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Promoting DEIB at Country School

Fostering a Welcoming Environment at Our Private School in Madison, CT

A Community Where All Children Thrive

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in private schools is a commitment to celebrating differences in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and more. It's about fostering an inclusive atmosphere that makes everyone feel as if they belong. As education leaders, our role is to teach and create a community where every student can thrive. In the words of Maya Angelou, “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color."

A diverse and inclusive school environment offers a myriad of benefits. Research indicates that students in diverse classrooms tend to perform better academically. The exposure to various perspectives and experiences enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills, preparing them for a complex, interconnected world. A study by the National Association of Independent Schools found that private schools with a solid commitment to diversity and inclusion often experience increased student engagement and better academic outcomes.

Moreover, such environments foster empathy, cultural competency, and global awareness. Students learn to appreciate and understand different cultures, ultimately becoming more empathetic. This enriches their personal growth and equips them to navigate a globalized job market. Inclusive schools also build a positive school climate by reducing stereotypes and prejudices. When students interact with peers from various backgrounds, it breaks down stereotypes, leading to more open and respectful communication. In the long run, this creates a safer and more harmonious learning environment, benefiting all school community members. Private schools, therefore, have a unique opportunity to lead in creating diverse and inclusive educational settings that offer countless advantages to their students.

Global Citizenship is one of The Country School’s Signature Programs. It is– in a way–the cornerstone of our DEIB program. As part of Country School’s mission to have students look beyond themselves and to the broader world, they participate in various activities such as multicultural shares, Witness Stones, and IDEA by learning about multicultural holidays and traditions, immersing themselves in research to learn about the  history of enslavement in Madison, and participating in IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Empathy, Action) alliances and activities.

Evaluating Our DEIB Efforts

Assessing and monitoring DEIB progress and efforts is crucial for maintaining accountability and driving positive change. To achieve this, we've established specific metrics and benchmarks that allow us to measure our progress over time quantitatively. These metrics clearly show our diversity and inclusion initiatives' impact and effectiveness.

We regularly evaluate our DEIB initiatives to ensure they align with our goals. This ongoing assessment helps us adapt and refine our strategies as needed. Additionally, we actively seek feedback from students, parents, and staff to gain diverse perspectives and insights. Their input is invaluable in shaping our DEIB efforts and ensuring they reflect the needs and aspirations of our entire school community.

One significant part of our assessment process is the completion of the AIM (Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism) survey. We use the data from this survey to identify areas for improvement and set specific goals for enhancing our inclusivity and multicultural awareness. By connecting our efforts to this data, we create a structured and data-driven approach to continuously advancing diversity and inclusion within our school.
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.