Review and Revise Our Curriculum (What We Teach) with Attention to Systemic Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion

Purpose
To ensure that curricular and co-curricular opportunities reflect the experiences of the diverse population in our school, our region, our nation, and our world; to ensure that the experiences, successes, and joys of historically marginalized people are represented in the classroom

Progress
  • Rebalanced English reading curriculum at every grade level to be more inclusive of voices that are typically displaced by the western literary canon (2020)
  • Courses added to curriculum: Women’s Literature (2018), African American Literature (2019)
  • Ethnic Studies Independent Study (Fall 2020)
  • US History focused on the promises and shortcomings in American history and inclusion/exclusion in terms of who was considered "American" and what is American history (2020)

On Deck
  • Revise and refine current curriculum auditing practice for each academic department 
  • Adopt process for departments to recalibrate and align scope and sequence with DEI every two years; adopt a protocol for faculty to review their own curriculum with a DEI lens
  • Identify skills and competencies that empower students to recognize and dismantle systematic racism, bias and discrimination, and adopt them in core 7th-10th grade academic program
  • Ongoing training of teachers in using classroom instruction that promotes equity
  • Ethnic Studies Course Proposal for 2021-2022 school year

Initiative Team Members

Susan Woods, Director of Community & Inclusion, co-lead
John Comforto, Dean of Studies & Student Life, co-lead
Tim Betzala, Dean of Faculty