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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference 2018
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When: 04/24/2018
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Severn School
201 Water Street
Severna Park, Maryland  21146
United States

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The 2018 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference will kick off with a keynote from Chrissy Cáceres, Assistant Head of School for Equity and Social Impact, Georgetown Day School, who was recently featured in a NAIS Member Voices Podcast on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

For the first time, we’ll be offering SIX breakout options for attendees in three different strands (Diversity 101, Diversity 201 and For Diversity Practitioners). You do not have to select offerings from the same strand...feel free to choose from any strandThese breakouts will be led by AIMS School Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workers, teachers and staff members. Please see below for breakout descriptions. Be prepared to choose two of the six possible breakouts--plus one backup in case your first two choices are full--when you register. We will close out the day with two graduates of AIMS schools--a storyteller in the African tradition and a female founder of a global firm working in diversity and equity issues.

AIMS Members: $85 (through April 10th) or $95 (after April 10th)
Non-AIMS Members:  $105 (through April 10th) or $115 (after April 10th)

Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after April 14th.

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Diversity 101:

Diversity 101
This session introduces attendees to the differing types of privilege, especially the ones most common in independent schools. Common terms in diversity work are defined and strategies for building awareness (both for students and faculty) at the early stages of diversity work are discussed.

Diversity in the Curriculum: Surveying Courses to Create More Mirrors and Windows in the Classroom
Are all of your students able to see themselves in their classes? Are they also able to learn about people, places and experiences that are unfamiliar to them? Join us to learn how Garrison Forest School applied the concept of "windows and mirrors" to take inventory of all its academic disciplines and divisions in order reevaluate curricular content decisions. Teachers of all grades and subjects will learn how we collected data, identified areas of need, and created an action plan that ensures diversity, inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching are intentionally considered when planning course content.

Diversity 102:

White Allyship
An ally is someone who affirms someone else’s marginalized identity even though the ally does not hold the same social identifier. White allies are needed in the fight for equity and social justice; but what is our role? How can we support our colleagues and students of color and others who share identities different from our own? This session is meant for faculty and staff who want to become a more effective White ally, or who want to learn about encouraging White allyship. We will discuss vocabulary, identity development, impacts on colleagues and students of color, action steps and resources. There will be opportunities to share and learn from our experiences and to grow in this work, since active learning and self-reflection are key parts of being a positive White ally.

The Children Are Ready: Are you?

Why do many of us keep waiting to bring race into the classroom, especially in prekindergarten and early elementary settings? Despite the myth of the colorblind kindergartener, young children do see race, and research shows that waiting to have these discussions does more harm than good. In this session, we will share how we incorporate race and identity as essential, everyday parts of the curriculum for preschool and early elementary students curriculum for preschool and early elementary students and how we equip parents and teachers to talk with each other and with children about these topics.

For the Diversity Practitioner:

Creating Safe Spaces for Students, Faculty and Staff
One of the most important things teachers can do to promote learning is to create an environment where students feel safe. This workshop will give you tips that can be included easily into your classroom and school environment to help foster a safe space.

Sticks and Stones: Exploring the consumption and impact of the “N word” in our school communities.
When the "N" word is used, what are the real effects on both the speaker and listener? And what are the social consequences to consider when we choose to introduce this word in our classroom curriculum and personal lives? In this workshop, practitioners in the field of diversity will engage in critical dialogue around the history of the "N" word; understand the social, psychological, and emotional impact of the "N" word; and discover ways to help their school heal from, and move beyond, the controversial usage of the word in their communities.

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