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Professional Development and Inclusivity at Browne Academy

Browne Academy has pledged a continuous commitment to strengthening our inclusive community. To that end, the school’s faculty and staff have been participating in a personalized, live spring webinar series via the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). VCIC’s website notes that the organization addresses “prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust.”

Browne’s custom program included sessions on the following topics: Examining Unconscious Bias, Responding to Teachable Moments, and Building Inclusive Curriculum. Lower School Head Kim McCue worked with VCIC to curate Browne’s webinar series. Ms. McCue commented, “From the beginning, Browne has always been a school where all are welcome. At a time of profound social and cultural change in the world, we think it is important to keep doing the work of fostering a community of belonging. Making time to reflect--as people and as educators--on identity, bias, and inclusivity always has and always will be work that we are proud to do as a school community. A quotation from Maya Angelou that resonates daily in my role as an educator is, ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’ There is always room to know and do better by our students and we are committed to promoting change and courage in an ever-changing world.”