On November 15, a thoughtful group of 57 Hamlin parents came together to role play and talk about ways to further enrich our inclusive community. The event included members of our Parents Association and our PLAID parent group.
Parents were given the following scenario:
A kindergarten mom sends out an email to the class parent email group inviting fellow moms to a “Moms’ Mimosa Brunch.” The invitation reads:
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2017
To: Class of 2026 Parents
From: Mom Host
Subject: Moms’ Mimosa Brunch
Let’s celebrate surviving the first two months of school with a moms’ mimosa brunch at The New Restaurant on Union Street (in San Francisco). The cost is $100 per person and includes food, beverage, and use of the room for our brunch. Join us Wednesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:00am. Please RSVP to me by Monday the 22nd so we can adjust our reservation as needed.
Hope to see you all there!
Cheers, Mom Host
After reading the invitation, participants responded based on the role that they were given. In some roles parents were offended, while other participants were designated to see nothing wrong with the invitation.
During the role play, parents answered the question: How do you feel and why?
At The Hamlin School we want parents to learn with us. We feel that a community functions best when we are all knowledgeable about the philosophical and practical approaches to educating children. With this in mind, we recently launched Hamlin University.
Parents were expressing more and more interest in learning. We wanted to create a course catalog as if they (the parents) were in college, tapping into teacher expertise to share information on a wide variety of subjects. -Nisa Frank, Lower School Division Head
I love the idea of Hamlin U.. It emphasizes the importance of all of us learning, just like students. These classes give parents an interactive way of engaging with us faculty, learning new tips and tricks, plus participating in deeper conversations with each other. It challenges everyone to take a closer look at their existing strategies and reflect on new ways of thinking. -Kylie Cobb, Lower School Counselor and Hamlin U. presenter
The classes are great, I want to sign up for all of them! -Hamlin Parent
The following classes are taking place over the course of this academic year:
-“Bullying” vs. “Mean Behavior”: Understanding more through digging deeper
-Turning Struggles into Successes: Creating a growth mindset