Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: June 4, 2018

We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise at the Educating Girls Symposium by developing an interactive and engaging presentation highlighting your work in girls’ schools. This is a valuable opportunity to contribute to the expanding portfolio of best practices about teaching girls and to help facilitate conversations among peers and colleagues.

We want to feature programming that represents and/or addresses the following “voices”:  

  • Students
    • How can we empower girls to discover and celebrate their diverse strengths and unique voices?
  • Faculty
    • What can teachers do to continue to learn, grow, and lead in more meaningful and fulfilling ways?
  • Administration
    • How can school leaders create a climate of success for girls that can be appreciated and valued by the wider community?
  • Parents
    • What are the most effective ways to partner with parents?
  • Alumnae
    • How can alumnae voices be woven into the fabric of a school’s history as well as its everyday life?


The audience includes heads of school, administrators, faculty, counselors, and educational professionals. Attendees come from girls’ and coed schools serving PK-12 grade students in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, with a particular concentration from the region where the symposium is taking place.

Session Format

Sessions are 50 minutes in length and should include opportunities for presentation, group discussion, and Q&A. There may be up to four (4) presenters per session.*

*Special consideration will be given to proposals that include multiple presenters from different schools in a panel discussion or other collaborative presentation format.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Alignment with symposium theme
  • Clear content and objectives
  • Ability to go beyond the specifics of a highlighted/model program and share the principles that form its basis and the research and/or theoretical beliefs and assumptions that underpin it
  • Examples, case studies, practical tools or models that can be applied immediately in the classroom
  • Opportunities for attendee involvement and interaction
  • Comfort, skill, and experience with leading and moderating discussions
  • Potential to attract and engage professionals who work with girls (PK-12) in and out of school settings, both formally and informally
  • Demonstrable impact on the healthy development of girls and young women

Instructions for Submission

Click here for the online application.

Please be sure to complete all required fields. If needed, you may edit your proposal at a later date. You may propose more than one session, but separate proposal submissions are required.

Selection Process

  • Selections will be determined on appropriateness of the topic, level of content, opportunities for active audience participation, and expertise of facilitators.
  • NCGS reserves the right to request modifications to a session proposal before final selections are made.
  • If a proposal is selected for inclusion in the Cleveland Educating Girls Symposium, NCGS reserves the right to assign the time of the session at its sole discretion. NCGS also reserves the right to edit the session title and/or description to meet its editorial or marketing requirements.
  • NCGS will email acceptance and declination decisions by Friday, June 29.

Presenter Registration

Presenters may attend the symposium at a reduced rate of $150. This rate applies to no more than a total of four (4) presenters per session.


If you have questions about the Call for Proposal or selection process, please contact Jen Shakeshaft, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development.