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Diversity and Identity Development in the Classroom

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When one thinks about nurturing our students’ awareness of diversity and identity development in school, it is likely that some sort of discrete training session or advisory activity comes to mind. Yet the school curriculum also offers rich opportunities for meaningful, organic exploration of these topics. One such example has been the interdisciplinary Southern Studies class that I have taught…

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New iBlock Classes Tailored to Students’ Interests

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As part of Park Tudor’s newly redesigned schedule being introduced next school year, students in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to take a variety of unique classes during weekly iBlock classes on Wednesday afternoons. In order to help shape iBlock course offerings, Park Tudor parents Vicky Bender and Lee Clifford recently conducted a focus group with Upper School students to…

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Distinguished Alumna visits gender studies class

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By Dr. Sven Dubie, Interim Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Social Studies Department Chair On Friday, April 29, in conjunction with Alumni Weekend activities, Distinguished Alumna Susan Plimpton ’61, and her son Nick, sat in on several Upper School classes at Park Tudor. One of these was my Gender Studies class, a semester-long elective created two years ago to…

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Revisiting the People of Color Conference

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By Joyce Tucker, Assistant Director of Admissions My first article for the PT Times last December coincided with the NAIS People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Tampa, Fla. Eleven faculty and staff members and six Upper School students attended. It is hard to believe the conference was four months ago! We always request feedback from participants soon after…

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Sixth Graders Build Bonds with Avondale Meadows First Graders

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By Erin Nixon, Middle School Counselor Recently, I was racking my brain to come up with suitable activities for our sixth grade students to do during an Avondale Meadows visit with their first grade buddies. We have a trip to Avondale planned for this week, and I wanted to be sure that the activities were fun, engaging, and educational. Then,…

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The Innovators Institute: Where Big Ideas Begin

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By Jamey Everett, Lower School Technology Integrator and Co-Director of the Innovators Institute Plans for this year’s Innovators Institute, designed for students entering grades 9-12, are quickly taking shape and there is still time to sign up for this exceptional opportunity. We are pleased to announce some exciting experiences that students won’t want to miss. During our first week, all…

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How Do We Cultivate Character Development in Children?

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Many of us might agree that we hope to guide our children to become the type of person who does the right thing “even when no one is looking.” Character development is learned every day. Helping children develop strong character traits such as perseverance, responsibility, empathy, respect, and responsibility is not easy! According to The Search Institute, positive character strengths…

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