DEI Corner: Week of 9/12/22

Our DEI Committee and book study will reconvene this coming week. On Wednesday, September 14th, our virtual book study led by Sariya Jarasviroj Brown will happen from 5:30-6:30.This group is engaged in an ongoing study of “My Grandmother’s Hands,” by Resmaa Menakem.  Everyone is welcome to attend even if they have not read the book! If you have borrowed a copy from the school and are finished with it, please return it. Also, you can listen to the book online on Spotify. Here’s the link to the Wednesday study group:

Check ParentSquare for the Zoom link!

The DEI Committee meeting will take place in person Jen Rosenstein’s office (just off of the Quail’s Nest yard) on September 16th from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. All are welcome! 

In other DEI news, TWS is launching Cyber Civics as a pilot program in two middle school grades this fall. What, you might wonder, does Cyber Civics have to do with issues around DEI? Cyber Civics is a comprehensive 3-year course to help students develop a greater understanding of this powerful technology, not only what it does for us, but how we can learn to decipher what we’re seeing, reading, and experiencing online. It addresses topics such as hate speech, cyberbullying, and fake news, among dozens of other topics to help students learn to navigate this amazing and confusing technological world of which they are becoming citizens.

While we would like to support keeping kids off of screens for as long as possible, we recognize that this is a tool that they will all need to learn how to safely and responsibly use as they move into their high school communities.


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