Over the next few months, this team’s primary focus will be to draft a new policy which will be presented to our member clubs to help articulate and clarify our aspirations as well as to make concrete recommendations on how we can implement new mechanisms to eliminate the barriers which have kept us from becoming a truly diverse and inclusive organization.
Tonya Teichert (AIWC Frankfurt/Taunus) will chair this Task Force and her team will include Mary Stewart Burgher (AWC Denmark), Bayo Callender (AWC Stockholm), Asma Darwish (AAWE Paris), Sue England (Munich IWC), Jenni Franklin (AWC The Hague), Adrianne George (AWC Malmö), Shweta Gupta (AWC Berlin), Michele Gustavsson (AWC Gothenburg), Kanika Holloway (AWC Antwerp), Meredith Mani (AWC Amsterdam) and Rhonda Staudt (AWC Berlin). As well, FAWCO Human Rights team members are exploring ways they can examine racial and social injustice, and work to create programming to be shared with our clubs.
The second in a series of articles on homeschooling for FAWCO.
Remember the days when you might have thought homeschooling was a concept only hippies or recluses could embrace? When you thought, “no way would I keep my kids home all day”? Does it seem like a long time ago that you thought, “I’m no educator, I’m just a parent”? For many of us, those days are over. They are a thing of the past. Our new reality means our children are home with us during the day, all day. Their schools are closed. Their teachers are now faces on a computer screen, and you are the teacher’s assistant.
Welcome to the new reality the coronavirus pandemic has created. The good news is that the world has answered those who questioned their ability to homeschool. The universe has provided tools for the newly initiated teachers’ assistants otherwise known as mom, dad, auntie, uncle, grandma and grandpa. It has even provided an opportunity for godmothers like me to strengthen the bond that busy schedules and distance threaten to weaken.
I have started a weekly English conversation session for my 12-year-old goddaughter and her 14-year-old sister in Berlin. Their younger sisters hang out occasionally, and I am having the time of my life listening to their little voices in their German/Danish accents wrap their young minds around expressing themselves to me in English while deciphering my American accent. For me, this is a dream come true.
What joy will you discover during this time? In this series of articles, we’ll highlight a list of resources and tools for homeschooling covering Art, Books, Cooking, Crafts, Exercise, Math, Mindfulness, Music, Science, Sports, Virtual field trips and Yoga that you may want to embrace even on the other side of the pandemic.This week we’re focusing on Science & Crafts.
Want to skip the specifics and just have a list of general resources at hand? Click HERE for a list of 47 helpful websites from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, TCDSB (K–8th grade) and/or check out The Khan Academy for teaching/learning resources (preschool–12th grade), as well as how to create a daily schedule. Also NEW this week is the Emergency Curriculum Packet created by the Charlotte Mason Institute.
As anyone knows who has tried to describe FAWCO in a few brief sentences, our four pillars of Club Support, Philanthropy, Global Issues and US Issues encompass a world of issues. Through examining our efforts every two years, we ask our Resolutions and Recommendations Committee to articulate the issues most important right now to the FAWCO Membership and help us focus our energies around our shared core values. We are not a political organization, but there are many issues where agreement can be found amongst our membership. The R&Rs are voted on by our FAWCO clubs at our Biennial Conference, and they are referenced regularly by the board and all our volunteers. Christine Rigby Hall (AWC Amsterdam)has agreed to serve as FAWCO’s Resolutions and Recommendations Chair. Christine impressed greatly as the Chair of the 12-member Target Selection Committee, leading the group through a comprehensive review of fifteen excellent project proposals and eventually selecting the top three for consideration of the FAWCO Clubs.
She studied Psychology and received a BA from the University of Kentucky and an MS from Springfield College. Christine developed professional experience in the fields of Talent Acquisition, Development and Management and has a great track record of leading teams through complicated analysis and transitions. She will be working with a R&R team to include Deanna Brittain (AWC Basel), Karen Castellon (AWC Berlin), and Adrianne George (AWC Gothenberg, AWC Malmö, AWC Stockholm).
As Americans around the world prepare to go to the polls in person or via absentee ballot to elect the President of the United States in November, it is impossible to ignore the role women have played in American politics. Some names you must surely know, while others may be unfamiliar.
Who are these women and why do they matter? They all share something in common. They were the first. The first in the nation. The first in their state. First. And we know firsts matter because without those there can be no seconds, or thirds or changing of norms.