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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiative 6

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

 

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Initiative Team Members

Susan Woods, Director of Community & Inclusion

John Comforto, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs

Tim Betzala, Assistant Head of School & Dean of Faculty