The Paideia School
Paul Bianchi, head of school, sent a letter to all parents and high school students on June 20. Read his letter below.
John Wrede

Dear Parents and High School Students,

Many of us in the Paideia community have been shaken by reports coming out of the school, specifically the Instagram BlackatPaideia posts. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to write us or call with your questions and concerns. The issues raised speak to the racism that pervades our society, including Paideia, and the lasting pain it inflicts on people of color. As you know, we work hard to make the school welcoming and inclusive of everyone. It is heartbreaking to all of us that this work has been insufficient. I apologize on behalf of Paideia.  I and we will do better.

We are taking several actions right away to address these issues, and also putting in place structures to maintain the momentum to create change.

  • We had on Thursday a webinar that was attended by 270 families. Oman Frame facilitated a panel that included Nisha Simama, Linda Epstein, Stacey Winston, Che Calix, Laura Magnanini, Miranda Dillard, and me. This opening meeting will be followed by smaller meetings beginning next week so that there can be discussion not feasible in such a big gathering. A summary of that meeting is or soon will be on the website.
  • A standing committee of Black faculty organized by Oman will meet regularly with me to advise and implement future directions.
  • Nisha Simama, longtime high school counselor and leader at the school, has agreed to return to the school to advise and counsel with all of us. Nisha had mostly retired this past year, but is glad to return to help out. It's always a better room when Nisha is in it.
  • We will more actively share information and resources on the school's website, such as an enrollment of 39 percent students of color, the largest number being African-American; 25 percent of the faculty are people of color, with 24 African American teachers this past year. We continue to work to increase those numbers: this year the majority of new hires were African American.
  • The faculty and I have long participated in many staff development programs designed to educate all of us on racism. Some of these are outside the school, such as People of Color conferences and White Privilege conferences; others are ongoing study groups inside the school.

Addressing systemic racism with its manifestations at Paideia will not be a quick fix. It's a marathon, not a sprint. We are doing both now, and we will keep it up. I believe and I hope you do also that this commitment will make a difference. None of us ever thought Paideia was perfect, and on such an important issue as this, we need to do better. I am confident that together we will.

Paul Bianchi
Head of School                                                                                                                            


Oman Frame, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, compiled a list of resources for teachers, administrators, students, families) interested in learning more about racial justice. 

A list of books on diversity compiled by elementary librarian Natalie Bernstein.

Dear Parents and High School Students,

Many of us in the Paideia community have been shaken by reports coming out of the school, specifically the Instagram BlackatPaideia posts. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to write us or call with your questions and concerns. The issues raised speak to the racism that pervades our society, including Paideia, and the lasting pain it inflicts on people of color. As you know, we work hard to make the school welcoming and inclusive of everyone. It is heartbreaking to all of us that this work has been insufficient. I apologize on behalf of Paideia.  I and we will do better.

We are taking several actions right away to address these issues, and also putting in place structures to maintain the momentum to create change.

  • We had on Thursday a webinar that was attended by 270 families. Oman Frame facilitated a panel that included Nisha Simama, Linda Epstein, Stacey Winston, Che Calix, Laura Magnanini, Miranda Dillard, and me. This opening meeting will be followed by smaller meetings beginning next week so that there can be discussion not feasible in such a big gathering. A summary of that meeting is or soon will be on the website.
  • A standing committee of Black faculty organized by Oman will meet regularly with me to advise and implement future directions.
  • Nisha Simama, longtime high school counselor and leader at the school, has agreed to return to the school to advise and counsel with all of us. Nisha had mostly retired this past year, but is glad to return to help out. It's always a better room when Nisha is in it.
  • We will more actively share information and resources on the school's website, such as an enrollment of 39 percent students of color, the largest number being African-American; 25 percent of the faculty are people of color, with 24 African American teachers this past year. We continue to work to increase those numbers: this year the majority of new hires were African American.
  • The faculty and I have long participated in many staff development programs designed to educate all of us on racism. Some of these are outside the school, such as People of Color conferences and White Privilege conferences; others are ongoing study groups inside the school.

Addressing systemic racism with its manifestations at Paideia will not be a quick fix. It's a marathon, not a sprint. We are doing both now, and we will keep it up. I believe and I hope you do also that this commitment will make a difference. None of us ever thought Paideia was perfect, and on such an important issue as this, we need to do better. I am confident that together we will.

Paul Bianchi
Head of School                                                                                                                           


Oman Frame, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, compiled a list of resources for teachers, administrators, students, families) interested in learning more about racial justice. 

A list of books on diversity compiled by elementary librarian Natalie Bernstein.

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