WFS Faculty Present at NAIS People of Color Conference
WFS history teachers Don Morton '94 and John Hanson recently attended the NAIS People of Color Conference and presented "Teaching Race, Gender, and other 'Tough Material' - Strategies for Presenting Uncomfortable Aspects of American History."
Don and John, who have both been teaching at WFS for more than 20 years, sought to share their experiences as classroom teachers with other educators who may be worried and considering abandoning "tried and true" lessons, texts, and other materials because of racism, discrimination, violence, abusive language, or other reasons. Their recommendations include always giving students a sense of agency or control, being proactive in acknowledging what might be triggering, and looking at scholarship compared to the realities and challenges. The session was incredibly well-received and led to great discussion among educators and administrators in attendance.
"It was a pleasure to work with Don on this presentation, to see his skills as a presenter and teacher really shine among a national audience of independent school educators, and to have an opportunity to work collaboratively as teachers within the upper and middle school divisions," Hanson said.
Beth McClelland Lutostansky '88 recently presented to a packed house of upper schoolers––including those in the Environmental Science class and the STEMinist Club––on her career in the energy industry.
Reverend Karla Fleshman and her colleague, Finn, presented to seventh graders a long-awaited and much-requested workshop on gender identity, gender expression, and creating “affirming and safer space for LGBTQIA+ students.”
The upper school World Affairs Club welcomed New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer '90, who spoke to students about the role of the state/county legislature, with a focus on the HOPE Center in Wilmington, whose mission is to house and support individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and the GreeNCC initiative, a county-wide program aimed at improving the environment and enhancing the quality of life in New Castle County.
International Baccalaureate art majors and higher level visual arts students traveled to Washington, D.C. to view artwork at the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of Asian Art.
Happy Panda Day is such a great send off to Spring Break--lower school students met with Ivy the therapy dog, made friendship bracelets, hunted for leprechauns, and practiced yoga, all in the comfort of their pajamas!
Thank you to all who came out and supported the Home & School Used Book Sale! Over 55 volunteers - adults and students alike - moved, sorted, and sold books, games, CDs and DVDs, and had a great time in the process. Shoppers found new books to add to their libraries, with one staff member saying it was her favorite day of the year!