It is with no question that private schools have functioned as predominantly white institutions for decades and continue to do so. At NCCL School, we lack diversity in our staff and student body. This has led to an absence of racial and cultural diversity on all levels: in our school community, curriculum, perspectives and practices. The time for change is now.
At NCCL School, we hold true to our philosophy of Progressive Education and our school’s mission,“we strive to empower every student with the skills and confidence to tackle the unknown and positively impact the world.” We are dedicated to charging our mission and invigorating a reflective and responsive school culture. We are committing to developing our bicultural knowledge in order to implement truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable practices. We must first work internally to execute this mission.
Beginning in May 2023, we enrolled in a program with Dr. Taryn Fletcher, a culturally responsive teaching expert who has led initiatives and transformed numerous schools and community organizations. All 14 of our team members engaged in a full day retreat, where we assessed our readiness and what it would look like for our school to prioritize and center the perspectives of historically excluded groups and communities. Starting Fall 2023, four of our teachers will work with a diverse group of educators to help build their culturally responsive teaching practices. We continue to use Dr. Fletcher’s book In All Lanes which has laid the foundation for ongoing professional learning. This will continue to be a guide for our overall transformation.
This year we launched a DEI committee made up of parents and staff who are focused on gathering resources that help us highlight the specific needs of our school community. This team has created a digital resource library located below. We invite the entire NCCL School community to join us on this journey of reflection and growth by encouraging families to read Dr. Fletcher’s book In All Lanes, engage in our resources, and help us strengthen our mission to evolve into a secure and nourishing learning environment for all.