This fall, faculty and staff of The St. Paul's Schools gathered to hear from Dr. Michael Reichert, an applied and research psychologist and author of Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work and Why. Dr. Riechert highlighted the centrality of relationships in education, and following his address, faculty worked in small groups to discuss relational teaching. Dr. Reichert joined us in continuation of the work started in August with a keynote address from Dr. Charlotte Jacobs, renowned educator and researcher in gender consciousness, on teaching and supporting girls of color and supporting adolescent boys' and girls' learning, both of which are cross-divisional. That session was followed by breakout session discussions co-facilitated by SP and SPSG faculty discussing topics such as Boys and Girls learning, reading and literacy strategies, social justice and equity, understanding students and character development.
Throughout the afternoon, the school welcomed Tirrany Thurmond, Director of Diversity for Ann Arundel Community College with over a decade of experience in her field, who worked with faculty and staff toward a strategic plan for hiring with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusivity, an integral focus of the Schools' missions and Episcopal identities.