King Philip Regional High School Students Present at 13th International Conference on Education and Social Justice

Superintendent Dr. Rich Drolet, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan Gilson and Principal Nicole Bottomley are pleased to announce that several King Philip Regional High School students were invited to share a presentation at the 13th International Conference on Education and Social Justice.

King Philip Regional High School seniors Lakshya Jain, Victoria Cosmo and Emily Piverger and junior Arjun Kollu were selected to share a presentation on Friday, Oct. 14 at the 13th International Conference on Education and Social Justice. The conference was held in Honolulu, Hawaii where King Philip’s student-led presentation was aired by session moderator Dr. Clifford Lee of Northeastern University in Oakland, California.

The presentation prepared by King Philip students shared strategies they used to explore identity, power and education. As part of their presentation, they shared a token trading game, a storytelling activity, a privilege line exercise and an interactive art project.

These innovative, experiential learning activities used to explore identity, power and education follow professional development training that King Philip Regional High School staff participated in. With encouragement from mentor and former Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Caleb Encarcion-Rivera, the students were empowered to pursue a global platform to present their work.

“These talented students are a testament to the importance of student agency, using their voice as a powerful instrument for social change,” said Principal Bottomley.

The King Philip team was the only high school team selected to present at this international conference designed to inspire dialogue and leadership in the area of social justice.

“We were very excited to present our work to a global audience, especially as we were the only high school student-led presentation,” said Jain. “My team learned a lot through this experience, including how to write an abstract, create an engaging presentation, and work with a team. We also have gotten the opportunity to engage and connect with a global audience.”

Assistant Superintendent Gilson congratulates the students on having their work accepted for submission at an international level conference.

“It takes a tremendous amount of dedication to pursue an idea and grow this idea into a presentation,” said Dr. Gilson.

Added Superintendent Drolet,”I would like to congratulate these exceptional KP students. Their dedication, hard work and outstanding leadership skills have earned them the honor to present at the international level. I greatly look forward to seeing what else these future leaders will accomplish in the future.”


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