Classrooms should reflect the students and teachers who inhabit them. Everything from the posters on the walls to the books on the shelves, to the toys in the room, and even to an adult’s body language can send subliminal messages. We want those messages to say, “We all belong here.” This How-To will offer a few simple strategies for ensuring inclusivity. For example: learning2020欧洲杯体育官网 to pronounce every student’s name correctly, daily and weekly check-ins, developing rapport with parents, provide a space for questions, understanding one’s own values, biases, and ability to empathize.
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hi my name is Linda Fussell and I am the
head of the lower school at Dwight
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I’m here to talk to you today about
diversity in the classroom and ways that
you can make sure that you’re having a
diverse and inclusive safe space for
students to learn if you’ve ever done
any diversity work you might have heard
of dr. Christopher emdin who talks about
subliminal messages that you might be
sending and not even realize it that
might be off-putting to students so a
few things that you need to be mindful
of make sure that the books and the
posters that you have in your room are
inclusive and show and represent
everybody who’s in the classroom make
sure that you’re having weekly or daily
check-ins with students just to make
sure that they’re feeling okay that they
feel like they belong if they’re having
any issues make sure that you’re
reaching out to parents either by email
or with a simple quick phone call just
to see how things are going if other
languages are spoken make sure that you
have translations and you have a
bulletin board where you can post
important information in other languages
make sure that you are pronouncing
students names correctly this is a big
one it’s a small thing but it has a huge
impact ask students what they want to be
called and last and not least make sure
that you identify your own personal
biases and that you’re able to reflect
and empathize with your students thank
Ms. Fussell grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and brings over twenty years of experience in teaching and administration to the Lower School.
2020欧洲杯体育官网She also brings a wealth of in-house knowledge after serving as Associate Director in the preschool and kindergarten division of Dwight in New York where she collaborated with parents, faculty, and staff to ensure a rich learning environment. Prior to joining Dwight, Ms. Fussell taught elementary school at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York, and at international schools in Switzerland, Zimbabwe, and Guatemala.
2020欧洲杯体育官网Ms. Fussell received leadership training at The Harvard Graduate School of Education and the New York Association of Independent School’s Emerging Leadership Institute. In addition, Ms. Fussell has been an adjunct professor in literacy at Hunter College since 2017.
Ms. Fussell shares her passion for IB literacy education, the PYP, student engagement, and responsive learning with community members. Ms. Fussell is the Head of Lower School at Dwight School Dubai.
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