DEI Board Update (12/14/20)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The foundation of the Paideia school is rooted in justice. We believe that a profound and dynamic education is cemented by the multiple perspectives and identities we bring to school each day. As a school, we have always believed that the path to a complete learning environment is inclusive, diverse, and equitable. As we have evolved over the past 50 years, our commitment has not waivered. There are always blind spots and areas where we will need to revisit, but in an inclusive environment, it is important as a community we work together to identify the areas where we need improvement. Over the past few months, we have taken a hard look at what it means to be an inclusive, equitable, and community of belonging. This work has been at the foundation of who we are. As we enter the next 50 years, it is imperative that we continue to evolve and reflect the world around us.
News & Events
Participants of 12
Parent/Alumni/Faculty Focus Groups Met with Al Vivian
Interviews and meetings conducted with school administrators at all levels
Hours conducted of assess meetings
The junior high is fortunate this year to have a focused learning program around Race, Class and Gender (RCG). We have been working as a division to ensure that students in every home base classroom get similar material and curriculum about understanding diversity equity and inclusion. The junior high RCG program consists of several classes throughout the year on an ongoing basis to bolster the relationship between students’ identity and the school as a whole. Homebase classrooms rotate on Fridays, multiple times throughout the year in groups to virtually work together on activities that expose them to concepts that will allow them to learn and grow in the area of diversity equity and inclusion. It is the 21st-century learning and understanding of differences that will propel them into the future.
The Pollyanna curriculum is used in the elementary as a primary support to the central subjects taught. Each class has selected identity-based topics to include in their central subjects and are proceeding with individual and collective projects to integrate diversity, equity and inclusions. Below are a few examples of enhanced curriculum in elementary classrooms.
Jonathan Petrash K-First Grade Teacher
Students are exploring the concepts of “same and different”. The book Same, Same But Different, has sparked many fantastic conversations about differences and how we all are important. They are working on skin color and melanin and the science behind it.
Elisa Herrera Fifth-Sixth Grade Teacher
Two classes are using a collaborative timeline of U.S. history to serve as a reference point for what is going on in the world and explore key points in Indigenous history and world events ad U.S. Immigration policy.
Students work collaboratively in small groups researching different immigrant group looking at why and how each group got here, how they were treated. “We hope to make our own mini-museum of "artifacts" to share with the room.
Kristen Davis, Lower elementary teacher
We have been focusing our racial literacy studies around identity and culture and noticing similarities/differences in facets of our own culture and those from other parts of the world. We started with identifying parts of our own identity - our names. (Students came up with a list of questions and interviewed their parents about their names); our homes food . Now students are creating their own booklets about a day in their own life after reading, "This Is How We Do It," which follows a day in the life of seven kids from around the world.
In partnership with the Alumni Association Council, an exploratory DEI branch was formed this summer to help the community. The group meets monthly is currently focused on creating a mission statement and strategic goals to support the existing Paideia Black alumni group and DEI initiatives at the school. Two virtual events this fall have centered around community healing and the DEI mindset in entrepreneurship. These events have been widely enjoyed by the entire community and we are grateful for the alumni collaboration.