1st Grade

Diversity

Moses Brown was one of the leading abolitionist voices of colonial America, and in establishing the school that bears his name, he insisted that it be open to students of all affiliations.

Moses Brown teaches children to celebrate the differences between people.  This stems from the Quaker belief that every person has a divine Inner Light, and thus is equally deserving of love and respect.

Diversity and inclusivity conversations happen formally and informally in the first grade classroom. In the ‘All About Me’ unit, children celebrate everything that makes them special–their eyes, hair, skin, family, and culture.  This is a starting point for discussions about difference, and how we are made stronger as a group by not being all the same.

In a study of community, students interview members of the schoolhouse staff who work behind the scenes to support their learning. Every first and second grader also participates in three diversity workshops that focus on aspects of identity and equity. Examples include “The Skin You Live In,” which examines the biology of skin color and an exploration of skin types, and “Sticking Up For Each Other,” which deepens discussions about ally-ship with role-playing.

These lessons are woven throughout the year, building the values and skills that students need to succeed in an increasingly global and interconnected world, and creating an educational environment that is just and affirming for every child.

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Erik Wilker

Director, Administrative and Strategic Affairs

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Erik Wilker

Northwestern University – B.A.
University of New Mexico – M.A.

Elizabeth Grumbach

Lower School Science

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Elizabeth Grumbach

Bowdoin College – B.A.
Columbia Unversity’s Teacher’s College – M.Ed.

Simone Ahlborn

Lower School Spanish

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Simone Ahlborn

Universidad de Barcelona
Brown University – A.B.
Georgetown University and California State University – M.A.

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