Professional Development

Equity Programs and Training for Faculty
There is a sustained program of professional development for Spence teachers and staff to deepen their understanding of issues of bias and multiculturalism in diverse communities. Activities include:

    • Diversity Directions: A team of educational leaders with deep professional experience in independent schools comprises the Diversity Directions group.

    • NAIS Summer Diversity Leadership Institute

    • GLSEN Regional Meetings: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

    • SEED: A national initiative to promote curricular and systemic change by helping teachers bring issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation and ethnicity into their classrooms.

    • White Privilege Conference: A conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.

    • Colleagues of Color: An affinity group for faculty, staff and administrators of color, dedicated to creating a space for supportive, encouraging and collaborative work, and recognizing the unique challenges of and opportunities presented by being a person of color at Spence. 

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Having participated in Beyond Diversity six times, I was looking forward to the experience of Beyond Diversity II. In the course of our two-day experience, we challenged ourselves with the question of whether we have the will, skill, knowledge and capacity to educate all children. We continued to dig deep into the personal, as we did in Beyond Diversity, and we also looked outside of ourselves as we each developed a personal statement of racial equity purpose. Our leaders from Pacific Educational Group skillfully led us through exercises that allowed us to engage deeply in conversations with our colleagues about our School, our students, our world and ourselves."

—Michele Murphy,
Director of Academic Programs