The Coalition Connection: December 14, 2018

New Research Released: Girls' School Graduates Have a Clear Edge Over Coeducated Peers

NCGS is pleased to share the Executive Summary of a new research study entitled, Fostering Academic and Social Engagement: An Investigation into the Effects of All-Girls Education in the Transition to University.  
Prepared by Dr. Tiffani Riggers-Piehl in collaboration with the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California, Los Angeles, this data analysis is an update of the 2009 report commissioned by NCGS and conducted by Dr. Linda Sax and colleagues, including Dr. Riggers-Piehl.

Fostering Academic and Social Engagement focuses 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 university. The findings are extensive and speak highly of the work happening in our schools -- work that is setting up girls' school graduates to be confident and impactful twenty-first century community members, change-makers, and leaders. In summary, the researchers concluded that when compared to their female peers at coed schools, girls' school graduates:
  • Have stronger academic skills
  • Are more academically engaged
  • Demonstrate higher science self-confidence
  • Display higher levels of cultural competency
  • Express stronger community involvement
  • Exhibit increased political engagement

Supporting materials for the report are available exclusively to NCGS member schools upon request.

Member schools can also order copies of Fostering Academic and Social Engagement along with the supporting Essentials brochure highlighting findings from the 2018 report and its 2009 companion report. All orders placed by December 21 for either of these new publications will receive 25% off. Click here to place your order today!

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Advancement Professionals Networking Reception

NCGS will host a members-only gathering for advancement professionals during the 2019 CASE-NAIS conference on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The reception will be held at the conference host hotel, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

This complimentary networking reception is an opportunity to connect around relevant issues in the field and is open to all advancement professionals from NCGS member schools. You do not need to be registered for the CASE-NAIS conference to attend the reception. To RSVP, email Jen Shakeshaft by January 14, 2019.


Educating Girls Symposium

Leading Schools, Leading Girls: Preparing for the Future will address the competencies and skills necessary to be an effective leader and how schools are cultivating these skills in both the students and adults in their communities. Register to join us in New York City, February 20, 2019, at The Nightingale-Bamford School.

This Educating Girls Symposium is presented in partnership with the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).


2019 NCGS Conference

The 2019 NCGS Conference, Dream, Dare, Do: Girls as Makers, Inventors, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs, will allow educators to explore and share ideas about the pedagogies, tools, physical space, and mindsets necessary to create environments in which girls can take risks, try new things, and shatter stereotypes. Check out the essential questions the conference will address.

Register to join us in Los Angeles, June 24-26, 2019, at Westridge School.


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Listening & Learning Tour

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development Jen Shakeshaft visited new NCGS member Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. She met with members of the school’s leadership team and learned about Regina’s signature programs. Among these is the Leadership Institute, which was created to encourage and teach students to build authentic self-confidence, be joyful learners, become global citizens, and be compelling communicators. During a tour, Jen observed beautiful artwork throughout the halls created by Regina students including the mural in the photo above.

travel log

Welcome to Our New Member Schools

Academy of Notre Dame
Tyngsboro, MA
United States
Albany Academy for Girls
Albany, NY
United States
Calgary Girls’ School
Calgary, Alberta
Cornelia Connelly Center
New York, NY
United States
Culver Girls Academy
Culver, IN
United States
Holy Names High School
Oakland, CA
United States
Inbar Academy for Women's Leadership
Kwenda Collegiate Girls Charter School
Brooklyn, NY
United States
Montrose School
Medfield, MA
United States
Nardin Academy
Buffalo, NY
United States
Notre Dame Academy
Hingham, MA
United States
Notre Dame de Sion High School for Girls
Kansas City, MO
United States
Notre Dame Preparatory School
Towson, MD
United States
Oakcrest School
Vienna, VA
United States
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Newfield, NJ
United States
Philadelphia High School for Girls
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Regina Dominican High School
Wilmette, IL
United States
San Gabriel Mission High School
San Gabriel, CA
United States
St Stithians Girls' Preparatory
Sandton, Gauteng
South Africa
St Stithians Girls' College
Sandton, Gauteng
South Africa
St. Lucy's Priory High School
Glendora, CA
United States
St. Ursula Academy
Toledo, OH
United States
The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls
Romford, Essex
United Kingdom
Ursuline Academy
Wilmington, DE
United States