8th Grade

Ethical Leadership

Sometimes moral questions are simple, sometimes not.  Moses Brown uses Quaker values as a guide to keep the easy questions clear, and as a way to find one’s way when things get murky.  Put simply, Quakers believe that every person has a divine Inner Light, and that no one has a unique claim on the Truth.  As such, everyone deserves love and respect, and bears responsibility for making the kind of community we all want to live in.  We demonstrate this shared responsibility and inherent equality, among other ways, through the Quaker custom of having adults and students address one another by their first names.

Weekly Meeting for Worship offers unprogrammed space for worship, meditation, or simply reflective thinking.  When a member of our community feels moved to share, they stand and speak publicly to the group before settling back into silence, giving everyone something new to consider if they wish.

Advisors help students develop conflict resolution skills, and lead discussions about what it means to be a good friend. Advisories are also a time for conversations around the importance of honesty and integrity.


Eighth graders explore integrity and honesty in their StoryCorps unit, when they hone their listening skills and record an interview with a close friend or family member.  In the process, they are challenged to define who they are, what they believe, and how they live those beliefs.  Having worked through these important questions, they write an extremely personal and honest ‘This I Believe Essay,’ many of which are so polished and profound that they end up being broadcast on Rhode Island Public Radio.

At the beginning of the year, team trips year build strong relationships and a sense of common purpose among students and faculty.  Throughout their year, homeroom events and class discussions continuously urge students to consider the moral dimensions of academic questions.


Maureen Nagle

Middle School English, MS English Department Chair, Ethical Leadership Tri-Clerk

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Maureen Nagle

Providence College – B.A.
Trinity College of Dublin – M.Phil.

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