Girls Leadership’s Girl Meets World Professional Development Training with Rachel Simmons



At Girls Leadership’s Girl Meets World professional development training, join educators from across the country to learn the transformational Girl Meets World curriculum! For nearly ten years, the Girl Meets World curriculum has been taught at the GL summer camp, parent-daughter workshops and schools all over the world, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. The curriculum teaches middle and high school girls critical skills for authentic self-expression, emotional self-awareness, and interpersonal efficacy. Taught by bestselling author and educator Rachel Simmons (Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence), training participants will learn to deliver the highest quality social-emotional education for girls. Attendees will receive a rigorous grounding in the latest research and theories on girls’ development, relationships and aggression; practice teaching sections of the curriculum; and learn the games and activities that are the hallmark of Girls Leadership.


At the Girl Meets World Professional Development Training, you will:

  • Become certified to teach the Girl Meets World curriculum
  • Learn the latest research on girls’ development and psychological aggression under the instruction of Rachel Simmons
  • Practice leading activities and receive coaching and feedback
  • Learn how to create a learning environment in which girls can be themselves
  • Share strategies and experiences with colleagues from around the country
  • Learn GL’s unique games and activities
  • Receive one copy of the curriculum


Past Participants Say…

This workshop was extremely hands-on and productive. I walked away with concrete models of what to turnkey to my teachers; that is a rarity at most education workshops. Playing games is something most adults never have time for – this workshop was a true reminder that we all need to laugh, take risks, and step outside the box, especially if we want our children to do so. – Tara

Intelligent, intense workshops with outstanding leadership facilitators. – Sally

Amazing. Chance of a lifetime. You read a book then work in a small group with the author – incredible opportunity. Rachel, so down to earth. Simone, majorly talented and gifted in the arts. – Leanne

It’s been awesome! We love having a tool that is so effective. – Sonia

It was a great way to interface with other like minded individuals while learning a fantastic curriculum. – Vicki

An important aspect of growth that often gets overlooked. Taught in a concise and hands on way. – Arielle



Registration and Eligibility


Training Schedule


Registration and Eligibility

To participate, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Employment by a school or youth services organization
  • Employment as a clinician working with youth, including private practice
  • Formal volunteer position with a youth services organization, such as Girl Scout troop leader

If you have any questions about eligibility, please call our office at (410) 878-2258.


Please be advised that registration does not guarantee enrollment. You will be notified of your application’s status within two weeks of its submission. If your application is not accepted, we will refund your program fee. Applications are processed in the order received. Please be advised that certification to teach Girl Meets World does not authorize individuals to sell the program or train others to teach it.

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$895 for three-day training. Tuition fee includes one copy of the Girl Meets World curriculum.

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Training includes:

  • Lunch and refreshments on Monday and Tuesday
  • Continental breakfast all three days
  • Evening Happy Hour on Monday
  • One copy of the curriculum



Please check back for information about accommodations.


Dress Code

Dress for comfort and play. Please, no heels or restrictive clothing.


Cancellation Policy

Full tuition refunds are available up to 60 days prior to the start of the program. If you cancel more than 30 days, but less than 60 days prior to the program, we can offer you a 50% tuition refund. No refunds are available within 30 days of the start of a program.


Training Schedule

Monday, April 20 –  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

10:00 Introduction, Community Building & “Good Girls vs. Real Girls”
11:30 Using Role Play with Students
1:00 Lunch
2:15 I Feel, Therefore I Am: Building Emotional Intelligence in Girls
4:00 The End of Blame: Teaching Ownership and Responsibility

Happy Hour 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 21 –  10:00 AM — 4:00 PM

10:00 The Power of Play and Being Silly with Girls
11:00 The Four Steps: Healthy Conflict & Interpersonal Efficacy
12:00 Doing It: Strategies for Optimal Instruction
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Nobody’s Perfect: Girls & Self Image
3:00 Teaching Preparation in Partners

Wednesday, April 22 –  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

9:00 Warm-Up
9:45 Teaching Practice with Coaching
12:00 Closing and Evaluations
1:00 Goodbye!