June 2023 Update from Pollyanna
June 2023
Dear Friend,
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!
Casper Caldarola

In the News

Dalton's 13th Conference
This year’s conference, Examining Generational Trauma, examined the ways in which marginalization, exclusion, and identity-based harm show up intergenerationally in our school communities. Our keynote conversation between diversity educator, Jason Craige Harris, and the author of Survivor Cafe, Elizabeth Rosner allowed us to examine and reflect on practices to reduce trauma and promote healing and reconciliation. Marcus, a Dalton freshman and Pollyanna intern, wrote an article sharing his experience at the conference. Click here to see video highlights of the keynote conversation.
Teen Council is Planning for 2023-24 
We had 5 great Council leaders, 8 incredible planning sessions, 8 important topics and 8 phenomenal guests this year. A special thank you to each one! Wait till you see what our Teen Council has planned for the next school year.  Students may sign up to receive info.
Summer with AISAP, Pollyanna & NYSAIS
Get ready for some fun in-person and online learning this summer. We are hosting several virtual Summer School workshops in August. Pollyanna will also kick-off the summer with several workshops at AISAP's Annual Institute in person in La Jolla in June, and in August, Pollyanna will have a day focused on our Lower School curriculum with NYSAIS events online.
Pollyanna Giving Circles
As we look to the rest of 2023 and beyond, we are excited to announce our Pollyanna Giving Circles. With these new giving levels, we are offering incredible benefits that will deepen your connection to our mission. As you consider your annual gift this year, we hope you will be inspired by one of these opportunities to help us continue to increase the impact of our programming.
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