QuakerEd News
February 28, 2018

Friends Schools Take Action in Response to Gun Violence

The latter half of February has found our nation responding to the recent gun violence and loss of 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This mass shooting has given rise to an intense wave of student activism across the country, including student led marches, walk-outs and legislative demands. Friends Council on Education has learned of student-led initiatives at several Friends schools.


Friends Council Workshop at NAIS!

Friends Council on Education is facilitating a panel workshop at the 2018 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 7-9, 2018. The workshop features educators from four Friends Council Member Schools and is entitled, “Leading the Way in Supporting Transgender and NonbInary Students in Independent Schools.” The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 7 at 1:15pm.


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March 2, 2018
Sanctuary, Immigration, Community Engagement
When she was fourteen, Liliana Velásquez fled horrific violence and poverty in her native Guatemala and headed out alone on foot to the US in pursuit of sanctuary. Come hear Liliana's story and engage in conversation about what it means to be a sanctuary city, what role Friends school communities can support those who come to the U.S. in search of freedom and safety and how Friends school communities can find a balance between teaching advocacy for social justice without political partisanship.

Monday, March 12, 2018
Quaker Life in Lower and Middle Schools
Sharing is Caring - Practical ideas and resources to borrow and "steal" without begging!


April 12-13, 2018 (Thursday-Friday)
Early Childhood Educators -  Using Outdoor Space - Learning in Natural Areas

April 19-20 (Thursday-Friday)
FEEN - Friends Environmental Educators Network RENEWAL - of ourselves, our world, our energy and passion

Community Conversations on Race Continue

The implicit bias we carry inside us and the messages we receive about race from multiple outside sources were the focus of a discussion in the latest Community Conversation on Race facilitated by Toni Graves Williamson, AFS Assistant Head of School for Equity and Inclusion; Deborra Sines Pancoe, Associate Director of the Friends Council, and AFS English Department Chair Mary Lynn Ellis.



The Friends School of Atlanta Beloved Community Dialogue on Sexual Harassment

Each January, The Friends School of Atlanta (FSA) holds the Beloved Community Dialogue to discuss the most pressing civil and human rights issues of our time. In light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements gathering momentum in the media, the halls of Congress and throughout our society, this year’s panel considered the question: How can we empower the next generation to end sexual harassment?


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Active listening. Respect for diverse perspectives.
Questioning cultural assumptions.
Peaceful, non-violent resolution to conflict

Collaboration. Reflection. Attending to voices on the margin.

As our country navigates these turbulent times, these are the habits of heart and mind the world needs now more than ever.  Friends education instills these habits in our students every day.

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Peace and Justice Day at Princeton Friends

Friday February 9 was Peace and Justice Day at Princeton Friends School.

After starting with John Lewis' March on Washington speech, students engaged in community outreach and social justice workshops.

Small groups learned about a variety of topics including Ruby Bridges, child labor in the USA, race as a social construct, representation of women in media and leadership, LGBTQ history, Martin Luther King Jr., peace, and water & power in Peru.

Friends Council on Education

1507 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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