SSFS Head of School Rodney Glasgow considers "DEI and Innovation in Admissions" in the Fall 2020 Edition of EMA (Enrollment Management Association)'s magazine, The Yield. Click here to download the PDF of the article (re-posted with permission), or read the full text of the article text below:
WATCH/LISTEN: Recorded in September 2020, Head of School Rodney Glasgow spoke with Shoshanna Sumka, SSFS alumna and Executive Director of ISEEN, about experiential education, creating connection in a virtual environment, and her time as a student at SSFS!
Listen: With stress and anxiety levels raised, fun is more critical than ever. Join Rodney as he speaks with Jenai Bell (Cross-Divisional Learning Specialist Admin. Assistant), Joel Gunzburg (LS Counselor), and Shannon Needham (Upper School Learning Specialist) as they discuss the importance of fun for learning, community building, and stress-relief and how they are infusing fun into everyday activities.
LISTEN: As we near the year mark of the SSFS Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Audit publication, hear from Rodney Glasgow (Head of School), David Hickson (Assistant Head of School), Nicole Lee (Interim Director of DEI), Candice Ashton, (Clerk of the All-School Diversity Committee) and Julie Méndez, (Co-Clerk of the Audit Oversight Committee) about where we've been and where we're going to ensure the school becomes a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive place.
WATCH/LISTEN: In the second episode of the "Gnu Stories: Highlights from the SSFS Community" podcast, hear two recorded sessions from our Head of School Rodney Glasgow. The first recording is from his presentation at the All-School Welcome on September 1, 2020, during the Virtual Orientation Day for parents and guardians. The second recording is an interview conducted by Brenda Crawley, Head of Plymouth Meeting Friends School and former Lower School Head of Sandy Spring Friends School. The Interview was conducted in June 2020, prior to Rodney's first official day as the new Head of School.
"As Head of School, I am committing us to substantive actions that ensure we live up to our promise of providing a safe and inclusive environment for all—a place where all of our students belong regardless of race or any other social identity that they may carry."
Almost a full year has passed since SSFS completed its diversity audit, a comprehensive examination of our progress in fulfilling the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals of our mission and strategic plan. It is a fair time to consider what progress has been made towards the action items spelled out in the report to the community distributed last fall.
The most recent incidents of police brutality against Blacks has stirred the conscience of many Whites. If you are one of us, here is a summer school lesson plan, in the form of five “Don’ts,” as starting points for a bunch of Do’s.
The act of “speaking truth to power” is the manner in which Quaker spirituality is made manifest. In an abstract sense, it is the thread that connects the inner Light to our boundless faith in humanity’s unrealized potential. As a more concrete action, it can be defined as a non-violent political tactic, employed by dissidents against the received wisdom or propaganda of oppressive, authoritarian regimes and institutions.
When I count my blessings, high up on the list, just a smidge below having married well and having two kids who I admire and love to hang out with, is that I have been the Head of Sandy Spring Friends School for the past ten years.
When I was hired, I didn’t know what it would be like and I wasn’t able to get a straight answer from Ken Smith, the previous Head of School. All he would say is that being Head of Sandy Spring Friends School is the greatest job in the world.