Introduction to Girls’ Schools, offered by the National Coalition of Girls’ School (NCGS) and One Schoolhouse, is designed as an orientation to girls’ schools for newly hired teachers (be they seasoned educators or new to the profession). There are two primary purposes for this course. First, participants learn research on girls’ education and are introduced to experts in our field. Second, they apply this new knowledge to classroom and school settings and receive feedback on their thoughts from expert mentors. By the end of the three-week experience, teachers gain a clear sense of what it means to work in an all-girls school; understand research related to girls’ education and demonstrate they can apply it to their own practice; and connect to a national cohort of faculty members and learn they are a part of a worldwide community of educators. Click here for an overview of the course.
During this program, participants spend approximately four hours on coursework for each unit and can set their own pace each week. Coursework and assignments for each unit open on Monday morning and are completed by the following Sunday evening. Participants connect and collaborate with each other through several forms of interactive media, including short videos and discussion boards.
Each week of the course is divided into two sections: content and engagement. Participants are expected to spend approximately two hours reading, watching, and understanding content. They then spend approximately two additional hours engaging with their fellow participants and the course facilitator(s) to apply the knowledge learned through case studies and discussion boards. Participants and facilitators report the primary power of this course is the engagement happening between participants and with facilitators.
99% of participants said the course content met objectives set for the course
96% of participants said they would recommend this course to colleagues
98% of participants said they received helpful feedback and support from facilitators
"If you want to learn about the environment of an all-girls' school, you should take this course. It provides research, suggestions, offers case studies and is a perfect blend of academic discourse and practical teaching strategies." -Molly McAleer, Richmond, Virginia
"It can be intimidating teaching an all girls' school, especially as a male. Because of this course I am more prepared and confident about my ability to teach." -Andy Blair, Denver, Colorado
“I so appreciated that this course was created and available to me in my first year in a girls’ school. The content is focused and presented in a manner that helped me work through my first semester in my new environment." -Dr. Barbara Bell, Nashville, Tennessee
MEET YOUR FACILITATORS
Ann Klotz, NCGS Trustee and Head of Laurel School, and Kathryn Purcell, Assistant Head of Laurel School, co-teach Summer Session I. Margaret Broad, retired Head of School from St. Margaret’s School and former NCGS Trustee, leads Summer Session II.