Navigating “Pandemic Learning” with a Neurodiverse Learning Profile

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Ding, ding. Ding, ding. The doorbell rang as students “arrived” and logged into the Learning Differences Affinity Group virtual meeting. Megan Anderson, Kim Stewart, Jillian DeBusk (Dana Hall’s Learning Specialists) and Erica Ramirez (Director of Community, Equity, and Inclusion) were ready to greet them.  The Learning Differences Affinity Group was Continue reading Navigating “Pandemic Learning” with a Neurodiverse Learning Profile

Striving to be Anti-racist

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Last night was our fourth time gathering to Strive to Be Anti-racist. Dana Hall has prioritized this conversation because of the concerns shared with us throughout the last few months by students, teachers, alums, families, staff members, and friends of Dana Hall. The Black Lives Matter protests in response to Continue reading Striving to be Anti-racist

On The Road to Self-Advocacy

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LeDerick Horne, spoken word poet and advocate for students with learning disabilities, shared his personal journey with Dana Hall students in October 2019. Students listened with rapt attention, and his presentation ignited conversation amongst many about self-awareness and affirmation of their learning challenges. During the lunch following his presentation, students Continue reading On The Road to Self-Advocacy

Shrine goes up… on a Tuesday

Students and faculty in conversation at the Day of Community Learning.

There are a couple of moments in the year when diversity practitioners in an organization are called upon to weigh in on a conversation: during a crisis and in preparation for cultural heritage days/months. While this is not necessarily a best practice, this is true of most institutions that claim Continue reading Shrine goes up… on a Tuesday

Celebrate… and get back to work!

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Last week the National Coalition of Girls Schools published an article summarizing new research conducted at UCLA to support that “Girls’ School Graduates Have a Clear Edge Over Coeducated Peers” (February, 2019). I devoured the article. The findings are empowering and give girls’ schools many reasons to celebrate. According to Continue reading Celebrate… and get back to work!

Using Data to Study Social Issues and Fuel Student Passions

Calculus presentation

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve always had a passion for teaching. I will sing, dance, get up on desks — anything to help my students learn. I am also a stalwart supporter of social justice movements, educating myself about issues impacting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Continue reading Using Data to Study Social Issues and Fuel Student Passions

Neurodiversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 22, students in grades 5-12, faculty, and staff gathered to participate in Dana Hall’s Day of Community Learning. The presentations and workshops were all organized around the common theme of Continue reading Neurodiversity, Equity, and Inclusion

‘A Seat at the Table’: Dana Hall Girls Get Political

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In the spring of 1776, Abigail Adams penned a letter to her husband John, who was in Philadelphia busily hammering out the final details of the colonies’ Declaration of Independence. Recognizing the importance of this act, Ms. Adams—hoping to ensure that the women not be forgotten wrote, “…I desire you Continue reading ‘A Seat at the Table’: Dana Hall Girls Get Political