This month, Ms. Stewart recommends a great series to make your child's library more inclusive and, depending on your family's background, to help them to see people who look like them represented in literature or to develop a worldview that includes ethnic diversity. Also, they're just great stories about families and growing up - which all can relate to.
Diversity and Inclusivity
Aidan's Statement on Diversity and Equity
The needs of humankind are universal. Our means of meeting them create the richness and diversity of the planet. The Montessori child should come to relish the texture of that diversity. Maria Montessori
At Aidan Montessori School we embrace and celebrate the diversity of our world. Our differences —including those of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, age, family structure, sex and sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomics, learning style, and world view, among others — form and inform a rich environment that is a crucial part of educating our children on their path to maturity and global citizenship. Our interactions across our entire community are characterized by guiding principles of respect, equity, justice, humanity, peace, and personal responsibility.
We oppose discrimination and consciously recognize the value of diversity throughout our hiring practices, admission process, classroom composition, professional development, and community activities.
On Inclusivity at Aidan
At Aidan, we believe that a full educational excellence requires an inclusive and diverse community.
In our classroom communities, we provide the right setting, materials and curriculum to foster peace and embrace differences. By promoting inclusion and collaboration, we encourage each other to be open-minded and appreciative of different ideas.
This book has it all - funny episodes kids everywhere can relate to, insights into a culture foreign to many of our students, a girl, her dog, and Astroman. Highly recommended.
This International Day of Peace, we have some resources to help our families understand why it is so in line with our founding principles as a Montessori school to celebrate.