Pre-Conference Workshops

The Truth is in the Data: New Research on the Value of Girls’ Schools

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 18, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Dr. Katherine D. Kinzler, Associate Professor of Psychology | Cornell University; Dr. Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, Professor of Psychology | University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Dr. Tiffani A. Riggers-Piehl, Assistant Professor of Higher Education | University of Missouri, Kansas City

Three national research studies involving NCGS member school students at all division levels (elementary, middle, and high school) are currently being conducted. Hear first-hand from the principle investigators about the preliminary findings from the following studies:

Elementary School (PK-5th grade): Development of Social Cognition Leadership Study

This study is exploring how ideas of leadership are developed, what kinds of traits children value in leaders, and what causes children to be more confident in themselves as leaders. The researchers are focusing on how all-girls and all-boys schools affect children’s ideas of leadership and confidence in their own leadership ability.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Katherine D. Kinzler, Associate Professor of Psychology at Cornell University

Middle School (8th grade): Study of the Influence of Peers on Students’ Academic Interest and Aspirations in STEM

This five-year National Science Foundation funded study (currently in year three of data collection) is investigating at the 8th grade level the following questions: What types of peer dynamics in the classroom increase students’ interests in STEM? How do peer dynamics in middle school influence students’ attitudes and future aspirations in STEM? Do the same or different factors motivate girls compared to boys to pursue STEM?
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, Professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

High School (recent graduates): Comparison of Women Graduates Study
Prepared for NCGS in collaboration with the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, this analysis of the 2016 Freshman Survey data is an update of the 2009 report (based on the 2005 Freshman Survey) originally conducted by Dr. Linda Sax. This new report will focus a lens on how graduates of all-girls schools today compare to female graduates of coed schools in terms of their academic characteristics and readiness for college.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Tiffani A. Riggers-Piehl, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at University of Missouri, Kansas City

In this workshop, you will dive into the preliminary results of these three studies, discuss what the findings mean for girls’ schools, and explore practices that can transform research findings into evidence to be used to enhance the student experience and as advocacy resources for the benefits of girls’ schools.

$125 USD additional fee required for this pre-conference workshop.

Defining and Designing Global Citizenship Education for Girls

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 18, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Joe Vogel, Director, Institute for 21st Century Learning | Hathaway Brown School (USA) and Executive Director | The Global Education Benchmark Group; and Clare Sisisky, Director, Institute for Responsible Citizenship | Collegiate School (USA)

In today’s complex world, how do we guide our students as they develop both the skills and the knowledge they will need to thrive in a global context? How do we identify and build mission-aligned partnerships for global experiences or community-based programming? How do we design curriculum for our academic courses with global competency in mind? How do we determine student outcomes goals, and how do we measure their progress?

In this workshop, participants will hear about how to design global citizenship education for K-12 classrooms and experiences using explicit frameworks around global competencies and leveraging mutually-beneficial partnerships both locally and globally. Resources and tools for implementation and teacher training will be shared.

During the workshop:

  • the presenters will discuss a range of research and framework models for global citizenship, helping school leaders and teachers to identify resources that connect with their school’s mission and culture
  • participants will explore a range of experiential, curricular, and assessment examples from K-12 classrooms that are developing students as global citizens
  • participants will be able to strategize possibilities for intentionally bringing global citizenship education into their school and classrooms

$125 USD additional fee required for this pre-conference workshop.

Sharing Solutions and Drawing Inspiration: A Conversation among Tuition-Free/State-Sponsored All-Girls Schools

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 18, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

PRESENTERS: Dr. Rosemary C. Salomone, Kenneth Wang Professor of Law | St. John’s University School of Law

This workshop will provide educators from tuition-free/state-sponsored schools an occasion to convene and discuss the unique opportunities — and challenges — they face and, even more important, to share best practices and celebrate stories of success. Dr. Rosemary Salomone, author of Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling and professor of law at St. John’s University in New York, will kick off the workshop by offering research-based ideas from a global perspective of how best to “make the case” for girls’ schools from a legal point of view. Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in several round table discussions focusing on issues such as diversity and inclusion (especially with regard to immigration status), college readiness, professional development, community partnerships, health and wellness, and finance and budgeting.

There is no fee for this pre-conference workshop.