Welcome Back to a New and Exciting School Year!


We hope you are returning to your school refreshed, invigorated and ready for new adventures with your students.

ELEMENTARY STUDENT DIVERSITY DAY: As we agreed last year, we will be sponsoring our first Elementary Student Diversity Day (ESDD) in the spring of 2015. Last year, we worked as a group to develop a mission and vision to guide us. And over the summer, the steering committee for this event has made much progress in planning the details. Look for more information about this exciting event in an email and a postal mailing in the coming days. It is going to be great!

OTHER DIVERSITY EDUCATOR EVENTS: There are several events happening in the coming months of Fall, 2014. We are in the process of collecting information about some of them, and will post those here soon.

FERGUSON, MO: The news over the summer months has been heavy and constant, around the world and in our own backyard. So much of that news has been unsettling and hard to comprehend as ‘really happening’ here in our land of freedom and liberty. As confused and conflicted as we may be about the stories coming out of Ferguson, MO, just imagine how these might be affecting our young students. Some of them will have no idea of what is in the news. Others may have heard about these events from media reports, or listening to the adults around them in discussion. If the subject comes up, we as educators, should be prepared to help our students make sense of anything they have heard and questions they may have.

 As always, we want to support our GPDC members in our common struggles involving issues of bias and justice. Below are several articles with information and guidance on talking to students about the recent events in Ferguson. Other helpful resources are imbedded in some of these, as well. And there is certainly more out there. Please share these with your staff as you deem necessary.

 New York Times – Schools in Ferguson Prepare for Emotional Opening Day: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/us/schools-in-ferguson-area-prepare-for-an-emotional-opening-day.html?_r=1

Teaching Tolerance – Students Are Watching Ferguson: http://www.tolerance.org/blog/students-are-watching-ferguson

Teaching for Change – Teaching About Ferguson: http://www.teachingforchange.org/teaching-about-ferguson?utm_source=FBTW&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=20140822

NPR – Helping Students Make Sense: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/15/340394980/helping-students-make-sense-of-a-young-black-mans-death-in-missouri

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility – What Happened in Ferguson and Why: http://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/what-happened-ferguson-and-why

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility – Exploring the mainstream media portrayal of Michael Brown: http://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/challenging-stereotypes-michael-brown-and-iftheygunnedmedown

Practical Theory: Blog article and syllabus for helping “young people grapple with and address the messiness of the world around them.” This was created by educators around the Jordan Davis killing, but the same theories apply.   http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/5978


6th Annual MLK365 BEER SUMMIT: A Continuing Conversation on Race Relations


Looks like a  good summer event!

Date: July 30, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This event is FREE, but registration is required: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-mlk365-beer-summit-a-continuing-conversation-on-race-relations-tickets-11710481365

Event Description:

Following the July 2009 arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates on the front porch of his own home by Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley, President Obama invited the two men to the White House for a meeting over beer to discuss the incident.

At the same time in Philadelphia, Global Citizen organized a Beer Summit in Center City Philadelphia for concerned citizens to meet, mingle, and discuss race relations in our city and throughout America.

On Wednesday, July 30 we will continue our discussion about race, class and power and how we all can overcome the barriers that have continued to divide so many.

Questions? Contact  mlk365@globalcitizen365.org .

Beer, soft drinks and snacks will be offered during the event.



Summer Workshop – Diversity Through Dialogue

July 16th at Villanova Conference Center
Conference Theme:
As K-12 schools, colleges and universities move past the first stage of diversity work — acquiring compositional diversity — it is important that we are ready to move on and think in holistic and meaningful ways about how we use the diversity we have to meet specific and current educational goals and outcomes.

Screening of “Brother Outsider” on May 4


Join us for a very special screening of “Brother Outsider” 
and a discussion with the filmmaker Bennett Singer
The Miquon School Multicultural Alliance is thrilled to host a very special screening of “Brother Outsider,” a film about the life of Bayard Rustin, the mastermind behind the March on Washington.

The Miquon School 
Sunday, May 4
4:00 – 6:00 pm
The screening will include a shortened version of the film and a discussion with the filmmaker, Bennett Singer. The focus of the discussion will be how Rustin’s life can be a catalyst for social change. Due to sensitive material, this film is most appropriate for children ages 12 and older along with their parents.
Rustin grew up in West Chester, PA and became a war protester, greatly influenced by a visit to India and the teachings of Gandhi.  As the film reveals, Rustin’s enormous role in the Civil Rights movement and as a close advisor to Martin Luther King are largely unknown because he was gay.  The recipient of numerous awards, “Brother Outsider” was an Official Selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and won the 2004 GLAAD MEDIA AWARD for Outstanding Documentary.  
Bring your friends! This is a free and open event where we welcome the surrounding community to share in the screening and discussion.
Kindly register in advance by submitting an RSVP to deborahc@miquon.org.
The Miquon School
2025 Harts Lane
Conshohocken, PA 19428
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Children’s Concert on April 26th at St. Peter’s School



The Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative is sponsoring its very first children’s concert at St. Peter’s School on Saturday, April 26th! Yolanda Wisher and Mark Palacio will perform music and poetry for the youngest students (3-8 year olds) in our schools and their families. Bring a blanket and pack some snacks. Fun for the whole family! SPS is located on 319 Lombard Street in Philadelphia.

Next Meeting is Tuesday, April 29th, at Gladwyne Montessori


We are happy to announce that our next GPDC meeting will be held at Gladwyne Montessori on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. As usual, the meeting will be from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. Gladwyne Montessori is located at 920 Youngsford Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035. Here is the link for directions: http://www.gladwyne.org/page.cfm?p=638
An agenda will be sent closer to the date, but you can certainly expect reports on recent GPDC member activities.