The Paideia School

Paideia’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An Ongoing Conversation

Paideia Dei

June 2021 Update

Professional Development: Anti-racism training for faculty and staff

Current

  • Mandatory full faculty attendance: August Retreat 2020 DEI, March Professional Development day, faculty meetings by level.  
  • Mandatory attendance at DEI faculty meetings by level. 
  • Individual attendance at external DEI conferences (60+ faculty)

2021-2022

Continued mandatory DEI training for all new faculty at new faculty orientation, inclusion of mandatory DEI professional development work in SAIS/SACS Accreditation professional development requirement.

Review of Curriculum at each level

ELEMENTARY

Current

Review and implementation of Pollyana ( elementary racial literacy ) curriculum in every elementary class. 

2021-2022

EIF (Educational Innovation Fund) Grant for six faculty members to continue summer review. Continued use of the curriculum and review has found that homebase classrooms are doing more extensive racial literacy work in their classrooms.

JUNIOR HIGH

Current

  • Review of junior high Social Studies and Literature classes, including texts and types of representation. Junior high committee met to discuss texts with racial/racist language. For the 2020-21 school year the committee decided not to teach books that use the N-word. They also reviewed the types of representation in both history and literature classes.
  • Implementation of Race, Class and Gender (RCG) courses for all 8th grade students. 

2021-2022

  • Continued review of junior high Social Studies and Literature classes for 2021-2022.
  • Continued RCG for classes in 2021-2022 with support from Oman Frame, coordinator of DEI.

HIGH SCHOOL

Current

  • Review of curriculum in the high school English department for diverse texts and types of representation. Faculty continued to teach a diverse array of texts by taking a closer look on types of representation.
  • Review of curriculum in the high school Social Studies department for diverse texts and areas of study with a focus to both non-Western curriculum and de-centering whiteness.

2021-2022

  • Continued review of curriculum for 2021-22 school year.  All literature classes have texts that explore themes or are by authors from under-represented groups.
  • The majority of courses for 2021-22 either directly focus on non-Western curriculum or have it encorporated throughout the curriculum.

Review of High School Placement for advanced level courses

Current

All departments created clear rubrics for expectations for advanced level courses and shared them with students before placement. Students had 1-1 conversations with teachers about their placement and their own self-assessment.

2021-2022

Continued use of self-assessment and rubrics for class placement in 2021-2022.

Recruitment and Hiring

Current

  • To increase the number of faculty and staff of color by using national searches (NAIS, SAIS, Teachers of Color). Postings with local HBCUs.  The majority of our new hires are faculty and administrators of color. 
  • Creation and hiring of director of human resources.
  • Faculty and administrators of color -12 out of the19 new faculty and administrators are people of color. 

2021-2022

  • For 2021-22, we will review possible participation in the Pipeline Collaborative ( a mentorship program for new faculty and administrators of color in independent schools). Continued review of renewed participation with Carney Sandoe POC hiring fair. Continued postings and participation with local and national search engines.
  • Continued commitment to recruitment and hiring of people of color.

Student anti-racism training

JUNIOR HIGH

Current

  • Race, Class, Gender Curriculum for all 8th grade students. 
  • Three-day training with Rosetta Lee, national diversity consultant, for all students, faculty and staff. Rosetta did a separate meeting with Administrators. 

2021-2022

  • The junior high symposium in 2021-2022 will focus on DEI.
  • Rosetta Lee will continue her three-year relationship with Paideia in the high school 2021-22.

HIGH SCHOOL

Current

  • High school mandatory anti-racist training in small group advisory and in focused groups (Steering committee, DEI Committee) in restorative justice practices, inclusive leadership.
  • Anti-racist curriculum in the Short Term 2021.
  • Required Ethics curriculum in 10th grade that includes anti-racism curriculum.
  • Student attendance at the NAIS POCC Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC).
  • High school Race Day - developed and facilitated by the DEI student committee.
  • High school mandatory assemblies: Cancelling Cancel Culture; Justine Fonte "Celebrating Parts with a Purpose: a closer look at body positivity".

2021-2022

  • Student Leadership training will be with Lisa Talusan, Nationally recognized DEI trainer and facilitator.
  • Continued offerings of anti-racist training for students 
  • Continued review of anti-racist curriculum in the ethics course
  • Continued attendance at the NAIS POCC Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)
  • 2021-2022: Days of Dialogue: Race - facilitated by Rosetta Lee. Gender: TBD.
  • Continued support for student assemblies surrounding DEI.

Student Support

Current

  • Junior high and high school affinity groups - TRIBE, The Collective, Destiny's Child, AAA, LASSO
  • Mental health support for all students ( elementary - high school)
  • Elementary African-American Leaders (4th -6th grade). On hold for 2020-2021.
  • New processes outlined in the high school/junior high student handbooks on reporting racial incidents.
  • High school DEI Committee - students from the SDLI ( Student Diversity Leadership Initiative) and leaders from Affinity groups formed the DEI committee. It functioned the first year with student leadership in areas such as discipline, curriculum and student supports.
  • High financial aid need students and families supported throughout COVID with specific support on technology, wifi at home, CSA food boxes, and rent assistance for families who were unemployed / underemployed. When school opened, transportation was provided for students who could not attend because of reduced MARTA service. 

2021-2022

  • Continued support for all affinity groups
  • Continued mental health support for all students
  • Will re-start in Elementary African-American Leaders program.
  • Will do annual review of processes of reporting racial incidents in both high school and junior high.
  • Continued support for student activism on the DEI committee.
  • Continued support for high financial aid need students and families by Linda Zamora Epstein, Director of Student Services, in 2021-2022.

Faculty Support

Current

  • TOC (Teachers of Color) affinity groups, historical individual participation in POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools Atlanta)
  • New reporting method for racial incidents among colleagues. 

2021-2022

New reporting method for racial incidents will be reviewed with the Director of Human Resources.

Admissions review of practices focused around DEI work

Current

  • In 2018, the admissions office revamped the high school admissions process by standardizing interview questions and encouraging evidence based accounts of the interview  and removed names from the student writing samples to reduce possible implicit bias. New questions on both student and parent application focusing on the importance of DEI.
  • Continued DEI training with Rosetta Lee and consultation with Lee about possible implicit bias in the admissions process.
  • Continued focus with many first generation families helping them finish their Paideia and financial aid application. Maintain relationships with local public serving under-represented students. Continued relationship with A Better Chance Program (25 yrs+).  Offered campus tours in Spanish, and parent interviews in multiple languages.
  • Admissions attends multiple admissions fairs for Black families ( 25+ yrs) No requirement for standardized tests for admission.

2021-2022

All the above will continue in 2021-22

SAIS Accreditation Report

The focus for the 2021-2022 SAIS accreditation report (10/21) will be DEI and succession plans. SAIS Accreditation visit - fall 2021.

NAIS AIM

The NAIS AIM committee reviewed major themes throughout the NAIS report finding three specific areas to develop. Review with community identified areas for growth.

Alumni Relations

Current

Community conversations facilitated by Oman Frame with Paul Bianchi, continue to strengthen relationships with Black alums. 

2021-2022

Two new alums on the Alumni Advisory Council to focus on DEI issues at Paideia.

 

Paideia

 

 

Paideia's Responses to DEI Issues - Letters sent to Elementary, Junior High and High School on  July 31, plus ongoing action.