Are diversity, equity, and justice an integral part of your school's mission statement and philosophy? Are they meaningful and visible in your curricula and classroom environments? In this workshop, the Green Acres Diversity Director, Staff, and Board Diversity Committees will describe the development of the school's Diversity Curriculum and will discuss the many ways in which the "Big 9"
Social Identifiers provide a framework for our focus on diversity, equity, and justice. These initiatives include the schoolwide Diversity Poster project, staff, and parent SEED groups, purchase and cataloging of library materials, bias and stereotype activities in Lower School classrooms and in the Middle School Advisory programs, book choices for Middle School book clubs, and selection of visiting performers, authors, and illustrators.
There will be an opportunity for interactive discussions and sharing of your current diversity work, to gather insight, knowledge, and suggestions from the group on how to proceed at your school. Bring your school's mission, philosophy statement, and diversity statement, if your school has one, and also one initiative idea you are working towards. Applicable Grades: K-12. Lunch is included.
Presenters: Jocelyn Johnson and Bevin Ratner, Green Acres School
Jocelyn Johnson has been the Director of Diversity at Green Acres School for the past 10 years. She has been involved in Diversity and Inclusion work in independent schools since 1999. Jocelyn has served on several AIMS Committees, the NAIS People of Color Local Planning Committee, and currently serves on AIMS Diversity Council. Jocelyn heads the Staff Diversity Committee at her school, is part of the Leadership Team of the Board Parent Diversity Committee, and is the Lead Facilitator for the school's staff and
Parent SEED program. Bevin Ratner has been part of the Green Acres Community for 20 years as a parent and staff member. As Head Librarian, she has participated in workshops and conferences on a variety of diversity topics and has promoted a focus on equity and social justice in Library collection development. She facilitates book clubs and activities about bias and stereotypes for Lower and Middle School grades.
Location and Parking: Library Classroom or All Purpose Room (Parking is plentiful)
Registration Deadline Date: 10/7/16 (no refunds after this date)
AIMS member fee: $45, $70 after 10/7
Nonmember fee:$70, $95 after 10/7