Upper School Directors

2019-2020 Schedule and Topics

Headways for Upper School Directors: Teaching and Learning During the High School Years will be facilitated by Laura Hotchkiss, Associate Head of Academics and Director of Upper School, at Marlborough School, and will occur at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

September 25, 2019: Starting the School Year

Topics to consider: Onboarding new employees, goal setting and evaluation, initiatives and priorities, work-life balance, messaging to parents and students, senior year – college, role models, traditions

October 24, 2019: Program Development – Curricular and Co-Curricular

Topics to consider: schedule and structure; curricular – AP Program, capstone/research, STEM/STEM; co-curricular – advisory programs, leadership, entrepreneurship, athletics, arts, technology integration, online behavior

November 14, 2019: Grading and Assessment

Topics to consider: high school expectations, project-based and collaborative work, effects of assessment on health and wellness, rubrics and alternative forms of assessment, peer-to-peer assessment, student-led conferences, portfolios

January 23, 2020: Tapping into Talent –Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Topics to consider: structure and organization of hiring process, interviews on campus, sample lessons, role of department head and department members, orientations, professional growth, evaluation, leadership pathways

February 20, 2020: Preparing for Next Steps – College and Careers

Topics to consider: college prep programs and pressures, internship and shadow day programs, balancing academics and extracurricular responsibilities, parent education, finishing strong for seniors, launching young alumnae


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

Registration is now open! Click here to register.