Classroom Culture & Graceful Intent | Harbord & Khan | 3 Min Read

November 29, 2023

Grace is not a word that comes up in school mission statements. However, a consideration of grace (with reference to human behavior) could be a panacea for our times, especially at this time of giving thanks. Award-winning journalist and author Julia Baird found that  there was a need for people “to find meaning and dignity in connection” and to build “on our shared humanity, being kinder, bigger, better, more forgiving with each other.” In her new book ‘Bright Shining,’ the author believes that grace is the way forward, as it is crucial to developing and practicing empathy. She also equates grace with being strong; “Grace isn’t a form of capitulation or complacency isn’t about weakness or politeness. It requires grit and strength and somehow can change everything” (Baird, J. 2023). 

Reflecting on how we could apply the transformative potential of grace in schools raises intriguing questions. What could a teacher practice conducted with grace look like? How can grace support teachers dealing with a toxic school…

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Harbord and Khan

Meredith Harbord EdD and Sara Riaz Khan are global educators who use ethical dilemmas to enrich and transform curriculum. Their student centric approach is driven by an ethical model and innovative tools that support critical thinking and creativity. Meredith and Sara’s collaboration as Design teachers at ABA Oman International School in Muscat, focused on sustainability, ethical design and global mindedness and inspired them to establish Harbord & Khan Educational Consultants. They develop units of work based on real world issues to engage and challenge students for diverse curriculums (IB, PBL, Common Core and Australian) and are available for professional development and to create programs to meet the specific needs of your school. Meredith and Sara have authored two teacher curriculum books ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 1, 2 & 3’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 4 & 5’ (2020). Website: