The Eighth International Conference
on Single-Gender Education
Houston, Texas
Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, 2012

The Eighth International Conference on Single-Gender Education took place Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, 2012, in Houston, Texas.
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Visit a local Houston girls' public school, or boys' public school, on Friday October 19, the day before the conference

Read comments from attendees at our previous conferences

Speakers and their topics
Speakers are listed alphabetically, first by the speaker's nation of residence; within the United States, alphabetically by state; within each state, alphabetically by the last name of the first presenter.


Tim Smith is a physics instructor at Mount Alvernia, a Catholic girls' school near Brisbane Australia. He will share his girl-friendly instructional strategies for post-compulsory high school physics, roughly the equivalent of AP physics in the United States. When Mr. Smith arrived at Nonsuch High School for Girls, a publicly-funded girls' school in London England, only four girls were enrolled in post-compulsory physics; but after four years, Mr. Smith had boosted the enrollment to more than 50 girls. Come find out how he did it!


Dr. Jackie Button is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), at the University of Toronto. She will share the results of her study of the single-gender program at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario. Her program evaluation included academic achievement, behavior, and perceptions of student engagement in single-gender and co-ed classrooms.

Barbara Csenge is Director of Learning Enrichment at St. Michael's College School, a boys' Catholic school in Toronto, Ontario enrolling boys in grades 7 through 12. Ms. Csenge will share how her school supports boys with exceptional learning profiles defined by medical needs, psychoeducational assessments and most recently a concussion protocol.

Dr. Michael Leatch is Director of Student Services at Crescent School, a boys' independent school in Toronto enrolling boys in grades 3 through 12. To date Crescent has been involved in more than 40 research projects through partnerships with leading universities and non-profit organizations. In his presentation, Dr. Leatch will explain the school's current program of research, including some of the key findings that have resulted from the research program with regard to boys' education.


Laura Malagon and Constanza Peņa are teachers at Gimnasio Vermont, a co-ed independent school in Bogota enrolling students in pre-K through grade 12. The school was founded as a girls' school in 1945; when boys were enrolled, beginning in 1997, the boys were taught in boys' classrooms while the girls continued to be taught in girls' classrooms. The school continues to offer single-gender classrooms on a co-ed campus. In this session, the presenters will share some of their gender-specific strategies for teaching Spanish as a mother tongue; for teaching social studies; and for teaching English as a foreign language.


Margret Pala Olafsdottir is the founder of the Hjallistefnan, the Hjalli model of education, a pedagogy based on experiential and "adventure-based" learning, which employs single-gender classrooms. She has found that the single-gender classroom format "liberates the children from traditional sex-roles." Her presentation at our 2005 conference was very popular. The results of her two decades of work are reported in her 2011 book Uppeldi er aevintyri but if you can't read Icelandic that won't help you much. This is a rare chance to hear this renowned pioneer share (in English) what she has accomplished with regard to breaking down gender stereotypes: engaging girls in carpentry and engaging boys in making salads!

The United States


Xavier College Prep is a girls' Catholic school in Phoenix, Arizona. Janet Mambrino is co-chair of the math department at Xavier; Gabriele Reil is chair of the Science department; and Catherine Wyman is director of the Technology program. Together, they will share how they engage girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through community service. Girls solve real-world engineering and environmental science problems, in service to (and accountable to) one of several local non-profit organizations.


Lori Clark and Heather Woodruff teach at Allen Elementary School in Siloam Springs. They will share what they have learned from three years of teaching both girls and boys single-gender classrooms in the early elementary grades, including boy-friendly and girl-friendly instructional strategies.

Denise Wilmott, Tammie Murray, and Rachel Hickman, from Southside Elementary School in Siloam Springs Arkansas, will share what they have learned from three years of teaching single-gender classrooms, regarding boy-friendly instructional strategies in late elementary grades (3rd grade through 5th grade).


Deborah Nattress will give a poster presentation describing her research on single-gender education in diverse middle schools.


Elizabeth Albert and Laurie LaMondie will give a presentation entitled "The Good, the Bad, and the Questionable: best practices for single-gender classrooms," sharing what they have learned from eight years of teaching single-gender classrooms at Woodward Avenue Elementary School in Deland, Florida.

Dr. Bette Heins, Doug MacIsaac, Dr. Kathy Piechura-Couture, and Dr. Mercedes Tichenor all work with the Nina Hollis Institute for Educational Reform at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. For the past seven years, they have partnered with local public schools to study single-gender classrooms. In two consecutive presentations, they will address the topic of "Single-Gender for Newbies." The first presentation will be for administrators, addressing questions such as: How do you launch a successful single-gender program? How do you get your district to support such an initiative? How do you get parents onboard? How do you assess your program? The second session will be for teachers, addressing gender-specific instructional strategies for various content areas.

Jodi Lewitt teaches 5th-grade single-gender classrooms at Woodward Avenue Elementary School, a Title I in Deland; Elizabeth Senez is a media specialist at Woodward Avenue Elementary; and Doug MacIsaac is an instructor at the Hollis Institute at Stetson University, also in Deland. Together, they will describe how they use technology - iPads, iPods, and Kindles - differently in girls' classrooms than in boys' classrooms.

Tamara Perry, Diana Wagner, and Ashley Porter are teachers at Palmetto Elementary School in Poinciana, Florida. They will give two presentations sharing what they have learned from three years of leading girls' classrooms and boys' classrooms with regard to gender-specific instructional strategies, gender-specific classroom managment, and gender-specific motivational strategies. One presentation will be devoted to girl-friendly strategies; the other presentation will address boy-friendly strategies.

Dana Zacharko teaches all-girls classrooms at Woodward Avenue Elementary School in Deland, Florida; Jennifer Robinson is a school counselor at Woodward Avenue Elementary; and Torrence Broxton is school principal. Together they will share strategies which they have deployed to minimize "drama" and social tension in the all-girls classroom, and to create a warm and relaxed classroom in which everyone feels at home.


Dr. Debra Yates is associate professor of education at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. She will share the results of six years of collaboration with a local public elementary school offering single-gender classrooms, addressing questions such as: What do parents and teachers think about the program? How have these perceptions changed over time? Are there differences between effective teaching strategies for girls and for boys? Has the single-gender program been effective?


Sister Lynne Lieux, RSCJ, is headmistress of the Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. The Schools of the Sacred Heart include a girls' school (PK-12) and a boys' school (PK-10). Sister Lieux will describe the spiritual needs and desires of young women, pre-adolescent through young adulthood, and how adults can help to nurture faith.
In the quest to find oneself, young women (and men) often turn to the transcendent as a way of understanding the complex world in which they find themselves. Adults can play a pivotal role in developing the spiritual lives of young people; but this is not easily done, for most young people today are not inclined to embrace institutional religion. In this presentation, Sister Lieux will share some of what she has learned from 25 years of working with teenagers about how to help young women discover God within them and around them.


Kate Morin is head of the Upper School at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda Maryland. Bill Hulseman is Director of Social Action at Stone Ridge, and Denise Key is Upper School Counselor. Together, they will share what they have learned about the transformative power of service learning for girls, deploying JoAnn Deak's three C's: competence, confidence, and connectedness;


Beverly Hibbler is the founding principal of Detroit International Academy, a girls' public school enrolling girls in grades K-12. She tells the story of her school in an interview in the journal Advances in Gender & Education. Ms. Hibbler and two teachers from her school, Carmen Perry and April Dunn, will give a presentation describing how they create "a community of sisterhood" at their school, both in and out of the classroom, through programs such as Sister to Sister, Lego League, and Vex Robotics. In a separate presentation, Ms. Hibbler will share how her school has created community partnerships with entities as diverse as the Michigan Opera House, Girl Scouts of America, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University; she will also describe some of her school's innovative community service opportunities. Joined by her school's JROTC instructor, Rocky Mack, Major, US-Army (Retired), she and Major Mack will explain the role of the JROTC in helping to teach leadership skills.

Father John Huber, C.S.B., Ed.D., is principal of Detroit Catholic Central High School, a boys' Catholic school. He will give a presentation describing what is required for a boy to become a man of faith. Unlike the acquisition of knowledge in an academic curriculum, spiritual formation requires: a sound understanding of theology; an environment which encourages and honors mature responsibility, and teachers and coaches who challenge each student not only to be his personal best, but to be motivated to be an active part of a community. That faith-based community must equally esteem academics, and athletics, and the arts as a way of encountering the sacred. Dr. Huber will be joined by Mitchell Hancock, Dean of Students and Mark Gagnon, Chair of the Science Department.


Reverend John Roberts is Head of School at Covenant Christian School, an elementary school in St. Louis. In this presentation, Rev. Roberts will explain how he and his staff seek to provide a school which is "boy-friendly" without being unfriendly to girls. He will describe popular school activities such as Lightsaber Day - when all students are welcome to whack each other with foam lightsabers (but nobody is required to). He will also explain the rationale underlying some school policies which are unusual in the United States, such as allowing students to carry pocket knives.


Dr. Margaret Ferrara is associate professor of education at the University of Nevada at Reno. She will give three presentations at our conference. The first presentation will be an update on her very popular presentation from previous years, sharing what she has learned about the characteristics of great teaching for boys, and how that differs from the characteristics of great teaching for girls. The second presentation will be on qualitative assessment of single-gender programs using tools such as focus groups, surveys, and guided reflection. Dr. Ferrara's third presentation will be on statistical assessment of single-gender programs using rigorous quantitative pre/post comparisons.

Jodi Notch has given very popular presentations at our previous annual conferences, sharing what she has learned over her four years of teaching single-gender classrooms at Ruben Diaz Elementary School in Las Vegas. In this presentation, titled "My Boys Just Won't Sit Still!" she shares her boy-specific strategies for classroom management. The key idea is to work with boys' energy, rather than trying to suppress it.


Cheryl Hamilton, Patricia Jackson, & Sara Caesar-Williams are teachers at Columbus Intermediate School in Bedford, Ohio. They will share what they have learned about girl-friendly instructional strategies and girl-friendly classroom management in an all-girls elementary classroom (grades 4, 5, and 6).

Iwanda Huggins, principal of Columbus Intermediate School in Bedford Heights Ohio, will share the process by which she and her colleagues launched and sustained their single-gender program: why they decided to offer single-gender classrooms, how they developed the program, how they selected students, and how they tracked outcomes.

Darnise Stephens & Maggie Joyce are teachers at Columbus Intermediate School in Bedford, Ohio. They will share what they have learned about boy-friendly instructional strategies and boy-friendly classroom management in an all-boys elementary classroom (grades 5 and 6).


Dr. Leonard Sax is host of the Conference, and author of Boys Adrift and Girls on the Edge. He will share some of what he has learned from his visits to more than 300 schools over the past 12 years regarding how to use gender-specific instructional strategies to break down gender stereotypes: to engage more girls in physics and computer programming; to engage more boys in creative writing and poetry.

South Carolina

Jennifer Gribben teaches English/Language Arts, and Marcel Marina is a Special Education teacher, at Ronald E. McNair Middle School in Lake City. Together they will share how they use community-building activities -- games and hands-on learning activities -- differently in girls' classrooms and boys' classrooms, both in regular and in special education classrooms.

Maria James teaches science, Bryant Hicks teaches social studies, and Chris Fuecker teaches English/Language Arts, at Ronald E. McNair Middle School in Lake City. Together, they will share how they differentiate instruction in each of these content areas, for girls and for boys, in their single-gender classrooms.

Glenn Matthews teaches social studies, and Camille Moore teaches math, at Ronald E. McNair Middle School in Lake City. Together they will share what they have learned about gender-specifc instructional strategies - not only for math and social studies separately, but for integrating math with social studies - in girls' classrooms and in boys' classrooms.

Leah Taylor is a teacher at J. Paul Truluck Middle School in Lake City, South Carolina. Because she teaches the same mathematics content in all-girls classrooms, in all-boys classrooms, and in coed classrooms, she enjoys a unique perspective on how to customize her instructional strategies for each of these classroom formats. In this workshop she shares some of the gender-aware strategies she has developed for teaching middle school math: the same content, but different pedagogy.


Dr. Michon Benson is Executive Principal of the WALIPP-TSU Preparatory Academy in Houston. She will lead a panel discussion of the rationale for single-gender education in urban schools, for girls and for boys.

San Antonio Academy is a boys' PK-8 school founded in 1886. Luisa Bolen is Chair of the Spanish Department and also teaches Spanish in grades 6-8; Iliana Hieger teaches Spanish in grades PK-2; Natalie Bock teaches Spanish in grades 3-5. In this presentation, they share their boy-friendly instructional strategies for Spanish. Roughly 50% of the program's 8th-grade graduates consistently place in the top 5% of the National Spanish Exam.

Dameion Crook is principal of the Young Men's College Preparatory Academy, a boys' public school in Houston established by the Houston ISD (i.e. not a charter school). Mr. Crook and his associate, Jonathan Trinh, will describe some of the challenges and success stories involved in launching the first boys' public school in Houston which is not a charter school.

Nakia Douglas is the founding principal of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA), a boys' public school in Dallas; Richard Edison teaches history at BOMLA. Together with four student leaders from BOMLA, they will give a presentation including a short video about the school, describing how they created a school environment in which it's cool for a boy to be a scholar; how they partner with parents and with the community; and how the school has transformed the lives of students.

Paula Harris is an elected member of the Board of Education for Houston public schools. Delesa O'Dell Thomas is Principal of the Young Women's College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA), a girls' public school in Houston launched and operated under the authority of the Houston Board of Education. Jyoti Malhan is Dean of Instruction at YWCPA. Together, they will give a presentation describing the launch process, the challenges, the strategic marketing and the major milestones of the school's first year.

Jeffrey Presberg is the founding headmaster of Western Academy, a new boys' liberal arts school in Houston. He will give a presentation entitled "Dream Big, Think Small: the dangerous adventure of founding a private liberal arts school for boys in today's cultural landscape." He will focus on several vital elements to a successful founding, including an attractive educational vision - a dream - and keeping sight of the small in strategic thinking and implementation, from fundraising to curriculum to budgets.

Dr. Tarawa Redwood will share her research on the impact of the single-sex classroom format in public schools on mathematics and reading performance of seventh grade students based upon the state assessment, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). This research was conducted under the auspices of Texas Southern University in Houston.

For nine years, Roynell Young played professional football in the National Football League, including a trip to the Super Bowl. After retiring from the NFL, Mr. Young looked for a way to give back to the community. In 1990, he started an after-school program for boys in a low-income neighborhood of Houston. In 1995, he created a boys' public charter school, which has grown to become the Pro-Vision community. The remarkable story of Roynell Young was featured in The New York Times and in a feature interview in Advances in Gender & Education. In this presentation, Mr. Young will share what he has learned from two decades of working with boys in a low-income neighborhood in Houston. He will be joined by his colleagues Yolonda Kelley and Carrie Tate.


In 2005, most students attending Woodbridge Middle School were from middle-income families. Then the district changed the school's catchment boundaries. Roughly half of the student body now qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. Nevertheless, grades and test scores of students at Woodbridge Middle School, compared with 2005, have improved significantly. The principal, Skyles Calhoun, was featured in the May 2012 issue of Principal Leadership, in an article celebrating the success of his school. Mr. Calhoun instituted single-gender classrooms at his school in 2006 after carefully studying best practice for single-gender classrooms; and he has closely monitored what works and what has not worked over the past six years. In this informal session, entitled "Taking It to the Next Level", Mr. Calhoun will share strategies which he and his team have developed which have boosted academic achievement for both girls and boys, and reduced discipline referrals. This session will be offered jointly with David Chadwell (see South Carolina, above).

Dr. Abigail James, author of Teaching the Male Brain and Teaching the Female Brain, will give two presentations: one sharing tips for boy-specific best practice in the all-boys classroom; and a second presentation on girl-friendly tips especially for teaching math and science to girls. Dr. James will also give a third presentation, based on her most recent book Active Lessons for Active Brains, describing how experiential learners benefit from a hands-on approach as well as how to adapt material to an active approach.

Jamie Mullenaux teaches 4th-grade girls in an all-girls classroom at Mechanicsville Elementary School in Hanover County. In this presentation, she will share how she used the all-girls format to engage girls to become hands-on learners in science, conducting their own experiments in collaboration with other girls. Students left the classroom with a greater appreciation for science, greater mastery of the skills involved in scientific investigation, and more comfortable seeing themselves as scientists.

Dr. Nina Smith of Alexandria will share what she has learned about Black girls from low-income neighborhoods, and their preparedness for college. Many of these girls are the first in their families to attend a four-year college. Feeling good about oneself is not enough to be prepared for successful college matriculation. In this presentation, Dr. Smith shares her research into the question of how best to prepare Black girls for a successful experience at college.


Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (DSHA) is a girls' Catholic school in Milwaukee. Deb Mueller is Dean of Students at DSHA; Susan Reidy is chair of the Science Department; and Tom Montgomery teaches social studies. Together, they will share their action research in social studies, science, and math classrooms, deploying recent findings from cognitive psychology - especially the work of Carol Dweck - along with new ideas about girls and emotional intelligence, implemented in consultation with Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl.

How much does it cost? How do I register?

How much does it cost? The registration fee is $400.00 per person, for individuals registering alone.
For groups of 2, 3, or 4, registering together, the fee drops to $350.00 per person.
For groups of 5 or more, registering together, the registration fee is $300.00 per person.
Speakers receive a discount of $100 off the applicable registration fee.

Refunds:We will refund 90% of the registration fee if your refund request is received before September 1; between September 1 and October 1, just 80%; after October 1, no refunds will be provided.

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What's the conference agenda: when does it start, when does it end, and what's included?

Friday evening, October 19, we will have a welcoming reception which will also serve as a time for conference registration. If you are able to join us Friday evening between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM, this will be a good time to meet others who are interested in single-sex education. Light refreshments will be served. We have invited all of our presenters to prepare posters to display at this session, to promote an opportunity to "meet and mingle." If you are able to join us Friday evening, that's great; but the formal activities of the conference do not begin until Saturday morning.

Saturday morning, October 20, you will first need to pick up your registration packet (including your conference program and nametag) if you didn't do so Friday evening. Then you can enjoy a light breakfast before the conference officially opens at 9 AM Saturday morning with our general session.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) will speak at our General Session, Saturday morning October 20. More than any other leader or legislator in the United States, Senator Hutchison gets the credit for legalizing the choice of single-gender classrooms and single-gender schools in American public schools. Senator Hutchison does not suggest that single-gender education is "better" than coeducation; she simply believes that more parents should have the right to choose either single-gender or coeducation for their child. Right now, in most American cities, only those parents who are wealthy enough to afford private school have that choice. When Senator Hutchison reached across the aisle in June 2001 to enlist then-Senator Hillary Clinton in this effort, she showed a bipartisan spirit which has become rare in American politics. Her amendment to legalize single-gender education passed the Senate by unanimous consent and became part of the No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law on January 8 2002. Nevertheless, Senator Hutchison's idea, to allow more parents the option of choosing single-gender education for their children in public schools, remains controversial in the United States.

Senator Hutchison is the only woman ever to be elected to the United States Senate from the state of Texas; currently she is the most senior Republican woman in the Senate. She was first elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election in 1993. She was re-elected in 1994, again in 2000, and again by a wide margin in 2006. She announced last year that she will retire from the Senate at the end of her current term.

The first breakout session will begin at 10:45 Saturday morning. There will be roughly ten different sessions to choose from during each of the five breakout sessions.

We will have a hot buffet lunch beginning at 12 noon on Saturday. At lunchtime, you will have the OPTION of sitting with people who are interested in all-girls classrooms, or all-boys classrooms, as well as other tables just for charter schools and other tables primarily for independent schools. Attendees at previous conferences have found these tables to provide good opportunities to network with people with similar interests.

The second breakout session will begin at 1:15 PM Saturday afternoon, and the third breakout session will begin around 2:30 PM. After the third breakout session, we will have coffee and soft drinks available next to the conference bookstore, which will provide another chance to meet and mingle with other attendees. Saturday evening we have no events scheduled, so you will be on your own to enjoy the attractions of the Houston Galleria. Sunday morning we will again have a continental breakfast at 8 AM, followed by the fourth breakout session which begins at 9:15 AM. The fifth and final breakout session begins at 10:30 AM. The conference concludes at 12 noon on Sunday (but you may want to attend the debate Sunday afternoon between Dr. Sax and Professor Bigler
Please contact us between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, with any questions about the conference.

Where should I stay? How much does the hotel cost?

We recommend that all conference attendees stay at the Westin Galleria Hotel, because all conference activities - the Friday evening reception, all meals, and all conference sessions Saturday and Sunday - will take place at the Westin Galleria. You can make a reservation at our conference reservation page which is In addition, if you make your reservation via this page you get free in-room Internet access; otherwise the hotel charges $12.99/day for in-room Internet access. You don't need to pay upfront, but you do need to provide a credit card in order to reserve a room. We recommend making your reservation now; you can always cancel later if your plans change.

Sunday afternoon debate

Rebecca Bigler Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin . Professor Bigler is also co-founder and executive director of the American Council for CoEducational Schooling (ACCES). At the conclusion of the conference, Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:30 PM, Professor Bigler will debate Dr. Leonard Sax, founder of the Association and host of this Conference. Professor Bigler will argue that the single-gender format - including both single-gender classrooms and single-gender schools - "lacks scientific support and may exaggerate sexism and gender stereotyping". Dr. Sax will argue that when teachers have appropriate training, single-gender classrooms and single-gender schools can break down gender stereotypes, boost academic achievement, and broaden educational horizons for both girls and boys. Attendees at the debate will have the opportunity to pose questions both to Professor Bigler and to Dr. Sax.

Visit a local public school in Houston
The following single-gender schools in Houston have graciously offered to allow attendees at the NASSPE conference to visit on Friday October 19, to observe regular classes in session. These are all public schools of choice, i.e. no student is required to attend any of these schools; parents choose to enroll their daughter or their son. You may choose one of the following schools to visit (listed in alphabetical order):

Each of these schools is also sending presenters to give presentations at the conference Saturday and Sunday. All school visits will take place either the morning or the afternoon of Friday October 19 so you should plan to fly in Thursday evening unless you live nearby. Attendees who wish to visit a school will be asked to pay a fee of $15 to defray the cost of round-trip transportation between the hotel and the school. We will arrange transportation. That $15 fee is less than the cost of even a one-way taxi fare from the Galleria to any of these schools. If you register via credit card, you will have the option of signing up for your choice of school during the credit card registration process. If you register via check or purchase order, please let us know that you wish to visit one of these schools, and let us know which school. Space is limited, so please let us know as soon as possible. UPDATE October 13: we do not have any more spaces available to visit YMCPA or YWCPA. However, Pro-Vision - Roynell Young's amazing school/community for boys - can still accommodate more visitors on Friday October 19. Please let us know ASAP if you would like to visit Pro-Vision on Friday October 19.

Comments from attendees at our previous Conferences:

"We began the 2009 - 2010 school year with all male classes, without any training or experience in single gender education. We were overwhelmed with classroom management and learning style issues. The procedures and teaching styles that worked in coed classrooms did not work within a single gender environment. Then we attended the NASSPE conference in Atlanta [October 2009]. The colleagues we met during the NASSPE conference provided us with so many ideas, strategies and gender specific classroom management ideas. The breakout sessions were invaluable to us, as we changed our classroom layout, procedures and discipline. Everything changed and a new year began. Our students were excited about the changes and responded magnificently. The end of year results showed amazing growth and mastery of skills. The administration was so excited about the success in the single gender classes that they decided to expand the single gender classes from three in 2009-2010, to six in 2010-2011. Since attending the NASSPE conference, the philosophy of our administration and several teachers have changed dramatically in support of single gender education."
Diana Wagner and Tamara Perry, Palmetto Elementary, Poinciana, Florida

"I had a wonderful weekend here. I have learned so much about single-sex classrooms. I can't wait to get home and try some of the things I have learned. I didn't realize how unprepared I was to teach single-sex classes. Thank you so much for all the information."
Sarah Tomblyn, Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, Buckhannon, West Virginia

"One of the best conferences I have ever attended!"
Lisa Robson, Flamborough Centre School, Hamilton, Ontario

"This conference reignited my excitement for my single-gender class. My approach to literature for males will never be the same."
Joanne Bachman, Hillcrest High, Greenville, South Carolina

"Each time I attend the conference I gain new strategies and a more effective means of implementing existing strategies. The presenters have been fabulous. Thank you for sharing the knowledge!"
Tisha D. Jones, Diaz Elementary School, Las Vegas, Nevada

"This was my first NASSPE conference. I had a wonderful time. The environment, food, and staff were all top notch. There was great diversity in the breakout sessions. Speakers were very informative."
James W. Blackmon, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Tennessee

"I really enjoyed this conference. I get so much information and ideas from fellow teachers who are also doing single-sex education. Fellowshipping with others who are doing what I am doing, I KNOW that I am doing the right thing!"
Daryl Jackson, Aberdeen Primary School, Aberdeen, North Carolina

"The NASSPE conference is always a great opportunity to network with others on the front lines of gender-specific classrooms. Learning new strategies and having existing strategies affirmed has been helpful. It was nice to collaborate and learn from experts in the field. It really helps to validate the whole process for me. Thanks!"
Annette Duncan, Cunningham Elementary School, Waterloo, Iowa

"This was a fabulous, insightful and interesting conference. I am so glad I came. It felt like family. It was good to network with teachers, counselors and administrators from all different experiences to bring to the board. It was also a great representation of schools from all over the States, as well as from Iceland, Spain, Canada, Mexico, and Australia."
Denise Blakely, San Luis Obispo, California

"An outstanding learning opportunity for all educators. The VARIETY of topics covered provided an excellent opportunity for all. Keep up the excellent work!"
Doug Trimble, principal, C. G. Stirling Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario

"This conference was the best professional development I have ever experienced - in 30 years of teaching. Thank you for the careful, insightful preparation given to this day, and for your evident passion for this work!"
Terry Hume, Robert Turner Elementary School, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky



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