The Coalition Connection: February 8, 2019

Board President's Reflections

Having just returned from our February Board of Trustees meeting, I find myself reflecting on how fortunate we are to work in—and for—girls’ schools. The NCGS Board and staff are grateful to Miss Porter’s School for hosting our meetings over two days and to The Ethel Walker School for hosting a wonderful dinner where we were thrilled to come together with colleagues from Emma Willard School, Greenwich Academy, Miss Hall’s School, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, and Westover School.

When opening our meetings, I always share a reading, poem or quotation, and felt words from Rosa Parks would be very appropriate during Black History Month. Parks said, “I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” Parks’ wish is one to which we all—educators, schools, and our Coalition—aspire.

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Girls in STEM Resources

On February 11, the world will celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To help your communities observe this promotion of women and girls' access and participation in STEM education, training, and activities at all levels, NCGS has created and assembled the following resources related to girls in STEM:

2019 NCGS Conference

NCGS will host Dream, Dare, Do: Girls as Makers, Inventors, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs to 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. Join us in Los Angeles, June 24-26, 2019, at Westridge School.

Applications for the annual CalWest Educators Lee Miller Scholarship are now open. All faculty and administrators at NCGS member schools are eligible to apply. Recipients will be awarded a scholarship grant to attend the 2019 NCGS Conference. The deadline to submit applications is February 22, 2019.

While at the 2019 NCGS Conference, take advantage of  our largest annual networking event! The Girls' School NET: Networking & Empowering Together reception is a unique opportunity for NCGS member schools to connect with their alumnae. This ready-made, cost-effective regional alumnae event will be held 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24, in Los Angeles. Email [email protected] to sign up  your school.

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NCGS Principles

New Research: Supporting Resources

To help your school take full advantage of the new and exciting data found in Fostering Academic & Social Engagement: New Research on Girls’ School Graduates, the following toolkit of supporting resources are available exclusively to member schools upon request:
  • Webinar Recording: If you missed last week's webinar with Dr. Riggers-Piehl, a recording is available.  NEW!
  • Webinar Presentation Slides: Build a customized presentation for your school community.  NEW!
  • Research Report Questions & Answers
  • Media Release Template: Promote the new findings to your local media outlets and draft articles for your website, blog, newsletter, magazine, etc.

Available on the NCGS website:

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Listening & Learning Tour

NCGS recently hosted over 70 advancement professionals at a reception held in conjunction with the 2019 CASE-NAIS Conference. Many thanks to Graham-Pelton Consulting for their generous sponsorship of this event.

NCGS also convened nearly 30 girls' school representatives at The Agnes Irwin School to discuss plans for the 2020 NCGS ConferenceStand Up, Speak Up: Girls Using Their Voices to Engage, Empower, and Enact, which will take place at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, June 22-24, 2020. Topics the conference will address include increasing the number of women in government and corporate leadership, encouraging healthy dissent, and better understanding the concept of power for all women. Mark your calendars now for this exciting event!

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