A conference for AISNE member school students in Grades 5-8, in partnership and collaboration with teachers and administrators



Welcome | 10:00 a.m. EST

Opening Keynote Introduction | 10:15 a.m.

Opening KeynoteJoddy Chiugo Nwankwo | she/her/hers
Beaver Country Day School '18

Joddy Nwankwo (she/her) is a 2018 graduate of Beaver Country Day School. Currently a junior at Stanford University, Joddy is studying Anthropology with an emphasis in Medical Anthropology and a minor in Human Biology. She joined the Clayman Institute for Gender Research student staff last fall. Her interest in the Institute stemmed from her desire to amplify the voices of all women and women of color, in particular, as well as promoting vital and valuable programming centered around gender and sexuality. In general, she is interested in the intersection of race and ethnicity, ethics, gender, medicine; the factors which influence health, the lived experiences and prevalence of illness; additionally, the economic and social relations of medicine.

Joddy aspires to pursue a future in medicine and global health policy. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge around gender research and intersectional feminism while developing relationships with the staff, fellows, and faculty affiliates.

Aside from classes and the institute, Joddy is actively involved with various Black Volunteer Student Organizations (BVSOs) on campus and back home in Boston. 

See Joddy featured in Teen Vogue: Why This 16-Year-Old Went to Trump’s Inauguration, Even Though She Wanted Hillary Clinton to Win

Student Performance | 11:00 a.m.

Break | 11:10 a.m.

Workshop | 11:30 a.m.

Workshop Choices

Break | 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Introduction | 1:00 p.m.

Keynote | Ruby Bridges | she/her/hers

2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the day, November 14, 1960, when four federal marshals escorted six-year-old Ruby Bridges to her first day of first grade as the first Black student to attend previously all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Born on September 8, 1954, Ruby Nell Bridges was the oldest child of Abon and Lucille Bridges. She spent her first years in Tylertown, Mississippi, where members of her extended family worked as  sharecroppers, earning meager profits for their labors. Looking for better employment opportunities, the Bridges family moved to New Orleans in 1958. Their relocation coincided with one of the most troubling episodes in the history of school desegregation in the United States.

The New Orleans crisis began in the summer of 1960, but the seeds for it were laid in 1954. In its decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated public schools were unconstitutional and ordered public schools desegregate with “all deliberate speed.” There was deep resistance to desegregation across the United States, even in New Orleans, a city known for its relative tolerance in race matters. Public officials, ideologues, and the Times-Picayune staunchly defended racial segregation.

Ms. Bridges is the author of Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story (2016), Through My Eyes (2017) and This Is Your Time (November 10, 2020).

In celebration of Ms. Bridges being a part of our conference, AISNE and The Winsor School will offer two licensed showings of Disney's Ruby Bridges, A Real American Hero (1998) for registered conference participants, one on Friday evening (11/6) at 7:00 p.m. and one on Saturday afternoon (11/7) at 4:00 p.m.

Closing Conversation | 2:00 p.m.

Open Mic | 2:20 p.m.

Student Performance

Farewell | 2:30 p.m.

Participating Schools

  • The Winsor School: our host school
  • Acera School
  • Atrium School
  • Bancroft School
  • Beacon Academy
  • Beaver Country Day School
  • Belmont Day School
  • Birches School
  • Brookwood School
  • Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
  • Cambridge Montessori School
  • Cardigan Mountain School
  • Carroll School
  • Charles River School
  • The Chestnut Hill School
  • Chewonki Elementary and Middle School
  • Dana Hall School
  • Dedham Country Day School
  • Derby Academy
  • The Derryfield School
  • Falmouth Academy
  • Fay School
  • Fayerweather Street School
  • Friends Academy
  • Hartsbrook School
  • Lexington Christian Academy
  • Lexington Montessori School
  • Lincoln School
  • Long Trail School
  • The MacDuffie School
  • The Meadowbrook School of Weston
  • Milton Academy
  • Nashoba Brooks School
  • Nativity School of Worcester
  • Newton Country Day School
  • Noble and Greenough School
  • The Park School
  • The Pennfield School
  • Pine Cobble School
  • Pike School
  • Providence Country Day School
  • Riverbend School
  • The Rivers School
  • Rocky Hill Country Day School
  • The Roxbury Latin School
  • The Sage School
  • Shady Hill School
  • The Sharon Academy
  • Shore Country Day School
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School
  • Tenacre Country Day School
  • Thetford Academy
  • Waldorf School of Lexington
  • Waring School
  • Wellan Montessori School
  • The Wolf School
  • The Woodward School
  • Worcester Academy