Update on FSM’s diversity work by Rebecca Slaby, FSM Diversity Coordinator Now that the school year is in full swing, I would like to explain my work as diversity coordinator and provide some historical perspective on the work that the school has been doing over the years around the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders wrapped up our Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media and Pop Culture unit in humanities in May. This unit challenges students to examine the role media plays in their lives, how the media constructs messages about race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and how those messages impact one’s sense of identity. We center the unit around the Center for Media Literacy’s five core concepts.. Read More
Over the past month, fellow middle school humanities teacher Melissa Andersen and I have been engaged with the 5th and 6th graders in some challenging, thoughtful work around race and racism in our society. It began with our field trip to the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota, something I recommend that everyone go and see. Before the field trip, we did some preview.. Read More
I attended the 2015 NAIS People of Color Conference in Tampa, Florida from December 2nd – 5th. I returned rejuvenated, honored, empowered, and inspired. It was great to be surrounded by the over 4300 faculty, administrators, and students of color from independent schools across the country. It was like one big family reunion with people giving hugs upon meeting you for the first time. Most of the sessions focused on addressing.. Read More
I had the joy of introducing my extraordinary friend Tiffany Busone to the Bayou third and fourth grade class last week following their reading of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. The book chronicles the unique childhood of Melody. “Born with cerebral palsy, Melody, 10, has never spoken a word. She is a brilliant fifth grader trapped in an uncontrollable body. Her world is enhanced by insight and intellect, but.. Read More
As a teacher, one of my goals is to get students to connect with content in a way that drives them to take action. I continuously feel lucky to be a part of a school community where my goals align with the school’s vision and mission as a progressive, Quaker school. As a progressive school, we believe real-world application of content is important to learning. Being led to service and.. Read More
Friends School of Minnesota head of school Lili Herbert shares some thoughts about community in her weekly newsletter message to FSM parents. She reminds us that community at its best is inclusive and supportive of every member. However, she also notes that community can be very challenging. Community sometimes requires us to be more tolerant, forgiving, and open to change in ourselves and others. Dear Friends School of Minnesota Parents, I think some of you may have seen.. Read More
The Friends School of Minnesota Parent Involvement Committee and the Equity and Justice Committee invite you to explore and discuss the concept of identity in our personal and professional lives and learn about identity threat as explained in Claude M. Steele’s book, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. FSM’s Diversity Coordinator, Rebecca Slaby, will introduce the concept of identity threat through video and readings, and facilitate.. Read More