Devon Diversity for 2021-2022 School Year
The Devon PTO is committed to ensuring that our students, teachers and families are part of an inclusive community, where diverse groups of all backgrounds feel represented, accepted and supported. For the 2021-2022 school year, we are excited to launch our diversity initiatives with the goal of ensuring such an environment for our children. The Devon Diversity programs we are offering this school year include:
DES Dragon Buddy Family Program
Please visit the Devon Dragon Buddy Family Program exclusive page to learn more about this program.
‘Courageous Conversations’ Parent Dialogue Series
This a parent-led dialogue series launched during the 2020-2021 school year, to offer a safe space for open, respectful dialogue to discuss diversity-related topics for parents who are interested. The format is virtual, small-group sessions of 8-10 participants, and a Sign-up Genius link will be available prior to each session.
SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT DISCUSSION!
DATE FEB 8th 7-8:30pm and our topic is: Neurodiversity and Inclusion: a panel discussion to explore how to create greater inclusivity at DES'. The panel participants for this discussion are Rachel Kill, Melissa Reutter, and Danielle Moseley, who are each parents of neurodiverse children in our community. They will each share their experiences parenting neurodiverse children, what a 'day in the life' looks like, and what makes it rewarding, yet also challenging. We will have time available during the session for participants to ask questions as well.
Again, since this session's format will be held as a panel discussion, there is no limit to the number of participants, however, we would like to get an idea of who to expect so, PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO SIGN-UP !: Devon Diversity: Feb ’22 Courageous Conversation Sign-up!
If you would like to learn more about this topic, here are two resources related to check out:
- “Why School Stress Is Devastating for Our Children” By Jerome Schultz, Ph.D. https://www.additudemag.com/why-school-stress-is-harmful-to-kids/
- “Did Something Happen at School Today?” By Susan Kruger, M.Ed. https://www.additudemag.com/kids-emotions-at-school/
Have a topic idea or want to facilitate a conversation? Email the Diversity volunteers to let us know, as we are looking to hold at least 2-3 more conversations before the end of the school year!
Diversity Lending Library
The Devon PTO collaborated with the school during the 2020-2021 school year to create a wishlist of books with diversity-related themes, with characters and stories that represent many cultures, to make available in the library and classrooms when school reopens. A special section in the school library where parents, students, and teachers was created to check out from, and use as tools to learn about and discuss diversity topics. This school year, we will launch this again in Spring 2022 for parents who are interested, to contribute again to our Devon Diversity Lending library!
Cultural Heritage Night
We are so excited to bring this program back to Devon, which we are planning to hold on April 22, 2022! More details and opportunities to volunteer to come!
Email the Devon Diversity team with any questions.