First School in Southeast to Host Conference, First to Adapt for Middle School Students
The Children’s School will welcome eight Atlanta-area schools to our campus on Sat., Nov. 3 during our day-long, inaugural conference called “My Authentic Self: The Intersection of Race and Gender in Middle School.”
We will be the first school in the southeast to partner with Pollyanna, whose mission is to create a platform where groups of people can explore together diversity, equity, and inclusion, to bring the conference to Atlanta-area independent schools.
“I worked with Nishant many years ago,” said Pollyanna, Inc President and Founder Casper Caldarola. “I knew then how committed he was to equity work and to also becoming a school leader. When I heard he became head of school, I knew The Children’s School should be our host school in Atlanta.”
The purpose of the conference is to deepen the dialog on the complex issues of race and gender by bringing together middle school students, faculty, administrators, and parents to problem-solve and share best practices.
“We are honored to host the conference,” said Morgan Darby, director of student life and inclusion at The Children’s School and conference coordinator. “By bringing everyone together, we can engage in meaningful dialogue and form a community of schools who recognize that equity and inclusion are centers of education – not the periphery.”
At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will have gained the perspectives of others in order to move forward with solutions within our schools and in the lives of the students.
“Attendees can expect to learn about the diversity, equity, inclusion work happening in their peer schools,” said Casper. “They will share resources, strategies, ideas and challenges. We hope each school comes away from the day with solutions to low hanging fruit issues at their schools and also a few initiatives that will become part of future strategic plans.”