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Last week, the Center School hosted YA author Nicola Yoon, in conversation with former Center School parent, Dr. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith. Our students and teachers are huge fans of Ms. Yoon's work, and have read her books as part of our Humanities curriculum. Our supreme goal with all curriculum is to challenge assumptions of power and stereotype. Our middle schoolers and a book group of Center School parents recently read Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star. The kids and the adults agreed that Ms. Yoon’s books do this in subtle and elegant ways.
The Center School’s Justice, Equity, and DIversity Committee (JED) sponsored this event in order to connect with Pioneer Valley adolescents and their allies, to combat White Supremacy culture in education. We seek to replace the relentlessly dominant voice of whiteness with the powerful voices of marginalized people.
In other news, the Center School is preparing for our annual Museum of Student Work, where all 142 students exhibit a piece. That is coming up on May 3rd in the All School Room.