The CAG Update
As part of the Center for the Advancement of Girls’ yearly three-part speaker series, bestselling author and parenting expert Jessica Lahey spoke to our community about her book, “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.” Lahey detailed actionable steps that parents and educators can take to embrace failure as an essential part of learning and help our girls do the same. If families can provide opportunities for girls to build autonomy, competence and connection, then they will grow into more motivated, resilient learners and people.
The primary goal of the CAG speaker series is to offer insights and points of view that advance what’s best for girls. In order to create the most responsive program for our families, we invite you to complete a brief survey. Your feedback will help inform future choices in the speaker series. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
Every Girl, Every Day: CAG Programming
Celebrating Excellence on International Women’s Day
Each year, CAG commemorates International Women’s Day and its unique theme. This year’s theme, #BreakTheBias, guided every aspect of the all-school programming on our third CORE day which focused on Excellence. We were challenged to imagine a gender-equal world, free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination while highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world.
Final AthLEADs Seminar: Motivation
Agnes Irwin alum Bess Siegfried Yount ‘05, who played lacrosse at Stanford University, addressed a packed Student Life Center about her relationship with motivation. She explained how moments of adversity she faced while playing lacrosse challenged her to develop her emotional intelligence in order to better support her teammates. Siegfried noted that since athletic motivation shifts over time, it is important to maintain a balanced perspective when working toward goals.
CAG in the Community
The Upper School lacrosse team, in collaboration with CAG, worked together to create welcome baskets for Project Home, an organization that empowers adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Essential household items that were generously donated by parents, students, faculty, staff, and other AIS community members, were sorted into baskets that were donated to a family moving into their first home.The team also made over 100 sack lunches for people experiencing housing insecurity and wrote supportive notes in each lunch bag. Thanks to lacrosse coach Lauren Wray and the entire team for their hard work to make this project a success.
CAG meets with service leaders from the Haverford School and the Baldwin School weekly to design programs that help our community of students from the three schools meet each other and have fun serving the greater local area. This month, over 40 students from AIS Upper School worked on this service initiative to prepare meals for those in need.
Return to Global Travel
CAG is thrilled to announce that there will be a return to global travel in 2023 on trips taken in partnership with Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG). Many peer schools are also returning to global travel, with close to 40% of GEBG schools planning international trips in the fall of 2022, and more than 100 schools from the GEBG network traveling internationally during spring and summer, 2022. While final destinations have not been finalized by AIS yet, over 40 faculty and staff members have expressed interest in traveling with students during spring break, 2023 and early summer, 2023. We will continue to make risk assessments regarding the safety of our students, as well as to protect local populations. We will keep families updated when there are new developments. Applications for global travel will open in the fall.
Professional Development Sound Byte: Body Image and Body Positivity
CAG supports our teachers and staff in their understanding of the unique and evolving needs of girls. Diet culture, workout culture, and society’s focus on physical appearance as a reflection of our health are things we need to be mindful of working with girls. We recently produced a short professional development video about body image and body positivity for faculty and staff that summarized actions that educators and parents can make in our daily interactions with girls to help support them in establishing and navigating a healthy, positive relationship with their bodies and image. Some of these included:
- Work with girls to practice positive, affirming self-talk (and have them hear you do so, too!);
- Help girls identify role models who exhibit a healthy body image and celebrate all bodies;
- Talk regularly about how media influences self-image and point out images that promote unrealistic expectations.
On the Horizon
CAG Speaker Series 2021-2022
Each year the Center partners with departments across AIS to bring engaging speakers to our community. These presentations provide opportunities for families to listen, learn, and become empowered as parents of girls.
Save the dates for our next speaker and feel free to preview their work below:
Julie Lythcott-Haims on Thursday, April 28