Category Archives: Diversity and Inclusion

2017 NAIS Equity Design Lab: Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Teacher’s Experience

By Jeanne Watson-Smith I attended the NAIS Equity Lab with a knowledge and love of brain research. Zaretta Hammond, Design Lab leader, connected my past professional development with what we know about best practices for fostering the learning of students … Continue reading

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Realizing our Vision: Educating to our Mission

Westtown School graduated its first cohort of students who successfully completed our Deep Dive Certificate Program.  Starting six years ago I clerked two different committees over four years and worked with a number of other wonderfully creative and committed teachers … Continue reading

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Notes from the White Privilege Conference, Philadelphia 2016

By Marion Dear Themes from the White Privilege Conference in Philly 2016 White privilege defines “normal” as white (and Christian, of European heritage,  and heterosexual). White privilege marginalizes the many people and  students  who do not fit these categories. White … Continue reading

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Reflection on the Race Institute

Two weekends ago I participated in the Race Institute led by Ali Michael and Frederick Bryant. I have arranged for and participated in professional development on racism before, but in the most essential ways, nothing prepared me for this personal … Continue reading

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The Justice Project and Empathy

By Abigail Lausch After reading To Kill a Mockingbird, a Depression-era novel that focuses on the unjust trial of a black man, seventh graders began a project that combined two of the major themes of the novel: justice and empathy. … Continue reading

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PoCC/SDLC- 2015

By Marissa Colston The 28th Annual People of Color Conference (PoCC) and 22nd Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) was an energy filled and inspiring 3 days. Over 4,000 adults and students from independent schools across the country came to … Continue reading

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