Browne Faculty Attend NAIS PoCC!

December 1, 2023

The People of Color Conference (PoCC), organized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), was an enlightening and enriching experience! Gathering with fellow educators who are committed to fostering equitable environments where every community member feels a sense of belonging is always invigorating.

Among the myriad of impactful sessions at the conference, one particularly noteworthy highlight was the general session focusing on culturally and historically responsive education. Led by the esteemed Dr. Gholdy Muhammad-Jackson, this session delved into the critical examination of how traditional curriculum often overlooks students’ diverse needs and backgrounds. Dr. Muhammad-Jackson advocated for the transformation of curriculum to be adaptable and accessible to all students, regardless of their cultural heritage, upbringing, or identity.

Central to her discourse was the concept of recognizing and nurturing each child’s inherent genius. Dr. Muhammad-Jackson emphasized the importance of educators actively engaging with students to identify and cultivate their unique talents and strengths. She underscored that fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment in students goes beyond merely adapting curriculum; it necessitates building meaningful relationships grounded in respect, understanding, and empathy.

As educational leaders, Dr. Muhammad-Jackson’s insights compel us to reflect on our practices and prioritize creating inclusive learning environments where every student feels seen, heard, and valued. Her poignant quote, “Just like we don’t give a flower its beauty, we don’t give a child their genius,” is a perpetual reminder of the intrinsic brilliance within each student and educators’ profound responsibility in nurturing it.