Online Offerings

As educators, it’s important to make time for your own professional development. Not only does it help you keep up to date on the latest trends and best practices, it also allows you to be a role model for your students as a life-long learner.

In addition to international and national conferences and regional symposiums, NCGS offers several online learning opportunities. This allows faculty and administrators from member schools around the globe to engage in valuable Professional Development whenever – and wherever – it works best for them.

We are delighted to offer the following online professional development opportunities during the 2016-2017 academic year:

Introduction to Girls' Schools

Offered in partnership with Online School for Girls, a part of One Schoolhouse

This course provides instructional insight to all teachers new to girls’ schools, be they seasoned educators or new professionals. In order for your newly hired faculty to thrive and succeed at their first girls’ school, it is valuable to provide them an orientation to the most effective methods for teaching girls.

Led by accomplished, respected girls’ school educators, participants will connect and collaborate to explore best practices and research. They will also discuss ways to create a collaborative student-centered learning space, including how technology can help achieve these goals. Faculty will gain a clearer understanding of what it means to work in an all-girls school, come away with ideas of how to create a classroom atmosphere and curriculum that maximizes how girls learn, and connect to a cohort of girls’ school faculty members.

"Introduction to Girls' Schools" is a four-week long course and requires participants to spend approximately four hours a week engaged in the class. The class is entirely asynchronous, meaning there is no specific required time to be online, and class-paced so participants can work together and engage in discussion.

Three sessions were offered in 2016:

  • Summer Session I: June 20-July 15
  • Summer Session II: July 25-August 19
  • Fall Session: October 10-November 4

Course Faculty: NCGS Trustee Ann Klotz, Head of School, and Kathryn Purcell, Assistant Head of School, at Laurel School will mentor faculty through Summer Session I of the course. Former NCGS Board President and Trustee Margaret Broad, retired Head of School from St. Margaret's School, will lead faculty in Summer Session II and the Fall Session.

Click here for more information.

Global Girls Inspiration Network (GGIN)

Offered in partnership with Online School for Girls, a part of One Schoolhouse

Educators today are faced with a series of complicated challenges, issues, and dilemmas: global citizenship, health and wellness, maker spaces, classroom innovation, civic and community engagement, student agency, assessment strategies, gender identity, best practices for teaching girls, advocacy for all-girls education, etc.

The goals of the Global Girls Inspiration Network (GGIN) are to:

  • Connect girls’ school educators from across the globe.
  • Create opportunities for girls’ school educators to wrestle with key questions and challenges.
  • Develop shared understandings from a girls’ school and a global perspective.

The GGIN is fueled by the belief that girls’ schools are at their best when they work together to tackle complex challenges – girls’ school educators inspiring each other. It is an innovative way to meet many schools’ strategic objective to develop in every member of its community a more comprehensive worldview. It allows schools to directly invest in its faculty and staff so they may have the opportunity to become global thinkers and leaders.

Comprised of a series of ten four to six-week long “Conversations” scheduled throughout the year, the GGIN is an efficient and flexible way for schools to deliver ongoing professional development to educators while they are on campus, fully entrenched in their daily work, and tackling the issues being discussed in real-time. All Conversations are led by experienced facilitators who are deeply connected to the girls’ school community.

Click here to learn more about the tentative conversations planned for 2016-2017.

Schools that join the cost-effective GGIN for a low annual fee become part of a network that allows every faculty and staff member at your school to take part in as many Conversations as they would like throughout the year.

For more information, click here, including FAQs and program fees. To enroll your school in the GGIN, click here.


Headways provides school leaders the opportunity to connect virtually, using video-conferencing (such as Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts), to discuss operational issues relevant to their post. Open to all NCGS member schools, interested individuals gather for small group, one hour-long facilitated conversations throughout the school year to discuss pre-arranged and time-sensitive topics.

Headways is deliberately designed to be an interactive conversation among colleagues – as opposed to a webinar – whereby participants share and receive ideas and information. Among the goals of the program is to develop a “team cohort” of trusted colleagues who together form a small learning community and can be called upon to be resources/mentors for one another throughout the year and into the future. Each participant will be asked to consider the following questions in advance of each conversation:

  • How does my school address this topic?
  • How do I wish my school addressed this topic?
  • And, what is keeping my school and me from making this wish a reality?

Each Headways conversation is complimentary for school leaders at NCGS member schools and requires advance registration. Space is very limited with preference given to individuals who can commit to participating in every session.

After a successful pilot program in 2015-2016 for Heads of School, this year’s 2016-2017 program will include two additional cohorts focused on Chief Admissions Officers and Professional Development Coordinators (or anyone within a school community who is responsible for professional development).

Click on the titles below to view the schedules and topics for each of the three 2016-2017 tracks:

To register for Headways, please contact Eliza McGehee, NCGS Program Associate.

Online Offerings