Professional Development

Headways™ provides school leaders the opportunity to connect virtually, using the video-conferencing tool Zoom, to discuss operational issues relevant to their post. Open to all NCGS member schools, interested individuals gather for small group, one-hour long facilitated conversations throughout the school year to discuss pre-arranged and time-sensitive topics.

“Thank you for bringing us all together – this has been a wonderful experience; one of the best professional development experiences I’ve had. NCGS is doing some of the most deliberately forward-thinking and intersectional work out there.”

–Bill Ivey, Middle School Dean | Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Headways™ is deliberately designed to be an interactive conversation among colleagues – as opposed to a webinar – whereby participants share and receive ideas and information. Among the goals of the program is to develop a “team cohort” of trusted colleagues who together form a small learning community and can be called upon to be resources/mentors for one another throughout the year and into the future. Each participant will be asked to consider the following questions in advance of each conversation:

  • How does my school address this topic?
  • How do I wish my school addressed this topic?
  • And, what is keeping my school and me from making this wish a reality?


Available exclusively to NCGS member schools, each cohort includes five conversation topics. A registration fee of $250 is required by each participant. Space is limited with preference given to new, first-time participants who can commit to joining every session within a cohort.

Advance-registration for the 2020-2021 Headways program is now open! Join the list to receive information ahead of the general registration period in late August.


“My participation in Headways™ was an incredibly valuable professional development experience. The time commitment was manageable even during the busiest times of the year, and the format is very convenient. What I gained was insight into how my counterparts at other schools dealt with issues that are relevant and specifically in girls’ schools, in a small group setting that nurtured collaboration, camaraderie, and peer networking. I highly recommend this opportunity.”

–Theresa Kiernan, Director of Advancement and Admissions | Trinity Hall