Based on the very positive response we've received to our Workshop Series 2023-24, we are excited to announce our Summer Workshop Series 2024. This summer, we have 12 informative 1-hour workshops with 13 inspiring facilitators beginning June 25 and running through August 1. This is easily $36,000 worth of professional development, if these were in person in your community. Click here to learn more and register. We hope to see you on Zoom this summer!



Teen Council: The Importance of Affinity Groups

Dr. Trina Moore-Southall, the Assistant Head of School for Community and Belonging at the Brentwood School in LA joined us for our January meet-up. We discussed the importance of Affinity Spaces in our schools. Led by Teen Leader Cameron, we learned about the benefits of safe, targeted spaces within our schools as a tool for education, community-building, and mutual support. Dr. Moore-Southall offered advice that resonated with many of us and the mission of Teen Council: to learn every chance you have. That’s an excellent piece of guidance to carry with us into the new year.

Solving Conflict Like a Mediator

Jason Craige Harris offered an enormous amount of information at this workshop that is part of the Pollyanna Workshop Series. Key takeaways: conflict is a normal part of everyday life, protecting people's dignity is one way of preventing conflict, well-facilitated dialogue can provide a powerful a space for naming dignity violation conflicts cause harm and without dialogue conflicts often fester and escalate. If you're a registered school, watch the recorded session again and share with your school. 



2/7/24: Training for Courage: Tools for Educators 

New session with Ali Michael!
Using the work of social psychology, this workshop will explore common blocks to taking action, offering three concrete tools to support educators to overcome those blocks. The facilitator Ali Michael, PhD, is White and will share many stories from her life. Educators from all racial backgrounds will be able to use the tools.  It's not too late to sign up! One price per school, for all workshops, for all employees. All workshops are recorded.

2/25/24: LGBTQIA+ Legislation

Join us as we welcome Kiara Saint James who is the Founder and Executive Director of the NY Transgender Advocacy Group - a non-profit organization that is Trans-led and intent on creating new opportunities for the Trans community through partnerships and innovative initiatives. Pollyanna Teen Council connects students with an interest in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work in their school communities, and empowers them to make change in whatever ways are possible. 13- to 18-year-olds may sign up here.



METARACISM by Professor Tricia Rose 

Professor Rose has written the book METARACISM: How Systemic Racism Devastates Black Lives—and How We Break Free to help people see what systemic racism is and how it works so that we can break free from its divisive and dividing stranglehold on Black people and our society. Deploying data assembled over a decade of extensive research, this book debunks several prevailing views including the notion that racism is primarily driven by individual bias or explicitly racist laws or policies and the idea that today’s conditions are mainly the vestiges of systemic racism from decades and centuries past. 

Professor Rose has secured a special pre-order discount for friends of Pollyanna -- orders placed before February 20 receive a 30% discount and reduced shipping fees through Porchlight books only



Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by journalist Isabel Wilkerson is an award-winning non-fiction book about the reality of racial relations and politics in America. Ava DuVernay has taken the book and brilliantly written and directed the movie Origin. It seeks to connect the violent consequences of American slavery, the horrific crimes of the Holocaust, and India's degrading caste system. The narrative blends deep sorrow with a cyclical understanding of history. The movie is bold with a powerful narrative and extraordinary acting. It is a must-see.



The 2023-24 Pollyanna Workshop Series has been among the best professional development experiences EVER for me and my colleagues. The range of relevant topics, the esteemed speakers, and the recording option which means we NEVER miss a session has been worth the modest investment. These workshops allow us to enrich ourselves and by extension, enrich our school community.

Dr. Sherrish Holloman, Director of Diversity
Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, New York


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