I am excited to serve as Portledge School’s Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion. As a diversity practitioner, I am honored to support Portledge’s mission and vision which engage every member of the community in a commitment to equity, social justice, and intercultural awareness, as outlined in our current Strategic Plan.    

Portledge seeks to nurture an inclusive and diverse school community that embraces differences and views issues from multiple perspectives.   We aim to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity and inclusion on and off campus, as well as to increase multicultural competencies throughout the school community.  A commitment to diversity and inclusion entails acceptance, respect and an authentic and empowered participation.

The Diversity Coordinator is responsible for the development and leadership of intercultural education activities, training, and programs. I collaborate with members of all three divisions, as well as with parents and staff.  Embracing each others’ differences not only makes us stronger and wiser, but it also helps us to appreciate how each individual in our community is unique.  I invite you to join us as we strive to open minds and hearts, build character, and create an environment where each and every community member can thrive.

Ms. Florentino
Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion

How We Support Diversity and Inclusion

These books serve as resources for the type of work the Portledge community embraces as the school continues to create an inclusive learning environment that engages teachers, students, families, staff, and administrators in a commitment to equity, social justice, and intercultural awareness as aligned in the current Strategic Plan.

List of 5 items.

  • Multicultural Teaching: A Handbook of Activities, Information, and Resources

    Multicultural Teaching: A Handbook of Activities, Information, and Resources
    8th Edition - Pamela L. Tiedt
    If you need activities that will help you roll out a curriculum that respects diversity and celebrates it, this handbook is very helpful.
  • Teaching Controversial Issues: The Case for Critical Thinking and Moral Commitment in the Classrooms

    Teaching Controversial Issues: The Case for Critical Thinking and Moral Commitment in the Classrooms - Nel Noddings, Laura Brooks
    Eminent philosopher and Stanford University Professor, Nel Noddings and his daughter Laurie Brooks explain how teachers can foster critical thinking through the exploration of controversial issues. The emphasis is on the use of critical thinking to understand and collaborate, not simply to win arguments. The authors describe how critical thinking that encourages dialogue across the school disciplines and across social/economic classes prepare students for participation in democracy. They offer specific and concrete strategies for addressing a variety of issues related to authority, religion, gender, race, media, sports, entertainment, class, and poverty.
  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice

    Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice
    Third Edition - Maurianne Adams and Lee Bell with Diane J. Goodman and Khyati Y. Joshi
    For 20 years, Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice has been the definitive sourcebook of theoretical foundations, pedagogical and design frameworks, and curricular models for social justice teaching practice. Thoroughly revised and updated, this third edition continues in the tradition of its predecessors to cover the most relevant issues and controversies in social justice in a practical, hands-on format. Filled with ready-to-apply activities and discussion questions, this book provides teachers and facilitators with an accessible pedagogical approach to issues of oppression in classrooms.
  • Teaching for Social Justice

    Teaching for Social Justice 
    William Ayers, Ann Hunt, and Therese Quinn
    These are great readings and real-life applications for classroom teachers with additional readings and sources for further. They run the gamut in terms of thinking and teaching about social justice issues.
  • The National Network of State Teachers of the Year

    The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) - Teachers Leading - www.nnstoy.org

Club Descriptions

List of 5 items.

  • Diversity Club - Upper School

    Students strive to raise awareness in our community and empower all of our members to know that they have something to contribute to our community through their voices and through service to others. We do all we can to be positive role models who appreciate and respect each other. We value and treat everyone equally. Through our weekly gatherings, we continue to realize that our differences will always link us in our most common bond - that of our humanity.
  • Portledge World Cultures Club - Upper School

    Portledge World Cultures Club both celebrates the cultural diversity of the Portledge community and promotes interest in world cultures through study sessions (e.g. on Chinese history or French literature), service projects (e.g. fundraisers for communities in need), and school-wide events (e.g. the Asian New Year celebration, dramatic performances in French or Spanish, World Food Day).
  • PRIDE Club - Upper School

    We serve the LGBTQ+ community of Portledge School through outreach, service, and education. We want everyone to know that regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, they matter and their feelings are important and valid. This club is open to all students of Portledge School, even if they are not a member of the LGBTQ+ community. We hope that this club will help to create an environment where all students will feel welcome, appreciated, and accepted.
  • Upstander Club - Middle School

    The Upstander Club is designed to promote kindness within and beyond the Portledge community. It raises awareness about issues of injustice and then brainstorms and enacts ways to combat them. The club members are advocates for tolerance and understanding. The Upstander Club also emphasizes the importance of community service and the celebration of differences.  We have screened Soul Surfer for Disability Awareness Month, and Remember the Titans to raise awareness of social justice and equity issues.  We have also sung for local assisted-living residents.
  • World Cultures Elective - Middle School

    Students in the World Cultures elective explore celebrations and holidays of different cultures through research and hands-on activities in alignment with when the events fall on the calendar. Special foods are sometimes sampled to enhance the learning experience.

Diversity Education

Portledge School’s commitment to educating its students for national and global citizenship is aligned with our current strategic plan goal of Equity and Social Justice.  Teachers, students, families, staff, and administrators partner together to deliver and support diversity education in an inclusive learning environment. Portledge readies its students to thrive in a globalized society and multicultural communities. We offer a curriculum and co-curricular programs that build the knowledge, understanding, mindset and skills students will need for leadership and life in a diverse and interdependent world.  Students are positioned for rich human encounters not only today but as they move forward in future endeavors.

Portledge School Diversity Statement

The Portledge School community strives to raise awareness about the beauty of diversity in its many forms.  We work to empower people in our community to know that they have something to contribute to our school through their voices and through service to others. We strive to develop an inclusive community that values respect for social justice and equity. We aspire to consider all perspectives. Through our efforts, we continue to realize that despite our differences, we will always be linked through our most common bond - that of our shared humanity.

Cultural Identifiers

  • Ability
  • Age
  • Beliefs
  • Ethnicity
  • Family of origin
  • Gender
  • Geographic/regional background
  • Language
  • Learning style
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Body image
  • Educational background
  • Academic/social achievement

Equity and Social Justice Consultant

Tracy Garrison-Feinberg is a lifelong educator with over 25 years of classroom and teacher training experience. She was a high school social studies teacher in Austin, Texas in the early 1990s. From 1995 to 2013, she worked as an educational consultant for the international non-profit organization Facing History and Ourselves, specializing in curriculum and lessons around issues of racial and religious diversity. She was the education director for school programs at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County from 2013 to 2017. Currently, she is a 7th grade Humanities teacher at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (Clinton Hill Middle School) and continues to consult with schools and museums on curricular and equity and social justice issues.

Past Highlights