November 2022 Update from Pollyanna
December 2022
Dear Friend,
As the year comes to a close, we are excited to share different ways you can engage in DEIB work alongside Pollyanna. We hope these options will inspire your goal-setting as you continue the work of preserving and upholding the dignity of all people. Please see below for information about the 2022 PoCC Conference, Building Campfires with Charles Vogl, workshops for implementing the Pollyanna K-12 Racial Literacy Curriculum, and a survey for our next Pollyanna Position Paper.
PoCC in San Antonio
Even before the new year begins, Pollyanna is a sponsor of and will have a table in the Hub at the 2022 NAIS People of Color Conference in San Antonio. If you are attending PoCC, please stop by to connect, reconnect, share updates about your school, learn about opportunities to work together, and grab some Pollyanna swag, of course. 
Building Campfires with Charles Vogl
Fresh from his keynote talk at PoCC, author and speaker Charles Vogl and Pollyanna are teaming up with schools for two events in January (and more to announce shortly!): one at Drew School in San Francisco, CA, and the other at Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE. These day-long events are entitled Building Campfires: How You Build Durable Communities for a Divided and Lonely Era. Charles articulates a vision of community that resonates with the values many schools aspire to. In this workshop, he will lead administrators, faculty, parents, and trustees through conversations that will help align hopes for our communities with the actions schools might take to bring them to fruition. We hope your school community will join us “around the campfire” for a day of reflection, healing, and community building. Please use these links to register: Drew School or Tatnall School. Please do so soon, as space is limited.
K-12 Racial Literacy Curriculum Workshops
Implementing the Free K-12 Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum
These three 1-hour sessions on February 25 are intended to help you lay the foundation for engaging in the Pollyanna curriculum at ages across the K-12 spectrum.These workshops will guide you through the framework, objectives, key ideas, and implementation of our Grades K-12 lessons, which are designed to help students gain knowledge about race and racism as it has been constructed in the United States and to empower them to make a real difference.
  • K-4 Session - Led by Jaci Nelson
  • 5-8 Session - Led by Jason Craige Harris
  • 9-12 Session - Led by Julia Kingsdale
Please click here to learn more and to register. And, click here to download the curriculum. Sign up for one, two, or three sessions.
Pollyanna Position Paper VI Survey
Last but not least, if you are the parent or guardian of a school-aged child, we hope you will consider responding to a one-question survey for our next Pollyanna Position Paper. In these reports, we have surveyed Heads of Schools, DEI Directors, teachers, and students. Our hope for this paper is to hear more from families about how schools are helping students develop healthy interpersonal skills. All responses are anonymous! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We will share the results with you in February’s newsletter.
Please read more below and feel free to reach out if you have questions about any of these upcoming opportunities. Have a happy, safe, and restful holiday season. See you in the New Year!
Casper Caldarola

In the News

We're in San Antonio!
And very excited to support NAIS again this year as a sponsor. Please come by our table, grab some swag, and learn more about us and how we can help you realize your DEIB goals.
We'll Be in DC with AAIE in February
Join AAIE at their Equity Pre-conference on Sunday, February 5 as we bring in Jay Golon and Jacqueline Nelson from Pollyanna for THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES Using the Assessment Process to Examine Equity, Values, and Narratives.  Click here for more information.
Equity in Independent Schools
Far Brook hosted many NJ independent schools who gathered for an inspiring day of collaboration and conversation on this year's topic: Defining, Designing, and Delivering Equity in Independent Schools. We also heard insights from keynote Paul Gorski, an esteemed educator and leader in the field of equity research.
3 Sessions About Pollyanna's Curriculum
If you're thinking about downloading our curriculum, have and are not sure how to implement it, or if you've already introduced it to your class and have some questions, join us. Reserve your spot. 
January 7 Pollyanna Teen Council Meet-up
All 13 to 18 year-olds are invited to join us for a special discussion on religion with Jason Craige Harris. We come together for monthly discussions to learn how the student voice matters. Students may sign up on our page to receive the Zoom link.
Pollyanna_DEI on Instagram
If you're not following us already, please do for up-to-the-minute news, workshop dates, school conferences, and Pollyanna Teen Council meet-ups.
Reach Out if We Can Be of Help with Your Planning for 2023
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