The Bottom Line: An Operational Case for Racial Equity

Leadership Teams are strongly encouraged to begin the journey with this six-module series designed to help school leaders understand the role that institutional culture and decision-making plays in racial equity and begin to view this work through the lens of the school mission. This module will enable schools to assess their school climate and readiness for next steps. The work is asynchronous and designed to engage stakeholders in conversation. The goal is to create a more equitable and inclusive community that understands the nuances and varied experiences of those from all backgrounds 

Leadership Teams include the Head of School, at least one Trustee, Diversity Director (if applicable), and 2-3 other key decision-makers. 

The modules include:

  • Mission & Method: Finding the Right Pace for Our Community
  • Finding Common Ground: Establishing the Groundwork for Equity
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making: Understanding our Trends, Embracing Changes
  • Equity-Centered Pedagogy
  • Understanding the Hidden Curriculum
  • Centering Equity in Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention

Participants will:

  • understand the role their mission plays in defining and pursuing racial inclusivity in the school community.
  • understand that there are commonalities across the spectrum of individuals and beliefs at their school, creating opportunities for dialogue and growth.
  • recognize that expanding the demographics of the school community also increases their economic sustainability.
  • identify ways their school’s pedagogical approach affects students of various racial backgrounds differently.
  • understand the impact of microaggressions on members of our school communities from historically marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds and identify cultural norms and stereotypes that may be subtle but hurtful.

Next Steps - Determining Readiness
After The Bottom Line modules are completed, there are resources designed to help school leaders identify appropriate next steps, which may or may not include participation in the Cultivating Communities of Belonging coursework. 

Those next step resources include:

  • A list of DEIJ data points schools should consider collecting
  • A pre-recorded overview of the Readiness Audit clarifying the value of the assessment and which groups should be included in the process
  • Access to a customizable version of the Readiness Audit
  • A post-audit discussion template
  • The opportunity to arrange for a 60-75 minute consultation with a Carney Sandoe DEIJ Consultant (at an additional cost of $350)
  • Additional survey templates for faculty, parents, students, and alumni

Format: The pre-recorded material will be hosted on Thinkific. Our intention is that teams will watch the videos (alone or together) and discuss them as a group.

Cost: $795 per team

Upcoming Dates:

April 25 - May 13
May 16 - June 3
June 6 - August 1

*Note: Material opens on the start date but participants have the flexibility to start anytime after that. Additionally, end dates can be adjusted to accommodate schedules.

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