6th Grade

Diversity

Moses Brown was one of the leading abolitionists of colonial America, and in establishing the school that now 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.

The sixth grade diversity curriculum builds ground rules and shared language to help students get comfortable with conversations about primary identifiers.  They find their assumptions regularly challenged, and in the process expand their understanding of our globalized society.  In collaborations with the Refugee Dream Center and the Islamic School of Rhode Island, they look at the world from others’ points of view and consider how to have a positive impact on the people around them.

In history, they are constantly shown the importance of understanding an issue from multiple sides, and the danger inherent in only hearing a single story, and use the Protestant reformation as a context for investigating religious differences.

For all of the work in the classroom, middle school days are full of learning (and teachable) moments across campus.  Caring faculty and staff help students both discover who they are and appreciate the differences around them.  In advisory discussions, presentations by nationally recognized speakers like Gene Luen Yang, and the Middle School GSA (Gender and Sexuality Awareness) club, middle school students at Moses Brown have many opportunities to  deepen their understanding of the value of diversity. In doing so, they hone the values and skills they will need to succeed in an interconnected world, and create an educational environment that is just and affirming for every child.

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All School Concert

Celebrating Black History and Culture

The performing arts department presented a celebration of Black history and culture which combined the talents of students and faculty members from across our school, including a combined chorus, string orchestra, and wind ensemble that in total included more than 150 musicians on stage at the same time.

Faculty

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.

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