Our Commitment to Equity and 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.
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.
K - 8 Campus
1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Early Childhood Campus
2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709