As part of its ONE BOOK, ONE NORWOOD initiative, the Parent Forum for Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion will host a Parents' Night Out Book Discussion with author Jodie Patterson on April 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Parent Forum for Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion (PFIDI) has partnered with the Parents Association Executive Committee, Parents of Students of Color, and Norwood’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community to introduce an exciting new initiative to Norwood, ONE BOOK, ONE NORWOOD—an invitation to a shared reading experience culiminating with an exciting spring event!

How to plug in to ONE BOOK, ONE NORWOOD:
Purchase your copy of our first book selection, The Bold World, today!
For a discounted price of $5, pick up this amazing story of family, identity, change and love, by purchasing it online at the Norwood School Store (books can be picked up at Beanie Burr's desk in the lower school lobby within 24-48 hours of placing your order), or during Carpool Book Sales at the lower school courtyard during dismissal time (dates to be announced in the Thursday Memo).
Join us for a Parents' Night Out with Jodie on April 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
We are incredibly excited to welcome Jodie Patterson, author of The Bold World, to Norwood’s campus. Following a few bites and drinks, Jodie will dig in a little bit deeper and share more about her book with Norwood parents. There will be time to catch up with other parents as well as a Q&A period with Jodie. A fun-filled event for children will also be available! If you’re interested in attending, please sign up here.
More about The Bold World and Jodie Patterson
In 2009, Jodie Patterson, mother of five and beauty entrepreneur, has her world turned upside down when her determined toddler, Penelope, reveals, “Mama, I’m not a girl. I am a boy.” The Pattersons are a tribe of unapologetic Black matriarchs, scholars, financiers, Southern activists, artists, musicians, and disruptors, but with Penelope’s revelation, Jodie realizes her existing definition of family isn’t wide enough for her child’s needs. In The Bold World, we witness Patterson reshaping her own attitudes, beliefs, and biases, learning from her children, and a whole new community, how to meet the needs of her transgender son. In doing so, she opens the minds of those who raised and fortified her, all the while challenging cultural norms and gender expectations. Watch a video of Jodie's appearance on The Today Show.
The Parent Forum for Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion is for you—parents of Norwood students. The Parent Forum creates opportunities, both casual and social, for Norwood parents to come together to get to know one another across grade levels and explore how identity, diversity, and inclusion shape the lives of our children and community. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact co-chairs Tolu Lawrence and Sarah Van den Elsken
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.