MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Three Lessons to Support DEI work with K-3 Students
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Equity & Inclusion Exemplars: Programs, Models, Best Practices, Promising Next Practices
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Sarah Na, Diversity and Community Life Coordinator, Germantown Academy
Dr. Leigh Serra, Diversity and Community Life Coordinator, Germantown Academy
Over the last five years at Germantown Academy, we have been crafting and refining a developmentally appropriate identity, diversity, equity and advocacy (IDEA) curriculum that addresses needs facing children in our classrooms. We will share our journey and highlight three lessons we use with our younger students to introduce IDEA concepts. The first lesson will focus on helping students create identity portraits and develop language around discussing identity. This lesson is the foundation for two additional interactive lessons focused on skin tone paint palettes and a hair texture board. By providing mirrors and windows for students, important connections are made that affirm the value of individual identities. Students are then able to advocate for themselves and others.
Elementary aged students require implicit and explicit curriculum around noticing, discussing and celebrating our differences. It is developmentally appropriate for Lower School aged children to notice differences and to want to discuss them. Through our Health and Wellness programming we acknowledge these observations and explicitly introduce kind language for discussing our physical, religious, cultural and familial differences while guiding our students toward empathic thinking.
Educators will leave with three vetted lessons they can use immediately in their classrooms. They will not only have the lessons but the confidence to introduce these concepts to their students and an understanding why it is important to do so.
has been teaching early childhood in independent schools for over ten years in the Philadelphia area. Currently she is a Diversity and Community Life Coordinator at Germantown Academy and is a 1st and 2nd grade multi-age teacher. In partnership with Dr. Leigh Serra, she regularly leads professional development for teachers at GA. She has also led several parent talks to share curricular work and lead parents in discussion about equity and inclusion.
Dr. Leigh Serra
began her career teaching in an independent school six years ago after a lengthy career as a pediatrician in New York City. Currently she is the curriculum coordinator for the Health and Wellness program in Germantown Academy's Lower School. Her curriculum features Identity, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) elements. She is also a Lower School Diversity and Community Life Coordinator. In partnership with Sarah Na, she regularly leads professional development for teachers at GA. She has also led several parent talks to share curricular work and lead parents in a discussion about equity and inclusion.
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