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The Girl Talk blog provides valuable thought leadership around topics relevant to parents of school-aged daughters.


Middle School Girls Are So Mean! Aren't They?


Mean girls. Queen bees. Frenemies. You may notice these common misnomers popping up in conversation when you mention that it’s time for your daughter to go to middle school. Well-meaning friends and family may only want to “warn” you of what’s..

5 Things You Didn't Know About Ellis Summer Camps


Picture this. It’s one month before summer break and you’re awake at 2 a.m. looking for camp plans for your kids. As you frantically search “Pittsburgh summer camps” on your phone from the darkness of your bedroom, you promise yourself that you’ll..

Preparing for Your Private School Tour


The decision of whether or not you should send your child to an independent school is undoubtedly a big one for your family—and not one to be taken lightly. As a parent or guardian, you’ve done your research online, spoken with friends, sought out..

Private School: Can I Afford It?


There are plenty of reasons to want your child to attend a private school. You want her to learn from the very best teachers. You want her to be around peers who are just as committed to honing their creativity, confidence, and curiosity. You want..

7 Female Innovators You Should Know About


A list recently released by Forbes Magazine caused quite a stir, fueling more than a few fiery debates online. Titled “America’s Most Innovative Leaders,” Forbes’ list highlights 100 “creative and successful business minds of today”—and only..

Stereotypes vs. Reality: My Experience at an All-girls School


Before I could have a say in my education or know what was best for me, my parents made the decision to send me to an independent all-girls school. Looking back, my seven-year-old self had no idea of all the memories, knowledge, and close..

What is Responsive Classroom?


Learning how to participate in a group activity, how to listen respectfully to others, and how to regulate emotions without the comfort of Mom or Dad are some of the most critical skills elementary students must learn in order to thrive in a school..

3 Ways to Strengthen the Parent-School Relationship


When your child starts school for the first time or returns to the classroom for a new year, a shift occurs for both you and your child. It’s no longer just Mom and Dad laying out rules, responsibilities, and expectations—now, your child’s teachers..

4 College Application Tips from a Former Admissions Director


As the parent of a high school student, the college admissions process can seem all-consuming. Between recommendations, deadlines, essays, and campus visits—there are quite a few to-do’s before your child receives that extra-large envelope in the..

10 Girls' School Graduates Making Their Mark on the World


Some of the hardest working women in the world—politicians, producers, philanthropists, and Pulitzer Prize winners, to name a few—share one thing in common: They were educated at all-girls schools. During their formative years, as girls’ school..

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