Educating Girls Symposium

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

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

Upcoming Educating Girls Symposiums

October 1, 2018
Laurel School
Cleveland, OH

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

We will be discussing this phenomenon during this last installment of our current series of Educating Girls Symposiums, School Communities: The Power of Many Voices. How do the various “communities” in your school — students, teachers, administrators, admissions teams, advancement officers, parents, alumnae, and more — collaborate to create a space where girls feel safe, valued, and successful (however they define it)? How does your school resolve conflict when any one of these voices is perceived to overshadow others? Participants will explore these questions and more in peer-led breakout sessions and hear from keynote speakers.

This Educating Girls Symposium is hosted by the Laurel School in partnership with NCGS’s nine other Ohio-based member schools: Beaumont School, Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls, Columbus School for Girls, Hathaway Brown School, Magnificat High School, Our Lady of Elms School, Saint Joseph Academy, Saint Ursula Academy, and Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy.

Call for Proposals

NCGS is accepting proposals to present at the Educating Girls Symposium in Cleveland. Click here for the Call for Proposals guidelines and instructions. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2018.


Lisa Damour, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker, and consultant. She is the executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes the monthly Adolescence column for the Well Family section of the New York Times, is a regular contributor at CBS News, and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Her New York Times best selling book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, was released by Random House in February 2016. Dr. Damour draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to girls as well as to their parents, teachers, and advocates.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her visionary leadership as president of Spelman College (2002-2015) was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award. Author of several books including the best-selling “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”and Other Conversations About Race (now in a new 20th anniversary edition), she was the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. She has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College where she also served as dean and acting president. In Spring 2017 she was the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. She is married to Dr. Travis Tatum; they are the parents of two adult sons.


Subject to change

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Networking and Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Creating Climates of Success for All Girls:
A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
10:30 AM – 11:20 AM Breakout Session I
11:30 AM – 12:20 PM Breakout Session II
12:20 AM – 1:20 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM Breakout Session III
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Damour
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Networking Reception

February 20, 2019
The Nightingale-Bamford School
New York, NY
Presented in partnership with the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)

Past Educating Girls Symposiums