Offered with the National Coalition of Girls' Schools
Offered: Fall 2016: October 10 – November 4
Introduction to Girls’ Schools, offered by One Schoolhouse and NCGS, is designed as an orientation to girls’ schools for newly hired teachers. Participants connect and collaborate with each other to explore best practice and research in girls’ school classrooms. Moreover, participants learn from panels of school heads, alumnae, experienced teachers, and new teachers, and therefore are introduced to community members and leaders from around the country. By the end of the four week experience, teachers: have a clear sense of what it means to work in an all-girls school; understand ways that teachers can create a classroom atmosphere and curriculum that maximizes how girls learn; and connect to a national cohort of first-year faculty members.
Course Format: This course is four weeks in length and requires participants to spend approximately four hours a week engaged in the class. The class is entirely asynchronous — meaning that there is no specific required time to be online—and class-paced so that participants can collaborate and engage in discussion.
Course Faculty: Ann Klotz, Head of School, and Kathryn Purcell, Assistant Head of School, at Laurel School mentor faculty through Summer Session I of this course. Margaret Broad, retired Head of School from St. Margaret's School, leads faculty in Summer Session II and the Fall Session.
What Participants Say:
96% of participants said that they would recommend this course to colleagues
98% of participants said that they received helpful feedback and support from facilitators
99% of participants said that course content met objectives set for the course
"This class is one of a kind. Fascinating, insightful, and comprehensive!!!" - Teacher from Holton-Arms School
"This course was a true experience in sharing experiences, methods, and advice on teaching girls. I come away with more confidence and ideas that will benefit my students." - Teacher from Agnes Irwin School
"This course was the perfect introduction to girls schools. It allowed me to work on my own, while still engaging with classmates via online discussions. The material was highly relevant, well organized and the instructors were wonderful." - Teacher from The Hockaday School
What Participants Have Said
"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
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