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Parent Ed Night: Children and Gender

September 11, 2019

Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-8pm at RVC
Jueves Sept 19 6-8pm en RVC
102 Marinda Drive

Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Habrá cuidado de niños. Por favor confirme su asistencialo antes posible

Join us for an evening of education with Alison Park, a nationally recognized speaker on children, gender and diversity. Learn about reframing multiculturalism as an inclusive process for the benefit of students, staff and families.

Alison Park is the founder of Blink Consulting and has
facilitated numerous conferences and partnered with numerous organizations. Prior, she taught for 13 years and earned her B.A. in African Studies at Yale University and holds two Master’s degrees from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Únase a nosotros para una noche educativa con Alison Park, una conferencista reconocida a nivel nacional sobre niños, género y diversidad. Aprenda a remarcar el multiculturalismo como un proceso inclusivo para beneficio de los estudiantes, personal y familias.

Alison Park es la fundadora. de Blink Consulting y tiene
facilitado numerosas conferencias y socios con numerosas organizaciones. Ella enseñó durante 13 años y obtuvo su Título en estudios africanos en la Universidad de Yale y tiene dos maestrías de la Escuela de Educación de Graduados de Harvard.

What is Diversity?

September 10, 2019

By the RVC Diversity Committee

When we talk about “diversity” in our school, we’re discussing the degree to which the school community reflects the range of different kinds of people in the wider world.

In the United States, because of our history, diversity is often primarily thought of as racial diversity, but race is just one dimension of diversity. People also differ from one another in many other dimensions, including gender and gender identity, languages spoken, class, culture, cognitive style, education, income, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and more. 

Research has shown that these kinds of differences can make it harder for people to connect and empathize with one another. Learning how to work with people who are different from yourself in some way is one of the great benefits of having a diverse school community. 

Different perspectives can contribute to many kinds of discussions and problem solving, helping to make a more robust and effective community. A richness of perspectives in the classroom prepares our kids for lives in our very diverse part of the world–one that will be even more diverse in the future. This kind of proactive diversity goes beyond learning tolerance to developing an understanding that diverse perspectives can lead to better, more creative outcomes. 

Navigating and celebrating difference is a prosocial skill, like empathy or forgiveness, that can be learned and developed. In our diverse society, learning to work across differences broadens our horizons and opens up possibilities. 

And attention to diversity does something else as well: when we look at the differences between people, we also see more clearly what we have in common. We understand what is truly universal to all people, regardless of who they are or where they come from: a capacity to love, a yearning to belong, laughter and tears. A diverse environment helps each of us to appreciate more fully what it is to be human. 

Thank you for reading!  Please connect with us, share your feedback, when we cross paths at school. 

Coming up! We very much hope that you plan on attending the September 19th Parent Ed:  Children and Gender talk by renowned speaker Alison Park.  Get updated on what your child will be engaging in the changing world of gender.  Don’t miss the wonderfully stimulating, inclusive discussion with never-ever-boring speaker Alison Park. 

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