Celebrate, Affirm & Respect Diversity

Welcome! The CARD committee was originally formed to provide any parent, teacher, or concerned community member who has an interest and desire to assist us in working toward our mission an opportunity to do so. We do not meet on a regular basis, but attempt to be a resource for information as well to facilitate dialogue and fellowship through such events as our Diversity Potluck dinners held several times throughout the school year. If you have any questions or would like to talk more about issues related to our mission, Pamela Graham, School Counselor, can be reached at pam.graham@rayschool.org or at school 643-6655 ext. 259.

Diversity Potluck and Discussion

posted Jul 18, 2014, 7:19 AM by Ray Webmaster

Hold the Date: The next Diversity Potluck and discussion will be on Wednesday, March 23rd. More information will be posted in the Pink Sheet and on this site after February break.

Diversity Resources

posted Jul 18, 2014, 7:17 AM by Ray Webmaster

Here are a few resources on diversity from the Ray School Library collection: 

Books/Articles

Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development. Washington, D.C., Teaching for Change, 2008.

Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance in Preschool and the Early Grades. Montgomery, AL.: Southern Poverty Law Center, 1997.

Castania, Kathy. The Evolving Language of Diversity. Ithaca, NY.: Cornell University, 2003.

Jones, Guy W. and Sally Moomaw. Lessons from Turtle Island: Native Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms. St. Paul: Redleaf Press, 2002.

Rothstein-Fisch, Carrie and Elise Trumbull. Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students’ Cultural Strengths. Alexandria, VA.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2008.

Supahan, Sarah. Points of View vs. Historical Bias: Recognizing Bias in Texts About Native Americans. An Integrated Thematic Unit. Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District’s Indian Education Program.

Teel, Karen Manheim and Jennifer E. Obidah, editors. Building Racial and Cultural Competence in the Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press, 2008.

Thomson, Barbara. Words Can Hurt You: Beginning a Program of Anti-Bias Education. Reading, MA.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1993.

Periodicals

Teaching Tolerance

Websites

Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Ray I.L.D. Blog

CARD Highlights

posted Jul 18, 2014, 7:16 AM by Ray Webmaster

Since our inception in the fall of 2006, we have addressed the following: 

  • developing a mission statement 
  • reviewing curriculum and teaching practices 
  • needs survey for faculty 
  • investigating current hiring practices 
  • researching ways to build capacity

CARD News

posted Jul 18, 2014, 7:15 AM by Ray Webmaster

We are currently excited about our latest efforts coming to fruition. As a result of the teacher surveys and faculty input received last year, we are offering an Inclusive Leadership Development (ILD) opportunity to interested staff. While this program will be meant for teacher professional development, parents are encouraged and welcome to join us. 

Following the mission of the CARD committee in creating a welcoming and inclusive school community where everyone is able to flourish free from disrespectful or unfair treatment, ILD will provide a chance for dialogue and training that will provide improved responses and additional resources for dealing with any of the “isms”. This professional development will support ILD in sharing this information and these tools with the rest of the Ray School community.

Meyers & Munafo Consultant, Giavanna Munafo will be planning and facilitating this training. Giavanna is the former Associate Director for Training and Educational Programs at Dartmouth College’s Department of Institutional Diversity and Equity. Her training in this field emphasizes the flourishing of human dignity and the importance of respectful interactions, particularly in challenging situations.

The schedule for the ILD training will be: Session 1, 10/14, 2pm-4, Session 2, 11/18, 8am-3pm, Session 3, 1/20, 2-4, Session 4, 2/24, 2-4, Session 5, 3/31, 12-2, Session 6, 5/12 either 12:30-2:30 or 8am-3 (tbd) and Session 7 TBD. Meeting location is also to be determined (depending on group size). We are also hoping to schedule a parent evening with details and location to be determined.

Please contact Pam Graham, School Counselor for more information.

Diversity Potluck and Discussion

posted Jul 18, 2014, 7:13 AM by Ray Webmaster

Hold the Date: The next Diversity Potluck and discussion will be on Wednesday, March 23rd. More information will be posted in the Pink Sheet and on this site after February break.

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