From November 28 – December 1, seven faculty and staff members joined more than 6,400 educators and students in Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the 2018 National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference (PoCC). The theme “Equitable Schools and Inclusive Communities: Harmony, Discord, and the Notes in Between” served as a focal point for the conference’s hundreds of workshops, professional development and networking opportunities, and presentations. Some workshops that the Windward delegates participated in included: “Racial Diversity in K-3 Literature,” “Rethinking American History: Creating an Equitable and Inclusive Narrative for All,” “To Buffer or to Broadcast: Helping Schools Face Current Events in Nursery Through Grade 8,” and “Real Talk Done Right: Engaging Our School Communities in Difficult Conversations.”
The Windward delegates represented each division of the School. After the start of the new year, they will share their experiences with their colleagues as part of the School’s on-going commitment to diversity and inclusion. POCC attendees included Westchester Middle School Teacher Ashley Di Salvo, Associate Director of Digital Communications & Publications Stephanie Huie, Westchester Middle School Teacher Katherine Kaneko, Coordinator of Diversity Christine Moloney, Manhattan Lower School Teacher Danielle Ngo, Manhattan Middle School Teacher Rachel Rubino, and Coordinator of Math Lori Squillante.