Commitment to Faculty Learning – September 2020

Sep 23, 2020 | All School, Build People Up, Come to Play, IDEA, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Impact

Beginning at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, Mount Vernon implemented one late start morning per month for faculty and staff to participate in Research, Design, and Iteration (RDI).

Our student learners are the immediate beneficiaries of our commitment to faculty learning and innovative practice, and we greatly appreciate our community’s continued partnership so that we can provide key moments for professional growth.

As a part of the IDEA Next 100 Days Action Steps, the School — through the leadership of the Program Development Team (PS-12) — will establish an anti-bias and anti-racism framework for students, faculty/staff, and administrators through the School’s Professional Learning Program.

This year, all RDI mornings will focus on IDEA, most specifically identity exploration and self-reflection.

Today’s first session focused on the documentary, American Promise. PBS describes American Promise as followed, “American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

After watching the documentary prior to this morning’s meet-ups, faculty and staff met within their divisions to discuss American Promise through the lens of identity.

Read more about IDEA at Mount Vernon.