At Buckley Country Day School we believe that learning is at its best when students are exposed to stories and events that are different from their own. We make a deliberate effort to be proactive and responsive to dynamics that are the result of the intersection of diverse life experiences and see this as a valuable asset toward building an inclusive learning environment.
Students are more available to learn and thrive when they feel known and tended to socially and emotionally. This means that the role of educator must be intentional about how best to meet the needs of students beyond who they are as learners. Promoting the students’ sense of belonging sits at the core of our work.
Our diversity & inclusion focus includes building relationships with BCDS parents. Parents live their diversity every day. Parents want teachers to know about their family structure, an upcoming religious observation, or how an existing part of their child’s identity may impact their daily lives. We respond on a personal, professional, and institutional level and work to increase the school’s cultural dexterity as a way to contribute to a healthy and connected society.
Diversity and inclusion are integral to Buckley’s Core Values and forward-thinking practices. We want students to connect with one another with an appreciative and curious approach. In the community that we mean to be:
• every child, family, faculty and staff member feels valued, celebrated, and treated with fairness and respect;
• all voices are heard;
• the curriculum and programs include multiple perspectives to add to the prism through which our students experience their learning;
• the norms do not convey the very stereotypes and biases we do not want our graduates to harbor.
Buckley Country Day School is proud to host monthly Diversity Committee meetings that all are invited to attend. Our Diversity Committee, chaired by Marjorie Jean-Paul, Chief Community Engagement Officer, is comprised of faculty & staff, parents, trustees, and administrators. Join us at our monthly meetings, which all take place at 7:00pm:
• Wednesday, September 22
• Wednesday, October 27
• Thursday, December 2
• Thursday, January 20
• Thursday, February 17
• Wednesday, March 23
• Wednesday, April 27
• Wednesday, May 25
If you are interested in learning more, contact Marjorie Jean-Paul at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-627-1910 ext. 2771.