Greetings to all LREI Families,
I hope you and your children find yourselves relaxed, safe, and ready for the 2016-2017 school year. I am currently enjoying the West Coast with my children, taking in all that beaches, lakes, oceans, sand, rocks, mountains and forests have to offer. Below are a few things to note about the work of diversity, equity, and activism that will take place this year at LREI.
As always, I am eager to begin this school year, returning to my role as diversity practitioner, yet with a new title, Director of Equity and Community. As I reflected on the work I do with students, parents, educators, administrators, and the Board, I realized that the conversations and work focus more and more on equity. Through a core value of equity within our LREI community, I hope to focus on strategically building and sustaining our diversity efforts, contributing to our current programs and curriculum with a multicultural and activist lens, with the goal of assuring that every member of the community has a sense of belonging.
LREI is a school that not only encourages relationship-making, we actively create spaces for children and adults to sustain and rely on friendships and work partnerships between people who hold diverse perspectives and different cultural ways of operating. Actively building a diverse school is but one step in the process. In fact, taking advantage of the benefits of a diverse school community takes work on the part of adults at home and at school. LREI, like many schools and communities, is a place where social identities are explored and formed. Allowing students opportunities to engage in this journey contributes to their ability to interrupt prejudice, build social and cultural competencies, and develop values around activism and democracy.
Alongside, and through, our dynamic progressive curriculum, children explore issues of bias and anti-bias, inequities and fairness, and discuss ways to become active citizens of society. LREI is also a place where parents discuss strategies for raising social justice citizens. I encourage you and the adults in your household to join any of the affinity forums of which you are a member and to attend any of the all-parent discussions around race and equity.
Sandra (Chap) Chapman, Ed.D.