Mission
Pollyanna creates discussion platforms for groups of people to explore issues of diversity, inclusion and equity;
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.

Welcome from Casper Caldarola
Founder
July 2018
Greetings!
I hope your summer is off to a great start!
 
Folks at Pollyanna are busy…we’re managing schools with upcoming Pollyanna Conferences, attending outside conferences, training new Project Managers, writing curriculum, and much more.
 
We are working with great schools across the country and now have at least one Pollyanna Conference every month during school year 2018-19. Kicking off October in New York and Los Angeles are Dalton and Harvard-Westlake respectively. We have even started signing contracts with schools for Pollyanna Conferences in school year 2019-20!
 
I have just returned from a trip to Greece that was part business and part vacation. I attended the Stavros Niarchos 7th International Conference on Philanthropy focused on Disruption. Over three days, an amazing group of presenters and panelists discussed the effects that widespread inequality has in disrupting access to opportunities, education and other factors that enable progress.
 
One of my favorite speakers was Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, who was part of a panel titled How to Think About Inequality. He was very frank and touched on three important topics: inequality and hope, types of philanthropists, and justice. Below are quotes from Mr. Walker’s discussion that resonated. I was hoping to only choose one quote, but each felt too important to omit:
 
“Inequality correlates with hope. Societies where there are growing inequalities, there is growing hopelessness. Hope is the oxygen of democracy. If citizens do not feel their societies are places of opportunity, that social mobility is a possibility, they will grow hopeless….and the greatest threat to democracy is hopelessness.”
 
“What kind of philanthropist are you going to be? One who thinks about charity or dignity, generosity or justice? Do you think of yourself as giving back or are you willing to engage in a conversation in order to strengthen your democracy thereby providing more mobility and opportunity to your fellow citizens?”
 
“It always starts at the top. You don’t need to look much farther than the Board and leadership of elite institutions to know if they’re serious about justice.”
 
As you can see from just one of the speakers, the conference was very thought provoking. Given today’s climate of so much disruption, Mr. Walker’s thoughts inspired me focus on what I am or am not doing to move the needle. I’m still processing everything I heard and have no doubt all I learned will impact and enhance the direction of Pollyanna.

I look forward to hearing about your summer!


Warmly,
Racial Literacy Curriculum
Update
As mentioned in our March newsletter, Pollyanna received a $130,000 grant to create a Racial Literacy Curriculum for Grades K-8, and the project is in full motion! The three main goals for students are: to gain knowledge about race as it has been socially constructed in the United States, to acquire an awareness of their own racial history and socialization, and to develop skills for engaging in constructive conversations about race and racism.
 
An array of strategies and activities are incorporated, from storytelling to an analysis of statistics and history. In addition to investigating the institutional forces that created the social construct of race, and concepts of difference and inequality, the curriculum will highlight ways we are inherently similar. We believe that by developing a sense of community and camaraderie, our students may be better equipped to become agents of positive social change.
 
Currently, we are in the drafting phase of development, and look forward to piloting lessons in the fall!  Please click here if your school would be interested in testing the lessons.
 
In addition, we are in the discussion stage of adding a high school curriculum, parent companion piece and additional opportunities for increasing racial literacy. We will have more information in the fall.
Pollyanna Family
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 The Children's School in Atlanta, GA
The Dalton School in New York, NY
Far Brook School in Short Hills, NJ
Francis W. Parker in Chicago, IL
Francis Parker in San Diego, CA
Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles, CA
New City School in St. Louis, MO
Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC
Town School for Boys in San Francisco, CA
Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT
The Wheeler School in Providence, RI
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Wishing you time to relax and enjoy a little beauty. ~ Santorini 2018
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