Monday Musings

from The Kravis Center 

Monday, February 5, 2019 

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back from what I hope was a restful long weekend, and happy Lunar New Year to all those who celebrate! If you've got culture, race, or diversity issues on the brain, check out the links in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion section.

Perhaps you've spent some time watching football recently? Under penalty of divorce, I cannot congratulate the Pats fans, but I can direct your attention to the Athletics and Co-curriculars section. The articles linked here discuss the connections between co-curriculars and our traditional classes.   

Don't forget to sign up for Open Classroom Week here, February 11-15. No pressure, but the language department is currently winning! If last week's improv session at the faculty meeting didn't convince you of the importance of making yourself vulnerable, check out Brené Brown's TED talk on "The Power of Vulnerability" (previously posted in an October edition of the Musings).    

Rachel, on behalf of the Kravis Center


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By the time these musings are published, I hope that many of you will have had the chance to attend Robin James's guest lecture entitled "Hearing Gender in Music." If you missed the talk, check out her related blog post.

In a joint venture from the Alvord Center and Center for the Common Good, Eric LaForest and Beth Helfrich accompanied a group of students to Washington, D.C. this weekend "to explore the power of student citizen engagement through the lens of recent current events and social movements." I can't wait to hear more about this trip and to ask if they had a chance to discuss the recent damning news about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Check out Pathways 2 Power's tweet about their partnership with LC, and for more information on this trip and on other, upcoming trips, check out this page from the Alvord Center.

If you haven't yet listened to the oldie, but goodie episode of The Hidden Brain entitled "Creative Differences: The Benefits of Reaching Out to People Unlike Ourselves," I highly recommend it.

Scroll down to the last section to see several great PD opportunities related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Athletics and Co-Curriculars

You might like this article from the Harvard Graduate School on how studying co-curricular activities can inform our teaching.

...or this one entitled "How Effective Sports Coaches Make Students Feel Understood at School."

Professional Development Opportunities


Sign up for OCW (Open Classroom Week), February 11-15. Note the new column on the Google doc in which you can ask visitors for feedback on something specific.


CAIS is hosting a workshop, Beyond Diversity: Race, Class and the Push for Equity in Independent Schools, led by anti-racism activist, Tim Wise, on February 12 from 6:30-8:00 at Miss Porter's. Please use this link for more information and to register.



NEW: The 4th Annual "Dismantling Systemic Racism" Conference will be held at the Hartford Convention Center on Friday, April 26th from 8:30-3:30. Use this link to register.


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