Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Our school should be a reflection of the neighborhood we serve, the city we live in, and the world we wish to create. We know that our community thrives when we create shared experiences among students, families, and faculty of varying perspectives, approaches, and opinions. Ours is a school that will forever respect and honor those differences, as we seek to build understanding and empathy in all who cross our threshold
Anti-Bias Curriculum (a curriculum guide from the Anti-Defamation League)
Anti-Bias Building Blocks are taught Pre-K through Grade 8. The five areas of anti-bias work identified in Building Blocks are:
- Creating a safe and comfortable classroom environment.
- Understanding my strengths, skills, and identity.
- Understanding and appreciating differences.
- Understanding bias and discrimination.
- Confronting/challenging bias and bullying.
- Anti-Bias lessons take place during Lower School Community Time and Middle School Long Advisory sessions.
- During Middle School Advisory, students studied the 13 Guiding Principles of the Black Lives Matter movement. After discussing each principle, this group decided that Collective Value resonated most with them and worked together to create a poster on its importance.
Faculty DEI Committee
DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We are a group of teachers who are passionate about anti-racist education, making our school more reflective of our community, and ensuring that everyone feels welcome, respected, and celebrated. In the 2019-2020 school year, we led the implementation of an anti-bias curriculum that occurs biweekly in each classroom using the Anti-Bias Building Blocks curriculum from the Anti-Defamation League as our touchstone text. In the 2020-2021 school year, we are excited to work with our new DEI Liaison, Michael Nelson, and the Parent Association Diversity Committee to continue our efforts at making our school a better place to learn and grow.
Parent DEI Committee
The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee works closely with WNS teachers and administration to offer the WNS community new ways to better understand the experiences of all members of our society and to foster an environment in which all individuals feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued.
View the Parent’s Association DEI Committee