NASSPE VII in 2011

NASSPE's Seventh International Conference
Orlando, Florida
Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 2011

NASSPE's Seventh International Conference took place Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 2011, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. We had more than 420 attendees, not only from all across the continental United States but also from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, and Puerto Rico.

We are now accepting proposals for our October 2012 conference. More information about our October 2012 conference, including information on how to submit a proposal, is available at the 2012 conference web page.

The COMPLETE CONFERENCE PROGRAM for our 2011 conference is available for download as a Microsoft Word document by clicking here.
The program provides a detailed description of each of the 59 different presentations, and shows which presentation was given in which time slot.
The remainder of this web page is retained as it appeared on October 7 2011.
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Here's the list of our 90 different speakers and their topics, in alphabetical order by the last name of the first presenter:


  • Elizabeth Albert and Laurie LaMondie will share what they have learned from their years of teaching single-gender classrooms at Woodward Avenue Elementary School in Deland, Florida, in regard to: gender-specific instructional strategies; gender-specific classroom management; and gender-specific stress reduction.
  • Jim Anderson and Shannon Anderson will share their research at a public school in Chandler, Arizona, where students were randomly assigned either to single-gender or to co-ed classrooms. They will review five years of assessment data with reference to the effect of the single-gender and mixed-gender classroom format on student achievement in reading and math.
  • Amanda Archer and Nicholas Chiappone, from Ronald McNair Middle School in Florence County, South Carolina, will give a presentation entitled "What a girl wants, what a girl needs", sharing what they have learned about building community in an all-girls classroom.
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  • Michelle Basolo and Nina Williams-Carrol from Diaz Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, will give a presentation entitled Soy una chica vibrante! Single-gender and the ELL girl (ELL = English Language Learner)
  • Dr. Brad Blue and his colleagues Julie Blue and Jason Jirsa will give three separate presentations on STEM subjects:
    1) "RoboGirls: much more than making a robot work." Engaging girls in robotics requires embedding the topic in a multi-faceted world. The usual, competitive, hardware-focused approach disengages many girls.
    2) "RoboBoys: it's all about making the robot work." The presenters share how to create a gritty, fast-paced, real-time, and team-competitive robotics program for boys.
    3) SciGirls: a new program and a new approach for engaging girls in science, also a new PBS television show and website.


  • Kim Campbell, from Hopkins West Junior High School in Minnetonka Minnesota, will share her gender-specific strategies for classroom management.
  • Jennifer Carlson and Kari Erickson from Osceola Middle School in Osceola, Wisconsin, will give a presentation entitled "Creating Community in an All-Girls' Class, One Activity at a Time"
  • David Chadwell oversees more than 100 public schools across the state of South Carolina which have single-gender classrooms (his office is the only such statewide office in the United States). Mr. Chadwell will give two presentations: one on "Creating and Sustaining a Single-Gender Program in Public Schools", and a second presentation on "Gender in the Classroom: bringing structure and connection to classroom practice."
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  • Dr. Sue Das, professor at Iona College and a teacher at the Brunswick School, an all-boys school in Greenwich Connecticut, will explain how she customizes her instruction to the needs and interests of 1st-grade boys.
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  • Randy Edge, Assistant Principal at VanDevender Middle School in Parkersburg West Virginia, along with teachers Helen Holt and Mackenzie Lackey, will share their experience with single-gender classrooms at an urban Title 1 school, from both the teachers' perspective and from an administrator's perspective.
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  • Dr. Margaret Ferrara, from the University of Nevada at Reno, will share her research on what makes for a great teacher of girls - and how that's different from a great teacher of boys. What kind of teacher are you? Professor Ferrara will help you find out.
  • Professor Ferrara will give a second presentation, joined by her husband, former schools superintendent Dr. Peter J. Ferrara: this presentation, for school leaders, addresses how to work with local news media to deliver the message you need to deliver regarding the single-gender program at your public school.
  • Glynetta Fletcher, an English teacher at the King/Drew Magnet High School in Los Angeles California, will describe how she uses various genres of music to engage and motivate boys in literature, in the all-boys classroom.
  • 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.
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  • Maria Gabriela Martino de Galindez, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will share her strategies for teaching English as a foreign language, based on her more than 20 years experience teaching English as a foreign language at both coed schools and single-sex schools.
  • Karon Gephart, Suzanne Wright, and Christine Orama, from Jefferson Middle School in Springfield, Illinois, will describe how they have integrated technology in the single-gender classroom, so as to help girls take risks in non-traditional subjects, and to motivate boys in the classroom.
  • Jennifer Gribben, from Ronald McNair Middle School in Lake City, South Carolina, will describe how she customizes her teaching of creative writing and English grammar for girls, and for boys, in single-gender classrooms.
  • Carletta Griffis - who teaches physical education - will join her colleagues from the Linden STEM Academy in Columbus Ohio, Tayana Jones and Debra Yetts, to describe how they use team-competitive formats in athletics and in the classroom to build community for both girls and boys, in the single-gender classroom, in the gym, in the playground, and beyond.
  • Maryellen Gucciardi, and Vikki Borg-Iuele, both from Brampton Ontario (Canada), will describe a program to connect local First Nations youth with First Nations tribal elders (Anishinabe / Ojibway). A key element of this program was connecting male adolescents with "grandfathers" from the tribe, and female adolescents with "grandmothers." The program has in some cases led to remarkable and lasting change in the lives of individual adolescents.
  • H

  • Dr. Terry Harbin, principal of Lawndale Elementary School in Tupelo Mississippi, and assistant principal Brock English, will share what they have learned during the first two years of implementation of a single-gender program at a coed public elementary school.
  • Rachel Harjes, from Columbia, South Carolina, will give a presentation on "The Princess Effect, a.k.a. Did Cinderella Eat Your Student?" sharing her research with students in South Carolina, exploring how girls' beliefs about the importance of personal appearance or the approval of others predicted those girls' feelings of anxiety or depression; and also the extent to which race (African-American / European-American) influenced these associations.
  • Ms. Harjes will also give a second presentation, sharing her research on the causes of the achievement gap between African-American males and European-American males in South Carolina public schools.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Heins, Dr. Mercedes Tichenor, and Doug MacIsaac, from the Nina B. Hollis Institute for Educational Reform at Stetson University (Deland, Florida), will give a presentation entitled "Sustaining Effective Single-Gender Programs."
  • Dr. Janet Hinds, principal of the Linden S.T.E.M. Academy in Columbus Ohio, and teacher Tayana Jones, will share how they have used the single-gender format, with a teacher 'looping' with the same group of boys year after year, to build community in the elementary-school classroom.
  • Katie Hoeg, a teacher at the Palm Pointe Educational Research School in Port St. Lucie, Florida, will describe how she has used the all-girls format in her elementary classroom to instill "girl power", explaining how customizing the classroom to be more girl-friendly has boosted academic achievement for her girls.
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  • Dr. Abigail James, author of Teaching the Male Brain, will give a presentation sharing tips for boy-specific best practice in the classroom.
  • Dr. James will also give a second presentation, with Sandra Boyd Allison, co-author of 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 from their own classrooms to an active approach.
  • Reverend Alan James, from Stillwater, Minnesota, will share his 40 years' experience organizing camps and other extra-curricular activities to create bonds across generations: boys with men, and girls with women.
  • K

  • Jane Kinkel and Ryshawnda Grant, from Diaz Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, will give a presentation entitled Looping toward success: the effect of single-gender looping on achievement among ELL and low-income students
  • L

  • Jodi Lewitt, Dana Zacharko, and Jennifer Hargroves, all from Woodward Avenue Elementary School in Deland Florida, will describe how they have adapted their curriculum for single-sex classrooms.
  • M

  • Dr. Nickalous Manning and colleague Bobby White, both from Memphis City Schools in Tennessee, will give two presentations: one describing the ups and downs of the single-gender format at two Memphis public schools; the other describing what they have learned about how to customize instruction in gender-specific ways, in the middle-school grades.
  • Kara McKone and Camille Moore, from McNair Middle School in Florence County, South Carolina, will give a presentation sharing how they have used the all-girls format to make middle school math more interesting for their students.
  • Dr. Janet Moss, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina, will share her research on the impact of the single-sex classroom format on academic achievement, student attitudes, attendance, and discipline referrals.
  • Dr. Fiona Mueller, from the Australian National University College in Canberra, Australia, will share the results of her years of research on all-boys schools. Some boys' schools are more likely to produce boys who are humane and kind, whereas other boys' schools don't do so well on these parameters. She will describe the characteristics of boys' schools which produce gentlemen who are competent not only academically but also socially and culturally.
  • Donald Myers, Leon Burgess, and Glenn Matthews, from Ronald McNair Middle School in Lake City, South Carolina will give a presentation entitled "Changing History," describing how they have customized their strategies for teaching history in their all-girls and all-boys classrooms.
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  • Dr. Herbert Nembhard from DeKalb County Schools (Georgia) will give a poster presentation entitled "Closing the Achievement Gap: a study of single-gender education in the public sector."
  • Jodi Notch, from Diaz Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada, will share how she applies what she has learned from years of teaching single-gender classrooms, in the coed classroom, to benefit BOTH girls AND boys.
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  • Christine Orama and Stephanie McCorkle, from Jefferson Middle School in Springfield, Illinois, will share what they have learned over four years' experience in single-gender classrooms in a presentation entitled "How to implement organizational strategies for middle school boys."
  • Ben Osburn and Sara DeJong, teachers at Baker Elementary School in Wayland, Michigan, will share their experience of single-sex kindergarten at a public elementary school, and how that format boosted academic achievement (especially for boys!).
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  • Tamara Perry and Diana Wagner, from Palmetto Elementary in Poinciana, Florida, will share the gender-specific strategies which they have employed in their all-boys elementary classroom, resulting in dramatic gains in academic achievement for their boys.
  • Chris Pettograsso, principal of Buckley Elementary School in Lansing, New York, and Pamela Bryce, a teacher at the same school, will describe some of the challenges of launching the single-gender format in a rural elementary school, and how they have used that format to work more effectively with the boys at their school.
  • Dr. Kathy Piechura-Couture of Stetson University in Deland Florida, along with principal Torrence Broxton and Assistant Principal Shannon Hay, will give a presentation entitled "Data, Data, Data: is the single-gender format making a difference?"
  • Joan Plavchan, Kirsten Raymond, and Mary Catherine Michaels, all teachers at Woodward Avenue Elementary School in Deland, Florida, will describe how their customize their mathematics instruction to the all-girls classroom, and to the all-boys classroom. The content is the same, but the instructional strategies are gender-specific.
  • Andrew Pudewa, director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, will give a presentation entitled "Reaching the Reluctant Writer."
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  • Robin Rose, CEO of Frameworks Tampa Bay, and Dr. Jennifer Morley, Chief Education Officer of Frameworks Tampa Bay, will give a presentation describing how to use single-gender social and emotional learning programs to improve school climate.
  • Beth Roueche and Bev Cannon, from Langston Charter Middle School in Greenville, South Carolina, will share how they have used the all-girls format to prevent the "Mean Girls" phenomenon, i.e. girl-on-girl bullying.
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  • Dr. Leonard Sax, director of NASSPE, will share the latest news and updates regarding single-sex public education across the United States.
  • Denise Scott, who leads all-boys classrooms at Clemmie Ross James Elementary School in Tampa Florida, will reprise her very-popular presentation, sharing strategies for MOTIVATING elementary-school boys to WRITE.
  • Jeremy Scott and Aaron Sauter from Woodbridge Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia, will describe how they have used the all-male classroom format to build bonds between boys and men, resulting in an "astounding" decrease in discipline referrals, detentions, and fights over the past three years.
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  • State regulations in New Jersey (as in Massachusetts and Washington) prohibit single-sex classrooms in public schools. Nevertheless, Karen Thomas has fought the system and successfully obtained permission to offer single-gender classrooms in a public charter school in Newark. In this presentation, she describes her ongoing efforts to legalize single-sex education in New Jersey public schools, and she will present her research on the impact of single-gender education on African-American males in 2nd grade.
  • Lane Tollefsen, Rona Cornell, and Katrina Pepler - 6th-grade teachers at King's Elementary School in Seattle, Washington - will share how they have customized their instructional strategies in English/language arts, social studies, math, art, and technology - for the girls' classroom, for the boys' classroom, AND for the coed classroom.
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  • Susan Vaughn from Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Georgia will give a presentation entitled "Fostering the love of reading for Spanish-speaking students: what worked and what didn't in single-sex 6th and 7th-grade boys and girls classes."
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  • Dr. Kay Herting Wahl, Director of School Counseling and Director of the Masters Training Program at the University of Minnesota, will give a presentation on sex differences in best practices for counseling girls and boys, with attention to conflict resolution, discipline, and motivation. This presentation is intended not only for counselors but also for teachers and administrators in grades K-12.
  • Benjamin Wright, assistant superintendent for alternative education, Philadelphia Public Schools, will give a presentation entitled "Oasis: making single-sex programs work when the state and school board say NO".

  • 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.

    Register via CREDIT CARD: Click here to register via secure server
    (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express only)

    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.

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

    Friday evening, October 7, 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" and to speak personally with many of our presenters. 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 8, you will first need to pick up your registration packet (including your conference program and nametag - we need you to display your nametag at all times!) 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 and 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 Orlando. 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.

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

    We recommend that all conference attendees stay at the Rosen Centre Hotel, because all conference activities - the Friday evening reception, all meals, and all conference sessions - will take place at the Rosen Centre Hotel. The Rosen Centre provides a free shuttle to the Harry Potter Theme Park for all guests (that's supposed to be an illustration of the Harry Potter Theme Park, at right). Attendees at the NASSPE conference receive a BIG discount on room rates at the Rosen Centre. The Rosen Centre asks that we not list the room rate here. In order to see the room rate, and/or to make a reservation, please go to the Rosen Centre reservation page for the NASSPE Conference by clicking here. This very low room rate was originally guaranteed only through September 14, and we have sold out the block of rooms we had reserved at that rate; but the hotel has graciously agreed to expand our block of rooms and to extend this very low room rate through October 4. . If you have any difficulty making a reservation via this link, or if you would like to request an upgrade to a suite or a Club Level room, please call the hotel at 1-800-204-7234 - or call us at 610 296 2821 and let us know what's going on.

    Comments from attendees at previous NASSPE 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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