February 23, 2021
“Diversity – The art of thinking independently together” – Malcolm Forbes.
The Academy for Precision Learning is an educational community of diverse staff and families. We believe in fostering an environment where critical thinking is our greatest asset to engaging children, where all ideas are welcome, and where staff and students feel empowered to discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
APL sees itself as an ally in the community. We are committed to engaging students, staff, and families in DEI work. We encourage everyone to educate themselves, be present in uncomfortable conversations, and be courageous around the work of DEI.
With our students, we use curriculum that celebrates the voices of those who are often marginalized, and challenges students to see themselves as agents of change.
With our staff, we make space for DEI work in three key ways. First, our DEI committee plans professional development. Second, we facilitate affinity groups led by staff. Third, we have active speakers from the community for staff events. In 2021, we are partnering with speaker and author, Ayana King of Maximum Communications, to hold a four-part workshop series around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for all staff.
With our families, we invite participation in classrooms to share experiences and learn alongside students. Not only do we listen to families when they have feedback and potential ideas for the DEI work we are doing at school, we also invite families to the table to share and discuss their experiences with students, staff, and leadership throughout the year.
We strive to have our community members take part in the hard work and conversations and use what they have learned out into the world to make a positive change.