Welcome to the first Wheeler School Diversity Conference!
Partnered with the national organization, Pollyanna, Inc.
In 2016, I had the opportunity to participate in an inspiring conference for New York City schools focused on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools. When this conference, initially hosted by The Dalton School, decided to become a national organization (now known as Pollyanna) supporting regional conversations around these issues, I was eager to bring the experience closer to home and honored when Pollyanna asked us to host this growing national movement for our area. I am delighted today to invite you to join us at Wheeler on April 27, 2019, as we host the first annual Diversity Conference for Rhode Island, neighboring Connecticut and Southeast Massachusetts area schools. I hope you’ll register your school to join together with us to share and learn from our successes, challenges, and ongoing dilemmas.
Already regionally hosted at The Children’s School (Atlanta, GA), Far Brook (Short Hills, NJ), Francis W. Parker (Chicago, IL), Harvard-Westlake (Los Angeles, CA), and Vermont Academy (Saxtons River, VT), the mission of the conference is to create a platform that Pollyanna describes as a place "where groups of people can explore together diversity, inclusion, and equity; and share ideas, experiences, and knowledge in order to become change agents in their immediate communities. This conference model is a dynamic, focused and interactive program that provides guidance and training for community leaders. The goal is to improve inclusion within communities and the understanding that racial, socioeconomic, religious, and sexual diversity enhances all elements of the community."HOW THE CONFERENCE IS STRUCTURED
Unlike other conferences, Pollyanna has a unique structure. Each of your schools will be represented as a School “pod” – with approximately 14 individuals who play a role in advancing the diversity discussion at your school. You will send two members from each of the following groups, if possible: administrators, alums, diversity practitioners, faculty, parents, 6th through 12th-grade students, and trustees. This conference is an amazing professional development opportunity for faculty.
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
The day promises to be exciting and informative. The conference will be held on The Wheeler School campus at 216 Hope Street, Providence, RI. Running from 9 am - 3 pm, the conference includes breakfast and lunch as well as a post-conference wine and cheese reception. The morning begins with a keynote speaker, then workshops broken into each constituent group and individually facilitated. After lunch, there is a student presentation then afternoon workshops for each of the individual pods (school groups.) The day ends with a closing sharing session.
COST AND REGISTRATION
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 9 am - 3pm and plan to join us in Providence, Rhode Island. Spots are limited and registration is first come, first served. Early Bird rates have closed. The conference fee is $1400 per school group.
We look forward to your participation,
Allison Gaines Pell
Head of School
The Wheeler School