On Friday, October 18, five AIS faculty members and administrators presented at a National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Educating Girls Symposium in Baltimore, MD, hosted by The Bryn Mawr School.
At the “Leading Schools, Leading Girls: Preparing for the Future” conference, Middle School Director Cintra Horn and Middle/Upper School Mathematics Teacher Ms. Char Pomeroy presented on Parliament, a Middle School advisory program that allows students to gather in small group forums and build relationships with teachers, grow in community, and reinforce school values, all while getting to know one another. Parliament groups gather daily, with weekly opportunities to tackle topics such as digital literacy, the importance of living our core values, and recognizing key dates. Recently, on International Day of the Girl, 5th and 6th graders gathered in Parliament to celebrate “unknown” but important historical female figures while 7th and 8th graders watched Period. End of Sentence., a documentary focused on cultural taboos around menstruation and the ingenuity of a group of Indian women who led a quiet revolution to provide sanitary napkins in their area.
Ms. Alison Monzo, director of programs for Agnes Irwin’s Center for the Advancement of Girls, collaborated with Athletic Director Courtney Lubbe and Assistant Athletic Director Lauren Wray to share the success of the AthLEADs Program. This initiative, which was co-created by the Athletics Department and the Center for the Advancement of Girls, brings student-athletes together for workshops driven by concepts and traits that are crucial to their growth as leaders, including self-confidence, leadership as a choice, inclusivity and its impact on team dynamics, and more. AthLEADs was born out of research that 94 percent of women in C-suite positions participated in athletics in their youth.
Educating Girls Symposiums are attended by heads of school, administrators, faculty, counselors, and educational professionals from the United States, Canada, and around the world.
From left to right: Courtney Lubbe, Alison Monzo, Char Pomeroy, Lauren Wray, Cintra Horn