Lower School science teacher Julie Haines was recently named a 2020-2021 Fellow of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) Global Action Research Collaborative on Girls’ Education. Ms. Haines is one of only two representatives from the United States.
The Research Collaborative on Girls’ Education is a pilot initiative that partners with strategic organizations in order to empower educators to expand their classroom and program best practices, while advancing the research of and demonstrating the impact of all-girls’ education. The initiative aims to create and sustain an annual research program that provides resources related to all-girls’ education, available at both the educator and institutional levels.
The pilot program is comprised of nine faculty members from select schools and partners worldwide who commit to the 18-month curriculum. In addition to receiving training and support, Fellows will conduct research in their classrooms and institutions, which they will then share at the NCGS Global Forum on Girls’ Education in June 2021.
Haines hopes to use this opportunity to explore differentiated assessments. “I am very interested in the use of authentic and differentiated assessments, as well as student reflections, to research the impact that having multiple opportunities to show their learning will have on girls’ confidence in themselves and in their education,” she notes. “We as educators make it a priority to pay attention to all our learners and teach students in the way we think is best for them to learn.” Haines seeks to assess students’ progress while integrating additional measurement tools that better reflect the way the classroom operates. Exit tickets detailing what students learned that day, lab notebooks or journals, photos of completed projects, and oral and written student reflections are examples currently utilized in her classroom.
“We are thrilled that Julie has been selected for this exciting fellowship opportunity,” shared Assistant Head of School for Academics & Inclusive Excellence, Camille Seals. “Her already incredible teaching of science in our Lower School will be further enriched by her participation in this global initiative, and will allow Agnes Irwin to serve as a worldwide leader in what we do best: educating girls!”
This opportunity for AIS faculty members was made possible by a partnership between the National Coalition of Girls Schools and Agnes Irwin’s Center for the Advancement of Girls, whose work is grounded in research about how girls learn best and what creates the most advantageous environment for girls to thrive. The Center provides resources, forges strategic partnerships, and develops original programming that supports the advancement of girls.