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And Here We Are...Again: Race, Remote Learning, and our Responsibility
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When: 06/02/2020
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: zoom
Baltimore, Maryland 
United States

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Category: Direct Instruction and Q&A





Our students and families are no doubt aware of and highly likely impacted by the inescapable tragic news of an unarmed Black man killed while jogging, gunned down by two white men who weren't arrested or charged for 10 weeks.


COVID-19  is here, and in the midst of that, the world goes on, injustice continues, and the topic of race and race relations rises to the surface again. Only this time, addressing this as educators will be different. As if this wasn’t already an uneasy subject to broach in "regular school," it’s even more tricky being physically unavailable to students to help them process. This is unchartered territory, and we’ll likely be in this territory in the fall much like we are now.


So what is our responsibility right now? What do we do going forward?

At this workshop, you will:
  • learn what some leaders in area schools are doing to address the news story and others like it
  • hear sage advice about race and students in general from leaders in the field
  • do personal self-reflecting
  • have Q & A with more than 20 years experience in roles intersecting as a mental health clinician, school counselor, diversity director, and NAIS parent
  • strategize what to do going forward.

This program is FREE to AIMS and AISGW members. 






A recipient of the Saul Zaentz Fellowship, awarded to top candidates for their investment in early childhood education, Samantha Fletcher is currently enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Education to research innovative ways technology can impact diversity and inclusion efforts. A teacher, equity practitioner, and racial dialogue facilitator, Samantha worked as a journalist and producer for newspapers, magazines, and radio before transitioning to independent schools. This is Samantha’s 11th year teaching at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, where her 8- and 5-year-old sons KJ and Isaiah attend. There, she has taught at the pre-, lower, and middle school levels, weaving  identity into the everyday life of her classroom, and serves as the Grades K-3 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Liaison. During these 11 years, Samantha earned a master's in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Minority, Urban, and Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland and facilitator training through Arlington's Challenging Racism. As such, she has spent years leading diversity initiatives, workshops, and presentations for NAIS educators regionally and nationally. 

Jonathan Fichter, Academic Technology Coordinator and Grades 4-5 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Liaison at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, has been teaching for 15 years, 12 of which have been in AIMS schools. His children, ages 6 and 8, attend St. Patrick’s. Like Samantha, Jonathan learned to facilitate via Challenging Racism’s Learning To Lead program. Beyond St. Patrick’s, Jonathan’s antiracist work includes participating in an antiracist parenting circle and coordinating accountability efforts for DC Neighbors For Racial Justice.


A Clinical Social Worker and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Practitioner Pat Harden worked as a clinician in mental health agency, special education and private practice settings before moving to independent school administrative and practice work more than 20 years ago. Having earned a BA in Education and Child Study as well as a Masters in Social Work, both from Smith College, she also completed additional diversity equity and inclusion training programs including several through the National Multicultural Institute and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), where she completed the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute Training. Throughout a career that has ranged from the inaugural Director of Training for the Child Development Associate Consortium to her current role as Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and School Counselor at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Pat has focused on always bringing a clinical, equity based and antiracism lens to her work as well as to the work of the institution as a whole.



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