Message from the Director
Welcome to our website!
Welcome to the Center for the Advancement of Girls’ webpages! Whether you are just discovering us or familiar with our work, I hope this site helps you understand more fully the exciting projects that we have established over the last five years.
From its earliest days, CAG has been solution-focused. We have, through existing and new research, learned about those areas in the lives of girls where the playing field is not yet level. Through program development, we have found ways to create an environment in which girls thrive.
I invite you to learn about our programs for leadership development in girls. Our focus on intentionally cultivating leadership identities in girls, even in the earliest grades, has been tremendously successful through our Living Leadership in the Lower School program.
This accomplishment prompted us to create a series of leadership development workshops for fifth and sixth grade girls that are open to the community outside of The Agnes Irwin School. Its pilot year was a resounding success. This is because we truly know girls. We know the world in which they are growing up, the strengths they bring to the equation, and the ways in which we, adults, best foster their potential. By the time our Upper School girls design and host our popular Leading for Change conference, we see, in each organizer, the capacity for leadership blossom.
We have also, in recent years, focused our efforts on ways to increase the number of girls and young women in STEM fields. You can read more about this, and especially our annual STEM think tank and conference hosted in partnership with The Franklin Institute, in the white papers we publish after each event. Please also view the videos we have posted throughout this website. I hope these convey how dynamic our efforts are; continual curiosity and creativity sits at the heart of the work we do.
And so, it is with pride that I invite you to learn more about CAG. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with us if you have any questions or simply want to share your reaction.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Assistant Head of School and Director,
Center for the Advancement of Girls
Mariandl C. Hufford is an experienced educator who holds dual master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College. During her nearly two-decade career in independent schools, she has taught Latin and served as a school counselor and director of student services. Her student-centered, research-based focus has led her to work on the creation of systems and programs that best serve girls.