Breakout Sessions

[A] Asian Voices – A Conversation Among Asian All-Girls School Leaders

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Rosario Oreta-Lapus, President | Miriam College (Philippines); Carol Lui, Foreign Affairs Coordinator | Hakuho Girls’ High School (Japan); and Peter Kenny, Managing Director | Branksome Hall Asia (Korea)

Come join a global conversation among leaders of all girls’ schools in Asia highlighting the successes they have achieved and the challenges they expect in the future. Discussion will focus on topics such as the history and evolution of all-girls schools in Asia as well as the strengths and key competitive challenges of all girls schools in this region. Presenters will offer insights based on their school’s particular history and will provide examples of the wide range of programs being offered, from STEAM to girl mentorship.


[A] Effective STEM and Service Learning Curriculum for Girls

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Stacy Klein-Gardner, Stacy Klein-Gardner, Ph.D. | Center for STEM Education for Girls and Kim Himes, Math Teacher| Harpeth Hall School

Each summer the Center for STEM Education for Girls ( hosts two-week camps for girls from multiple local high schools called the STEM Summer Institutes. Our curriculum revolves around real engineering design projects for the Lwala (Kenya) Community Alliance. The curriculum is truly STEM integrated and is an effective model for school-wide STEM based programming. This workshop will share the research results and curriculum from these programs, including the opportunity to participate in one engineering design project. Tips for authentic assessment of this work will be provided and links to standards made.

[A] Expanding the School Campus: Lincoln School’s Partnerships with Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Suzanne Fogarty, Head of School and Ruth Marris-Macaulay, History Department Head | Lincoln School; Iris Bahar, Engineering Professor | Brown University; and Laura Briggs, Head, Department of Architecture and Associate Professor of Architecture | Rhode Island School of Design

We live in a world where our students’ opportunities to learn must extend beyond our traditional secondary school campus. Lincoln School — an all-girls Quaker school in Providence, RI — partners with RISD and Brown to create courses in architecture and engineering (respectively). Offering these college-level, STEAM-related courses for the young women of Lincoln is an ongoing partnership requiring collaboration, flexibility and a shared vision. Educators from Lincoln, RISD and Brown will discuss the challenges and rewards of partnerships between secondary and university education.

[A] Exploring Identity with Children

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Khairah Klein, Kindergarten Head Teacher; Melissa Blough, Kindergarten Head Teacher; and Ann Vieira, Kindergarten Head Teacher | The Spence School

We will explore all facets of identity as it relates to children. Using the guiding idea of “We are all the same. We are all different,” we will reflect on our teaching. When it comes to conversations about race, ethnicity, feelings/personality, and religion, children are often made to feel silenced for asking questions and digging deeper. In this workshop, you will come away with tools for better understanding difficult and even uncomfortable conversations. You will be able to help your students navigate these discussions amongst themselves as well. We will explore these themes through integrated projects and carefully chosen read-alouds.

[A] For the Love of Learning

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Mary Williams, Executive Head | Roedean School (SA) (South Africa); Ivanka Acquisto, Head of School | St Stithians Girls’ College (South Africa); Celeste Gilardi, Head of School | St Stithians Girls’ Preparatory (South Africa); Roger Mark Loring, Headmaster | St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls (South Africa); and Debbie Meyer, Principal, Pre-School | St Dominic’s School for Girls (South Africa)

“Education is the greatest engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of a mine, that the child of farm workers can become the president.” – Nelson Mandela

In this session, three well-resourced schools in South Africa, Roedean School (SA), St Stithian School for Girls and St Dominic’s School for Girls, demonstrate how the lives of those around their schools can be changed through education. Twenty years after the demise of Apartheid education, South African education is still floundering. The causes of the education crisis are complex and rooted in a mix of past realities of division and poor infrastructure, combined with mistakes in the present. The bottom line is that schools are not producing enough well skilled competent matriculation pupils. Further, the teaching profession is not attracting sufficient graduates. The task of reforming and revitalizing education in South Africa is too big for the government alone.

The presentation highlights three school initiatives – The Roedean Academy, The Thandulawazi Maths and Science Academy, and the Tambo Project – which have significant influence on South Africa’s English, Mathematics, Physical Science, Literacy, Life Skills education for learners from under resourced communities.

• The Roedean Academy is an initiative that enables 100 girls from 2 under-resourced schools to receive excellent tuition in Mathematics, English, Physical Science and Accounting. The girls are taught by Roedean teachers, using Roedean facilities. Roedean also provides the girls with additional support, educational excursions, career advice and guidance in order to expand their opportunities.

• Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy (St Stithians Girls’ College and Preparatory): partner programme. Multi-pronged approach to address Maths and Science. Includes intern – teacher training programme, teacher development programme, extra tuition and teaching in core subjects, bursaries.

• Tambo Literacy and Life-Skills Programme (St Dominic’s Girls): Partner Programme with Denel Aviation. Building libraries in railway containers, stocking libraries, learner training programmes in media skills. Teacher self-help programme.

[A] InsideOut, a Kindergarten to Year 12 Self-Leadership Programme, Enhancing Leadership Identity and Encouraging Girls to Flourish

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Jenny Ethell, Principal and Debra Perich, Director, InsideOut | Perth College (Australia)

Perth College has a 113-year history of educating remarkable women. It is one of the oldest independent girls’ schools in Western Australia and prepares young women to think creatively, embrace personal excellence, live generously and lead.

The School’s self-leadership programme, InsideOut, equips students for success in study, career and life in general. Launched in 2012, it is based on a positive psychology model, is tailor-made for each year group, and prepares girls to face an increasingly complex world with confidence, courage and resilience.

This presentation shares many of the positive interventions for staff and students across several year levels between Kindergarten and Year 12. It includes the programme’s successes as well as what has been learned from mistakes and the subsequent changes that have been implemented. The presentation also focuses on InsideOut’s significant research findings of increased leadership, leadership identify and confidence following the Year 10 programme delivered in conjunction with the University of Western Australia.

InsideOut utilises the latest science from positive psychology to equip future female leaders with simple and tested actions that can be used to reduce stress and anxiety, cultivate a lasting sense of wellbeing and happiness, and allow young women to apply their strengths and flourish into the best version of themselves.

[A] Leveraging Prominent Women Leaders to Empower Current Students: Examples of Success from Two All Girls’ Schools

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Theresa Kiernan, Director of Advancement and Mary Sciarrillo, Head of School | Trinity Hall School; and Lauren Lek, Head of School and Jessica Hooper, Assistant Head of School | Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Mentorship is all abuzz in today’s world, especially as it relates to helping provide young women with access to the most sought after jobs and careers. Come learn about how two schools, Trinity Hall and the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, have reimagined networking between today’s female leaders and current students. Partnering with some of the most successful women in business, politics, entrepreneurship, education, engineering, and many more, both schools are now being heralded as a place of synergy for the next generation of women leaders to learn from those currently in the workforce about what it takes to be successful.

[A] Make Global Positioning Your Admissions Driver

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Sarah Johnston, Associate Head for Enrollment Management; Terry McCue, Associate Head for College Counseling; Joe Vogel, Director of Center for Global Citizenship; and Bill Christ, Head of School | Hathaway Brown School

Hathaway Brown’s Center for Global Citizenship puts a broad understanding of the world at the heart of school culture and curriculum. In addition to completely globalizing our outlook, the Center has become a vital admissions tool in our local market – while launching HB students toward top international affairs programs in US.. colleges and to an ever-increasing number of universities abroad. There are many compelling reasons for becoming a school without borders. This workshop shows how going global can be a passport to enhanced admissions within the school, PK-12, and to premier colleges at every longitude and latitude.

[A] Middle School: The Magic Years

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Danielle Heard, Head of School | Nashoba Brooks School; Eliza O’Connell, Head of School | Village School; and Chris Wilson, Head of School | Esperanza Academy

Both locally and internationally, when communities are faced with the task of identifying one intervention that can have the greatest, lasting positive impact, education of middle school girls rises to the top of the list. Education of middle school girls can have a transformational impact on individuals, families, and communities. With this in mind we hope to engage multiple perspectives in thinking about how we can maximize educational opportunities and outcomes for our middle school girls. Join us for a conversation about critical issues facing girls’ schools as viewed through a middle school lens.

[A] Nurturing Global Leaders with a Social Conscience: Educating High-achieving Girls

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Rachel Dent, Head | The Abbey School (United Kingdom)

The Abbey School is one of the UK’s leading independent day schools for girls aged 3-18. Its pupils are academically high-achieving, but education is about more than exam results. The Abbey is committed to developing the leadership skills and social conscience of its students, preparing them to make a difference in the world. Find out: what motivates today’s high-achieving girls; why leadership and social awareness start from the earliest school days; and how the school’s pupils help local refugee children. The presenter will offer case studies of current students and alumnae.

[A] Reaching the World’s Most Marginalized Girls: What Works in Educating Girls Globally

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Christina Kwauk, Girls’ Education Consultant | The Brookings Institution

Over the last decade and a half, the number of girls out of school around the globe has been cut virtually in half; adolescent girls and women now complete more years of schooling than ever before. What lessons have we learned about getting the most marginalized girls around the world into school and learning? This session, drawing from a comprehensive analysis of the latest research from around the world, will explore what works in educating girls globally. The presenters will also highlight the evidence on the massive social and economic returns on investment from educating girls. Finally, the presenters will outline five big key issues in girls’ education that must be prioritized by governments, practitioners, advocates, and industry leaders in order to fulfill the new Sustainable Development Goals.

[A] There is More in Us Than We Think – Empowering Girls Through Round Square IDEALS

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Rachael Westgarth, Director of Strategy and Operations | Round Square (United Kingdom); Martha Perry, Principal | St Clement’s School (Canada); Trudy Hall, Head of School | Emma Willard School; Dorothy Byers, Head of School | St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School (Canada); and Linda Parker, Head of School | The Bermuda High School for Girls (Bermuda)

Round Square (RS) schools share a passion for experiential learning. Together we ensure that our pupils have every opportunity to achieve in ways and to levels beyond their perceived limits, and the limits imposed by others. For girls, especially, this is habit-forming and creates a blueprint for succeeding in all life’s challenges. The RS network is internationally-minded in its approach to education and learning, which creates a strong foundation for expecting the same of students. In this workshop, the Heads of five Girls’ Schools in the RS network will share experiences and impacts of the innovations, service engagements and international partnerships they have created through RS.

[A] World Building Washington 2100: Young Women Imagine the Future

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Kisha Palmer, Director of Women as Global Leaders and Chanel Summers, Sound Designer, Innovator | Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Join Audio Designer and World Builder Chanel Summers and Leadership Facilitator Kisha Palmer in a conversation about harnessing the power and principles of World Building to ignite imagination, creative problem solving and interdisciplinary collaboration in young learners. Utilizing project material from the first World Building Project at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Chanel and Kisha will share process, guiding principles and outcomes in this session. Participants will learn how to design and support open-ended inquiry through World Building.

[A] Young Women’s Leadership Schools at 20: Lessons from the Past and Promises for the Future

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 3:10 PM-4:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Ann Tisch, Founder; Laura Rebell-Gross, Director of Girls’ Education; and Jahleese Ladson, Program Manager | Young Women’s Leadership Network; Lynn McBee, Executive Director | Young Women’s Preparatory Network; Brenda Rever, Founder | Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW); Mary Stillman, Founder and Executive Director | Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls; and Jeanne Goka, Principal | Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

This is a panel of Young Women’s Leadership School Founders from around the country – New York City, New York State, Maryland, Missouri, and Texas. Each panel member has been involved from the beginning in the opening and growing of an all girls’ public school, either with a community school district or as a charter school. The opportunities for opening new all girls public schools continue to proliferate around the country. Come and have the conversation about our history and learn from our 20 years leading a movement. There are five district public schools in New York City and there will soon be eight district public schools in the State of Texas. In addition, there is a new charter school opening in North Carolina in September 2016. Meet these founders and pioneers and hear their inspirational stories!

[B] The 2051 Project – Academic vs. Business Innovation

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director | Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (Canada)

Internationally, independent schools face dual, interconnected challenges: ensuring that we continuously improve our academic program while at the same time maintaining strong, sustainable business plans to preserve our long-term heath and viability. In 1948 author George Orwell penned 1984, which imagined the world in the relatively distant future. When searching for a title for his futuristic novel, he decided to simply reverse the final two numbers. As CAIS began to focus leaders from our academic and business communities on the future challenges of independent schools, we decided to invoke Orwell. After a year of research and planning, leaders gathered in the summer of 2015 to look at which schools are actually implementing the kind of change that we know is needed. This session will share the key findings and report on the progress of schools in the midst of change.

[B] Becoming a Great Girls’ School: Discovering School Culture, Diagnosing Critical Issues, and Setting Direction for Your Preferred Future

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Phil Cummins, Founder and Managing Director | CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education) (Australia)

We all aspire to be great girls’ schools, but how do we make this reality? In this workshop, Dr. Phil Cummins invites participants to engage with a rigorous process to create a coherent vision for girls’ education and to generate an outcomes-driven, data-rich program that can be measured and evaluated. The process involves a comprehensive cultural audit, including surveys, interviews and focus groups, to create authentic engagement across the school community. While affirming what is successful in the current practices operations and ethos of a girls’ school, the process unearths and challenges hidden assumptions and ways of doing things, and maps out innovative and creative programming towards a rigorously framed strategic vision. The concrete goal setting and action planning that follow provide alignment and accountability. The workshop concludes with a discussion of the capabilities required of school leaders to enact this ambitious endeavour. In drawing upon the examples of schools around the globe, Dr. Cummins will highlight the case study of one school, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls in New Zealand, which has recently complete this process. During the workshop, participants will have opportunities to check in with another and to reflect on their own school’s readiness for change.

[B] Building an Empowered Student Technology Corps

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Andrea Chaves, Technology and Spanish Teacher/Technology Coordinator; Brittany Greve, TYWLSA TechCew Project Manager; and Noran Omar, Youth Media Journalist | The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

Tech Crew is a self-directed class comprised of student web and graphic designers, coders, filmmakers, and project managers who are passionate about pursuing careers in STEAM fields. Students are leaders in their own education, searching for real-world projects to pursue, and gaining recognition from M.I.T, Apple, and many other large corporations. Tech Crew members work to raise awareness on the gender gap in STEAM by becoming mentors to other young women at our school. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a space to engage students in real-world endeavors that involve using technology creatively for change.

[B] Character Assessment and Education in the 21st Century

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Heather Hoerle, Executive Director | The Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB) and Lisa Pullman, Executive Director | INDEX

Character skills and development are increasingly becoming part of the conversation around student success. A suite of character assessment tools that can provide schools a more comprehensive student profile and the bigger picture on student outcomes could be the answer. Led by Heather Hoerle, SSATB and Lisa Pullman, Executive Director, Index Group., this presentation will explore various assessment tools in development meant to identify student character skills in applicant pools — and those specific to female candidates — and to showcase a student’s potential success in a particular school’s environment, as well as how schools are addressing character education as it relates to their promise on delivering a school’s mission. In addition, attendees will learn ways that leading-edge independent schools are building programs in order to develop and highlight specific character traits — for girls, boys, and the student body as a whole.

[B] Doors Wide Open: A High School’s Partnership Strategy

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Jane Healy, Deputy Head Strategy & Communications | St Albans High School for Girls (United Kingdom)

Three words define our ambitions for our students: scholarship, adventure and integrity. We want teachers and learners to be adventurous, to look outwards, and to learn with and from richly diverse others. Key to realising these ambitions is collaboration. We are developing partnerships locally, nationally and internationally sure in the belief that meaningful connections will endue our students with a firm sense of their roles within and responsibilities to communities beyond the school gates. We want to be a truly porous school. This presentation will set out our strategy and report on its progress to date.

[B] Forensic Instruction Brought to You by the Letters C.S.I.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Cheryl Horton, Assistant Principal; Jennifer Oliver, Principal; Maura Ayres, Dean of Instruction; and Emily Camarena, Dean of Instruction | Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold

The Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Grand Prairie, TX, has developed a partnership with local police and crime scene unit investigators. Together we are providing our students with a realistic, hands-on experience in the field of forensics using a mock crime scene. Teachers and CSI investigators have created curriculum for the project based learning that exposes students to different math and sciences including physics, biotechnology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Audience members will be provided an introduction to forensics, a guide to establishing their own project based crime scene investigation, and invited to explore the tools used by CSI experts.

[B] From Head to Heart: Social-emotional Learning for Girls Through a School-wide Initiative

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Peck-Nolte, M.A., Lower School Counselor; Kate Norton, Lower School Grade 2 Teacher; Gabriella Vovsi, M.A., Lower School Grade 3 Teacher; and Christina Kosyla, M.A., Lower School Theology and Drama Teacher | Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

In a culture where competition is valued and leadership is expected, we endeavor to provide girls with opportunities to improve their social and emotional skills, transcending a stressful environment. Educators from an all-girls school in Princeton, NJ, will share their journey from head to heart, through a lower-school commitment to addressing relational needs. The seminar will focus on practices and strategies implemented in a comprehensive way across school departments, including in classroom and specialty settings. This workshop is both informative and experiential: participants will engage in hands-on activities and are provided with sample lessons to utilize in their own settings.

[B] Lidera+: A Program of Ethical Leadership Training to Become Agents of Change, Today at School and Tomorrow out in the World

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Teresa Martinez Tomás, Head | La Vall School (Spain) and Ana Moreno Salvo, Head of Educational Programs | Institucio Familiar (Spain)

“Lidera+” is a personal development program for girls from 13 to 16 years old, which strives to attain the educational excellence of the students through their formation as ethical leaders. Each person is unique and has their own talents, which if developed, can transform the person into a leader who follows their own mission. Leadership of a few can change a class, a school, a community, and the whole society. The mission for the girls participating in “Lidera+” is titled, “We all have many talents to discover and use in service to others in order to build a better world together.” “Lidera+” is performed in three steps: access to becoming a leader, leadership training, and “more participation towards higher commitment.” The last one allows the student to practice leadership as a member of the leaders’ team of their class for a school year. The program has one common framework with 60 aims which involve the five dimensions of the person: physical, emotional, rational, social and transcendental.

[B] Maker Spaces: The Head to Toe Design Process

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Baird Dixon, Principal | Street Dixon Rick Architecture; Molly Rumsey, Director of Library and Imformation Services | The Harpeth Hall School; and Ann Klotz, Head of School/English Teacher and Karen Galloway, Director of Design Initiatives | Laurel School

Helpful Hints? What have we learned? What would we do differently? A panel of representatives from Laurel School, Harpeth Hall School ,and Street Dixon Rick Architecture will discuss their individual experiences creating maker programs and the spaces that support them. Laurel School’s maker lab serves girls ages K-12 in an existing, retrofitted space while planning for the future growth of the school’s maker program. Harpeth Hall re-used a former computer lab in the lower level of their library to create their Design Den for girls ages 5th-12th grades. Street Dixon Rick has worked alongside both schools as the designer for their respective maker spaces.

[B] Social Pain and the Brain: Do Social Factors Influence Empathy?

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Laura Martocci, Author and Consultant

MRI research has shown that social pain is identical to physical pain. This means that bullying creates the same cognitive disruptions as tissue damage, including 1) interference with self-regulatory capacities 2) interference with information-processing and problem-solving abilities, and 3) interference with a capacity to empathize. The pain matrix of the brain also houses “mirror neurons” linked to a capacity for empathy. Since bystanders rarely intervene, we must ask whether admonishing victims to be stoic and bystanders to “mind their own business” has influenced brain firing / their ability to respond.

[B] Students as Co-Researchers: The Intersection of Institutional Research and Student Agency

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Jessica Watkin, Academic Dean; Gentry L., 12th Grade Student; and Imani M., 12th Grade Student | Miss Porter’s School

Over the last several years, Miss Porter’s School has profoundly changed the ways in which we gather data from and with our students. The increase in opportunities for student voice to drive school practices and for students to become co-researchers with administrators has coincided with a period of exceptionally low attrition. In this session, we’ll discuss three examples of our commitment to this work: our Research Methods class, through which our students carry out Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR); our Community Life Team, in which students and administrators work side by side to collect and analyze student data on what helps our community thrive; and our recent self-study process for our NEASC re-accreditation, during which a student team was handed complete control over the research and writing of the report on Standard 5: The Experience of the Students.

[B] Walking the Talk: Female Leadership in All Girls’ Schools

DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 7, 4:40 PM-5:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Monica Gillespie, Head of School | Saint Mary’s School; Jeannie Norris, Retired Head of School, Miss Hall’s School and Interim Director of Development | Saint Mary’s School; Ayanna Hill-Gill, Head of School | Atlanta Girls’ School; and Lynne Thomson, Principal | St. Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School (AUS)

Join this interactive panel discussion with four experienced heads of school about leading all girls’ schools. Together with participants, we will explore topics including the interplay between cultivating young women leaders and being role models for them; aspiring leaders; and, lessons learned as female leaders. Participants will leave with strategies, ideas, and questions to explore about leadership to bring back to their schools as well as to reflect upon in their own professional journey.

[C] 360 Degrees of Empowerment: Inspiring Leadership Through Corporate Partnerships

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Abigail Zorn, Manager, Global Talent Design and Christine Hwang, Manager, Executive Education | The Estee Lauder Companies

In this session we will share the model for the partnership between The Estée Lauder Companies and The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. Our mission for this partnership is “360 degrees of Empowerment” because our workshops empower both the students and our employees. We will give an overview of the programs we run at the school and at our offices, as well as discuss the benefits to corporations (such as employee engagement and leadership development opportunities). All attendees will be invited to participate in a brief activity where they will create a workshop inspired by one of our formats.

[C] Are Single-Sex schools in Europe making a Comeback? The Revival of Single Sex Schools in Poland, Germany and Portugal

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Barbara Schellenberguer | Stiftung Freie Schulen (Germany); Dobrochna Lama, Head | Edukonsulting Schools Network (Poland); and Margarida Garcia dos Santos, Head | Colégios Fomento (Portugal)

Three European countries with different cultures are seeing the resurgence of girls’ schools. The session explains how from three very distinct realities, educational institutions from Germany, Poland and Portugal decide to venture into single sex schooling so as to educate the new European citizens in equality. With an innovative perspective, they offer families the same education for their children, but in schools specializing in girls and schools specializing in boys. It is a system used to offer more personalized attention to each student and care for their family more efficiently.

[C] Beyond Tomboys and Girly-Girls: Offering A World of Possibilities Via The Gender Spectrum (PreK-6)

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Bryan, Educational Consultant | Team Finch Consultants

By using a broad, contemporary paradigm for understanding Gender, Early Childhood and Elementary Educators can foster healthy identity development in all students. Binary concepts of gender — along with pervasive, persistent gender role stereotypes — interfere with each student’s free exploration of the many personal, social and academic possibilities at school. In this session we will explore everyday manifestations of implicit and explicit gender stereotyping and consider the structural and pedagogical approaches that reinforce binary expectations for gender identity development. Interactive, case examples. Bring your curiosity, candor and a sense of humor!

[C] Building Leadership Capacity, Wellbeing, School Culture, and Educational Outcomes

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Karen Spiller, Principal | St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School (Australia); Ros Curtis, Principal | St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School (Australia); and Roz Mexted, Principal | Westlake Girls High School (New Zealand)

Three Heads will present a range of strategies from their school experience to illustrate how across two countries and in a variety of school contexts (including independent and government schools) they have encouraged and modeled female leadership for staff and students and as such, fostered the community leaders of the future. These strategies will be set in the context of community engagement and student wellbeing and achievement. Delegates will be invited to share their experiences to add to the richness of the discussion. Examples of strategies include student leadership models and programs, encouraging aspiring leaders in staff, utilising the community and alumni in these programs and how these contribute to student wellbeing and enhance student educational outcomes.

[C] Building Programs for Global Citizenship: The Resources of GEBG

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Clare Sisisky, Director of Responsible Citizenship and Strategic Planning | Collegiate School; Walter Swanson, Dean of Faculty and Director of Global Advancement | Wilbraham and Monson Academy; Joseph Vogel, Director of the Center for Global Citizenship | Hathaway Brown School; and David Thompson, Director of International Programs | Hotchkiss School

How do you build a global program around global citizenship? How do you design a curriculum for all aspects of global programs? What resources are available to schools to help guide these discussions with research and independent school data? The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) is a national organization founded and run by leading global education professionals at independent schools to help provide these resources and foster dialogue. Learn how the presenters have built and grown the varied global programs at their schools, learn more about the resources of GEBG, and see how the presenters have used GEBG’s benchmarking data to explore questions such as “Why are so many more girls than boys enrolling in international travel programs?” and “In what type of programs are girls most engaged?”

[C] Creating an Innovative School Culture

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Samantha Coyne Donnel, Assistant Head for Research and Strategic and Karen Pavliscak, Assistant Head for Curriculum and Instruction | The Archer School for Girls

The challenge for educational leaders is to transform practice rather than to continuously improve upon old models. Join us for a conversation about how to lead systemic innovation and to make dynamic change happen at your school. We will discuss the challenges of managing an environment in flux and the positive impacts of innovation on student learning. Specifically, we will explore the following questions: How can schools spark innovation and professional growth amongst its faculty? How can schools move from islands of innovation to develop a faculty culture that is forward-thinking, reflective and purposeful?

[C] Global Girls Inspiration Network – Connecting the Girls’ School Community as Never Before

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director | Online School for Girls; Cathy Murphree | Online School for Girls; and Sarah Edson| Ethel Walker School

There has always been a spirit of collegiality in the girls’ school community. Girls’ schools want to share best practice on classroom innovation, wellness, marketing, and more with each other, although because our schools are dispersed around the world, that sharing tends to be regional. The Global Girls Inspiration Network (GGIN), a prototype program run by the Online School for Girls and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, helps educators share on a global level through creation of professional learning communities on key conversations in our schools. Attend this session to learn more about the prototype program that involves 18 schools from six countries, and to find out how your school can be engaged in the future.

[C] Inspiring Million Dollar Giving from Women: Real Data, Real Results, Unreal Impact

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Elizabeth Zeigler, President | Graham-Pelton Consulting; and Louise Peterson, Director of Development and Anne Faircloth, Alumna and Dev/Campaign Committee | The Madeira School

This session provides six actionable data findings to cultivate $1M+ gifts from women donors as well as personal testimony from a female campaign leader and donor. Graham-Pelton applies the findings of its research on women philanthropists making gifts of $1M+ through partnerships with girls’ schools focused on their campaigns. Joining Graham-Pelton is The Madeira School – the Director of Development as well as an alumna who is a principal gift donor. Madeira has secured nine gifts at the $1M+ level during the campaign’s quiet phase thus far. The panel will share strategies for engaging alumnae, parents and board in philanthropic action.

[C] No, it’s Not an Elective! Seventeen Years of Teaching CS as a Required Class

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Tricia Kellison, Computer Science Department Chair and Sophie Libkind, Computer Science Teacher | The Girls’ Middle School; and Michelle Hutton, Ph.D. Candidate and Chris Proctor, Ph.D. candidate | Stanford Graduate School of Education

Since its founding in 1998, The Girls Middle School has prioritized STEAM education, making computer science a mandatory course and integrating computing across the curriculum. Having served over one thousand students to date, the program still flourishes sixteen years later, and continues to refine the techniques best suited to cultivating technical interests in girls. Learn how the curriculum uses research-based best practices to engage every girl, every year, in computer science concepts, allowing them to channel their natural interest in technology towards solving important problems. Discover how computer science can partner across disciplines to provide meaningful learning opportunities for girls.

[C] Put a Women’s College on Her List: Innovations and Outcomes in STEM, Athletics and Leadership at Women’s Colleges

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Lori Hendricks, Chair of Physical Education and Director of Athletics | Mount Holyoke College; Mary Shapiro, Trust Chair of Leadership Development | Simmons College; Michele Ozumba, President | Women’s College Coalition; and Kate Queeney, Professor of Chemistry | Smith College

Women’s colleges have always been innovators in education. At this session, three colleges will share some curricular and co-curricular innovations occurring on their campuses. Mt. Holyoke College will discuss experiences of scholar-athletes at women’s colleges, where their cerebral ability and athletic prowess are equally recognized and challenged. Learn about their success in and out of the classroom, their outcomes, and their continued relationship to the college as alumnae. Women’s colleges have long played a significant role in cultivating leaders. Attendees will learn how Simmons College transformed the core of every student’s academic experience, its general education curriculum, into a ground-breaking program focused on leadership. Women’s colleges have a proven track record in advancing women in STEM. At Smith College, the only U.S. women’s college with an engineering program, four in ten students major in science — a rate double the national average for women. Learn how women’s colleges provide the resources, opportunities and guidance that create women leaders for society’s scientific and technological challenges.

[C] Respect Starts Here: Listen, Learn and Act

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Diana O’Connor, Librarian | Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; and Lynn McBee, Chief Executive Officer; and Patty Leyendecker, Chief Development Officer

Young Women’s Preparatory Network has established an anti-bias program called Respect Starts Here — Listen, Learn, and Act. Facing issues of race, gender, and class, the program targets students (grades 6-12), faculty and staff, with an emphasis on empathy for others. Learn about the implementation of this program; the execution of a kick-off conference; the creation of partnerships with social justice organizations; and the integration of this year-long curriculum in the classroom and out. This teaching is a crucial part of a girl’s educational development, and will empower these school populations to be agents of social change within their communities and beyond.

[C] The Roadmap to Girls Innovate

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Theodora Miller, Director of Marketing and Communications; Doran McBride, Director of Technology; and Anna Hatfield, Project Manager for the Head of School | St. Catherine’s School

What happens when you combine STEAM, community engagement, innovation and Middle School girls? Girls Innovate! Learn about this unique program, complete with dynamic speakers, community mentors and new technology, to see how design thinking brings girls’ ideas to life. Our Girls Innovate program brought together more than 1,000 girls in grades 5-12, including 200 guest students from underserved public schools. Learn from eighteen months of planning that involved corporate sponsorships, volunteer management, branding and communications. Find ways to replicate this program complete with hands-on Innovation Time powered by littleBits.

[C] The Value of Research: Using Data to Prompt Programmatic Change

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Jane Fried, Head of School | The Brearley School; Mariandl Hufford, Assistant Head of School and Director, Center for the Advancement of Girls | The Agnes Irwin School; Pete McCorkle, Director of Learning | Emma Willard School; and Olivia Haas, Director of Strategic Communications & Research | National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

Collecting mountains of assessment data can be relatively easy. Many schools survey students, parents, and alumnae about their school experiences. Summarizing the data into reports, however, is not the final step. What happens to the reports? Do they adorn the shelves of school heads or lie fallow, buried deep in some file cabinet or are they a catalyst for needed change? In this panel discussion, you will learn pitfalls to avoid when conducting research and about a variety of practices that can transform assessment reports into evidence to help enhance the student experience and learning.

[C] The Young Women’s Leadership Schools: Creating a College Going Culture

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM

PRESENTERS: Robert Robinson, Director of Programs and High School Partnerships and Jon Roure, Senior Managing Director | Young Women’s Leadership Network/CollegeBound Initiative; Jessica Sabia, Director of College Counseling | Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem; and Lauren Quigley, Director of College Counseling | Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

College access research has shown that girls having college plans by the 10th grade increases the likelihood of attending college by 21%, compared to when plans are created in the 12th grade. Planning early allows girls to be prepared academically, financially and emotionally. Students’ achievements and aspirations must be fostered, developed and encouraged in a multitude of ways. Using a highly successful model including Patricia McDonough’s “Nine Critical Principles of a College Culture”, The Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) and CollegeBound Initiative (CBI) have created an incredibly successful college access and enrollment program. Join CBI in exploring ways that counselors, administrators, principals and schools can determine to what extent they are currently fostering a college going culture and the steps they might take in the future to strengthen that culture.

[D] The Power of Nine: Cultivating a Culture of Greatness among Girls

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Ed Fermin, Principal, High School | Miriam College (Philippines)

Despite the many shifts in programs and policies in girls’ education, nine core processes that cultivate a culture of greatness in girls’ schools seem to endure. By examining each of these processes and their inextricable connectedness, the ‘constants’ in the education of girls and young women may be celebrated and problematized better. While the session posits the universality of the nine constants, it shall engage participants in talking about the peculiarities of each constant at an institutional level, especially in the era of VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in which the value of single-sex schooling is being challenged.

[D] #Globaleducation: Connecting Students Through Innovative Learning Experiences

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Eric Walters, Director of STEM Education; Kara Kutner, Director of Global Programs; Sarah Cunningham, Integrated Humanities Coordinator; Christine Tesson, French Teacher, World Languages Department Chair; Ana Sophie A., 12th Grade Student; Eunice D., 11th Grade Student; Gaby P., 11th Grade Student; Bree V., 11th Grade Student; Sofia C, 11th Grade Student; and Alida M., 11th Grade Student | Marymount School of New York and Don Buckley, Co-Founder, Tools at Schools | Tools at Schools

The heart of a global education is enabling young people to participate in shaping a better, shared future for the world. Providing innovative learning opportunities for both students and faculty to interact with the global community is key to understanding that global education is a dimension that runs through a K-12 curriculum. Join Marymount faculty and students as we host a mini EdCamp to uncover strategies for success for implementing global dimensions in your curriculum, as seen through the lens of several Marymount initiatives, including the Global Exchange Program and the Global Student Technology Conference.

[D] 24/7: Girls’ Leadership Development in Boarding Schools

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Monica Gillespie, Ph.D., Head of School | Saint Mary’s School; Nicole Hager, Dean of Students | Northfield Mount Hermon School; Kisha Palmer, Women as Global Leaders Program Director | Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart; and Anne Rubin, English Teacher and Girls’ Leadership Project Faculty Seminar Facilitator | Miss Hall’s School

Join colleagues from three residential schools in a conversation about building effective girls’ leadership development programs in a residential context. Panelists will share their perspectives about girls’ leadership and draw upon their collective breadth of experience in all-girl and co-ed environments. Panelists will also discuss what works, what doesn’t, and what questions to consider when planning or evaluating programs. Participants will leave with concrete strategies, ideas, and questions to explore with colleagues in their schools.

[D] Competent Girls, Confident Global Leaders

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Nanci Kauffman, Head of School | Castilleja School; Stacey Kertsman, ACE Center Director | Castilleja School; and Catherine Steiner-Adair, Clinical Psychologist

This session shares a behind-the-scenes look at Castilleja School’s Global Leadership Program. Three different practitioners will offer a close analysis of the program’s vision, curriculum, and integrated position in the school’s SEL and Leadership program. They will also demonstrate how current research on teaching girls to lead forms the inspirational foundation for the design and the assessment metrics of the program. Nanci Kauffman, Head of School, will define the vision for Castilleja’s global leadership initiative and will describe the cultural shift that supported the program development. Stacey Kertsman, Director of Castilleja’s Center for Awareness, Compassion, & Engagement (ACE), will provide concrete examples to illustrate Castilleja’s scaffolded global leadership program for grades 6-12. Catherine Steiner-Adair, renowned author, researcher, and psychologist, will highlight the research that explains how and why Castilleja’s program works and how yours can work, too.

[D] Creating Agents of Change Through Holistic Girls’ Education and Community Development in East Africa

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Jessica Posner Odede, Co-Founder and COO of Shining Hope For Communities | Kibera School for Girls (Kenya); Susan Hannah, Board Member | Nurturing Minds/SEGA Girls’ Secondary School (Tanzania); and Jenni Doherty, Founder & Executive Director | Daraja Academy (Kenya)

… Not just a girls’ school, but a model for international development. In Kenya and Tanzania, education for girls gives them the right and ability to participate in the larger society. Education is the pathway for a girl to earn higher wages and improve her health and wellbeing, as well as that of her family and community. Join us for a discussion about our three independent projects and our common approaches to facilitating self- reliant young women who can become transformative leaders.

[D] Creating Partnerships to Build Capital and Economic Impact

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Catherine O’Sullivan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships | Bond University (Australia)

In an increasingly competitive global market, schools, like Universities and business, are challenged to drive creative strategies to maximise their impact and influence. Today’s market demands innovation, agility and entrepreneurial leadership to create strong, successful partnerships with business, government, and the community. Mutually beneficial partnerships can create economic benefit and galvanise a community resulting in better outcomes for both parties. The presenter will explore her own experiences for how she has built successful partnerships with the likes of the Harvard Kennedy Business School Women’s Leadership Board, national sporting teams, State and Federal Governments, the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, and corporate Australia. She will discuss: (1) What commercial opportunities exist in schools; (2) How schools can leverage their own networks to build partnerships; and (3) What defines a successful partnership with mutual benefits.

[D] Drafting the Future: Students and Architects Designing in Tandem

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Aubree Stephens, Upper School Science Teacher | Convent of the Sacred Heart and Julie Nelson, Partner | BKSK Architects

Today’s educators strive to foster interdisciplinary learning, embrace emerging technologies, and instill a sense of global citizenship, all while keeping students engaged. This session will illustrate how education and architecture professionals can collaborate to achieve these goals – starting with an inside look at the “Introduction to Engineering” course at NYC’s all-female Convent of the Sacred Heart, whose athletics building was designed by a female-led team at BKSK Architects. Participants will explore ways of integrating buildings into the classroom experience and leave with ideas for hands-on design challenges rooted in STEM that also demonstrate opportunities for women in the building industry.

[D] Innovative STEM @ YWCPA

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Astra Zeno, Educator; Nina Chantanapumma, Educator; and Lori Dunklin, Educator | Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy

The Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy is an all-girls magnet school in the Houston Independent School District. With a rigorous curriculum focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), students are given a high quality education and excel in STEM fields. Our STEM curriculum gives our students the necessary tools to excel in engineering, computer science (CS), and related fields. YWCPA students are exposed to a project–based multidisciplinary STEM+CS curriculum that culminates with an industry externship and a capstone project.

[D] International, Interdisciplinary: Developing Leaders on Two Continents

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Karen Jurjevich, Principal; Heather Friesen, Head, Academics; Giles Pinto, IB Middle Years Program Coordinator; Jennifer Boisvert, Personal Project Coordinator; Hannah Fransen, Social Sciences Teacher; and Scott Harbin, Music Teacher | Branksome Hall (Canada) and Peter Kenny, Managing Director | Branksome Hall Asia (South Korea)

In 2012, Branksome Hall in Toronto, Canada, established a sister school on Jeju Island, South Korea. This joint Korean/Canadian student intercultural experience and outstanding professional development opportunities for faculty have enriched the lives of students and faculty on two continents. Following a brief introduction on the establishment of Branksome Hall Asia, participants will learn how students from both continents collaboratively develop leadership as they engage in an interdisciplinary unit of inquiry. We will introduce the integrative thinking model used in Branksome Hall’s Global Leaders In Action curriculum, adapted from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

[D] The Power of Nine: Cultivating a Culture of Greatness among Girls

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM


[D] Raising the Performance of TYWLS Students through the Three P’s: Partnerships, Programs, and Professional Development

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Laura Rebell Gross, Director of Girls’ Education; Sarah Boldin, Director of Educational Programming; Jahleese Ladson, Program Manager; Amanda Rosenblum, Girls’ Education Senior Manager, Programs and Partnerships; and Yahaira Gil Maestro, Girls’ Education Senior Manager, Programs and Events | Young Women’s Leadership Network

In this workshop participants will gather information related to programming strategies from the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN). Organizations and schools will learn how they can effectively secure and cultivate partner organizations, corporations and individuals to collaborate in advancing their mission. We will share resources related to out-of-school time programming, summer enrichment programs, and events. Participants will learn how they can build a similar framework for the students’ learning enhancement. Additionally, the Girls’ Education (GE) Team will share tips for increasing the effectiveness of teachers through scaffolded professional development opportunities.

[D] Sophie and Athene – It Isn’t All Greek to our Girls

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Jane Prescott, Headmistress | Portsmouth High School GDST (United Kingdom)

Our programmes (Sophie and Athene) expose girls to a higher level of academic thought and centre around five themes – reasoning, creative thinking, evaluation, enquiry and information processing. Through a series of debates, discussions, games, puzzles and interactions, girls are encouraged to develop skills and furthermore use them to excellent effect in the learning environment. The programmes encourage girls to take academic risks and to think beyond their own safe boundaries and not be crushed by setbacks. It prepares them mentally to be the leaders of the future. The themes are embedded throughout the taught curriculum and it encourages cross-curricular linking.

[D] The Promises and Entanglements of a Gender-sensitive Curriculum for Girls

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Stephanie McCall, Adjunct Assistant Professor | Teachers College, Columbia University; Kelly Cassaro, Chief Academic Officer | Public Prep; and Josie Carbone, Principal and Lisa Duque, 5th grade Teacher | Girls Prep Bronx Elementary

This panel will present a discussion of current issues and debates about gender and education in single-gender schooling with an emphasis on the implications for girls. The purpose of this discussion is to engage, and untangle, some of the challenges with gender-sensitive curricula from theoretical and practical perspectives. The participants on the panel will come from different roles to diversify the perspectives on the issues. The panel presenters will include a gender in education scholar/researcher, a teacher in an all-girls school, a leader from a single-sex school charter network, and a principal in an all-girls school.

[D] You Cannot Be What You Cannot See: Helping Girls See Themselves as Successful Financial Professionals

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Eleanor Blayney, Consumer Advocate | Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board); Marguerita Cheng, CEO | Blue Ocean Global Wealth; Karen Schaeffer, Managing Member and Co-Founder | Schaeffer Financial LLC; and Lazetta Braxton, Founder/CEO | Financial Fountains, LLC

Four successful female certified financial planners (CFP®) will share their professional stories and roles as Advocates for CFP Board’s Women Initiative, launched in 2013 to reverse the long-standing dearth of women CFP®s. They’ll discuss the critical importance of financial literacy in promoting girls’ well-being and self-esteem, as well as igniting their ambitions to become CFP®s to help others with their own personal finances. A major objective of this session will be to introduce attendees to the WIN Advocate program as a resource they can bring into schools to help girls envision themselves as professionals and leaders in a traditionally male field.

[E] A Place in the Sun: Exploring All Girls’ Schooling in South Africa

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Cally Maddams, Principal | Danville Park Girls’ High School and Co-Founder and President | South African Girls’ Schools Association (South Africa) and Erica Hayes-Hill, Principal | Durban Girls’ High School, President | KwaZulu-Natal Province of the South African Principals’ Association, and Vice President | South African Girls’ Schools Association (South Africa)

All girls’ schooling is very uncommon in South Africa. With over 25,000 public schools, all girls’ schools comprise just 0.5%. For the most part, the poor have little to no access to single-sex schools. Nevertheless, where all girls’ schools do exist they fill an important place in providing quality education in what is a highly under-performing education system. We explore the characteristics of this minority of all girls’ schools and how they differ from other schools in the South African education system. This presentation also documents the experiences of young girls attending a public secondary all girls’ school in Durban.

[E] Building a Growth Culture through Curiosity: Innovative Approaches to Goal-Setting

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Meredith Monk Ford, Executive Director | The FolioCollaborative; Ilana Pergam, Director of Studies | Chapin School; and Rebekah Wolman, Director of Upper School | Katherine Delmar Burke School

How do you encourage both faculty and students to embrace growth and ongoing development with full engagement? Effective, innovative approaches to goal-setting are key. This session features three school leaders who are building cultures of growth among both faculty and students. Using the power of questions and self-reflection, their approach is making goal-setting a more personal and meaningful process for teachers. Faculty, in turn, help students combat perfectionism by seeing themselves as drivers of their own learning, responsible for growth beyond better grades. Along with learning from their schools’ experiences, participants will try this method of goal-setting firsthand.

[E] Collaborative Partnerships: Connecting Girls Across Their Community

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Blake Kohn, Executive Director | National Network of Schools in Partnership; Andrea Perry, Director of the James Center | Garrison Forest School; Danielle Passno, Director of Outreach and Public Purpose | The Spence School; and Cashmere Roddey, Code Camp Teacher | Promise Academy 1 of Harlem Children’s Zone

Increasingly schools seek ways to purposefully engage with their community, expand collaborative partnerships and ensure that they are educating their students to become contributing citizens in the cities where they live and learn. Hear about the development of two distinct independent school/public school programs that connect girls from across a community in establishing enduring relationships for both the students and their institutions. Join the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP) for a conversation with the leaders of the “City, Self, and Action” project based learning Middle Grades Partnership initiative in Baltimore, MD, and the Code Camp of New York City.

[E] Creating STEAM Engagement for Girls in a Makerspace

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Liana Gooch, Director of Learning, Teaching and Innovation and Phil Carew, Head of eLearning | Toorak College (Australia)

How do we develop a mindset that challenges girls to embrace the thinking skills, digital technology and design approach associated with STEAM? How do we also develop and equip our staff with the skills and knowledge aligned with STEAM to best support our students? How do we inform parents about the role of STEAM in learning? Taking up this challenge in 2015, Toorak College in Australia designed a makerspace, the DIGIZone (Design, Inspire, Gamify, Innovate), as the epicentre of STEAM where girls from all ages of the school can tinker, make errors, design, problem find and solve, collaborate, and create while accessing an array of traditional and digital tools. Our DIGI students from prep to Year 12 in their digital development have been assigned a particular DIGI identity which links to a specific stage of STEAM skill and development to build the necessary mindset. An array of innovative professional learning opportunities for staff and academy learning programs for both parents and students are effectively working to create the STEAM momentum at our school.

[E] Farewell to Perfectionism and Embracing the “F” Word

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Judith Carlisle, Headmistress | Oxford High School GDST (United Kingdom) and Jane Lunnon, Head | Wimbledon High School GDST (United Kingdom)

Is perfectionism ever helpful? Why should we celebrate failure? From schools where girls are encouraged to embrace failure and wave goodbye to perfectionism, the Heads of two of the UK’s leading girls’ schools share their stories of changing mindsets in the school community on the road to real success and fulfilment. A creative and interactive session, we shall explore the need to develop resilience and grit in our girls, and participants will take away practical strategies to adopt in school and at home.

[E] From Volunteers to Philanthropic Grant Writers: Enhancing the Student’s Role in Service Learning

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Berta Fogerson, Principal; Jeremy Cortez, Jeremy Cortez, College Adviser; and Brian Ellyson, Assistant Principal | Talkington School for Young Women Leaders

Participants will learn about the grant writing and scholarship competition that was initiated with the purpose of broadening the scope of the students’ role in the areas of charitable giving and philanthropy. Presenters will share their journey through this experiential learning project including: the process used to get the endeavor underwritten by a local foundation, the development of contest criteria and guidelines, and the professional grant writing training that was provided for students. Highlights of students working with local charities will be shared along with testimonies about the impact that this initiative had on the students and the community partners involved.

[E] Girls as Global Leaders: Preparing Girls to Thrive in a VUCA World

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Jennifer D. Klein, Director of Professional Development | World Leadership School; Dr. Ashley M. Johnson, Science Teacher | Madeira School; Melissa Brown, Global Education Director; Upper School Spanish | Holton-Arms School; Suzanne Fogarty, Head of School | Lincoln School; and Brandon Clarke, Assistant Head of School for Program | Berkeley Carroll School

Demanding times require agile leaders who can connect across geographic and political boundaries to meet the needs of different stakeholders. Many schools find girls particularly well suited to the demands of global leadership and change in a world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. This session will explore how several schools are interweaving international development programs for students with in-class global integrations and “glocal” action opportunities. Using pedagogies which capitalize on the strengths of feminine thinkers and improve areas of challenge, these schools partner with global communities and provide students with authentic opportunities for intercultural skill building and leadership development.

[E] Integrated Studies: A Platform for Future Women Leaders

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Susan Corbesero, History Department Chair and Global Initiatives Coordinator; Richard Malmstrom, History Teacher; Sara Sturdevant, Chair, Visual and Performing Arts Department; and Lauren Lieberman, Director of College Counseling | The Ellis School

This session will provide an in-depth look at the mission-driven and scaffolded Integrated Studies (IS) curriculum created at The Ellis School to equip students with the skills, mindset, and knowledge necessary to become effective and principled global women leaders. Join us to hear how students (and teachers!) work in multidisciplinary teams to tackle real world problems, both local and global. Attendees will also delve into a human-centered design activity to demonstrate how this practice is not only central to the IS curriculum, but is also a transformative approach that empowers high school girls to become tomorrow’s social innovators. Additionally, participants will learn how this innovative curriculum culminates in an individually designed Senior Project that activates acquired leadership skills and ignites student passion.

[E] The Intersection of Science and Math: Interdisciplinary Power in STEM

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Patricia Jahaly, Director of Curriculum and Assessment and Annayanna Haldar, Science Teacher, 2nd and 3rd grade | Girls Prep Bronx Elementary Schools

This session will analyze how to afford girls a second opportunity at learning math skills/concepts through the lens of Science. It has become increasingly important to provide transferable math skills, including hands on experiences, into Science curriculum. Next Generation Science Standards content and related Habits of Mind allow for this interdisciplinary work. This provides a robust crosswalk of curriculum that is not only engaging, but affords girls a level of complexity, and an inquiry based pedagogy, relevant to STEM related college majors/careers. During this session, participants will learn tangible ways and receive documents to support math integration into Science curriculum.

[E] Invest in Girls Financial Empowerment

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Amanda Hoffman, Executive Director; Devon Mercurius, New York Program Manager; Lexie Mills, Mid-Atlantic Program Manager; Carol Smolinksy, New England Program Manager; and Jennifer Zolkos, Program Director | Invest in Girls

The Invest in Girls program offers financial education and leadership training to high school girls through a unique blend of workshops, visits to partner companies who are creating change for women, and our multi-faceted Role Model Exchange. In this session, we will take participants through both the student and partner school experience with Invest in Girls. From “one-time” or “full series” workshops offered by our staff to training your own staff to implement the program at your school with our easy-to-use online curriculum and guidelines, Invest in Girls has the tools and the flexibility to meaningfully impact your students.

[E] Real-World Leadership for Girls through Community Board Membership: A Partnership for Success!

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Cathy McGehee, Head of School; Mary Park D., Student, Class of 2017; and Jessie H., Student, Class of 2016 | Foxcroft School and Stephanie Knapp, Vice Chair | Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation

Students can practice leadership skills from sitting on a non-profit Board, but learn how Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation benefits from Foxcroft student board members in a model for real-world leadership development and community partnership, all while supporting breast cancer detection, treatment, education and elimination. Foxcroft students serve on the grants and education committees, organize schools’ participation on fun runs, and lead social media efforts for the Board. Participants will get a road map to replicate this student-board member model with their local community partners by hearing from students and CBBCF board members.

[E] ReMix! Thinking Round the Box: Re-Imagining Resources in a Year-Round Learning Community

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Linda Vasu, Director, Center for Research, Teaching & Learning; Lori WIlson, Director of Campus Ministry​, Upper School Social Justice & Service​, Summer Enrichment​, and SophieConnect; Mary Musolino, Science Research Teacher & Coordinator; Jennifer Bensen, Network Exchange Coordinator; and Elizabeth Fernandez, Library Director | Sacred Heart Greenwich (USA)

Since 1848, throughout its local and global network, Sacred Heart’s mission and identity have been aligned with shared practices, traditions, and values of service and leadership that reflect social justice, community building, and collaboration. A panel of Sacred Heart educators will present a series of signature programs and innovative practices that engage students and faculty outside the traditional learning environment. These include peer-to-peer professional development, scholarly science research open to all students, online learning, public purpose partnerships, Sacred Heart international and stateside network exchange experiences, summer enrichment programs, shadow internships, and a Center for Research, Teaching & Learning.

[E] Going Beyond Voluntourism: A Look at the 2015 WiSci STEAM Camp

DATE/TIME: Monday, February 8, 4:20 PM-5:10 PM

PRESENTERS: Rachel Wisthuff, Senior Grassroots Associate; Chelsea Williams-Diggs, Campaign Associate; and Imani B., Teen Advisor | Girl Up

Last summer, Girl Up joined forces with the U.S. State Department, the Gashora Girls Academy and private sector partners including AOL and Intel to put on the first ever WiSci (Women in Science) STEAM Camp. This three week camp in Rwanda brought together 120 female high school students from the U.S. and eight different African countries for a cross-cultural learning experience centered on robotics, coding, social innovation and leadership development. Learn how this camp built upon the traditional student exchange framework to address cultural differences and create a supportive learning environment. Hear about key takeaways from camp participants & facilitators and adopt select camp activities for your own classroom.

[F] Engagement, Celebration, and Brand: A Community Exercise

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Suzanne Buck, Rector/Head of School and Maisie Deely, Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing | Chatham Hall

A school brand is more than a logo. How do you convey everything that is meaningful and unique about your institution? In this dynamic workshop, we will explore the process of shaping the branding dialog with key stakeholders including students, faculty, parents, alumnae, and trustees. We will offer Chatham Hall’s interactive and collaborative approach for engagement in this critical initiative, as well as share an effective model for helping your school determine and celebrate it’s own “special sauce.”

[F] Learning the Ropes of Sisterhood

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Carrie Deeter, Math Teacher and Adrienne Kizer, Science Teacher | Ann Richard School for Young Women Leaders

Come see an example of PBL at its best: an interdisciplinary STEAM project that involves 7th graders creating their own Low Ropes Course elements. Students first swung high, climbed rock walls, played cooperative games, and faced their fears by propelling down a zip line at a local ropes course. Over a week’s time, they designed and built their own ropes course element. The project included scaled sketches, calculating costs and dimensions, history research, mapping, field trips to Home Depot, using power tools and personal reflection. The finale involved the girls leading their incoming 6th grade sisters through each of the elements.

[F] NHSG “Selfie” Programme

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Lisa Cook, Deputy Head Teaching and Learning | Newcastle High School for Girls GDST (United Kingdom)

In this session, we will offer reflections on our response to the issues girls face in our increasingly image obsessed world. We have worked hard to develop a Learner Promise and embed the associated behaviours and attitudes into all planning, teaching and learning. To change attitudes and develop resilience, we need a consistent and concerted approach. Social and Emotional Learning for Individuals and Everyone “SELFIE”) includes and involves our whole school community including parents.

[F] Redefining Teaching and Learning: A Showcase of Best Practice

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Ann Owgan, Headmistress | Brescia House School (South Africa); Deanne King, Head of School | St Mary’s School, Waverley (South Africa); and Sally James, Deputy Head | St Mary’s School, Waverley (South Africa)

Increasingly educators and curriculum developers around the world are being challenged to rethink approaches to teaching and learning. Blended education is one of the current innovative pedagogies which is being utilised in a variety of educational arenas. Brescia House School has embraced this philosophy by creating connected classrooms across their grades. Presenters will demonstrate that the connected classroom is about being open- minded and using progressive thinking skills to show how girls understand what they have learnt and how teachers have accomplished their goals.

A team of teachers at St Mary’s School, Waverley have crafted a unique curriculum which has been aptly called the “e4 curriculum”. The e4 curriculum, which is representative of an effective, engaging, exciting and enriching approach, is aimed at being a uniquely St Mary’s programme drawing on current educational pedagogy and practice-based research to suit the school’s context and needs of the girl child. In this breakout session the presenters aim to share their journey in crafting an original and innovative curriculum which has assisted in catalysing larger whole school changes.

[F] Single-Sex Independent Schools in a Multi-Gender World: What’s a Girl (To Do)? Preparing Your Community/Communicating with Stakeholders

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Julie Mencher, MSW | Educator/Trainer/Consultant and Jane Hulbert | The Jane Group (USA)

How would your school respond to a born-male applicant who has lived as a girl since age 3? How would you support a sophomore who declares that he is transgender, changes his name, and asks that you use male pronouns? Educators are left scratching our heads as the intrinsically binary mindset of girls’ schools collides with a 21st century gender revolution which replaces categories of female and male with a spectrum of multiple gender identities. Focusing on training, policy development, and communications challenges, we will examine the newest diversity issue, one that may challenge the very mission of girls’ schools.

[F] Who Am I: Exploring Racial and Cultural Identity through Literature and the Arts

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Monique Duncan, Learning Specialist/Author of Multicultural Children’s Books | Girls Preparatory Charter School of the Bronx

Participants will think critically about their own cultural identity by exploring and analyzing literature and the arts. The presenter will give attendees an overview of a series of identity workshops she created for young girls of color, ages 10 and up. The following questions will guide their thinking about how we examine texts and images through the lens of our own identities (culture, race, gender, class) as well as how we can analyze and select texts that mirror the identities and the experiences of our students: How do women writers construct their own identities through literature? How can we examine texts and images through the lens of our own identities (culture, race, gender, class)? How can we incorporate our own identities in the work we produce?

[F] Why, Where and How New Independent Girls’ Schools Have Opened in the U.S.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: James Palmieri, Assistant Head of School and Mary Sciarrillo, Founding Head of School (current) | Trinity Hall; Nancy Davies, Founding Head of School (past) | Orchard House School; and Marja Brandon, Founding Head of School (past) | Seattle Girls’ School

James Palmieri will share results and reflections from his dissertation research, “21st Century Girls’ Schools: For what reasons are new independent girls’ schools opening in the United States?”, and facilitate a panel consisting of the Founding Heads from three of the youngest – and thriving – NCGS member schools, including: Mary Sciarrillo from Trinity Hall in Monmouth County, NJ (opened in 2012); Marja Brandon from Seattle Girls’ School in Seattle, WA (opened in 2001); and Nancy Davies from Orchard House School in Richmond, VA (opened in 1998). The discussion will touch on the necessities, challenges and opportunities of new schools, including: visionary founders, market factors, student and faculty recruitment, curriculum design and credibility, and most important of all, ensuring a common understanding and adherence to the school’s mission and core values. Hear how these inspiring new schools are grassroots responses to community-identified needs.

[F] The World as Your Campus: Launching Expedition Courses in a High School Curriculum

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 AM-10:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Connie Blunden, Director, Global Initiatives; Rachel Powers, History Department Chair; Charles Alt, Duff Center for STEM Initiatives; and Sarah Holzschuh, English Department and Director of Community Service | Greenwich Academy

The best educational environments are those in which learning feels relevant to students. Students are more engaged, more focused and more likely to pursue a course of study when they understand how and to what ends they can apply their learning. This workshop demonstrates how to incorporate typically co-curricular school trips directly into curricula across disciplines. The place-based education of expedition courses encourages students to see the world as their classroom, and it promotes the development of empathy, confidence and leadership skills among students, especially girls. The workshop will cover everything involved in designing, launching and managing expedition classes.

[G] From STEM to Full STEAM in Miriam College Middle School

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Gina J. Ganapin, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Middle School | Miriam Collegel (Philippines)

Collaboration is one the 21st century skills that is emphasized in Miriam College Middle School. In this session, the participants will gain insights as to how parents and teachers work hand-in-hand in developing STEAM skills of the students through the STEAM@Home projects. This session will share the challenges faced in the implementation of the program and how these challenges were addressed. Sample videos and blogs of students about the project will be shown. Other STEAM initiatives undertaken by the school will also be presented.

[G] Building PERMA to Achieve Positive Results for Girls

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Victoria Rennie, Deputy Principal and Julie Townsend, Headmistress | St Catherine’s School, NSW (Australia)

As we look to the future the significance of positive education continues to permeate school life. Dr. Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2000 wrote that “our best long term investment is human capital investment in the form of emotional, social and cognitive education,” and in order to do this, educators must have a clear focus on building wellbeing and flourishing in their students. With clear aims to teach girls the key competencies of resilience, how to build academic tenacity, positive relationships and emotions, and how to apply these successfully in order to reach their full potential and achieve their goals, we work closely with staff to deliver and develop a comprehensive K-12 Academic Care program. Drawing together the work of Barbara Fredrickson, Carol Dweck and aimed at building PERMA in our girls, our Academic Care program has a particular focus on four key areas: (1) Building mental toughness; (2) Building strong relationships; (3) Building positive emotion; and (4) Building academic capacity.

[G] Building Your Fundraising Toolkit: Funding Girl Power!

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Laura Green, Dean of Advancement | Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

This fundraising workshop will provide a look into how schools can improve on their fundraising efforts. The topics covered will include: (1) Case Statement: How to create a unifying, compelling, and consistent message about your school; (2) Goal Setting: How to create your case for support and what strategies do you need to reach your goal; (3) Major Gifts Program: according to GIVING USA 2014, individuals make 90% of all charitable contributions; therefore, we will talk about what you need to develop a simple and workable face-to-face major gift solicitation program. This includes creating a simple donor ranking and moves management system.

[G] Executive Director Panel

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM


[G] From Classroom to Career: Innovative STEM Curriculum to Plug the Leaky Pipeline

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Erika Kurt, Managing Director | Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration; Barbara Fishel, Dean of Studies/Director of Research | The Hockaday School; Nichole Broderick, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Institute for Systems Genomics | University of Connecticut (formerly Associate Research Scientist | Yale University); and Janelle Anderson, Partner | CTI Life Sciences Fund (formerly Managing Director, MRL Venture Fund | Merck)

Research shows that girls start out strong in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – courses but lose interest along the way, often referred to as the “leaky pipeline.” This engaging panel will discuss an innovative discovery-based course – the Small World Initiative™ (SWI) – formulated at Yale University to encourage and retain girls in STEM and what additional actions your school can take to help links students to STEM careers. Formulated at Yale University in 2012, SWI centers around an introductory biology course that engages students in original hands-on laboratory and field research while addressing a worldwide health threat – the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics. As part of SWI, students from around the world isolate bacteria from soil in their local environments in the hunt for new antibiotics. SWI is already in 99 colleges and universities around the world and will be training its first cohort of high school instructors this summer.

Join us as Erika Kurt, Managing Director for the Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration, moderates an interactive panel discussion between pioneering science educators and industry. Barbara Fishel, Dean of Studies at The Hockaday School, will share how she is piloting SWI’s innovative science curriculum at the high school level and the impact it is having on her students. Nichole Broderick will discuss how to harness the power of active learning to achieve both educational and scientific goals and insights from Yale’s Center for Scientific Teaching. Finally, industry expert Janelle Anderson will weigh in on what your school can do to link girls to careers in STEM and build relationships between your school and industry.

[G] From STEM to Full STEAM in Miriam College Middle School

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM


[G] Gender Diversity in Public Girls’ Schools

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Amanda Rosenblum, Girls’ Education Senior Manager, Programs and Partnerships | Young Women’s Leadership Network

In January 2014, California’s historic School Success and Opportunity Act, ensuring transgender youth have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in public schools across the state, went into effect. This law was the first of its kind in the country and requires California public schools to respect students’ gender identity. The NY State Education Department followed suit and released guidelines in the summer of 2015 for school districts to accommodate transgender students. Public schools are, once again, required to honor students for who they are, no matter their gender. In this workshop, we will explore how to infuse gender into the curriculum throughout content areas, how to support students through the coming out process, and how to build school culture around an understanding of gender diversity.

[G] Global Education Standards: Why and How

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Loren Fauchier, Director of Global Education | Providence Day School & Global Education Benchmark Group; Vicki Weeks, Founder | Global Weeks & Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG); and Joe Vogel, Director of Center for Global Citizenship and Executive Director of GEBG | Hathway Brown School and Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)

The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) formed in 2008 in an effort to identify best practices and improve global education for independent schools. Since then, GEBG created its Global Education Endorsement program to evaluate and endorse schools with significant global education programs. This presentation will provide an overview of the standards and discuss why they are important and should be applied beyond independent schools.

[G] I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Amita Vyas, Director, Maternal and Child Health MPH Program | Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and Chelsea Ullman, Policy Associate | Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University

This session highlights the resource guide created by The Global Women’s Institute of the George Washington University, in collaboration with the Malala Fund. Attendees will gain new knowledge of the major themes of the resource guide: education, cultural politics, religion, media, feminism, and violence against women. Participants will engage in group discussions and view several multimedia videos. This session demonstrates how innovative teaching and curriculum can support global efforts to mobilize women and men to address women’s and girls’ rights to an education.

[G] Local Partners, Global Ambitions: How a Community Center and a Girls’ School Collaborate to Change the World Together

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Paul Burke, Head of School and Rebecca Strauss, Director of Open Doors | The Nightingale-Bamford School; and Asha Curran, Director | 92nd Street Y Center for Innovation & Social Impact

Global education can begin at the schoolhouse door, or – in this case at least – on the same city block. This session explores how the 92Y and Nightingale – two NYC neighbors – have found innovative ways to partner and how that partnership has helped us dream big dreams. A Nightingale-authored, 92Y-inspired giving curriculum in support of the international #GivingTuesday movement inspires today’s generation to give, and Nightingale’s Anonymous Project empowers girls to tell the stories of historically overlooked female leaders through creative projects that will be shared with a broader public through collaboration with 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius festival. Come to this session to learn how you can tap nearby resources to make a far-reaching difference, for your students and for their world.

[G] SJA Meets LUV: Opportunities for International Collaboration through Personalized STEAM Enrichment

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: John Richardson, Technology Director and Claire Luikart, Special Projects Manager/Computer Science Instructor | St. Joseph’s Academy; and Neesha Rahim, Co-Founder | Level Up Village

For the fall semester of 2015, St. Joseph’s Academy has embarked on a journey of international cooperation through a partnership with Level Up Village (LUV), an online distance learning program. LUV provides a platform for students in the US to video chat asynchronously with partner schools across the globe; students in both locations learn new STEM skills, apply them to real-world problems, and find solutions through unconventional, design thinking. Hear firsthand accounts of how your school can benefit from coordinating with LUV and give your students new perspectives while problem-solving in STEM fields.

[G] The Story of Girls Prep Bronx Elementary: A School Wide Yoga and Mindfulness Program

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Kelli Love, Yoga Teacher | Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School

Many schools have adapted yoga/mindfulness due to the strong body of evidence showing that it fosters emotion regulation, builds the attention muscle, grows pro-social behaviors as well as ultimately develops resiliency. This presentation will look at the depth and increased skill acquisition for self-awareness and emotion regulation one teacher can facilitate when offering a full time yoga and mindfulness curriculum from within the school, rather than an outside provider. At Girls Prep Bronx, yoga and mindfulness have been prioritized as a school-wide content. Participants will leave with tangible ways to empower girls and implement a yoga and mindfulness curriculum.

[G] Strengthening Your Professional Possibilities and in turn Your Institutional Success: The Importance of CAEP (Certification of Admission and Enrollment Management Professionals) and its Role in Enhancing the Profession and Enrollment Management at Your Sc

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM


[G] Cohort & Collaboration: A Case Study and Roadmap for Immersive Experiences Abroad

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Christina McAnuff, Director, High School & Gap Year Abroad Programs | CIEE (Council for International Education Exchange)

CIEE’s global footprint with Study centers around the world supports the cultural exchange and leadership experiences that can help female leaders gain proficiency in global competence and STEAM skills. They return home with a better understanding of who they are and where they are going. Learn about the NCGS-CIEE Global Discovery program, as well as other global classroom offerings that give girls access to global education experiences in 19 destinations.

(Formerly “The World is Our Classroom: Supporting Female Leaders with CIEE STEAM Programs”)

[G] Weaving Leadership Education into the Middle School: Will Your Girls Accept the Challenge?

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Christine Clemens, History Teacher and Eighth Grade Team Leader; Erin Hennessy, English Department Chair and Co-Director of Girls’ Leadership Institute at Kent Place; Holly Doyle, Latin and History Teacher and Co-Director of Girls’ Leadership Institute at Kent Place; and Karen Rezach, Director of the Middle School and Director of the Ethics Institute | Kent Place School

Despite all the cliches about middle school, it is actually the most developmentally opportune time to teach leadership skills to girls. Young girls are already in the process of building self-image and why not position them to see themselves as leaders? At Kent Place, leadership learning happens daily through intention. Discover how an advisory program, curricular and pedagogical choices, community partnerships, global trips, and the Girls Leadership Institute programs are used to build and inspire student leadership. Learn how to create structures and curriculum to support comprehensive leadership education. Attendees will also take away and practice specific activities that empower girls with skills to help them grow as leaders.

[G] Strengthening Your Professional Possibilities and in turn Your Institutional Success: The Importance of CAEP (Certification of Admission and Enrollment Management Professionals) and its Role in Enhancing the Profession and Enrollment Management at Your School

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM

PRESENTERS: Janice Crampton, Executive Director | Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP); Ray Diffley, Director of Admission | Choate Rosemary Hall and Director (beginning July 2016) | AISAP’s Center for Admission and Enrollment Management Leadership; and Liz Schmitt, Chief Enrollment & Student Affairs Officer | Miss Porter’s School

Now more than ever there is a need for Admission and Enrollment Management Professionals to understand and implement best practice strategies into their operational as well as strategic plans. As the increasing connection between our schools, our students, and our independent school brand and value proposition is being examined, so must our common practice, understanding, language, and agreed upon metrics towards enhancing the admission and enrollment management profession be clear, understood, and implemented. Join us as we allow you to imagine the possibilities when a profession truly professionalizes and in turn expectations and understanding join with Standards and Competencies of Admission and Enrollment Management Professionals to then map out for all of those who work, work with, oversee and are impacted by the work of your school’s enrollment management efforts. We will allow you to see, plan, and imagine how you can reach your full potential and encourage others to do so as well.

[G] Executive Director Panel

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM