Adult Education

Always Learning

Children are not the only students at Lowell. Adults are also lifelong learners who need to be supported in their growth and given the tools needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural world.
To that end, Lowell has dynamic professional development and parent education programs that pay particular attention to issues of diversity. 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 two year-long seminars (one for faculty and staff and one for parents) as part of The National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum.

Lowell's director of diversity also identifies various local and national diversity 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.
As a result of participating in SEED, I have become more aware and appreciative of the life experiences and views of others. I have also learned more about myself and how I can bring about change. 
—Lowell Teacher

2015-16 Lowell Hosted

  • The Anti-Defamation League for a full faculty and staff training on implicit bias
  • A 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"
  • A screening of I'm Not Racist . . Am I? and workshop with director Catherine Wigginton Greene
  • A panel discussion on "Learning Differences in the Classroom"

2014-15 Lowell Hosted

  • 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"
  • Selma: a discussion for parents, faculty, and staff
  • A Celebration of Diverse Books—highlighting current multicultural resources in the school's libraries
  • Third Annual Diversity Film Festival and Discussion for faculty and staff

2013-14 Lowell Hosted

  • Dr. Jennifer Bryan for a full-day faculty-staff workshop on gender and sexuality diversity
  • A screening of American Promise for parents, faculty and staff, and community members
  • Dr. Howard Stevenson to lead a racial literacy workshop for the school community
  • Caroline Blackwell from NAIS for board training
  • A diversity film festival and discussion for faculty and staff
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