Ancona explores intentional diversity

The Ancona School will host its 50th Anniversary Education Symposium on Saturday March 2. The symposium is for educators, school leaders, parents and the community to discuss the importance and challenge of authentic diversity in schools.

During the symposium, Ancona will share insights on integrating a multicultural curriculum and results from research based on The Ancona School’s model of diversity.

The event, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., will begin with a panel discussion. Panelists include Diana Slaughter-Defoe, the Constance E. Clayton Professor Emerita in Urban Education and Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania; Enora Brown, Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Research at DePaul University; Gene Batiste, Vice President for School Field Services and Equity and Justice Initiatives at the National Association of Independent Schools and Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University.

The panel discussion will be followed by breakout sessions that include topics such as “How authentic diversity impacts learning and life,” “How to embody diversity inclusion in a learning community” and “An honest look at the challenges and effects of intentional diversity.”