NASSPE's sixth international conference took place October 9 and 10, 2010. We had 54 different presentations. The complete conference program (PDF, 16 pages) is available for download by clicking here.

Our next conference will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 2011, in Orlando, Florida. For more information about the upcoming Orlando conference please go to the conference web page. We are now accepting submissions for presentations. Registration to attend the Orlando conference will open in March.

The remainder of this page provides information about our October 2010 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Download the complete conference program (PDF, 16 pages)

Why Las Vegas?

We had 53 presentations at our 2009 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Of those 53 presentations, seven were from public schools in the city of Las Vegas Nevada - more than from any other school district. We have never previously held any NASSPE conference west of the Mississippi. Many of our friends and colleagues in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, have pointed out that if we consider ourselves the NATIONAL Association for Single Sex Public Education - rather than just the East-of-the-Mississippi Association for SSPE - then we really need to hold a conference west of the Mississippi. Because of the remarkable commitment of so many educators and administrators in Las Vegas public schools to this format, Las Vegas became the obvious choice for our 2010 conference. Las Vegas is the fifth-largest school district in the United States, with roughly 250,000 students, mostly from low-income neighborhoods.

We chose Las Vegas in spite of (not because of) the entertainment available there. We realize that some attendees may be reluctant to support a major Las Vegas hotel. One reason we chose the Flamingo Hotel is that attendees at the Flamingo Hotel do not need to walk through a casino to attend the conference sessions. Another reason is that the Flamingo Hotel offered us a remarkably low rate of just $69/night for our attendees - that was a huge discount off the regular room rate of $295/night. Comparable non-casino hotels in Las Vegas wanted at least $150/night. The block of rooms we reserved has now sold out; however, there are other nearby hotels with rooms available at $99/night or less. More information below.

How much does it cost? How do I register?

How much does it cost? The registration fee is $360.00 per person, for individuals registering alone.
For groups of 2, 3, or 4, registering together, the fee drops to $330.00 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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Register via FAX: If you would like to FAX your registration information to us, you may click here to fill out the registration form at this link, then print it out and fax it to 610 993 3139.

Register by MAIL: Please click here to fill out the registration form; then please mail the form, along with your check or purchase order, to NASSPE, 64 E. Uwchlan Ave., #259, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341-1203.

Purchase orders will be accepted only from accredited schools, colleges, and universities.

If you have questions about methods of payment, please call NASSPE at 610 296 2821 during our business hours (9 AM to 4 PM Eastern time, Monday through Friday), and ask to speak with Katie.

Where is the conference taking place?

The conference venue will be the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas NV 89109. We reserved a large block of rooms at a rate of just $69/night for NASSPE attendees. That block of rooms has now sold out; indeed the hotel is completely sold out for our conference nights, Friday and Saturday October 8 and 9. However, there are at least seven other hotels within walking distance of the Flamingo which have rooms available (as of September 28 2010) at $99/night or less, including the Ramada Las Vegas, La Quinta Inn, Fairfield Inn, Super 8, and Comfort Inn. You can see a list of nearby hotels with room rates of $99/night or less by clicking here, courtesy of hotels.com. Please contact us if you are having any difficulty finding an affordable room near the Flamingo Hotel.

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

Friday evening, October 8, 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 at the Flamingo, 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." This was a very well-attended event at our conference in Atlanta last October (2009). So 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 9, you will first need to pick up your registration packet (including your conference program, nametag, and your complimentary copy of Advances in Gender and Education) 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 a general/plenary session.
The first breakout session will begin at 10:45 Saturday morning. There will be at least 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. 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 Las Vegas. The Flamingo Las Vegas is right in the middle of the action. 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. We hope to see you there!
Please contact us between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, with any questions about the conference.


Speakers and topics for the 2010 conference, in alphabetical order

  • Jim Anderson, Principal of Andersen Junior High School, Chandler, Arizona, will share his experience leading a school which offers both coed and single-gender classrooms on the same campus, with particular attention to practical questions such as: Which students are better suited for single gender, and which do better in coed classes?
  • Mike Arnold, from San Antonio, Texas, will give a presentation entitled "The Three Rs of Manhood: Reality, Responsibility and Relationships."
  • Lacy Asbill and Elana Metz, co-founders of Girls Moving Forward in San Francisco (California), will give a presentation entitled "Creating a Different Kind of Space for Girls in After-School Hours."
  • Michele Basolo and Nina Carrol, from Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School in Las Vegas, will describe some of the challenges facing urban girls from low-income neighborhoods, and how the all-girls format empowers these girls to be successful.
  • Lynn Bertram, Executive Director of the PACE Center for Girls in Jacksonville, Florida, along with Debbie Moroney, Director of Program for PACE Center for Girls (statewide in Florida), will give a presentation entitled "Creating a Gender-Responsive Classroom," building on what they have learned serving girls from at-risk populations in an all-girls setting.
  • Ned Blake, Bryant Hicks, and Donald E. Myers, from Ronald McNair Middle School in Lake City, South Carolina, will give a presentation entitled "Best Practices for Teaching History in Single-Sex Classrooms."
  • Benjamin Blakeley Jr., Ronald Bryant, and Richard Glass Jr., from the campuses of the Urban Prep Academies for Young Men in Chicago will give a presentation entitled "Band of Brothers: Creating Culture & Climate with Cohorts", sharing strategies they have deployed successfully at their all-boys schools serving primarily African-American males from low-income Chicago neighborhoods.
  • Eric Brown, principal of Killian Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, will give a presentation entitled "Empowering Black Males," sharing what he has learned about how to use the all-male classroom format to engage Black males in academic excellence.
  • Maria Brown and Donna Price, from C.J. Hicks Elementary School in Conyers, Georgia, will give a presentation entitled "Gender TECH: Integrating Gender Based Technology in Single Sex Classrooms."
  • Torrence Broxton, principal of Woodward Avenue Elementary School in Deland, Florida, along with teachers Jodi Lewitt and Dana Zacharko, will share what they have learned about how best to customize the curriculum for the single-gender classroom, including specific examples of lesson plans for the girls' classroom and lesson plans for the boys' classroom.
  • Christopher Brueningsen, Headmaster of the Kiski School (a boys' school in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania), along with Marcus Muster, Director of Technology at the school, will give a presentation entitled "Teaching Boys in a Virtual Classroom," sharing what they have learned about webcasting class meetings and using eLearning technologies, with an emphasis on "blended learning" - combining on-line and face-to-face instruction - in the all-boys setting.
  • Stephanie Burke, of the College of Idaho, will give a presentation entitled "Listening to student voices: measuring self-efficacy within single-sex classrooms," sharing the research she has done at a rural public elementary school in Idaho.
  • Patrice Caldwell and Dyisha Taylor, of Killian Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, will give a presentation entitled "GEMS: Girls Engaged in Math and Science," sharing what they have learned about how to use the all-girls format to engage girls in the classroom.
  • Tiffani Casurra and Sonya Mosely, from C. J. Hicks Elementary in Conyers, Georgia, will give a presentation entitled "Defying the Myths in an All-Girls Classroom", sharing how girls in their all-girls classroom love to compete, love math and science, learn better after exercise breaks, etc.
  • Kevin Davern, headmaster of the Avalon School (a boys' school in Gaithersburg, Maryland), will give a presentation entitled 'The Boy is Father of the Man': Teaching Literature to Boys and Young Men".
  • Walter L. Davis III, from the North Clayton Middle School Male Academy in College Park, Georgia, will give a presentation entitled "Changing the Minds of Reluctant Male Readers", sharing what he has learned about how to use the all-boys format to engage teenage boys in reading.
  • Dr. Margaret Ferrara, University of Nevada at Reno, will share her research on which teacher is most effective with girls, and which teacher is most effective with boys (hint: whether the teacher is female or male does NOT appear to be a major factor).
  • Dr. Ferrara will give a second presentation, joined by her husband and former schools superintendent Dr. Peter J. Ferrara, entitled "Turning Anecdotes Into Data", emphasizing practical tips for school administrators who want to understand and analyze what's happening in their single-sex classrooms.
  • Sara Franklin and Suzanne Wright, of Jefferson Middle School in Springfield, Illinois, will share gender-specific lesson plans which have been effective in their all-girls and all-boys classrooms.
  • Audra Garnett, from Red Deer Public Schools in Red Deer, Alberta, will give a presentation entitled "When Single-Gender Classes Are Not an Option: Practical Instructional Strategies to Engage and Motivate Boys in a Mixed-Gender Classroom".
  • Dr. Miguel David Gelpi, of Fordham Prep (a boys' school in the Bronx) will give a presentation entitled "The Quest for the Male Soul".
  • Jennifer Gribben, Diane Haines, Danielle Leckinger, and Caitlin Mackenzie, from McNair Middle School in Lake City, South Carolina, will give a presentation entitled "Odd Girl In: How to make sure that EVERY girl feels at home in your all-girls classroom."
  • Rachel Harjes, from Columbia, South Carolina, will give a presentation on "The Princess Effect," sharing her research with 145 students in South Carolina, exploring how girls' beliefs about the importance of personal appearance or the approval of others predicted those girls' symptoms of depression; and also the extent to which race (African-American / European-American) influenced these associations.
  • Shannon Holland and Mary Rumsey, from Sandlapper Elementary in Columbia, South Carolina, will share their experience in an all-girls classroom in a presentation entitled "Using technology to engage girls in math and science".
  • Dr. Abigail James (Orange, Virginia) will give presentations regarding best practice for all-girls classrooms and all-boys classrooms.
  • Young-joo Jeong, from Oryunam Elementary School in Seoul, South Korea, will give a presentation entitled "An Analysis of Students' Gender Role Identity, Gender Egalitarianism, and School Life Adjustment among Korean 6th-Graders."
  • Jenee Johnson, from C. J. Hicks Elementary in Conyers, Georgia, will share her experience in an all-boys classroom in a presentation entitled "Building Teamwork with Boys to Increase Achievement".
  • Laurie LaMondie and Elizabeth Albert, from Woodward Avenue Elementary School in Deland, Florida, will share what they have learned from their years teaching in single-gender elementary-school classrooms, about gender differences in the responses to stress, and in anxiety levels, as well as gender-specific strategies to address the emotional needs of girls and boys in single-gender classrooms.
  • Maribel McAdory, principal of Ruben P. Diaz Elementary in Las Vegas, along with assistant principal Mark Connors, with share their experiences of what has worked and what has NOT worked over two full years of implementation of a single-gender program at their school.
  • Shelley McClure and Sharon Klein, from Duncan, British Columbia, will share their leadership program for 15- to 18-year-old girls in a presentation entitled "Journey to the Heart of Young Leaders: Personal Mastery in Girls".
  • Sara McLaughlin and Kristen Williams, from Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia, will give a presentation entitled "Girls + Girls = Success in Math!", sharing strategies which they have tested and refined during their three years' experience teaching math in all-girls classrooms.
  • Philip Mickles, principal of Rucker Middle School in Lancaster, South Carolina, along with teacher Robert Nunnery, will share data documenting the success of their single-gender program in a presentation entitled "Is single-gender education the answer for African-American males?".
  • Camilla Moore, Kara McKone, Jeannette Altman, and Margie Myers, from Ronald McNair Middle School in Lake City, South Carolina, will give a presentation entitled "Math Divided by Gender = Success," documenting the gains in math achievement by both girls and boys in single-gender classrooms.
  • Jodi Notch and Jane Kinkel, from Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, will share strategies they have developed to help boys in the all-boys independent classroom become passionate about WRITING.
  • Christine Orama and Stephanie McCorkle, from Jefferson Middle School in Springfield, Illinois, will share what they have learned over three years' experience in single-gender classrooms in a presentation entitled "How to implement organizational strategies for middle school boys.".
  • Dr. Kathy Piechura-Couture, and Dr. Elizabeth D. Heins, of the Nina B. Hollis Institute of Educational Reform at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, will give a presentation entitled "The Boy Factor in Special Education: Over-represented, or Misguided Pedagogy?"
  • Professor Piechura-Couture will also give a second presentation, joined by her Stetson colleague Douglas MacIsaac, entitled "Reasons To Incorporate Movement Into Both Girls' And Boys' Classrooms."
  • Dr. Chris Raeker and Lisa Greenstein, both elementary-school principals from St. Louis County, Missouri, will share their experiences implementing single-sex classrooms in public elementary schools, including the importance of creating mentoring relationships among teachers, as well as strategies for engaging the parents, and also partnering with local colleges and universities.
  • Brad Rathgeber, director of the Online School for Girls (headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland), will describe the nation's only online girls-only educational program, launched as a collaboration among ten established girls' schools, enabling these schools to offer courses such as AP Computer Science which they might not be able to offer individually.
  • Jackie Button, vice principal of White Oaks Secondary School (in Burlington, Ontario), will share her experience with single-gender classrooms in a presentation entitled "The impact of single-gender learning opportunities in literacy and numeracy at the high school level."
  • Dr. Leonard Sax, of NASSPE in Exton, Pennsylvania, will provide an overview of what's happening nationally with single-gender educational opportunities in public schools.
  • Adam Schultheis, from Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School in Las Vegas, will give a presentation entitled "The Beat of a Different Drummer: engaging boys and girls in music, in single-sex classrooms."
  • Denise Scott, of James Elementary School in Tampa, Florida will give a presentation entitled "Building the Road to Success through classroom strategies K-5 Boys and Girls," based on her experience with single-gender classrooms there.
  • Jeremy Scott, Aaron Sauter, and John Treadwell, from Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia, will give a presentation entitled "Building positive male relationships in single-gender classrooms."
  • Diana Wagner and Tamara Perry, from Palmetto Elementary School in Poinciana, Florida, will give a presentation entitled "Surviving the first year in an all-boys class."
  • Carla Wall, of King's Junior High in Shoreline, Washington, will give a presentation entitled "Gender differences in small-group activities for middle school boys and girls."
  • Alicia Watson, DeVon Chinn, and Regina Willingham of the Girls' Leadership Academy in College Park, Georgia, will give a presentation entitled "Girls Gone Creative!" - sharing strategies which they have found to be effective in all-girls middle-school classrooms.
  • Dr. Elaine Wiegert of the University of South Carolina Upstate, along with Dr. Megan Che of Clemson University, will give a presentation entitled "Proportional Reasoning in Single-Sex Middle-School Classrooms: a longitudinal study."
  • Sherrod Willaford, principal, and Chara Moore, assistant principal at C. J. Hicks Elementary School in Conyers, Georgia, will share what they learned in the course of launching a single-gender program at their school.
  • Brooke Winston, from Middleton Heights Elementary in Middleton, Idaho, will give a presentation entitled "Success with LOTTU," sharing strategies which she and her colleagues have found to be effective in the all-girls elementary classroom.

  • Comments from attendees at previous NASSPE Conferences:

    "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 the 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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