Mount Vernon is a school community made up of many voices. In an open letter written by our Head of School Dr. Brett Jacobsen, we learn why it is important to be anchored in Christian values--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Relationships at Mount Vernon are foundational to learning, and we welcome the chance to wrestle with voices and perspectives that challenge our assumptions.
It is with great pleasure that Mount Vernon will host Rosetta Lee, Cultural Competency Consultant, on September 26 and 27. Ms. Lee will be on campus for two days, having courageous conversations with students in Preschool through grade 12, and with faculty/staff and parents.
Parent University with Rosetta Lee: Parenting with Teen Identity in Mind
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Grades 7-12 families, GC Art Gallery
Adolescence is a turbulent time of change, as teens continue to search for their identity. Parents of students in grades 7-12 are invited to learn how brain science, gender research, and educational psychology inform us about raising connected and resilient kids, who are primed to learn and be successful in school. This session is intended to help parents empathize with their teens, provide practical tips to help kids maintain healthy brain through development, offer advice on how to approach teens in productive ways, and how to maintain connections, as teens naturally pull away from adults.
Parent University with Rosetta Lee: Parenting with Self-Identity in Mind
Thursday, September 27, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Preschool - Grade 6 families, GC Gym
How do we learn about our various group identities, such as female, African-American, Buddhist, middle class, etc.? From whom do we learn the meaning of these terms? What messages have we internalized about ourselves and others? What are the differences that result in one person having a healthy self-identity and another person experiencing own-group shame and hatred? Learn how we can instill positive self-identity in our children and coach them to be positive influences on the identities of others. Together, we can co-create inclusive communities, working toward success for all.
About Rosetta Lee:
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of issues, including cross-cultural communication, identity development, prejudice reduction and coalition building, gender diversity, facilitation skills, bullying in schools, and gender bias in the classroom.
Ms. Lee currently serves the Seattle Girls’ School, which is an innovative school for Junior High School girls, aiming to empower women leaders and change agents and dedicating its energies to a diverse community of students and faculty, an anti-bias mission, and an integrated curriculum. As a faculty member, Rosetta teaches subjects such as science, math, technology, art, ethics, model building, and more. As a professional outreach specialist, she designs and delivers training for all constituencies of the school community, as well as the local and national educational and nonprofit sectors.
Having presented at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year, Ms. Lee has also worked with over 90 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. She served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action. Rosetta has served as President on the Board of Directors of SMARTgirls, a Director on the Board of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), Chair of the 2006 Seattle Expanding Your Horizons Conference, Co-Chair of the 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference, Think Tank Member of the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference, and as a trainer/facilitator with the National Coalition Building Institute.
In addition, Ms. Lee is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Partner in Education Award from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.
We hope you will join us for Courageous Conversations with Rosetta Lee. If you have any questions, please contact Brandi Hoyos, Director of Multicultural Innovation and Diverse Networks.