When Ian Lockey started teaching Latin at FSS nearly nine years ago, he taught classics the way he was taught — promoting the texts and culture from ancient Greece and Rome. While the art, literature, architecture, and philosophies of these civilizations have long been taught in the West as the ideal and pinnacle of human thought, Ian became troubled by the overt exclusion of other civilizations and idolization of the Ancient Mediterranean, and he was not the only one raising red flags around the teachings of ‘classics.’
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.
A list of Friends Select employees who have dedicated 25 years or more to working at the school.
As Ralph Reinwald celebrates 50 years of service to Friends Select School, I can’t help but reflect on the characteristics of our community that keep our faculty and staff.
There are many dimensions to the relationship Maggie Schultz, Ph.D. ’64 has with Friends Select School. As an alumna, she is an active supporter of the school, and as former president of the alumni association, she has motivated alumni peers to stay connected. She even met her husband, Fred Cohen ’64, when they were in eighth grade together. Their son, Michael Cohen ’02, also attended and was a lifer, so Maggie understands the significance of a Friends Select education through the lens of a parent.