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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Learning About Diversity
Over this past year, my school has embarked upon an ongoing discourse in diversity. Looking at many forms of diversity — ability, socio-economic, race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, ethnicity, and agism — our school community asked EDGE (Educators for Diversity, Growth, and Empowerment), a group of educators in New York City independent schools, to help facilitate discussions among faculty and staff. Our focus was on understanding diversity in our community and how we can best work with the children and families we serve.
EDGE also worked with our trustees, engaging them in how to build a diverse school going forward.
Our spring faculty and staff diversity gathering will be led by the Rev. Robert Thompson, Chaplain at Phillips Exeter Academy.