Every spring, Montessori School of Durham joins with other Triangle independent schools to host a Job Fair for underrepresented teachers and school professionals. We look forward to hosting again this coming year!
Tammy Squires, Head of School
In April 2018, Tammy attended the NCAIS Diversity and Inclusion Conference. The topic this year was "Creating and Nurturing an Inclusive Community." She also participated in the "Growing in Diversity & Reconciliation" 3-week course led by Dr. Terrance Ruth, Dr. J.D. Greear, and Tremayne Manson. In the summer 2016, Tammy attended the American Montessori Society’s Diversity Conference where she learned from Derrick Gay’s presentation, “The Double-Edged Sword of Diversity: Reframing Community-Life Initiatives in Montessori Schools.” Learn more from his TedX Video.
Cynthia Hughey, Assistant Head of School
Cynthia completed a Racial Equity Workshop with local activists, Organizing Against Racism. OAR teaches participants how to deconstruct historical, cultural and institutional racism and build something new and revolutionary in its place. As they offer workshops throughout the Triangle, Cynthia enthusiastically recommends this workshop for any and all people interested in dismantling racism.
Cynthia also regularly participates in Ruth King’s Mindful of Race workshops. Learn more at ruthking.net.
Staff: Professional Development
here. Anti Bias Education The Program/Cultural Diversity Committee spent two years studying Anti-Bias Education and used their study to develop culturally inclusive guidelines for holidays in the classroom and led a school-wide professional development series on the text in 2017-18. Learn more about this book
Community Conversations is an initiative of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at MSD. The goal is to create a space for conversations on topics salient to the community and to come together to share our experiences and knowledge in order to support each other as parents, caregivers, and educators. This fall, the conversation will focus on media use and its impact.
Our Parent Affinity Groups
Affinity Group work provides a safe space for all participants to identify salient issues and common concerns through dialogue, using our individual voices to bring about affirmation, fellowship, connection, and empowerment. Some common goals of affinity groups include:
– discussing issues related to racial/ethnic/cultural identity development;
– providing a safe environment where people who share a racial/ethnic/cultural identity can come together for building community, fellowships, and empowerment;
– providing families with an opportunity to discuss feelings, concerns, and issues of cultural heritage, race/ethnicity and racism in a safe space;
– offering underrepresented people in a community a safe space to come together to feel less isolated and more connected and affirmed, to build strength, pride, and resilience;
– building on parents’ pre-existing knowledge regarding issues and experience with race and racism and help parents foster a positive social identity for children;
– enhancing the collaborative efforts between different groups in order to create equity for all.
Goals courtesy of National Association of Independent Schools
Currently, Montessori School of Durham Affinity Groups include:
For the following families, we have a contact person who can serve as a resource for questions:
We are flexible and open to developing more Affinity Groups in the future with parent support.