Kingdom diversity & Belonging Cohort

WHAT ARE PARTICIPANTS SAYING?

“In the day to day life of a school, it is easy to imagine that your challenges and struggles are unique. The cohort has provided an encouraging community of co-laborers who are working to solve similar problems and grow similar programs.”
Michael Hornbaker
Logos Academy, York, PA

Meet Your Cohort Leader​

Aaron Howard currently serves as Assistant Professor of Ethics and Reconciliation at Lipscomb University and Founder and CEO of As One Christian Diversity, LLC, a consulting organization that provides diversity coaching, training, assessments, strategic planning, and faculty recruitment for Christian schools. He has served as a Director of Diversity in a Christian K-12 school, Bible Instructor, worship leader for various evangelical denominations, and church planter.

Aaron believes that classical Christian schools are especially suited to pursue unity and belonging due to their intrinsic emphasis on the ethical cultivation of virtue and character. He currently serves on the board of Charleston Classical School.

Aaron earned his Ph.D. in Ethics and Society from Vanderbilt University, an MA in Theology, Biblical Studies, from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MA in Counseling from San Diego State University, and a BA in Anthropology from UCLA. He lives in Nashville with his wife Mimi, an English setter and a goldendoodle. Although he looks too young to be an empty-nester, his two children are both attending college. In his spare time, he enjoys playing gospel music, watching action movies, and reading ancient philosophy and civil rights history.
Aaron Howard
Assistant Professor of Ethics and Reconciliation,
Lipscomb University

Distinctives

Resources

Access to a “toolbox” via a shared folder of carefully curated tools, resources, and articles.

 

Individual

When special needs/issues arise, direct access to your cohort leader in between monthly virtual meetings

Conversational

Groups are kept to a maximum of 10 members to facilitate robust, authentic dialogue

 

Best Practices

Tools and strategies to help your school take action in addressing diversity

Collaborative

Group members are expected to encourage and support each other as we journey together through sometimes unfamiliar terrain

Purpose

In monthly seventy-five minute sessions, participants will gain a foundational understanding of critical concepts and issues related to diversity. They will be able to explicate diversity’s relationship to the gospel, they will learn the six major components of diversity within the classical school, and will be equipped to begin implementing a successful diversity program while avoiding potential landmines.

Format

  • Presentation of a monthly key topic followed by facilitated discussion
  • Open dialogue to discuss issues, challenges, and victories
  • 1-3 hours of homework monthly (ex. assigned readings)
  • Resources, shared documents, and training material
  • Case studies/interactive assignments (role playing, simulations, etc.)
  • Each session will feature at least fifteen minutes for questions and answers

Cohort Syllabus

While all faculty and staff of a classical Christian school should be able to clearly and succinctly answer the question, “What is classical Christian Education?”, the Academic Dean finds him/herself answering this question in various environments including: conversations with friends, prospective parents, and colleagues; or formal events like parent interviews or prospective parent nights. In addition to articulating the distinctives of a classical Christian education, the dean must also guard and interpret these distinctives in the context of curricular and instructional reform and the shaping of academic policies. In this module we will identify the essential elements of a classical Christian education and consider how these elements inform our real-time decision making and long-term projects.

People say that diversity is central to the gospel of Jesus Christ, but often have a hard time demonstrating this biblically. This session will show that diversity and belonging are at the heart of the gospel. Building this foundation is a prerequisite for further analysis and action.

This session will unpack concepts and terms such as unconscious bias and systemic racism to construct a biblical framework for overturning practices that may inadvertently marginalize and exclude current and potential members of your 

classical school.

It is important that participants begin pursuing a personal journey toward expanding their knowledge and understanding of diversity while also taking practical steps toward reconciliation in their communities, schools, and churches.  This session will help answer the question, “what can I do?” by providing resources and action steps that help participants become racial reconcilers.

A school that purports to fully represent the kingdom should ensure accessibility for students from different racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. This module will review best practices for helping participants diversify their student body.

One of the greatest challenges facing a classical school is diversifying its faculty and staff. Public perception of independent classical schools often prevents minorities from applying.  This module will provide practical strategies for helping increase minority hires at Christian classical schools.

Every school has a culture and climate that informs how students experience their tenure. Embracing diversity means classical schools must assess their school culture to ascertain whether minority students feel included and represented in the school culture and climate. This module will provide strategies for performing a “culture audit” and action steps for diversifying the school climate and culture.

One of the most prevalent critiques of the classical school movement is that its curriculum, derived from Ancient Western sources, is exclusionary and homogeneous. This module debunks that myth by excavating the classical tradition’s intrinsic ethnic diversity and incorporating diverse texts while remaining faithful to the tradition.

Your classical school must communicate its commitment to diversity if you want people to recognize this stance. This module helps participants envision avenues for dissemination of their commitment to diversity.

The diversity taskforce is a group consisting of a cross-section of stakeholders who will help lead and oversee implementation of the diversity plan. This module delineates who should be on the diversity taskforce and how to successfully complete a diversity plan.

One of the important decisions your classical school will make concerns whether you need to hire a person dedicated to overseeing diversity and belonging. This module will make the case for adding a part-time or full-time diversity director to your school faculty and provide best practices for empowering that person to be successful in his or her role.

All of the information presented in this cohort will only be successfully implemented if the inevitable resistance to diversity efforts incurred by your classical school is minimized and managed. This module will introduce negotiation strategies, best practices, tactics, and insights to help minimize resistance to diversity internally and externally.

TOTAL COST

Kingdom Diversity & Belonging Cohort

$ 2,200 Regular Price
  • Receive 25% monthly discount for the first year
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount
  • Monthly Payment Options Available

APPLY NOW

In order to keep the group sizes small, and maximize effectiveness, we will take applications on a first-come, first-served basis. This application has no obligation. Once you apply, we will personally reach out to you to answer any questions after reviewing your application. If you are approved, you will be informed of the specific start date for your cohort, asked to sign a commitment to the cohort, and given a link to submit payment. Some individuals will be waitlisted until there are enough applicants to form a new group. We will keep you updated as to your application status.