Professional Development and Curriculum Updates

What follows is a sampling of diversity, equity and inclusion professional development selections for faculty and staff. During Summer 2020 all Maryvale employees participated in the equivalent of at least three hours of instructional time and at least two summer discussion group meetings to talk about their professional development.

Summer 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion professional development offerings – All Faculty and Staff

Healing the Racial Water: a half-day Anti-Racist workshop with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Our half-day offering with Dr. DiAngelo is a 3.5 hour workshop that offers the bulk of her research, systemic analysis of White Supremacy and work around Whiteness and White Fragility. Dr. DiAngelo takes participants through topics including white socialization, systemic racism and the specific ways racism manifests for white progressives. This will be a combination of lecture, structured reflection and small group discussion designed to provide a comprehensive system analysis and identify personal complicity. It is an excellent and powerful foundational training that presents an undeniable perspective on the systemic nature of racism, internalizes white supremacy and the need for a systemic remedy that begins with individual and collective transformation.

Seminar: Uplifting Women and Girls of Color Through Antiracist Pedagogy, Practice, and Policies

  • “Expectations, Opportunities, and Futures: Culturally Responsive Learning Environments for Black Girls in the Digital Age.”
    • Dr. Joshua Schuschke will discuss “Expectations, Opportunities, and Futures: Culturally Responsive Learning Environments for Black Girls in the Digital Age.”
  • Teaching Young Women of Color: Antiracist Practices and Strategies
    • This session focuses on antiracist and culturally responsive strategies that the audience can utilize in learning environments. Presenters: Dr. Jenice View (George Mason University) and Dr. Meredith Anderson (United Negro College Fund). Facilitated by Dr. Samantha Cohen, Director of AU EdD Program.

Teaching, Loving and Believing in Black Girls

Being a Black girl is joyful, magical, and yet, sometimes complicated and difficult. Research has shown that Black girls are viewed by their teachers as more aggressive and less innocent, and are more likely to be punished than their White counterparts. This session will offer a brief overview of the research surrounding Black girls in classroom settings as well as a few strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to center Black girls’ voices. We will also discuss ways that teachers can work to counteract their biases in regard to Black girls, and will look at a few student reflections about what they wish their teachers knew and understood about being a Black girl. This session is for teachers of grades K-12.

Facing History Webinars

One of the greatest challenges facing educators today is how to navigate conversations about race in this volatile social and political moment. Center to the conversations are issues of identity, both for educators and their students. Join us in this conversation exploring a framework for having rigorous, nuanced, and identity-safe conversations about race. Participants leave with a greater sense of agency and efficacy around discussing race in the classroom.

This webinar focuses on how to cultivate safe spaces for students so that open and respectful dialogue can take place in the classroom.

Teaching Tolerance Webinars


Curriculum Updates

  • Maryvale purchased the complete series of The Choices Program curriculum units for use across campus.
  • Using up-to-date historiography, the dozens of units in the Complete Series tell an inclusive and responsible history while also encouraging students to grapple with history and current issues in the ways that historians and policymakers do. Using research from Brown University, this series provides teachers with high-quality, carefully researched content that engages students at all levels.
  • Maryvale added the Pollyanna Racial Literacy curriculum units to the Middle School.
  • A new class, World Religions II, has been added to the Theology department. Below are the descriptions of World Religions I and World Religions II:
    • World Religions I: Grades 11-12
      • Credit: 0.5 (REQUIRED) Course #573
        • The course is an introduction to world religions. It is designed to educate and bring awareness of the major religions of the world, including but not limited to Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. As a Catholic preparatory school, this course responds to the document, Nostra Aetate, (Latin - In Our Time), the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. In this milestone document, the Second Vatican Council called for mutual understanding between Catholics and other religious traditions:
        • The Church therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions carried out with prudence and love in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve, and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men. (Nostra Aetate, 3)
        • By studying the various religions, students will gain a deeper understanding of her personal convictions and faith while appreciating the belief system of others.
    • World Religions II: Grade 12
      • Credit: 0.5 Course #TBD
      • This course continues the exploration in world religions. Students will be exposed to various lesser known religions. By studying the various religions, students will gain a deeper understanding of her personal convictions and faith while appreciating the belief system of others.