Diversity, Environmental Sustainability, Faculty, Global Learning

Faculty Engage with National and World Organizations

Through recent awards, grants, fellowships, and invitations, several Northwest School faculty members are engaged with organizations that support action in the areas of global learning, environmental sustainability, and social justice. All three areas are foundational to a Northwest School education.

Director of Environmental Education and Sustainability Jenny Cooper has been named a 2020 Jackson Leadership Fellow by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. Each year, the foundation brings together nine civic-oriented leaders under the age of 40 in the greater Seattle area to tackle challenges in the fields of international affairs, human rights, the environment, and public service.

Jenny is looking forward to working with a cohort of people who engage in the world in a variety of different ways. Says Jenny: “It is an opportunity to reflect on my work here, in terms of professional growth, with an outside group of people, and also enables the school leverage our mission and resources to build partnerships throughout the city.”

Humanities teacher Harumi LaDuke was invited to assist in the planning of the National Association of Independent School’s 2019 People of Color Conference, held Dec. 4-7, in Seattle. The conference provides leadership, professional development, and networking for educators of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. Harumi will also be hosting a workshop on Emotional Freedom Techniques to reduce racial stress.

“So much of my learning around my identity as a multi-racial, Asian American woman, is because of this conference,” says Harumi. “This conference catalyzed my social justice approach to pedagogy through the deep, intensive work, and I’m delighted to represent Northwest on the planning committee.”

Northwest School Assistant Head of School Meg Goldner Rabinowitz was recently named a World Affairs Council Fellow. The fellowship cohort is comprised of Seattle leaders representing a wide variety of diverse fields. They meet monthly for discussions after listening to presentations from international experts. Previous speakers include Gary Locke, former Governor of Washington, United States Secretary of Commerce, and Ambassador to China; Rick Barton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; and Wendy Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

“I am excited to find ways that we as a school can be more engaged in the life of the city,” says Meg. “This program helps generate civic engagement and an authentic connection with the city of Seattle.”

Earlier this year, Humanities teacher Jeff Blair was named a Fulbright Specialist by the United States Department of State. The Fulbright Specialist Program provides opportunities for academics to engage in two- to six-week project-based exchanges at institutions all over the world.

“I’ve been looking for ways to continue my international experiences,” says Jeff, who has traveled around the world, including to Japan for a Fulbright Exchange Program and to South Africa with a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching for educational research. “They’ve been very rich, and I feel like they have contributed a lot both to my own growth and to what I’ve been able to bring back and accomplish in my classroom.”