Diversity in independent schools is an investment in a future where students are prepared to succeed in a diverse and changing world.
Studies show that organizations do much better when there is a culture of differences. Bringing together different personalities, beliefs, and experiences can help foster creativity and offer a range of perspectives and ideas.
This growth begins during a child’s K-8 education, when students can be supported and influenced as they develop into empathic, innovative problem solvers and passionate, purposeful global citizens.
Diversity Strategic Plan 2021-2024
Approved by the Board of Trustees June 2020
Challenges and Barriers
Seek to identify and address challenges and barriers (which may include fear, privilege, and lack of engagement) that the school faces in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
Work effectively with the individual differences of groups with varying socioeconomic backgrounds and further focus on attracting and supporting socioeconomically diverse families.
Hire and Retain Diverse Staff
Develop and implement strategies to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff.
Develop and implement strategies to recruit, retain, and support diverse enrollment. This includes the existing identifying groups; age, ability/disability, ethnicity, family makeup, gender, linguistic difference, race, religion, sexual orientation, and those groups who have been historically underrepresented (Black, Latinx, and Native American), in independent schools and gifted programs.
Cultural Awareness and Multiculturalism
For the benefit of the whole community, continue to develop a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful environment by building cultural awareness and integrating multiculturalism into the curriculum and the school day.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
Open Window School strives to admit and serve gifted students and their families who are representative of the diversity within the geographic area from which we can draw students. This includes families who have been traditionally under-represented in independent schools and gifted education programs.
Open Window School recognizes that diverse perspectives and backgrounds strengthen our school culture, educational program, and community. We are guided by the values of inclusivity and respect for others, which lead to richer interactions and broader understanding for all members of our community. Authentic learning occurs best in an environment that includes interactions with others who bring a diverse array of experiences and perspectives to the school. The exploration of these differences and exchange of perspectives in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment strengthens both academic and social-emotional learning and develops thoughtful and compassionate individuals.
We embrace both our commonalities and the complex range of differences that enrich our community. In accordance with its Diversity Commitment, Open Window welcomes families of all backgrounds to participate fully and equitably in the school community.
The collaboration of over 25 local area Independent Schools in the Virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Serieswas a huge success last year. Therefore, due to popular demand, the Series will continue for the 2021-2022 school year. The Virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series offers our communities and beyond, the opportunity to connect, learn, and engage in topics in equity, inclusion, and antiracist education and action.
Ain’t Burned All The Bright by Jason Reynolds, artwork by Jason Griffin The Making of Asian America, a History by Erika Lee So you Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel How To Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Staff who identify as BIPOC meet monthly, within the school hours, facilitated by the Diversity and Inclusion Director. This space is dedicated to foster the success and belonging of all our staff who identify as a person of color.
The Roundtable, chaired by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, is an opportunity for parents and staff members to discuss topics relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, continuing to transform our community into an inclusive environment where all individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential.
This Board Level Committee, supported by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, studies and recommends strategies, policies, and practices that further the school's Diversity Committment.
Our Diversity Commitment
At Open Window School, in furtherance of our mission and core values, we embrace both our commonalities and the complex range of differences that enrich our school. We are committed to building a community guided by the following questions:
Is it welcoming?
Is it inclusive?
Is it respectful?
Open Window parent/ guardians have identified the primary race of their child as follows:
17% Two or more races
12% Choose not to identify
3% Middle Eastern
2% Black/African American
* Students who identify their ethnicity as Latinx/Hispanic are also included in their self-identified race category above.