In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, RPCS, in partnership with Lillie May Carroll Jackson School, is participating in a social justice book drive that will benefit head start programs in Baltimore City! As we know, early literacy is vital to students’ academic advancement, and exposure to diverse books at young age makes a tremendous, long-term impact on children’s perspectives and empathy. Please consider donating books by visiting bit.ly/justicebooks. We would like to receive all books at RPCS by January 30th. EmailMcIntyreA@rpcs.orgwith any questions!
The Parent Diversity Committee’s next Parent Listening session will be held on Tuesday, February 19th at 6 PM in the Trustee Seminar Room. Pleaseclick hereto let us know what you’d like to discuss in advance of the session. We look forward to seeing you then and hearing your perspectives on diversity & inclusion at RPCS!
In the Lower School..
4th and 5th graders, organized by Ashley Soellner, presented to fellow lower school students during morning meeting on January 18th about the values that Dr. King embodied and what we can all be doing to continue to embrace those values. Following the presentation, the lower school will be sent weekly challenges that they can complete in order to honor the legacy of MLK!
In the second week of January, Akailah met with pre-school and lower school teachers to discuss the goals that they have set for their classrooms regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. They discussed what progress the teachers are making and what further support they feel that they need.
On January 17th, Akailah McIntyre visited the lower school parent network meeting to discuss the affinity group in the lower school, including what the group currently looks like, how it’s being discussed with students, why we’re doing it, and what are plans are for affinity groups in the future.
In the Middle School..
On January 14thin the middle school faculty meeting, Beth Venn presented on her experience at the People of Color Conference this past November and led faculty through an exercise in which they considered what “inclusion” means.
In both the Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and the Diversity Club, students had discussions about LGBTQ issues, including representation of LGBTQ students in the media and current issues facing LGBTQ students.
On January 18th, Ms. Mayo led students in a conversation about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of activism. Students also completed an activity in which they considered what they wanted to be remembered for.
Students from Ms. Hoffman’s Middle School Digital Literacy class, Erin Hoskins & Hannah Hochstein, recorded and compiled a video in which faculty and students from all three divisions discussed affinity spaces and why they matter. The video will be presented in various settings, including with lower school teachers and families.
In the Upper School..
On January 9th, Upper School Faculty had their 5th professional development session of the year in which they focused on reflecting on their own personal identities and considering the ways in which those identities influence their teaching practice.
On February 19that 10:30 AM, an assembly will be held in which people from various backgrounds speak about what activism looks like for them. Speakers include non-profit workers, a teacher/writer, and an artist/professor.
Students from the Black Student Union continue to educate their peers about Kwanzaa. On January 10th, students presented about the Kwanzaa principle “Ujima”, citing its meaning of “Collective Work & Responsibility”, referencing various organizations with the name, and citing ways that we can demonstrate the principle.