In my September update to families, I spoke about the importance of purpose development in girls. Earlier this month we were joined by Dr. Terese Lund and Dr. Angela DeSilva Mousseau, who encouraged parents and educators to “support, not save” girls in their journey to solving their “purpose puzzle.” Playing this role can be difficult as parental instincts kick in and it’s certainly not easy to stand by and watch anyone struggle--but that is when the good stuff happens!
Our Agnes Irwin Leadership Toolkit© in the Lower School features problem-solving as a key attribute of leaders. Encouraging girls to dig into a difficult topic or conversation and to solve problems as they arise fosters self-efficacy and identity development. Poet Rupir Kaur’s words I believe capture the truth and beauty of the process of learning and certainly of life that I know all of us as educators seek to cultivate in our students.
Alison B. Monzo
Director of Programs,
Center for the Advancement of Girls
International Day of the Girl
This year’s theme, which was selected by the United Nations, is “My Voice, Our equal future.” The Center shared a Loom video with Lower and Middle School students and teachers to commemorate the day, while Upper School girls engaged in a discussion during advisory period addressing three questions:
What do freedom and equality mean to you as a girl?
What problem does the world need you to solve?
What is something you have done or how have you used your voice to make a difference in your community?
In partnership with the recently established Sharon Rudnicki Writing Center, the Center for the Advancement of Girls welcomed Miri Rodriguez, Head of Global Internship Program for Microsoft and author of Brand Storytelling: Put Customers at the Heart of Your Brand Story, who visited our community through a series of virtual student engagements. In addition to a keynote assembly and a facilitated workshop for some of our students, she also held a lunch time meet and greet to allow for more questions about her experiences and expertise.
AIS Allied Kick Off Event
AIS Allied is a cohort-style mentoring program that connects current Upper School students with Agnes Irwin alumnae spanning class years and, thanks to the power of technology, geography! The group of 20 students kicked off the year with some conversation about our differences and similarities before breaking out into their assigned cohorts featuring six AIS graduates: Fay Alexander ’09, Nadya Mason ’10, Molly Scudder Miller ’02, Nevin Murkley ’04, Gisele Roget ’00, and Nancy Taylor ’11. Special thanks to these women who are truly living a legacy by providing valuable guidance to current students!
The recent Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, paints a chilling picture of how our society has been influenced by the many social media platforms that permeate our daily lives. The Center facilitated a discussion amongst faculty and staff about our role as educators in supporting Agnes Irwin girls’ responsible use and engagement with social media and technology. Take a look at this video and learn some Tips for Helping Girls Navigate Social Media, which were inspired by the film. You can also access conversation materials, like the bingo card featured to the right, from the documentary’s website. If you’re really interested in this topic and want to learn more, I encourage you to read iGen as well!