October 2019 Update

As Pollyanna began its fourth year, our Board met last spring and discussed the growth that has taken place so far. We also started planning for the future and working on a strategic plan that included re-evaluating and re-writing our Mission Statement, and developing short-, medium- and long-term goals for the next one to five years.

“Our new Mission Statement reflects our goal of making all communities more equitable and inclusive. While our work in the near term will remain focused on schools, we are also excited by the new invitations we are receiving to bring the Pollyanna change model to other sectors.”
Ashley Smyth, Pollyanna Board Chair

Below is our new Mission Statement and the newly-added Strategy Statement:

Pollyanna advances systemic change by developing stronger communities.

Pollyanna works with academic and other institutions to achieve their diversity, equity and inclusion goals. Through its unique conference models, discussion platforms, and racial literacy curricula, Pollyanna increases cultural competence.
Grace and Open Professional Development
Professional Development Workshops & Parent Discussion Groups
This past month, we were at Grace Church School in New York and also hosted an Open Professional Development in New York. We welcomed faculty from the following schools: Brearley (NY), Buckley (NY), Convent of the Sacred Heart (NY), Corlears (NY), Dalton (NY), Fay (MA), Flint Hill (VA) Francis Parker (IL), Greenwich Country Day (CT), Roland Park (MD) and Trevor (NY).

We are offering Racial Literacy Professional Development for faculty and also Racial Literacy Discussion Groups for parents at your school. For more information about PD and Discussion Groups or to schedule workshops and discussions, please email Claire at clairehr.pollyanna@gmail.com

What We Offer
Independent School Conference
  • Our first conference model is available to schools around the United States and Canada. The school that hosts this conference in a specific geographic region welcomes peer schools in that area to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion topics and generate action plans to create movement. Constituent groups included in the discussion are: administrators, alumni, DEI practitioners, faculty, parents, students and trustees.
  • Our second conference model is open to all schools that would like to build community, develop a strategic plan, or rewrite mission and vision statements within their school. Constituent groups included in this model are: alumni, alumni parents, faculty/admin/staff, students and parents.
K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum
  • Engaging and accessible, the Curriculum is designed to help students gain knowledge about race as it has been constructed in the US, and aims to help students acquire an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism. Click here to download this free curriculum.
K-8 Parent/Guardian Companion Guide
  • The Guide provides an in-depth overview of each unit featured in the K-8 RLC, recommends questions and conversation suggestions for parents and guardians to facilitate dialogue at home that centers on race, culture, and identity, and suggests reading and viewing material to enhance racial literacy. Serving to bridge the classroom and home, this Guide will encourage teachers, parents and guardians to work together to best support their children’s growth. Click here to download the free Guide.

Please Consider Supporting Us
Pollyanna is a non-profit organization that started in 2015. In addition to fees paid by schools that host our conferences, we depend on charitable gifts to support our mission and carry out our work. If you are inspired by our conferences, discussion platforms, free racial literacy curricula for students and parents/guardians, and our overall goal of advancing systemic change by developing stronger communities, we hope you will consider a gift to help us reach our $50,000 fundraising goal by December 31, 2019. Your gift has a tremendous impact in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion nationwide. We know our work is making a difference in our school communities, and we invite you to be a supporter of our efforts! Please click here to give today or click here to learn more.
Pollyanna Host Schools
The Children's School • Atlanta, GA
The Dalton School • New York, NY
Far Brook School • Short Hills, NJ
Flint Hill School • Oakton, VA
Francis W. Parker • Chicago, IL
Francis Parker • San Diego, CA
Harvard-Westlake Los Angeles, CA
New City School • St. Louis, MO
The Pennington School - Pennington, NJ
Ravenscroft • Raleigh, NC
St. Clement's School Toronto, Canada
Town School for Boys San Francisco, CA
Vermont Academy • Saxtons River, VT
The Wheeler School • Providence, RI
Contact us to join the growing list of Schools in our family.
Social Media
We want to connect with you! As Pollyanna launches into a new season full of conferences, workshops, and other exciting initiatives, we want to stay connected with all who have been involved. Head to our  Facebook  and  Instagram  to keep in touch. You’ll find updates, news, and more!

Pollyanna, Inc. is a New York not-for-profit corporation 501(c)(3). © 2019 Pollyanna.
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