|“Diversity is a state of mind at Fenn. We start with the idea of inclusivity and emphasize respect and safety for all and the importance of having an open mind. Within this lies the opportunity for learning about ourselves, each other, and the ever-changing world. We are therefore ready to engage with any type of diversity.” |
Director of Diversity
Visual Arts Coordinator
|Fenn Professional Day features inspirational creator of World Peace Game|
“I have an urgency to get this message across,” said John Hunter, an interdisciplinary learning specialist in Virginia, at the Multicultural Educators Forum held on Feb. 18 as Fenn’s winter Professional Day. Hunter’s soft-spoken, earnest delivery and his ability to inspire as well as to provide practical ideas which teachers could develop and employ were inspirational.
Hunter’s “message” turned out to be multi-pronged; among his observations were: “We need to learn how to incorporate failure into our lives,” “Impermanence is the underpinning of life,” “Students benefit most from a positive relationship with their teacher,” “Good teaching means allowing students to collaborate,” and “We have to teach kids to deal with what doesn’t yet exist.”
|Community “lets it shine” at 28th annual MLK Assembly|
From student readings of poetry and prose including “Invictus,” the William Ernest Henley poem that Nelson Mandela recited to his fellow inmates when he was imprisoned, to the powerful “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round,” a freedom song performed by the Nobles and Greenough School Gospel Choir, the legacy of Mandela—the late anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African president—was honored at Fenn’s 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held on January 17th in the Meeting Hall.
|Fenn and Nashoba Brooks to Sponsor Program on Interracial Adoption|
Fenn and Nashoba Brooks have collaborated to host a program on interracial adoption to be held at Nashoba Brooks on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Authors Marlene Fine and Dr. Fern Johnson will present on their book The Interracial Adoption Option: Creating a Family Across Race, and they will join a group of adoptive parents in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Charlie Streff, former Consulting Psychologist at Fenn who is in clinical practice at Streff Associates in Acton.