As we continue our dual-track approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and anti-racism, we are providing opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in professional development and conversations to learn from one another and experts in the field.
What does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion look like in practice at Laurence School? The stories below will give you an inside look!
Last week, author Tami Charles visited virtually with our entire school to talk about "What do authors do all day?" Charles has written many books, including her newest, All Because You Matter, which was inspired by her son.
As we dive deeper into our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion, we appreciate the special opportunity to celebrate and center identities through heritage months. Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) is an official celebration of people and cultures from the Latin American diaspora including Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Click on "Read More" to learn how teachers are honoring the Hispanic culture and history in their classes.
Once again diving into our focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we celebrated Read Across America Day last Friday by sharing stories that truly reflect "reading across America." Mystery readers, a.k.a. staff members and administrators, visited classrooms and read some wonderful titles from our library.
Throughout our library classes this month, we have been focusing our research skill-building curriculum on looking at inspiring African American individuals who have made, or who are making, a difference in our world. Additionally, our 4th grade class honored Black History Month with an incredible performance at last week's assembly.
We were honored and excited to welcome Alison Park to our campus recently for discussions with students, faculty and parents suited to deepen our understanding and intentions in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn about Alison Park and for details of her discussions, please click "Read More".
Last week, the 1st grade students simulated a "day in the life" at their sister school! Click "Read More" to learn about what they did and to see photos!
Laurence School students recently took a journey to Switzerland with the Lew family during one of our Global Perspectives Library Presentations. Students were treated to a beautiful photomontage of the diverse sites and scenery of Switzerland, learned about the geography, its environmental policies, and more. Click on "Read More" to learn about our "trip to Switzerland!"
An important part of our DEI initiatives for the 2019-2020 school year include professional development for our staff, faculty, and parents. Over the past week we have participated in two thought-provoking presentations to help us further in promoting a learning environment and school community where everyone can feel welcome.
Our community was treated to an incredible dance performance by the award-winning Joya Kazi Unlimited Dance Company at last week's RWB&G Assembly in celebration of Diwali. Additionally, we would like to thank the Baidwan/Bonotto, Budhiraja, Chaudhary/Chakravarty, Muthusamy, Rice, Schievink, SenGupta, Mirchandani/Soper, and Vasan/Chhablani families who treated our faculty and staff to a delicious Indian feast! Click on "Read More" to see photos and learn about Diwali.