1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Speakers: Martha Caldwell, Director, and Danielle Stewart, President, iChange Collaborative
Division Level: All
Rapidly changing demographics make a culture shift in education inevitable, and independent schools in the Southeast are uniquely positioned to lead this transition. By embracing regional diversity, we can tap the potency of inclusion and create school communities that benefit all students.
In this session, we’ll discuss how inclusive communities make everyone better, smarter, and more prosperous. We’ll explore three compelling reasons for schools to center DEI initiatives: the ethical case; the business case; and the case for collective intelligence.
Examples from the field will be shared to demonstrate how schools can take a comprehensive DEI-focused approach to engage stakeholders at every level. Students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, affinity groups, school leaders, and board members all have a role to play in creating an inclusive school community.
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Talking about race is such an important part of our work toward equity and justice. Facilitating these conversations is a necessary part of the call to repair harm, educate the next generation, and ultimately transform society. In this interactive workshop, we’ll address how to create safe and brave spaces that invite students to bring their lived experiences into the conversation, how to foster inclusive relationships, and how to cultivate ethical leadership through identity exploration.
Speakers: Tianna Butler, Associate Director of Diversity Planning, and Brian Wise, Director of Diversity Planning, Charlotte Country Day School
For many diversity practitioners, developing a sustainable and effective DEIB program when one hasn’t existed in a school before can be challenging and frustrating. Where do you begin? What goals should you focus on first? Who should be a part of your DEIB team? How do you create a program model that is best for your school and can remain in place for years to come? In this session, we will share the necessary steps and processes involved in building a DEIB program from the very beginning.
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
This interactive workshop explores how Curriculum Innovation Cohorts help educators design culturally responsive, identity-affirming, and racially equitable curriculum and instructional practices. Based on the Transformational Inquiry Method’s four domains of learning, the cohort experience guides teachers to design dynamic curriculum and strengthen their capacity to deliver instruction through a racial equity lens. In this session we compare well-known frameworks for culturally responsive teaching and draw from their common themes – taking a strengths-based approach, establishing psychological safety, using inquiry questions to guide reflection, curating content that represents and strengthens student identities, and creating assessments that guide transformational learning. We will introduce assessment tools for curriculum and educator best practices. Finally, we will discuss the rewards and challenges educators face in developing equitable curriculum.
Speaker: Tiffany Russell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, St. Martin’s Episcopal School
A sense of belonging and involvement is positively associated with academic achievement and retention. But, when schools say they envision a place where everyone belongs, what do they really mean? And, how can schools find out how each member of the school community experiences belonging?
By way of definition, a sense of belonging includes perceived social support and the experience of being accepted and respected authentically. Furthermore, Brene Brown suggests that “belonging is being part of something bigger than yourself. But it’s also the courage to stand alone and to belong to yourself above all else.” So, how do we measure this?
In this workshop, we will center our work on various working definitions of belonging that can be used at faith-based and secular schools and explore creative ways to assess belonging. Participants will practice sacred listening and explore the group conversation and civic dinner model as three different ways to nurture and evaluate belonging.
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM