Dee Harris, fourth grade teaching assistant, Paris McLean, head of lower school, and Greson Torchio, Middle School math/science teacher and curriculum innovator were proud to represent Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart at the annual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Nashville, TN. The conference was aimed at exploring Equitable Schools and Inclusive Communities Harmony, Discord, and the Notes in Between.
McLean shared a reflection from one of the conference training sessions where he was asked to define the word dignity, "If an individual is able to live their life and be supported in a way that they feel their whole being, their essence, and true self are Known, Heard, Valued, and Appreciated, then they are able to live a life full of dignity."
Harris, McLean and Torchio were joined by over 4,000 educators and 2,500 high school students from across the country; and woven into this beautifully diverse population were over a half dozen Sacred Heart schools, represented by over 60 educators and high school students.
Princeton Academy's Diversity Statement: In the spirit of Sacred Heart Goal IV, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is committed to educating to the building of community as a Christian value. We aim to be a diverse school community, as we make a deliberate effort to enroll students and employ faculty and staff of diverse races, ethnicities, backgrounds and identities. We promote a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected. We support all members of our community and work to help all accomplish goals and achieve success. The adult members of our school model and teach skills needed to build community and practice clear, direct and open communication. As a school, we have in place programs that teach the principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution and peacemaking. Our mission is to recognize, respect, and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual, to provide experiences in 21st century skills, and to develop in our students an understanding of global awareness. Our vision is to prepare our students to succeed and take responsibility in today's global and diverse world.
About PoCC: The NAIS People of Color Conference is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.