Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Schoolhouse

DEI Defined

Diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) is commonly defined as: 

  • Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective.

  • Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness 

  • Inclusion is an outcome to ensure all members of the community feel welcome.

 

At Schoolhouse, we believe that socio-emotional learning and diversity equity and inclusion are inextricably linked. These two concepts intersect, creating a foundation where we infuse DEI throughout all aspects of the program, including developing empathy, strengthening communication skills, embracing cultural competency, and practicing perspective taking. Schoolhouse understands that these aspects are integral to a child’s social emotional growth. We nurture students to accept themselves and their peers as they are, embracing differences.

 

allarewelcom.png

In the words of theologian Richard Shaull, from his foreword to Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, There is no such thing as a ​neutral ​educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom,’ the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.

--Weaving Social Justice Into Science Instruction

Screen Shot 2020-08-09 at 5.11.54 PM.png
f5a85515b6fd331077994ecadc823091.jpg
blacklivesmatterchalk.jpg
IMG_6989.jpg
SafeZone_SafeSchoolsCoalition.jpg

DEI in Action for Adult Community 

(Parents/Guardians/Teachers/Staff/Administrators/Trustees)

Curriculum for the students is strongest when the adult community takes part in educational experiences that complement the student program. These experiences help them engage in the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, learning alongside the students, as they realize the potential to become a truly just society for all. Below is a list of resources that reflect some of the DEI education to date.

 

Resources

Talking to Children about Racism: The Time is Now

Trevor Noah on Why We are Rioting

Teaching Tolerance

Raising Race-Conscious Children

Common Sense Media Resources about Race and Racism

See Baby Discriminate 

If Adults Don’t Talk to Children about Race (article summary with link to full article).

The Danger of a Single Story 

Jennifer Harvey Raising White Kids

Becoming an Antiracist

Head of School Workshop on How to Talk to Kids about Race

Bibliography to Additional Resources