Faculty and staff had the opportunity during in-service to participate in the Generation Global: Exploring Dialogue program through the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. A representative of this organization and two SHA faculty members who lead the upper school Courageous Conversations program, Kelly Weber and Kerri Schuster, facilitated the day with dialogue training exercises, guidelines, and reflections. The day was filled with self-reflection, teamwork, and learning the techniques to use as dialogue facilitators. Teachers felt the guidelines would be very useful in their discussion-based classrooms.
In addition to a representative from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, faculty and staff heard from, Grace Farrell '20 and Elizabeth Miller '21, about the importance of the student-created Courageous Conversations program at SHA where students work together to develop the skills to have difficult conversations in a respectful and productive manner. Grace and Elizabeth attended a Sacred Heart Network dialogue program this past school year with Ms. Weber and Mrs. Schuster and facilitated two Courageous Conversations events on campus. Grace and Elizabeth look forward to continuing to expand this program at Sacred Heart. Kelly Weber and Kerri Schuster will present this program in October at the ADVIS (Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference.
The training provided the tools to support the school's 2019-2020 focus on Goal 4: Building Community as a Christian Value.
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