Director of Institutional Advancement Frances Hoover and second grade teacher Jesse Cronin-Connelly were presenters at the Cultural Competency Institute for Educators, held at Episcopal Academy on Friday, August 24.
Frances presented a workshop called Policies and Practices Related to the "N" Word. Attendees considered several questions, including
- Why does the word generate such strong reactions?
- Is it okay to use the word for educational purposes?
- What is your school’s stance on teaching literature that uses the “n” word? What should it be?
- How should educators prepare themselves and their students for the teaching of these texts?
- What is the appropriate response to students using the “n” word on campus?
- What if the student is referencing words in a song?
- What if the student is African-American? What if the student is not African-American?
- Should schools have an explicit and written policy on the use of the “n” word?
- How should policies address generational differences in interpretation and use of the word?
Jesse's workshop, entitled Bridging Strategic and Grassroots Efforts to Support Institutional Equity, addressed such questions as
- How can schools transform a strategic commitment to institutional equity and inclusion into sustained practice?
- Where are the opportunities to engage in equity and inclusion efforts?
- How is that work fostered?
- What are some ways to align strategic and grassroots efforts?