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Headways for Heads of School at All-Boys and
All-Girls Schools 2020-21

Creating Shared Learning Spaces and Experiences

Headways™ connects school leaders virtually, using the video-conferencing tool Zoom, to discuss operational issues relevant to their post. IBSC partners with the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) in this special online class. 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).


Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 4:00 PM EDT
Developing a Deeper Understanding of the Boys’ School / Girls’ School Mission

Questions to consider: How do we talk about what we do? How has the way we talk about the boys’ school or girls’ school advantage evolved? Is there productive tension or alignment between the ways we make the case for our single-gender schools? How might we learn from one another and develop a more nuanced understanding about how we see our boys’ school or girls’ school missions?

Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 4:00 PM EST
Unpacking the Intersection Between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Work and Single-Gender Schools

Questions to consider: What does DEI work look like in a single-gender school? What particular challenges or opportunities do boys’ and girls’ schools have in diversity, equity, and inclusivity programming? How do our institutional missions inform our DEI work? Do boys’ and girls’ schools have the potential to make common cause in this area?

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 4:00 PM EST
Promoting Respectful and Healthy Relationships in Boys’ Schools and Girls’ Schools

Questions to consider: How do single-gender schools promote healthy academic, professional, and personal relationships both within our schools and across our schools? As our schools increasingly work toward a more equitable and just world, how must sex education evolve? How do single-gender schools help to bring about equitable academic, professional, and personal communities?

Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 4:00 PM EST
Analyzing How Boys and Girls Interact with Technology, Social Media, and Images of Gender

Questions to consider: How does the use and consumption of social media affect boys’ and girls’ understanding of themselves and each other? In what ways can technology and social media enhance meaningful connection between boys and girls? In what ways can it detract from meaningful connection? How do we talk to our boys and girls about responsible digital citizenship? What responsibility do our schools have for encouraging ethical social media spaces?

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 4:00 PM EDT
Exploring Gender, Character, and Leadership Through Coordinate Programs

Questions to consider: What coordinate programming can successfully encourage healthy interaction, ethical character, and leadership? What specific experiences (service learning, trips, arts, academics, etc.) are available? How can schools exercise appropriate administrative oversight and responsibility for coordination? How are the challenges of time, expense, schedule, and culture best met?


Headways is available exclusively to members of IBSC or NCGS. Advance registration and a fee of $250 required from each participant. To keep conversations lively and dynamic, registration is limited to nine individuals from IBSC and nine from NCGS, with preference given to participants who can commit to joining every session.

This year's program has reached capacity. If you want to add your name to the waitlist, please email Bruce Collins at

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 around October 4.


Please contact Bruce Collins at