We are proud to bring ADL’s Peer Training Program to our school. This program will help us continue to promote a safe and supportive school community where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to contribute to our core values and fulfill their responsibilities as caring members of our society. For more information please email the program advisors, Megan Porter at mporter@lenoxps.org or Scott Wade at swade@lenoxps.org.

The Peer Training Program, which is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and it’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, will provide our school with the opportunity to communicate and reinforce our core values, such as respect and civility, while giving our students a unique opportunity to lead the conversation.

The goals of the Peer Training Program are to:
● Explore the meaning of community and why it’s important for everyone to feel that they belong to the community.
● Examine the ways in which some school community members could feel left out and identify ways to be an ally.
● Identify what members of the school community can do to actively promote an inclusive learning environment in which cultural, racial, and other human similarities and differences are respected and valued.

Starting the week of October 15th, students will have the opportunity to apply to become a Peer Leader. Peer Leaders will take a leading role in facilitating activities and conversations in our classrooms. We will also seek Peer Leader nominations from teachers and encourage those students to apply. Applications will be due Friday, October 26th and selection made by Friday, November 2nd. All dates and deadlines will be shared with students and posted on the schools website.

Peer leaders will be trained by the Anti-Defamation League, which will focus on helping them develop their leadership potential and then guide them to facilitate the workshops for middle school students later in the school year. The overarching goal of the training and the workshops is to deepen students’ understanding of the importance of respecting and valuing each other’s similarities and differences. Peer Leaders will also meet weekly with their Program Advisors.