Two years ago, Toni Graves Williamson, Friends Select School’s director of equity and inclusion, was asked to write an adaptation of Robin DiAngelo’s New York Times bestseller White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism for young adults.
The overall goal of Excellence in Teaching and Learning is to develop a comprehensive and contemporary teaching master plan. Already Friends Select has hired a director of equity and inclusion and a director of city curriculum. These two senior administrators work with students and parents, faculty and staff, promoting cross-cultural competency and connecting the Friends Select community with the larger community of Philadelphia and our society. In addition, Friends Select has facilitated other committees such as City Curriculum, Student Voice and Agency, Professional Development and Ongoing Discovery, Quakerism, Wellness, Visual and Performing Arts and Athletics, and Equity and Inclusion, which reflect the school’s core principles.
Friends Select continues to implement a strategic plan that:
•Ensures best practice through ongoing discovery and professional development.
•Enhances cross-cultural competency and experience.
•Defines the role of athletics and the visual and performing arts in the program.
•Provides structures and leadership opportunities that elevate the student voice and agency for change.
•Sustains a strong commitment to Quaker values, social justice, and a culture of inclusion and respect.
•Leverages external partnerships to meet teaching and learning goals.
The events of the past few years have toppled many of our long-held beliefs and required us to find new ways of doing most things. Many of us are trying to figure out what traditions and routines we want to return to and which new ways are keepers, as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.
Civil rights activist, orator, writer, and Friends Select alumna Anna Elizabeth Dickinson is now recognized with a Pennsylvania state historical marker near the southeast corner of Broad and Arch Streets. The commemoration of her work and connection to Philadelphia are a result of the combined efforts of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), Friends Select, and Amy Cohen ’82.
Bob Harnwell, long-standing Friends Select faculty member, passed away in March 2022. From 1963 to 1983, Bob served in a variety of roles, including math teacher, math department chair, and upper school director. In 2012, he was honored by the school and his former students with a Distinguished Teaching Award.