Heads of School at All-Boys and All-Girls Schools

2020-2021 Schedule and Topics

Headways for Heads of School at All-Boys and All-Girls Schools will provide leaders with the opportunity to have interactive, dynamic conversations with other leaders of singer-gender schools.

Sponsored jointly by NCGS and International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC), this program will include a similar number of participants from all-boys and all-girls schools and will be co-facilitated by Tara Kinsey from NCGS (Head of Hewitt School) and John Botti from IBSC (Head of The Browning School).

All meetings will occur from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the below dates. Please note that NCGS is mindful of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will ensure that discussion topics are timely and relevant.

This cohort is open to those who hold the role of Head of School or President at NCGS and IBSC member schools.

October 15, 2020: Developing a Deeper Understanding of the Girls’ School / Boys’ School Mission

Questions to consider: How do we talk about what we do? In what ways has the way we talk about the girls’ school or boys’ school advantage evolved? Is there productive tension or alignment between the ways we make the case for our single-gender schools? How might we learn from one another and develop a more nuanced understanding about how we see our girls’ school or boys’ school missions?

November 12, 2020: Unpacking the Intersection Between DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Work and Single-Gender Schools

Questions to consider: What does DEI work look like in a single-gender school?  What particular challenges or opportunities do girls’ and boys’ schools have in diversity, equity, and inclusivity programming?  How do our institutional missions inform our DEI work?  Do girls’ and boys’ schools have the potential to make common cause in this area?

January 27, 2021: Promoting Respectful and Healthy Relationships in Girls’ Schools and Boys’ Schools

Questions to consider: How do single-gender schools promote healthy academic, professional, and personal relationships both within our schools and across our schools? As our schools increasingly work toward a more equitable and just world, how must sex education evolve? How do single-gender schools help to bring about equitable academic, professional, and personal communities?

February 25, 2021: Analyzing How Girls and Boys Interact with Technology, Social Media, and Images of Gender

Questions to consider: How does the use and consumption of social media affect our girls’ and boys’ understanding of themselves and each other?  In what ways can technology and social media enhance meaningful connection between girls and boys?  In what ways can it detract from meaningful connection?  How do we talk to our girls and boys about responsible digital citizenship?  What responsibility do our schools have for encouraging ethical social media spaces?

April 14, 2021: Exploring Gender, Character and Leadership through Coordinate Programs

Questions to consider: What coordinate programming can successfully encourage healthy interaction, ethical character, and leadership?  What specific experiences (service learning, trips, arts, academics, etc.) are available?  How can schools exercise appropriate administrative oversight and responsibility for coordination?   How are the challenges of time, expense, schedule and culture best met?


Available exclusively to NCGS and IBSC 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.