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Peggy Daniels


For most of the last thirty-eight years, Peggy Daniels has been a classroom teacher and school administrator.  She has a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Western Carolina University, and she currently serves as Middle School Principal at Carolina Day School in Asheville, NC.  In recent years, her personal professional development has focused on the study of gender-based brain differences, nature-based strategies, and preparing teachers to deliver content and skills in a rich way to genuinely improve learning outcomes.

Eight years ago, Peggy initiated the adoption of single-sex instruction for teaching the core curriculum in 6th and 7th grades at Carolina Day.  Under her leadership, the single-sex program has been a great success, and teachers throughout the school (grades PK – 12) receive on-going training and support from the Gurian Institute to incorporate best practices in both coed and single-sex classes across all grades.  Carolina Day has been designated a Gurian Institute Model School for its commitment to understanding the minds of boys and girls and for working to meet their educational needs.

As an Institute trainer, Peggy leads workshops and professional development opportunities for schools across the nation, including presentations for community and professional organizations.  Peggy is co-author, along with Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, of Successful Single-Sex Classrooms (Jossey-Bass, 2009).

Carolina Day School is a Gurian Institute Model School.

What participants in Peggy’s trainings are saying!

“Peggy is so polished, professional, and knowledgeable. The information is so practical and motivating for teachers!”

“Peggy was very interesting and pleasant to listen to. I also appreciated the slides as visual aids. But I likes best receiving the manual to read, highlight, refer back to later, etc.”

“Intelligent! Eye-opening. This training is pretty perfect! Gets an A+”

“Practical applications, open-minded speaker, speaker pressed me to ask myself hard and important questions about my instruction.”

“There was constant movement throughout the session showing us the importance of getting students out of their seats!