Carroll Connection 2022-2023
Living our mission every day as an inclusive community of learners
Our diversity makes us stronger as a community at Carroll School—and today it plays a critical role in our mission. On each campus, our staff and faculty are finding new ways every day to put diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of all we do.
Carroll School empowers children with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, to become academically skilled students who are strong self-advocates and confident lifelong learners. Carroll is an inclusive community committed to embracing diverse strengths, identities, and lived experiences in order to give each child what they most need to thrive.
Message from Dr. Renée Greenfield, Head of School
Carroll School has long been a champion of educational diversity: we empower students who learn differently to become lifelong, passionate learners.
We want our students to enter the world with confidence, self-advocacy skills, and a willingness to embrace all the opportunities life has for them—and our alumni are dynamic proof that our approach works, and has worked for more than a half-century.
Today, we recognize and acknowledge there’s much more we can do as a community to engage in our inclusion, equity and diversity practices at Carroll. We are a school with long-standing and innovative ways to educate students with dyslexia, and we are able to do so through a social justice lens.
We want our students to have all the opportunities available to them, including the civil rights that come with being able to read, write, and communicate. We want them to be prepared to engage in critical, complex conversations, in order to better understand others’ perspectives.
We use our mission to guide all that we do at Carroll. This mission is a symbol of our intentional and thoughtful journey over the last five years, including welcoming Osamagbe Osagie as our Director of Equity and Inclusion, and creating a more culturally, ethnically, racially, and economically diverse community.
Further, our educators engage in professional development, open dialogue, and develop teaching and learning experiences that integrate DEI practices. Our mission guides us along, as we learn and grow as a community.
As the new Head of School, I am committed to our community, which values, appreciates, and celebrates difference on every level—not just in how we learn, but how we live as a supportive, inclusive community. The integration of diversity and equity into our mission shows our commitment to this work. If we were going to live it, we knew it was time to put it into words.
I’m honored to be a part of this incredible community, and to share all the ways we’re putting our mission into action—with the goal of truly giving every child what they most need.
Being in a kind community surrounded by people who help and support each other has shaped me into who I am. Carroll has influenced me to be more caring towards others.”
Isa Huang, 8th Grade Student
Carroll Connection Articles
Living Our Mission Every Day at the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School
Exploring Identity through "Team Time"
By Molly McKeever, 3rd Grade Teacher and DEI Coordinator
Exploring Identity through "Team Time": A Student's Perspective
By Lily Durant, 3rd Grade Student
Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Lower School
An Interview with Abby Zwetchkenbaum, 5th Grade Teacher and DEI Coordinator
How the Lower School Is Building Community - one Caught Ya! at a time
By Michele Hales and Elizabeth Quansah, 4th Grade Teachers
Evolving Our Professional Development to Meet Today's - and Tomorrow's - Needs
By Alissa Benway, Middle School Assistant Division Head and ELA Teacher
How our 6th and 7th Graders Worked Together to Accomplish Team Challenges ... in the HAWKS Nest
By Emma Creeden, 7th Grade Teacher and Team Lead
Taking Orton-Gillingham to the Next Level to Fulfill Our Mission
By Joanne Nimmo, Head of Middle and Upper School Tutoring, and Jenny Talentino, ELA Teacher
Integrating Diversity into Orton-Gillingham Tutoring
By Sarah Napier, Middle School Tutor
Will Close '11 on Activating Learning in Bounders
By David Johnson, Middle School Bounders Teacher
Tackling Brave Conversations in the Upper School
By Kate Collins, Upper School Division Head
Tutoring at Carroll: "Pure Juice" for Students
By Esther Long, Upper School Tutor
Facilitating Social-Emotional Learning at the Upper School
An Interview with Teresa Lacks, Upper School Counselor