Preparing Independent Schools for the 2020 Election

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Preparing Independent Schools for the 2020 Election Part V: Learn from the Election Cycle and Set Intentions for the Future

Sep 22 - 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM — ET - Virtual - ISEF

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About Our Past Workshops

Part I: Craft Your Free Speech Policy

Learn how to craft a speech and expression policy for your school. Incorporating clear expectations for faculty, students, and staff can help prevent flashpoints. This session featured experience and expertise from leaders at Riverdale who built a policy for their community.

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Post Workshop Tasks:

  • Create a faculty expression policy to create a safe and consistent school experience for all school stakeholders.
  • Build a school-wide statement on discourse to set clear expectations and offer guidance to your community.

Part II: Address Racial Justice on Campus

Through participation in this session, attendees had the opportunity to scenario plan ways to acknowledge, respond to, and plan for racial justice events on campus with their peers.

Part III: Prepare for Controversial Campus Events

While flashpoints can happen anytime, they are more likely to occur during a contentious election cycle. Use EAB’s best practices to prevent and address potential 2020 election incidents on your campus.

Post Workshop Tasks:

  • Build a comprehensive flashpoint response plan to prepare for potential controversial events in your community.

Part IV: Workshop and Refine Election Plans for Your School

Discuss and finalize your election preparation plans with independent school peers to be best positioned for election day 2020 and its aftermath on campus.

Part V: Learn from the Election Cycle and Set Intentions for the Future

Reflect on the election and set intentions for how to maintain a commitment to civil discourse in 2021 and beyond with other independent school leaders. Create an ongoing and comprehensive plan for civil discourse on campus.

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Heads of school are being asked to respond to incivility in the classroom and events off campus. EAB recommends that schools prepare for flashpoints as part of their risk mitigation practices, create structures to consistently respond and prepare for risk, and that they use flashpoints as learning opportunities. Review these three key areas to get started.

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