Educator Panel: Why DEI at the Elementary School Level Matters to Secondary Schools

Parents Group on Inclusivity Panel: “Why Does an Elementary School Curriculum that Develops Identity and Cultural Competency Matter from a Secondary School Perspective?”

In the first Parents Group on Inclusivity (PGI) meeting of the year, parents packed the von Furstenberg Auditorium to hear from a panel of highly respected local secondary school educators about why an elementary school curriculum that includes identity development and the development of cultural competency skills, like Curtis School’s, is so important from the perspective of secondary schools.

Guest panelists Janine Hancock Jones (Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Harvard-Westlake School), Dr. Kevin Newman (Assistant Head of School and Director of Collegiate Division, Windward School; Curtis alumnus ’83; Curtis Trustee) and Dr. Priscilla Sands (Head of School, Marlborough School; Curtis Trustee) delivered powerful and inspiring insights in a moderated discussion and took a number of questions from our energized parent group.
PGI provides a forum for all Curtis parents and guardians to explore topics related to diversity, equity and inclusivity and offers the opportunity to focus on what we can do to teach our children how to value people in every dimension, including race, class, gender, religion, ability, and more.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion speak to our highest ideals for a just society. PGI supports the school’s critical work to develop young people and a school community that strive to live these values daily in their interactions with others.