Prepare for the Future

When the Governor closed all schools in our state mid-March, we were about to launch our Interdisciplinary Institute, the first leg of a new Strategic Vision that prioritizes hands-on, authentic, and real-world approaches to interdisciplinary topics. We had to pivot quickly, temporarily set our Interdisciplinary Institute aside and rethink how to deliver the Baldwin School’s program online. But we never set aside our Strategic Vision. Throughout this virtual spring and as we plan for unprecedented challenges of the 2020-21 school year, we are still leaning into this vision in order to test different programming, build new skills in our teachers and our students, and continue with our strategic goal of providing our girls the skills to face the complex problems of the future. We even launched a reimagined Interdisciplinary Institute to finish this school year and reinforce the importance of hands-on, real-world learning. This session will explore how to use today’s crisis as an opportunity to make changes that accommodate new ways of teaching and learning and strategically position our girls and our schools for the future.

PRESENTERS: Laura Blankenship, Assistant Head of School, and Marisa Porges, Head of School | The Baldwin School


Breakout Session B

Monday, June 22, 3:00-3:40 p.m. EDT

Bold and Creative: Engaging your Community during COVID-19

Before Spring Break, two Miss Hall’s students proposed a relief fund to help friends struggling to adjust travel plans as the coronavirus spread across the United States. Now $62,000 and 130 gifts strong, their idea — the Community Action Fund — helps members of the MHS community facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. A handful of trustees seeded the nascent fund and the initiative debuted as part of the popular Global Changemakers series spotlighting Miss Hall’s women changing the world. The Community Action Fund grew 50% on #GivingTuesdayNow, the school’s first-ever giving day, and continues to increase as it is embedded into every communication and is tied directly to the MHS mission “to inspire and encourage bold and creative contributors to the common good.”  This session about risk-taking, empowering teams, and a laser-focus on mission-centered communications is chock full of tips for engaging your community and leading with boldness and positivity in a crisis.

PRESENTERS: Merritt Colaizzi, Director of Advancement, and Julia Heaton, Head of School | Miss Hall’s School


Developing Thoughtful Learners and Leaders Through Mission-Based ePortfolios

Committed to educating the mind, soul, and spirit of girls, we embarked on an ePortfolio program encouraging teachers and students to see curriculum through the lens of our school’s mission. ePortfolios moved us from the limits of traditional content silos and challenged us to rethink curriculum and instruction. Students synthesize learning more deeply, reflect more meaningfully, and focus on school-wide priorities of Wellbeing, Diversity, and Global Competence. This Spring as we transitioned into distance learning, ePortfolios provided a natural and necessary structure for the collection of work, collaboration, and communication all while allowing us to continue to focus on the mission of our institution and our school-wide goals and competencies. We are confident our mission-based ePortfolio program will continue to allow students to demonstrate and reflect on their learning as we prepare for a somewhat unknown future of hybrid learning.

After sharing our process for developing a mission-based ePortfolio program, participants will examine their own school’s mission to determine the lenses through which students could reflect on demonstrations of learning at their school.

PRESENTERS: Mary Dobroth, Assistant Academic Dean; Christy Diefenderfer, Lower School Director; and Linda Baily, Chair of Computer Science | Holton-Arms School


GIRLS’ Day: An Opportunity for Girls to Foster their Voices

Help girls find their voices by allowing them to develop and lead workshops on topics they are passionate about. At Chatham Hall, we help girls foster their voices through our GIRLS’ Day celebration, a day that brings our entire community together to participate in student-led workshops. Hear how our school has successfully developed a program to help girls foster their voices, build self-confidence and resilience, and share their passions or explore new interests. We will share the details of the day, what goes into preparing for the workshops, what went well, and lessons learned.

PRESENTER: Kirsten Blaesing, Associate Director of Residential Life for Student Initiatives | Chatham Hall


Partnering with Purpose: Looking Beyond Your Campus to Advance Girls

If we want to advance girls, especially in industries in which they are underrepresented, we need to look beyond our campuses to supplement resources. In this session, we will explore research that illustrates the benefits of strategic partnerships for girls, especially to cultivate their sense of purpose and mitigate achievement pressure. This session will include practical strategies, obstacles to cultivating partnerships presented by COVID-19 and underscore the importance of developing strategic partnerships, even amidst these uncertain times. Finally, we will share how to conduct a school-wide needs audit and create a system of prioritizing partners.

PRESENTERS: Bridgette Ouimette, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Dr. Lauren Lek, Head of School | Academy of Our Lady of Peace


Supporting School Leaders Through a Global Pandemic: A Story of Connection, Collaboration, and Content

Leading a school, especially an all-girls’ public school serving historically marginalized populations, is among the hardest jobs imaginable. Student Leadership Network powers five high-performing all-girls’ secondary schools in NYC and also supports an Affiliate Network including 16 schools around the country.  This session will offer background about our proven methods for supporting our local and national school leaders, as well as a story of how we pivoted this spring to provide vital connection, collaboration, and content to sustain them through the challenges of leading virtual schools through a global pandemic.  We look forward to sharing our “whole leader” approach and practices that supported remote leadership this year.

PRESENTERS: Sarah Boldin, Director of Leadership and New School Development; Laura Rebell Gross, Managing Director of Young Women’s Leadership Network; and Michell Tollinchi-Michel, Managing Director of The Young Women’s Leadership Schools | Student Leadership Network


Breakout Session C

Monday, June 22, 4:00-4:40 p.m. EDT

#OwlsForLife: The Energy of the Student Alumnae Association

Stoneleigh-Burnham School has a vibrant sisterhood. Since it began in 2013, the Student Alumnae Association (SAA) at SBS has played a central role in growing alumnae engagement and has helped double the Annual Fund. When the School adapted to COVID-19 this spring, SAA members enthusiastically volunteered to present at virtual webinars for alumnae, recorded a video congratulating reunion classes, and served on a student panel during the virtual MegaReunion. Also, student involvement kept the Annual Fund on track during the pandemic: an online fundraising campaign on Mother’s Day used student testimonials and video, and gave alumnae and parents a chance to help the seniors with their Class Gift. It was a huge success and a win-win all the way around! In this session you’ll come away with ways SBS plans to continue this mutually beneficial student-alumnae relationship, even if students are off campus for part of the year. The SAA motivates SBS alumnae to help the next generation of girls become self-confident young women, and students gain important skills, have fun, and are inspired to become “Owls for Life.”

PRESENTERS: Susan Mattei, Director of Development and Alumnae Relations, and Darcy McCormick Tarbell ’70, Trustee | Stoneleigh-Burnham School


Building Agility: Crafting Capital Projects During Times of Unprecedented Change

In these unprecedented times of disruption and uncertainty, it is more imperative than ever to approach a building project with a mindset of flexibility and adaptability. This is exactly what the Foxcroft School is doing as it embarks on a multi-phase project to expand and modernize their academic, arts and STEM facilities. Now in its second century, Foxcroft honors its founder’s charge to “Keep up with the times,” as it seeks to build upon its successful heritage while simultaneously preparing the girls to learn, grow and thrive in a digital age and a global economy. This vision involves teaching and learning in a residential community that is interdisciplinary and experiential, and that promotes collaboration and creativity. Striking a balance between clearly conveying a vision while remaining very flexible and agile, Foxcroft is crafting a building planning and fundraising process and a project that can pivot quickly and thoughtfully to respond to the current and future changes in we are facing in learning, the economy, and the world as a whole.

PRESENTERS: Cathy McGehee, Head of School | Foxcroft School, and Peter Winebrenner, Principal | Hord Coplan Macht Architects


Empowering Girl Changemakers: A Global Perspective

Learn about the journey of young women change makers from three different countries and hear their experiences on how they support the girls in their communities through Girl Up Clubs.

PRESENTERS: Musonda Chikwanda, Girl Up Regional Manager for Africa; Aditi Arora, Girl Up Country Manager for India; and Yunmei Li, Girl Up Regional Manager for East Asia and the Pacific | Girl Up


Girls’ Schools Standing Up and Speaking Out about COVID-19 from Around the World

Join this panel discussion of school leaders from Canada, South Korea, United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa to learn about how girls’ school leaders are responding to the needs of their school communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. What can be learned from this cross-cultural exchange of ideas? How are various phases of the pandemic being addressed in South Korea differently than in London, New York, Toronto, or Sydney? What is on the minds of these leaders right now and how are they preparing their school communities for the months ahead?

PRESENTERS: Paul Burke, Head of School | The Nightingale-Bamford School; Julian Dutnall, Exec. Headteacher & CEO of Trust | The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls; Sally James, Head of School | St. Stithians College; Cinde Lock, Principal | Branksome Hall Asia; Marise McConaghy, Principal | Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School; and Catherine Misson, Principal | Havergal College


Promoting Active Citizenship and Civil Dialogue Schoolwide and Beyond

We will discuss Harpeth Hall’s recent formation of a Center for Civic Engagement in an era of increasing political polarization (and, recently, amidst an ongoing pandemic). Our mission is to prepare young women for civil, informed, and deliberative discourse in the public sphere and to empower our students to be active and informed citizens, to engage thoughtfully with public and private institutions, and to appreciate—through action and reflection—what is required for civil societies to thrive. Given the precarious nature of learning at this time, this mission is all the more essential. In May, Harpeth Hall conducted a school-wide symposium that addressed both the pandemic and the traits of leadership needed to address it. We will share what we have learned from that experience, discuss how our center came about, and encourage other educators in their work this fall.

PRESENTERS: Joe Croker, Instructor of English and Graphic Design; Bonnie Moses, History and AP Government Instructor; and Adam Wilsman, AP World History Instructor and Assistant Dean for Academic Advising | The Harpeth Hall School


Breakout Session D

Tuesday, June 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. EDT

Advocating for Girls’ Schools: NCGS Annual Report, Research, & Resources

In this two-part session, hear from NCGS Executive Director Megan Murphy to learn about the strategic visioning process currently underway at NCGS followed by a “state of the union” on membership and programming. Use this opportunity to ask Megan questions and provide your input on NCGS services and what new offerings or resources you would like to see NCGS provide.

In the second half of this presentation, Olivia Haas, NCGS Director of Strategic Communications & Media, will share creative ways you can bolster your outreach efforts and make the stronger case for “why all girls?” Do so by leaning on NCGS—the go-to place for girls’ education. Hear about the latest NCGS research and advocacy resources available to help your school champion the unique benefits of girls’ schools and how to maximize the use of NCGS advocacy content and materials.

When it comes to making the case for girls’ schools, there’s always more we can do, together!

PRESENTERS: Megan Murphy, Executive Director, and Olivia Haas, Director of Strategic Communications & Media | National Coalition of Girls’ Schools


From The Titanic to The Crown: How Scenario Planning Enables School Leaders to “Stand up and Speak up” About Long Term Strategies

The use of scenario planning is a proven technique to enable an organisation’s strategy to incorporate a range of alternative futures. In preparation for a unique 2020-2021 school year, participants will access a series of tools to undertake their own scenarios, adopt a more dynamic strategy, and collaborate more effectively. In addition, they will see from a case study how to create alternative strategic options for integrating business and education planning; build and create medium and long term scenarios; and transform a tactical, short term focused team into confident long term planners.

PRESENTER: Ian Wigston, Founder | Bright Field Consulting Ltd


Laurel School Primary@Home

With very little warning, schools shifted to distance learning, and that came with particular challenges for our youngest learners. How would SEL continue? How much parent involvement would be needed? How would we continue to grow their skills and independence? We will share how Laurel School Primary teachers and their students found success online in academic courses, special area classes, community time, and more! We also ask that you bring your own successes and challenges to this conversation so that we may all learn from each other.

PRESENTERS: Bella Patel, Associate Director, Primary School and Director of Strategic Programming, and Heather Havre, Director, Primary School | Laurel School


Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo: You Strike the Women, You Strike the Rock!

This session offers insights into how we, a South African girls’ school, continue to create opportunities that engage young women and strengthen their voices in a time of uncertainty and chaos. The analogy of Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo serves as a tool in teaching our girls that they are resilient and can be agents of change within any context. Reflecting on our adjusted initiatives such as the remote Maxeke-Mgqwetho Annual Lecture and our online ‘Hidden Figures’ project, we shall share our experience of the wonders and challenges of fostering sisterhood and agency in a time of COVID-19.

PRESENTERS: Tinhiko Nkuna, Deputy Head, and Alison Andrew, History Head of Department | St Mary’s School, Waverley-South Africa


What’s Feasible: Campaign Planning during COVID-19

Were you considering the feasibility of a campaign before COVID-19? If so, you weren’t alone: in recent years, nearly half of nonprofits nationwide reported they had been in a capital or special campaign within the last six months, and 30 percent report that they’re planning one. Though this may be a time to reconfigure planning, it is not the time to stop asking and structuring your efforts.

Though it might seem counterintuitive, now could be a strategic time to launch a campaign planning study. Learn why as Graham-Pelton shares key insights about organizations who have conducted successful feasibility studies amid the pandemic and are now moving into their campaigns with confidence and clarity. Attendees will also learn the elements required to launch a successful and rewarding effort for staff, leadership, and donors alike, focusing on the five elements needed to help your vision for your School become fully realized: your case, leadership, plan, prospects, and resources.

PRESENTER: Elizabeth Zeigler, President and CEO | Graham-Pelton


Breakout Session E

Tuesday, June 23, 12:30-1:10 p.m. EDT

Preparing for the Next School Year in Uncertain Times

The next school year is sure to be like no other, with many unknowns. In this session, we’ll consider how schools should prepare academically for a variety of potential scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year. And, we’ll also look at what professional learning will be needed for faculty and leaders in order to deliver your school’s mission more fully when online.

PRESENTERS: Brad Rathgeber, Head of School, and Sarah Hanawald, Assistant Head of School for Professional Development and New Programs | One Schoolhouse


Remote Hiring is Here to Stay: Here’s What You Need to Know

Economists predict that, post COVID-19, remote hiring will continue in all sectors. It’s time to shift from thinking of remote hiring at your school as a temporary COVID-19 need. This session will explore the tools, processes, and procedures needed to make remote hiring work at your schools effective and functional.

PRESENTER: Lois Mufuka Martin, Vice President, Search & Consulting Services | CalWest Educators Placement


Sticker Shock and Accessibility: Rethinking Traditional Tuition Pricing Models

We’ve all been in that conversation. You’re singing the praises of your school and get asked, “Yeah, but what’s the tuition?” You hesitate before confessing the cost. Or maybe you say, “Lots of kids get financial aid…”. You leave, not sure if you’ve said the right thing, especially given current economic conditions. There’s a better way. We will share how we transitioned from a traditional financial aid model to Tailored Tuition, Ellis’ new affordability initiative. We will also discuss how this model is working today with increased concerns about unemployment and the market downturn. Join us to learn how to change the conversation about tuition in order to make your school more accessible to best-fit families in today’s political, cultural, and social landscape.

PRESENTERS: Diana Hurd, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Bayh Sullivan, Director of Enrollment Management |  The Ellis School


Strengthening Voices, Creating Communities: An SEL and Arts Integrated Approach

Global Village Project, a middle school for refugee girls with interrupted education, holds social and emotional (SEL) learning as equally important as academic learning. This session highlights GVP’s SEL program that incorporates the arts and trauma-informed and restorative practices. Some major components of GVP’s SEL program are: weekly group drama and counseling classes, rotating classes focusing on women’s health, physical and emotional wellness, and daily small and whole group restorative circles. The GVP approach emphasizes connections with a focus on relationships, an environment of safety and trust, and respect for the inherent dignity, strengths, and worth of each student.

PRESENTERS: Cassie Leymarie, Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator; Amy Pelissero, Head of School; and Katelynn Villari, School Counselor, SEL Coordinator, LCSW | Global Village Project


Breakout Session F

Tuesday, June 23, 3:00-3:40 p.m. EDT

2020-21 Facility Reopening Strategies

There are short- and long-term strategies that can reduce the risk of infection on campus and in school buildings. This session will provide a collection of facility strategies that can help protect students, teachers, administrators, and staff slow the spread of COVID-19.

PRESENTERS: Casey Smith, Principal | Hord Coplan Macht, and Sue Sadler, Head of School | The Bryn Mawr School


COVID-19 and a Changed Landscape: Empowering Girls in National Security

COVID-19 is challenging how the United States defines its national security priorities. At the local level, schools and communities have been prompted to implement modified catastrophic scenario planning. While the long-term implications of this pandemic are yet to be determined, short-term indicators reveal a highly disrupted way of life for girls, as well as their communities. School security has taken on new meaning. Girl Security, a non-partisan, non-profit organization empowering girls in national security, equips girls with enduring skill sets for this precise reality: complex security scenarios involving unknown outcomes, difficult decisions, and limited information. Girls are agents of their security every day, just by existing as girls. However, Girl Security will share frameworks, best practices, and tools that schools can employ to empower girls amid uncertain security situations. Girl Security’s learning modules, simulations, and nationwide mentor network, advance core competencies to equip girls with leadership skills for life.

PRESENTERS: Lauren Buitta, Founder and Executive Director, and Tracy Walder, Member, Board of Directors, and Author | Girl Security


Empowering Student Voices: A Mathematical Journey through Blended Learning

In 2019, Ashley Hall launched a deep-dive into shifting classroom practices to empower student voices and personalize our mathematics curriculum. We will take participants on our journey from the past 18 months; sharing how to leverage learning walks to develop professional learning plans for educators and tools we use to measure success. We will also discuss unique ways we provide our girls opportunities to better understand their varying levels of mastery and how our students create their own action plans to support their learning through voice and choice.

PRESENTERS: Ed Dougherty, Director of Innovation; Polly Kronsberg, Director of Lower School; and Erin Libaire, Literacy Coordinator and Lower School Librarian | Ashley Hall


Fall 2020: Repurposing Your Community Engagement and Social Impact Programs as a Result of COVID19

What preparations do you need to take now to prepare for the fall?  How can you repurpose your community engagement and partnership programs to maintain their outcomes while considering the limitations COVID 19 will place on their integrity.  Hear concrete examples from the National Network of Schools in Partnerships and the Institute for Social Impact at The Hockaday School on ways to shift your programs so your students still have authentic experiences with your community partners.

PRESENTERS: Blake Kohn, Executive Director | National Network of Schools in Partnership, and Laura Day, Executive Director of the Institute for Social Impact; Director of the Dr. William B. Dean Service Learning Program | The Hockaday School


YPAR (Youth Participatory Action Research) Project: Asian and Asian-American Students’ Sense of Belonging at a U.S. Boarding School

“Belonging” is an important aspect of boarding school life, and all-girls schools celebrate the “sisterhood” students experience. But what are the experiences of our Asian and Asian-American students around sisterhood and belonging? What are we missing? This presentation focuses on how Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) conducted by students at our school shed light on these questions and informed our next steps. We will share the arc of our three-year research project, from topic selection through developing recommendations for our school’s leadership. We will also share resources and lessons learned for establishing a successful YPAR program based on our school’s ten years of experience with the format. Finally, we will share the ways we significantly pivoted the structure of our class and the nature of our work this spring during distance learning.

PRESENTER: Jessica Watkin, Academic Dean; Tyler S., Class of 2020; Joi G., Class of 2020; Alexia C., Class of 2020; and Katje K., Class of 2020 | Miss Porter’s School


Breakout Session G

Wednesday, June 24, 12:00-12:40 p.m. EDT

Examining School Sexual Misconduct Policies, Procedures, and Practices in the #metoo Era

Join National Cathedral School’s Denise Brown-Allen, Associate Head of School/Head of Upper School, and Jessica Clark, Dean of Student Life, for a discussion on the challenges associated with drafting and implementing policies that address sexual misconduct. With the mission of empowering young women and amid the #metoo movement, the discussion will explore best practices for educating students on the appropriate boundaries for student-student and student-adult interactions. Using case studies, we will explore the challenges and opportunities provided by this work and capitalize on the wisdom of each other’s experience and expertise around these issues. Attention will be given to adapting policies and practices for a variety of distance learning scenarios in 2020-2021. We invite participants to bring their policies, scenarios, and cases to share.

PRESENTERS: Jessica Clark, Dean of Student Life, and Denise Brown-Allen, Associate Head of School/Head of Upper School | National Cathedral School


Girls Gone Global: She Doesn’t Live Like You

In this session, the presenters will share their experience with teaching a global special studies program intended to challenge Upper School students to consider their worldview and critically examine their own experience of girlhood. The presenters discuss course objectives to expose girls to the lives of others in contexts entirely different from their own. This was done with the help of virtual classroom connections, media sources, and guided conversations. The course ended with establishing two key partnerships. With online learning having recently become the new normal, this course demonstrates how to conduct outreach and collaboration across school systems and countries/borders, putting into practice the global competences so essential to developing well-rounded citizen graduates of girls’ schools.

PRESENTERS: Alison Monzo, Director of Programs, and Manail Anis, Visiting Scholar | Center for the Advancement of Girls at The Agnes Irwin School


Virtual Voices: Listening and Learning from our Students

Too often educators make decisions intended to support student well-being and academic engagement without deeply listening to the students themselves. Learn from Duchesne Academy students and educators about their experience bringing student voice front and center to their work to improve their school climate. In partnership with Challenge Success, Duchesne conducted student surveys, fishbowls, and other initiatives to better understand the student experience, and then used that feedback to inform positive change. In this workshop, you’ll hear about the process, the outcomes, and get to observe a mini-virtual fishbowl on the topic of remote learning. Participants will leave this presentation with an understanding of how to use several research-based strategies and tools that help schools understand the student experience including Shadow Days, Fishbowls, Dialogue Nights, I Wish Campaigns and Student Surveys.

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Coté, School Program Director | Challenge Success, and Tony Houle, Head of Admissions and Strategic Imperatives | Duchesne Academy


Breakout Session H

Wednesday, June 24, 1:00-1:40 p.m. EDT

Design and Implementation Considerations for Virtual Experiential Social Innovation Programs

Entrepreneurship education has the potential to transcend the domain of business. Entrepreneurship can be a mindset—a creative problem-solving framework applicable to many situations and opportunities—one that is fundamental to students’ long-term success in school, work, and life. Through this lens students can see opportunities where others don’t, make risk-adjusted decisions, persevere through adversity, and develop owned power by creating value for others and themselves. This workshop provides attendees with a behind the scenes look at the design and implementation considerations involved with launching a 100% online experiential social innovation program in a girls’ school environment.

PRESENTERS: Rich Sedmak, Executive Director / Founder | Schoolyard Ventures, and Justin Curtis, Senior Director of Academic and Strategic Initiatives | The Bryn Mawr School


Student-run Leadership Workshops and Residential Programs During a Pandemic

Learn from students and adults who are responsible for leadership training at Culver Girls Academy, where student-led workshops are designed to increase self-awareness, build self-confidence, and develop each voice. The training fosters a sense of connectedness, appreciation for the collective good, and empowers young women to make a difference in the lives of others, establishing a solid foundation for leadership in the global world. This session will share how CGA student leaders adapted to online programming, and illustrate with examples and ideas how to build community and find purpose in leadership remotely.

PRESENTERS: Angie Strobel, CGA Residential Education Team Leader; Nancy McKinnis, Master Instructor, Leadership Education; Cady C., Student, Class of 2020; Sherry (Yichen) X., Student, Class of 2021; and Sophie N., Student, Class of 2022 | Culver Girls Academy


Using Your Development Department as a Classroom: Empowering Students to Catalyze Your Philanthropy Program

We encourage our girls to be innovators, change makers, and pioneers; however, often the onus to make their visions a reality falls to the Advancement Department, which leaves student voice out of the process of solidifying capital. In this session, we will explore the myriad ways to integrate student voice into Advancement practices to develop the female philanthropic mindset and establish skills in fundraising. We’ll discuss win-win methodologies to ensure students are participants in fundraising efforts that benefit not only your annual fund and programs but will teach girls the fundamentals to empower them to build revenue in future endeavors.

PRESENTERS: Stephanie Kanaski, Director of Institutional Advancement, and Kaila Weedman, Associate Director of Annual Giving | Academy of Our Lady of Peace, and Allison White, Senior Vice President | Graham-Pelton