Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Educational Speaker Series Welcomes Debby Irving to Nantucket
Emily Miller, Head of School 508-228-0427 firstname.lastname@example.org
Logan Gomes, Director of Advancement & Communications 508-228-0427 email@example.com
January 16, 2019
Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Educational Speaker Series Welcomes
Acclaimed Author and Social Justice Educator Debby Irving to Nantucket
NANTUCKET, MA – Generously funded by the Community Foundation for Nantucket’s ReMain Nantucket Fund and the Community Foundation for Nantucket’sNantucket Fund, Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Educational Speaker Series (ESS) brings prominent educators and industry leaders to the Nantucket community, providing parents with free informative workshops on timely topics and offering Nantucket educators and administrators free and accessible on-island professional development.
Debby Irving, an emerging voice in the national racial justice community and author of Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, will be joining us onMonday, March 11. Combining her understanding of systemic racism, classroom teaching experience and work developing organizations, Irving seeks to create racial equity at both the personal and institutional level. A two-part program, the afternoon session (3-4:30PM) will be a professional development opportunity for island teachers and administrators, hosted at Nantucket Lighthouse School, and the evening session (6-7:30PM) will be a free community lecture at the Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum.
Sharing insights from her book Waking Up White and reflecting on her own childhood, one she describes as being marked by unchecked white privilege and deeply embedded beliefs about race, Debby challenges those long-held beliefs and examines the historical, institutional and political roots of racism and its ties to power. Through honest reflection and a deep examination of curricular and pedagogical practices, she encourages school leaders to consider their vital role in creating communities that are more equitable and inclusive of all children.
Walking Up White is Debby’s personal journey from a childhood protected by the privilege of being white to her transformative adult work as a racial justice educator, but her life’s work is a guide and exploration for all of us. On Wednesday, March 6th at 6PM, Nantucket Lighthouse School will host and lead a book group discussion prior to Irving’s visit, an event that is open to all community members. Copies of Irving’s book will be available to borrow from Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Mimi Beman Lending Library.
Shared Nantucket Lighthouse School Head of School, Emily Miller, “In June of 2016, Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Board of Trustees adopted its most recent strategic plan and in doing so made a commitment to ensuring a more diverse, equitable and inclusive school community and curriculum. Over the past three years, Lighthouse faculty and staff have participated in numerous professional development offerings, including the Association of Independent Schools of New England’s Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, Supporting and Earning the Trust of Students of Color with Kip Bordelon and White Privilege, Seeing the Racial Water with Robin DiAngelo. Additionally, we have worked with educators from the Gordon School, a model school in terms of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, on developing curriculum and pedagogical practices that reflect these very same ideals.”
Past ESS presenters include: Ross Greene, Tony Wagner, Meenoo Rami, Catherine Steiner-Adair, Cindy Horgan and Zoe Weil, and areas of focus include: social emotional learning, 21st Century education, overcoming challenging behavior, the impact of technology on families and educating a generation of solutionaries. In addition to discussing timely, relevant topics related to education and parenting, the Educational Speaker Series joins educators and families in a shared vision of supporting Nantucket children.
Continued Miller, “We are very grateful for the opportunity to bring such noteworthy industry leaders to Nantucket, and we thank the Community Foundation for Nantucket’s ReMain Nantucket Fund, the Community Foundation for Nantucket’s Nantucket Fund, the Nantucket Historical Association, the Nantucket Community School and Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines for supporting this year’s lineup.”
Logan S. Gomes
Director of Advancement & Communications
Nantucket Lighthouse School
1 Rugged Road
Nantucket, MA 02554