Pollyanna creates discussion platforms for groups of people to explore issues of diversity, equity and inclusion; and to share experiences and knowledge. We believe in being eternally optimistic even in the face of challenge. Pollyanna exists to be part of the solution.
August 2019 Update

It's hard to believe August is here already. Most schools begin the new year this month - either with faculty meetings or students returning. This summer has moved quickly for us too. Below you'll see some summer updates and we'll announce new schools and projects shortly. Without rushing summer, we're looking forward to the school year beginning!

New Date for Pollyanna's K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum PD - click here to register
Lead developer of our curriculum, Monique Vogelsang, will run the 3-hour workshop on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9AM-noon, that will cover the framework of the curriculum, pedagogy and best practices, as well as examples of lessons from each grade. Please remember, the curriculum is free and you may access it once you've registered on our site . In addition, if you are interested in us coming to your school to conduct professional development, please reply to this email.

Challenge Grant Met
With the help of many, we raised the money needed to meet the challenge grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to develop the Parent/Guardian Companion Guide. It is well under way and we will deliver it to schools soon. As of now, over 90 schools around the US have downloaded our K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum and we know they are going to welcome having the Parent/Guardian Guide to support the work. Huge thanks to all who contributed and to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for its support!

What We Offer
Independent School Conference
  • Our first conference model, From Diversity to Community, 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 DEI 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
  • Launching soon, the Companion Guide will complement our K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum. It will provide an overview of the Curriculum, recommend questions and conversation-starters for parents and guardians to facilitate dialogue at home that centers on race and culture, and suggest reading and viewing material to enhance racial literacy. Serving to bridge the classroom and home, the Companion Guide will encourage teachers, parents and guardians to work together to best support their children's growth.
For more information on what we offer, please reply to this email and we'll be in touch.
Enjoy the rest of summer!

All my best,
Casper Caldarola
Pollyanna Host Family
 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
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