College Counseling Professionals

2020-2021 Schedule and Topics

Headways for College Counseling Professionals will be facilitated by Jenny Byers, Director of College Counseling at Harpeth Hall, and will occur from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the below dates.

Please note that the curriculum is subject to change, as NCGS is mindful of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will ensure that discussion topics are timely and relevant.

Headways for College Counseling Professionals is open to all College Counseling Office positions including but not limited to VPs, Heads, Directors, Assistant Directors, Managers, Associates, Coordinators, etc.

October 6, 2020: Designing a Developmentally Appropriate College Counseling Program for Girls

Topics to consider: skill building, interest inventory and strengths assessment, programming for 9th and 10th, recommended testing timeline

November 17, 2020: Combating College Admissions Anxiety

Topics to consider: fit versus prestige, educating your constituents, creating a balanced college list, the cost of college, fear of failure, perfectionism, test anxiety

January 5, 2021: How Do You Define Success?

Topics to consider: process versus outcomes, which metrics matter to your school, what outcomes do you track and promote

February 2, 2021: Preparing Girls for College and Beyond

Topics to consider: financial literacy, mental health and well-being, leave of absences, healthy relationships, lifelong learning

April 6, 2021: Innovation and the Impact on College Admissions

Topics to consider: mastery transcript, turning the tide, making care common, independent curriculum group, social emotional learning, project-based learning


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.