My Authentic Self: The Intersection of Race & Gender in Middle School

The Children’s School will host our inaugural diversity, equity, and inclusion conference, My Authentic Self, on Sat., Nov. 3, 2018Participants will explore the intersection of race and gender in middle school.

About the Conference
Gaining the perspectives of others is beneficial to move forward with solutions within our schools and in the lives of our students, who are now a part of a diverse and global society. We will use this conference to deepen the dialog on these complex issues, to involve a broader community in problem-solving, and to share best practices.

The event will take place at The Children’s School, 345 10th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. The morning will begin with breakfast and a keynote speech delivered by Caroline Blackwell. The remainder of the morning will be dedicated to workshops broken down by constituency, each individually facilitated. After lunch, there will be a student presentation. The afternoon workshop will focus on the individual school pods, culminating with a discussion on next steps. The day will end with a reception.

Who is Invited
Special invitations were sent to Atlanta-area independent schools asking each school to send two members from each of the following constituent groups.

  • Administrators, including Heads of School
  • Diversity & Inclusion Directors/Coordinators
  • Faculty
  • Parents
  • Students in grades 6 – 8 (may bring up to three)
  • Trustees

Caroline Blackwell, Keynote Speaker
We are excited to announce that Caroline Blackwell will be our keynote speaker. Caroline is the vice president for equity and justice at The Equity Exchange and chairs NAIS’s People of Color Conference. She leads the creation and implementation of products and services that support NAIS’s commitment to develop and sustain inclusive, independent school communities. Caroline holds numerous certifications in mediation, conflict resolution, and facilitation. In addition to the keynote speech, she also will co-lead a workshop with students to facilitate a conversation on the intersections of race and gender in middle school.

Sat., Nov. 3, Schedule of the Day
8:30 a.m. – Registration and light breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Head of School Welcome and Keynote

10:00 a.m. – Morning Breakout Session by Constituent Group

12:00 p.m. –  Lunch

1:00 p.m. –  Student Presentation

2:00 p.m. – Afternoon Breakout Session by School POD

4:00 p.m. –  Student Pick-up/Closing Reception

About The Children’s School
The Children’s School is a highly engaged, compassionate, courageous community of learners made up of students, teachers, administrators and parents who show up as their authentic selves.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Director of Student Life and Inclusion Morgan Darby at

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