Diversity and Inclusion
Maclay School is committed to an ongoing conversation regarding Diversity and Inclusion in all areas of school life. As a school with 3-year-olds up to 18-year-olds we feel a unique responsibility to continually be growing and teaching the best way to prepare our students for the world they will one day lead. Maclay School facilitates these conversations through curricular studies, assemblies, small group work, formal, and informal lessons, but we know that we can do more. We embark on a journey to deepen our conversation and commitment to diversity and inclusion at Maclay School. Below are a few of the steps underway:
As the Board of Trustees begins to embark on the year-long process of building a strategic plan to help guide the school's future direction for the next 3-5 years, we have engaged the consultation of strategic planner Ian Symmonds www.iansymmonds.com to assist us in the development of this plan. We have been in conversation with the steering committee and consultants about the priority of diversity and inclusion in Maclay's future.
We have engaged with the Florida State University Office of Diversity on laying out steps forward in this process. Our consultant will be assisting us with our education and training, feedback sessions structure, and developing helpful information to advance to the Strategic Planning committee.
We continue to assess our curriculum, summer reading, and own practices that are currently in place and evaluate the many things we do well to promote diversity among our students and areas that need to be enhanced.
Several faculty members attended professional development sessions this summer such as Students with Disabilities: Exceptional Student Education for All Educators, How to Talk to Kids About Race, International Literacy Association: How to Raise and Teach Anti-Racist Kids, Teach Your Heart Out Virtual Teacher Town Hall: A Conversation on Social Justice, and Understanding Equity and Inequity presented by the Equity Literacy Institute. We are excited to have these faculty members bring this training to our broader faculty community.
As a school, we are committed to a better Maclay. We are also committed to mapping out a process that will allow us to develop a clear path to strengthen diversity and inclusion at Maclay School in a thoughtful, collaborative, and sustainable way.