Diversity and Inclusion are more than Words for Us
On Martin Luther King day, The French American Academy has implemented a workshop with its teachers and administration on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion.
Academic Excellence is not Everything
Everyday, we can see the need for more tolerance in our world. A teacher’s work is, of course, about academics and here at The French American Academy, we apply the utmost attention to the excellence of our curriculum. However, as we see it, teachers must go beyond this role and educate their students to all these “soft skills” that are so important to be a complete citizen of the world. Teachers are, more than ever, instrumental in planting the seeds of kindness, empathy, and acceptance of others in their students’ minds. At the French American Academy, we support and deliver deeper learning through the 6Cs :Character | Citizenship | Collaboration | Communication | Creativity | Critical Thinking.
The Workshop in Action
To focus on Diversity and Inclusion, the staff worked together to reflect and set up an action plan to teach the values we care about. To do so, the school issued a full day agenda. First, the staff had the pleasure of hearing Kelsey Tainsh as a guest speaker. Kelsey overcame a brain tumor at 5 and a stroke at 15. She delivered an inspirational message to our teachers. More specifically, her message was about how to teach, show and instill :
- Acceptance and tolerance of others’ uniqueness.
- The importance of kindness and why it matters
- Sharing struggles and differences rather than hiding them
- Turning uncomfortable situations into life-changing opportunities
Then, the staff was split into groups, per cycle and per campus, and brainstormed on stereotypes examples they may hear in their classes. Subsequently, they defined a goal to reach and an action plan to get there.
There will be a follow up on each goal on March 19th, and measurement of the results.
Now Your Turn
Please take this post as an opportunity to reinforce the message of respect and tolerance with your child. You can also watch this short video with him / her and have a discussion afterwards