FAIR News: Meet Maud Maron
Dear Friends of FAIR,
We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to Team FAIR, Maud Maron. Maud is the new interim Executive Director and will be at the helm of FAIR’s efforts to promote fairness, understanding, and humanity.
Maud is a parent, lawyer, advocate, and leader. She previously worked as a criminal defense attorney and as the Director of Training at the Legal Aid Society in both Manhattan and the Bronx. She taught criminal defense at the Cardozo School of Law from 2003-2005 and she ran for New York City Council in 2021 and for Congress in 2022.
Maud has been a supporter of FAIR since its inception. She is a founding member of the Board of Advisors, and is intimately familiar with our mission and efforts.
Maud faced the precise kind of intolerance and racism FAIR stands against in her workplace. On July 23, 2020, she published an Op-Ed in the New York Post that questioned the accepted orthodoxies governing education discourse and argued for those with different ideas about how to improve NYC’s public schools to listen to each other. She was publicly lambasted by colleagues and management at the Legal Aid Society, a place she had dedicated her professional life to for many years. Her story has been told in full by FAIR advisory board member, Bari Weiss. In an interview with Bari, Maud expressed her concerns around what she views as race essentialist policies being implemented in New York:
I am very open about what I stand for. I am pro-integration. I am pro-diversity. And also I reject the narrative that white parents are to blame for the failures of our school system. I object to the mayor’s proposal to get rid of specialized admissions tests to schools like Stuyvesant. And I believe that racial essentialism is racist and should not be taught in school.
Maud is a fearless advocate for pro-human principles, and FAIR couldn’t have asked for a better leader to spearhead our work. We’re looking forward to working alongside Maud to advocate for one human race, individual civil rights and liberties, and compassionate opposition to racism and intolerance rooted in dignity and our common humanity.
The Team at The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism
Building an Orchestra of Hope by Carmen Oliver, illustrated by Luisa Uribe
Based on an incredible true story, this picture book tells of how Favio Chavez, a music teacher, helped recyclers’ children working in a landfill in Paraguay to make instruments and beautiful music from trash.
FAIR’s literature guides emphasize pro-human values and support literacy development. Designed for use with elementary-age students, each guide features a high-quality picture book, with discussion questions and activities aligned with FAIR’s Pro-Human Learning Standards.
DEI Trends in Education: What’s Happening & How To Respond
What are DEI programs in education intended to achieve? Are they making a positive impact, or are they causing more harm than good? For this webinar, FAIR will bring together three panelists who have extensive experience with DEI in educational settings. Join Dr. Tabia Lee, Rachel Citak, and Candice Jackson as they discuss current trends in DEI programming. FAIR advisor Zander Keig will host the webinar. Join us Thursday, May 4th from 7 - 8pm EDT!
Pro-Human School Board Leadership with Tanya Simons
1st Session (May 2nd from 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. PT) - Pro-Human School Board Leadership: I won my election! Now what?
Congratulations! You've successfully won election to represent your community, parents, students, teachers, and everyone who has a stake in your school district. Now the real work begins! Learn how to hit the ground running and immediately make an impact as a school board leader. In this session, we will cover essential topics to help you onboard to your new role and build relationships to influence, drive change, and serve effectively.
2nd Session (May 16th from 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. PT) - Pro-Human School Board Leadership: Policy and Governance
The office of school board is a huge responsibility, and the work you do will shape young people and your community for years to come. Through pro-human principles, learn how to effectively influence and enact sound policy in your district and how to build effective oversight and governance for your board.
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FAIR Educators Alliance & Other Networks
Connect with other pro-human educators through the FAIR Educators Alliance. We bring together educators from all levels to share experiences and work on developing resources that can support teachers, community members, and FAIR chapters.
The FAIR Educators Alliance hosts an informal, virtual happy hour every other Thursday evening with occasional speakers and presentations.
FAIR also offers a K-12 Administrators Alliance, which holds meetings on the last Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. ET, and a group for Librarians and Library staff that meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Teachers, administrators, librarians, and educators of all kinds are welcome. For more information and to join any of these networks, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the FAIR Community
Sign-up for a Welcome to FAIR Zoom information session to learn more about our mission, or watch a previously recorded session in the Members section of www.fairforall.org.