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Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Annual Conference – Creating a Culture of Dignity & Courageous Discomfort

November 3, 2022 - November 4, 2022

ISACS Annual conference

Rosalind Wiseman will be presenting on two topics, Creating a Culture of Dignity and Courageous Discomfort.

In Creating a Culture of Dignity, she will discuss how treating people with dignity matters. But creating a culture of dignity must go beyond slogans, posters and programs that don’t have real-life applications or only exist briefly and then disappear.  What is needed is a principle-based approach that gives people structure and flexibility to turn common social challenges that often exacerbate tensions between us into teachable moments where everyone’s dignity is affirmed. Moments that create a sense of belonging for everyone. With this as a foundation, adults and young people can learn skills to understand emotions, manage conflicts, create appropriate boundaries, and effectively advocate for themselves. This environment creates strong, supportive relationships where adults, children, and communities thrive.

Topics covered:

  • How to apply a principles-based approach
  • Differentiating respect and dignity to transform relationships
  • Using social and emotional learning to build group cohesion
  • Identifying dynamics that lead to social conflict
  • Repairing and strengthening relationships after conflict or making assumptions
  • Demonstrating ethical authority

In Courageous Discomfort: How to have hard conversations and create inclusive communities, Rosalind will answer how we make an inclusive community where everyone feels a sense of belonging? How can we have honest conversations about topics that so often silences most of us? How can we have uncomfortable conversations with each other that brings us closer as a community? 

Increased knowledge and skills to support a school or community’s efforts to promote diversity and equity by covering the following topics:

  • How to have hard conversations about bias, discrimination, and privilege
  • How to support anti-racist work when you can’t relate to people of color’s experience, or you have little education on having these conversations
  • Knowing the difference between a curious question and a question that reinforces bias and discrimination
  • Increasing educators’ and parents’ skills to partner with young people to create a culture of dignity
  • How to integrate the skills of Social and Emotional Learning with the content of Diversity Equity and Inclusion


November 3, 2022
November 4, 2022