Our Commitment to Equity & Inclusion

At The Berkeley School, our emphasis on equity and inclusion helps us create and sustain a community culture of belonging, where all people feel entitled to the “seen and supported” experiences that promote transformative growth. That emphasis stems from the well-researched understanding that multicultural learning environments benefit all children in all areas of learning – academic, intellectual, social, and emotional – and are essential in preparing children to engage a changing world. While at TBS, children, families, trustees, and staff develop skills and awarenesses that allow them to engage with each other, skillfully and respectfully, around the similarities and differences that they observe and experience. We know that children who can express curiosity in the face of unfamiliarity and envision multiple perspectives will grow up to be innovators and changemakers, and we understand the critical role that adults play in supporting that process.

Foundational Resources for Equity & Inclusion

Books That Inform Us

Beverly Daniel Tatum: Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria – And Other Conversations About Race
Ali Michael: Raising Race Questions: Whiteness and Inquiry in Education
Howard Stevenson: Promoting Racial Literacy In Schools: Differences That Make A Difference
Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards: Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves
Claude Steele: Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us And What We Can Do
Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald: Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People
Iris Bohnet: What Works: Gender Equality By Design

SEED: Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity

SEED is a peer-led professional development program fostering conversational communities that drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity. SEED starts with the assumption that we are each the authorities on our own experience, and can learn to facilitate effective conversation among our peers and colleagues about issues of equity and diversity. TBS relies on SEED as foundational professional development. It is required that all faculty and staff participate in SEED training.

Social Justice Standards

At TBS, a faculty Equity Committee supports teachers in implementing a Social Justice Standards curriculum as part of regular classroom instruction, informed by four developmentally sequenced learning outcomes. Initial activities are designed to support each child in demonstrating self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities. This critical foundation allows each child to express comfort and joy with human diversity, to understand and use accurate language to describe human differences, and to form deep, caring human connections. As a result, each child can increasingly recognize unfairness, understand and use accurate language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts everyone. That final understanding provides motivation for children to demonstrate empowerment and to develop the skills to act – alone or with others – against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.