Black history isn't just for February at Foote. But Black History Month lets us take a deeper dive into the stories of African-American triumph and tragedy.
The Faculty Experience
Foote teachers engage students in courageous conversations around race, religion, gender and identity. These conversations are built into the curriculum in thoughtful and developmentally appropriate ways and draw from well researched resources such as Teaching Tolerance, Facing History and Ourselves, GLSEN and the Anti-Defamation League.
Faculty Professional Development
Foote's faculty and staff engage in cutting-edge professional development including:
Seeking Education Equity and Diversity Project
Faculty and staff attend SEED sessions on a monthly basis to explore personal stories and themes around social justice and equity. These sessions are led by a SEED-trained community leader.
NAIS People of Color Conference
Every year, Foote sends interested faculty of color to the People of Color Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools, where they explore strategies to further independent schools' work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion, but also to be in community with peers.
White Privilege Conference
The annual White Privilege Conference offers an opportunity for faculty to explore best practice as it relates to developing cultural competencies.
Faculty Leadership in Education
In addition, faculty and staff have shared their skills and experiences through the following opportunities.
- Reimagining Education: Teaching, Learning and Leading for a Racially Just Society (July 2020)
Carney Sandoe Diversity FORUM (February 2020)
Local Early Childhood Professional Development - Faculty have led sessions for local early childhood educators regarding best practice and Foote’s own DEI journey in the Kindergarten classroom.
Working at Foote
Foote's faculty and staff share a commitment to creating a community that is welcoming, equitable and committed to better understanding one another. We are always interested in diversifying our faculty and invite you to browse our current job openings. You can also look for us at the annual the annual NYSAIS Job Fair to Promote Diversity and the Carney Sandoe Diversity Job Fair.
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.