On December 2, our faculty and staff welcomed Britt Hawthorne, anti-bias and antiracist educator, for our professional development workshop. Britt spent the day talking to our whole staff about the history of race and racism in America and how it has affected education. She returned in the evening to host another workshop for parents and staff on talking to children about race. She also talked about anti-racist and anti-bias practices in schools and organizations. Her grace around tough topics inspired many of our faculty, staff, and parents to speak up about their personal experiences and what we can do to improve systems, not just at Greenspring Montessori School, but in every aspect of our lives.
Britt offered a book review for faculty and staff. She walked through what to look for in every children’s book including seeing diverse perspectives, combatting stereotypes, and researching about the author.
During lunch, faculty and staff were invited to dive in to an interactive timeline of race and racism in America. It was eye-opening to read more about events throughout history.
Britt Hawthorne is an equity educator who is also a Montessori-trained lead guide. To learn more about Britt, please click here.
Kimberly Zerfas is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Greenspring Montessori School. A graduate of the Publications Design M.A. program at the University of Baltimore, Kim loves combining words and images to tell our unique story. She loves creative problem-solving, designing and writing materials that convey in-depth information in new and interesting ways. Learn more about Kim.