International Coalition of Girls' Schools

Headways for Heads of School at All-Boys and
All-Girls Schools


Leading Boys' and Girls' Schools 

Headways™ connects school leaders virtually using Zoom to discuss operational issues relevant to their post. IBSC partners with the International Coalition of Girls' Schools (ICGS) in this special online class. The Leading Boys’ and Girls’ Schools Headways cohort fosters interactive, dynamic conversations with other senior leaders of single-gender schools.

Gather for small-group, hour-long, facilitated conversations throughout the school year to discuss pre-arranged and time-sensitive topics. The program includes a similar number of participants from all-boys and all-girls schools co-facilitated by Tara Kinsey, head of Hewitt School (United States), and John Botti, head of The Browning School (United States).

Who Should Attend?

Executive leaders (heads, presidents, CEOs, principals) at IBSC and ICGS member schools who report directly to their school’s governing boards


Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 4:00 PM EDT
Leading Single-Gender Schools

Questions to Consider

  • How do we make the case for the contemporary relevance of single-gender schools?
  • What resources have proven especially useful in implementing best practices for educating boys and for girls? 
  • How do we orient new students, employees, and families to single-gender missions and values?
Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 4:00 PM EST
Supporting Mental Health

Questions to Consider

  • How do we facilitate conversations about stress, depression, body image, perfectionism, healthy risk-taking, resilience, compassion, self-care, mindfulness, self-regulation, and social responsibility?
  • What opportunities or challenges does our single-gender identity present to this work?
  • How do we structure counselling services, peer-ed programs, and comprehensive wellness programs?
  • How do we enlist families in supporting this work?
Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 4:00 PM EST
Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

Questions to Consider

  • To what extent do you prioritize/model self-work around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI)?
  • How do we engage the board’s commitment to DEI work; auditing curriculum?
  • How do embrace culturally responsive antibias and antiracist pedagogy, empowering student voice and leadership?
  • How might we adopt restorative disciplinary practices in our schools?
  • How do we leverage the transformative power of affinity groups?
  • What opportunities or challenges does our single-gender identity present to this work? 
  • How do we enlist families in supporting this work?
Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 4:00 PM EST
Promoting Healthy Relationships, Part One

Questions to Consider 

  • What does successful health/sexuality education look like in our schools? 
  • What are the challenges to realizing those successes and how have those challenges been met? 
  • How do we educate about consent, respect, and bodily autonomy? 
  • Are there advantages/challenges to doing so in a single-gender context? 
  • Does social media amplify these challenges and/or offer opportunities? 
  • How do we talk about “digital citizenship,” particularly in the context of larger conversations about civility and leadership?
Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 4:00 PM EDT
Promoting Healthy Relationships, Part Two

Questions to Consider

  • How do we make space for social-emotional learning (SEL) education in our schools and what does that education look like?
  • How do we conceive of “leadership” and “citizenship” and what programming exists to support these concepts? 
  • How do we educate for “character” and to what degree is this effort connected to healthy relationships?
  • How do we repair relationships between students (or between students and faculty) that have broken?
  • How do we enlist families in supporting this work? 
  • What opportunities or challenges does our single-gender identity present to this work?


IBSC member rate: US $250

Available exclusively to members of IBSC or ICGS: To keep conversations lively and dynamic, this program is limited to the first nine IBSC members who register, with preference given to participants who commit to joining every session. Only one participant per school may register.

Refund Policy

IBSC will refund 90% of registration fees if a written request is received two weeks prior to the class. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this time. If you want to replace the registered participant with a different leader from your school, please contact

Please note: Watch your email for login information for the class in early October.


Please contact Bruce Collins at