Recently, during a conversation with a teacher, I shared that I used to refer to the month of May as the “Hundred Days of May” because of the frantic pace at school during those 30 days. She looked at me, sighed, and responded, “Well, these days it feels like the THOUSAND Days of May.” I'm happy to know these hard-working educators will soon get a few weeks to take a much-deserved deep breath.
I also know that once August 1 hits many educators and administrators begin the process of “revving their engines” for a new group of students in the fall. On that note, I am excited to announce a newly designed series of August workshops -- Pollyanna Summer School. These workshops, led by an incredible group of current and former independent school leaders, are meant to energize and prime you for doing the vital work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in a new school year. Please see the offerings below and click on each link for descriptions and registrations.
Making the Leap: A Space for Leaders of Color to Reflect on Their Next Career Move.
August 1, 1-2PM ET / 10AM-11AM PT
Facilitator: Melissa Mirza
Toward Accountability and Repair–On Navigating Race, Harm, and Shame
August 3, 1-3PM ET / 10AM-12PM PT
Facilitator: Jason Craige Harris
Toward Greater Belonging: Communicating DEIB concepts in a way that everyone can understand
August 9, 1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT
Facilitator: Jan Abernathy
Mind the Gap – The Bridge Between DEIB and Advancement
August 10, 1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT
Facilitator: David Smith
Less Theory, More Practice: Building Relationships in Your School Community
August 15 + 16, 12-2PM ET / 9-11AM PT
Facilitators: Jacqueline Nelson & Jay Golon
I know August feels like a long time away, and I hope June and July will feel like 1000 days. Sign up now for one or all of our Summer School sessions and don’t give it another thought until August!