Always Learning

Lowell has dynamic professional development and parent education programs that pay particular attention to issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. These programs not only enhance the work of teachers, staff, and parents, but are an important part of healthy community-building.

In addition to offering workshops, speakers, book talks, and film screenings, Lowell hosts a year-long seminar for faculty and staff as part of The National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum.

Lowell's director of diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives also identifies various local and national events for individuals, as well as groups, to attend. Past professional development opportunities have included the NAIS People of Color Conference and AIMS Diversity Conference for Teachers and Administrators.

Past Adult Education Workshops and Events

Click on the links below to view events in past years.

List of 6 items.

  • 2018-19

    • The Diversity Committee of the Board of Trustees engages Chris Mosier to talk to parents, faculty, and students in 4th grade and up about his experience as a trailblazing trans triathlete on Team USA.
    • A task force is established to study The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys and creates a year-long program of workshops for all faculty, as well as interested staff.
    • Lowell hosts the regional Diversity and Inclusion Conversation for Elementary School Educators.
    • All faculty attend the Capital Area Progressive Schools (CAPS) Conference on “Responsive Practices: Diversity, Equity, and Differentiation.” Lowell teachers lead five workshops and three roundtable discussions and also participate in two panel discussions.
    • The Faculty-Staff Diversity Committee promotes a school-wide door decorating initiative during the month of February to draw attention to the Black Lives Matter movement.
    • MS faculty establish weekly “tea times” for faculty to discuss Universal Design for Learning strategies.
    • Michelle Belton, Jason Novak, Stefania Rubino, and Kavan Yee present a workshop on “Building a Community of Inclusion” at the Carney Sandoe FORUM/Diversity and also attend the 2019 NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute.
    • Middle School Spanish teachers present “From Curriculum to Action: Social Justice in the Spanish Classroom” at the 2019 NAIS National Conference.
    • 10 faculty members attend the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC)
  • 2017-18

  • 2016-17

    • Board Diversity Committee hosts a series of conversations and workshops for parents, including "How to Talk to Your Children About Race," "Cultural Competency Standards and Curricular Applications," "Talking About Race at School"
    • Board Diversity Committee organizes a theater outing and discussion of the play Charm at the Mosaic Theater for parents, faculty, and staff
    • Lowell hosts the "Regional Diversity and Inclusion Dinner and Discussion for Lower School Educators" with special speaker Dr. Howard Stevenson 
    • Faculty and staff participate in a workshop with Dr. Derrick Gay
    • New affinity group is established for Parents of Students of Color
    • 8 faculty members attend the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC)

  • 2015-16

    • Anti-Defamation League trains faculty and staff on implicit bias 
    • Board Diversity Committee hosts series of conversations on diversity for parents: "How to Talk to Your Kids About Adoption," " How to Talk to Your Kids About Religion," "How to Talk to Your Kids About World Conflict"
    • Lowell hosts a screening of I'm Not Racist . . Am I? and workshop with director Catherine Wigginton Greene
    • Lowell hosts a panel discussion on "Learning Differences in the Classroom"
    • 8 faculty members attend the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC)
  • 2014-15

    • Board Diversity Committee hosts a series of conversations on diversity for parents: "Aspects of Identity," "Racial Identity," and "How to Talk to Children About the Events in Ferguson, Staten Island and St. Louis"
    • Parents, faculty, and staff participate in a discussion of the movie Selma
    • Librarians hold "A Celebration of Diverse Books"—highlighting current multicultural resources in the school's libraries
    • School exhibits "Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County"
    • Faculty and staff attend "Third Annual Diversity Film Festival and Discussion" at Lowell 
    • Two teachers attend the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC)
  • 2013-14

    • Faculty and staff participate in a workshop on gender and sexuality diversity by Dr. Jennifer Bryan
    • Lowell hosts a screening of American Promise for parents, faculty and staff, and community members
    • The school community participates in a racial literacy workshop led by Dr. Howard Stevenson
    • Caroline Blackwell from NAIS conducts board training
    • Faculty and staff participate in the "Second Annual Annual Diversity Film Festival and Discussion" at Lowell 
    • 4 faculty and staff members attend the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC)
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