School diversity and equity expert Dr. Sandra Chapman comes to Foote on Feb. 4.
Foote teachers embrace the diversity within their classrooms and take part in numerous professional development opportunities focused on fostering respectful classrooms where students appreciate one another’s differences. Teachers engage students in courageous conversations around race, religion, gender and identity, as young learners navigate these challenging topics. These conversations are built into the curriculum in thoughtful and developmentally appropriate ways. In addition, teachers respond to children’s questions and concerns in an age-appropriate manner.
Foote's faculty and staff work with nationally known diversity experts, attend conferences and read and discuss a wide range of literature related to understanding and promoting diversity. Each year, several faculty members attend the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference, while ninth-grade students attend the companion Student Diversity Leadership Conference. In addition, a Faculty Diversity Committee meets regularly to support Foote’s mission as it relates to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism.
Each year, several Foote faculty members attend the People of Color Conference, hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools, where they take part in thought-provoking workshops around diversity and inclusion in the classroom.
Assistant Head of School
Beth Mello oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.