DEIIP PRIORITIES

In defining the priorities below, we are recognizing that certain projects areas will have a longer timeline than others. 

IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES


"Immediate priorities" include initiatives we expect to begin putting into practice in the current academic year. 

TOP PRIORITIES FOR 2021-2022

  • Develop a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council composed of a core group of faculty, staff, and administrators who have demonstrated a depth of investment and knowledge in the work of equity and inclusion.
    AREA: GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP
  • Review, refine, and renew the Philosophy of Multicultural Education and Diversity Beliefs and Aspirations statements.
    AREA: CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE
  • Define bullying, harassment, microaggressions, and hate speech and create an institutional channel for reporting offenses for students, parents, and guardians, and faculty and staff. Clearly outline a set of responses for such events and demonstrate accountability and transparency regarding action steps.
    AREA: SYSTEMS, POLICIES, & PRACTICES
  • Evaluate and revise as necessary systems for sectioning, communication with families, classroom setup and behavioral agreements, and student support. 
    AREA: CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE
  • Develop written policies, define practices, and provide faculty and staff professional development to support both genderfluid and transgender students and adults.
    AREA: SYSTEMS, POLICIES & PRACTICES
  • Define the School's commitment to inclusive pronoun use and modify and amend communications to reflect.
    AREA: SYSTEMS, POLICIES & PRACTICES
  • Develop, in partnership with The Park School Parents' Association, an education series for parents and guardians on relevant topics and themes of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism to bolster family discourse with their children. 
    AREA: COMMUNITY & CULTURE
  • Provide safe, developmentally appropriate, facilitated affinity spaces for students of varied identities - particularly for those in historically underrepresented and marginalized groups in the Lower Division. Support all students in exploring all intersecting aspects of identity, especially their racial identity development.
    AREA: CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE
  • Analyze student and school data in aggregate and disaggregated by race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, and socioeconomic status to track and measure student access and outcomes to ensure The Park School Mission is accessible to all students.
    AREA: SYSTEMS, POLICIES & PRACTICES 

RISING PRIORITIES


"Rising priorities" are initiatives already under consideration, and have a longer implementation horizon. 

  • Review Admission practices with particular attention to the recruitment of  Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) students and families. Address the lack of representation of People of Color in the admission process.
    AREA: SYSTEMS, POLICIES & PRACTICES

  • Engage all School Leadership — Administrative Team, Department Heads, and Programmatic Leadership — in ongoing education and support around equity, inclusion, and anti-racism to facilitate the development of a DEI lens for institutional leadership and to support equitable decision making.
    AREA: GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP

  • Evaluate and improve overall communication policies and procedures to inform, engage, and educate our families more effectively, increase transparency and accountability.
    AREA: SYSTEMS, POLICIES & PRACTICES 

  • Utilize student data at the school-wide, divisional, and grade levels to inform professional development, curricular choices, and instructional practice.  AREA:  CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE

  • Seek, with education and support, to create inclusive classroom practices for the safety and belonging of all students.
    AREA: CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE

  • Create forums and opportunities for all members of the community — students, parents, faculty/staff, and alumni — to engage in discussions about their experiences at Park, with a focus on amplifying the voices of marginalized people. Create action plans to address the concerns.
    AREA: COMMUNITY & CULTURE 

  • Review and revise the current teacher supervision and evaluation model. Create and incorporate standards for Multicultural, Inclusive, and antiracist Practice so that all students experience true belonging in all classrooms.
    AREA: CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE

  • Articulate the antiracist commitment of the School in all recruitment and onboarding events for new families, including but not limited to published materials, interviews, tours, new parent events, and annual back-to-school evenings.
    AREA: SYSTEMS, POLICIES & PRACTICES 

FUTURE PRIORITIES


"Future priorities" include initiatives that will be built on the foundation laid by earlier work, as well as those that require longer lead time for implementation, and are prioritized accordingly. 

  • Conduct an extensive and thorough review of ALL curriculum at each grade level and redesign as needed to advance the antiracist mission of the School. Create an aligned SEL and racial and social justice education scope and sequence across all grade levels.
    AREA: CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE

  • Invest in professional development and instructional goal setting focused on differentiation in the classroom to create a supportive and effective heterogeneous learning environment.
    AREA: CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE

  • Create systems to ensure that students receiving financial aid with learning needs identified in partnership with Academic Support have access to educational testing.
    AREA:  CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE

  • Create a school culture that openly confronts discord and works through conflict by embracing and building the cross-cultural competencies of all members of the community and emphasizing restorative justice as an approach to collective learning.
    AREA: COMMUNITY & CULTURE