The school community experienced the first morning meeting of the 2019-2020 year on Monday. After remarks by Mr. Bates, a surprise video appearance by Mae and Zinnia (Mr. Bates’ canine friends), and other announcements, Dr. Adar Cohen took the stage.
Dr. Cohen is an expert in communication and mediation as well as a co-founder of the Civic Leadership Foundation. His work centers around the idea that one conversation can change everything. In his presentation, he laid out a roadmap for students about how to have difficult conversations and how to have them effectively.
After a thought-provoking discussion, the school community moved to the quad to play the icebreaker game the Big Wind Blows. The game is a visual exercise in showing that we are all more alike than we think. Upon completion, the students and faculty broke into smaller groups that were asked to explore a meaningful conversation they would like to have. The groups chose topics ranging from how to communicate with family to climate change.
Coming back together, Dr. Cohen asked the school community to fill in the blank of the following sentence: Dublin School is the kind of place where because of the conversations we have, we can (fill in the blank). The students responded with some powerful answers: be comfortable with each other, be diverse, be accepted, ask deeper questions, be empowered, feel safe, become greater leaders. Wow! One conversation can change everything.