Providing Windows and Mirrors

A central metaphor for helping children understand the process for creating a truly welcoming school is “windows and mirrors.” Children should see their identity reflected in their school community (mirrors), to know that people “like me” are full citizens at school. Equally important is that children be challenged to look outside themselves (windows) to understand, respect, and appreciate the cultures and identities of others. By providing thoughtful curriculum and opportunities for discussion, this dual responsibility is examined and the opportunity for critical thinking and cultural competency is nurtured.

Learning from a Multicultural Perspective

Our faculty uses multiculturalism as a lens through which to select and evaluate new material for their programs. Lower and upper school teachers evaluate the content of the curriculum to ensure that all students have both “windows and mirrors.” Our Co-Directors of Diversity collaborate with faculty to enhance cultural competency through grade-level curricular review. This process focuses on highlighting materials, topics, and texts that represent a variety of viewpoints, ideologies, and perspectives in the classroom.

There are a variety of multicultural professional development opportunities offered to SF Day faculty and staff including summer workshops, conferences, faculty work days, meetings, and recommended readings and discussions. Examples of past conferences attended by members of our community include: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED), Leadership Academy, Milton Academy, NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC), and the NAIS Diversity Institute.