Our approach to developing racial literacy in students recognizes that our children are learning and growing in a profoundly complex world. Race and racism have presented uniquely challenging dynamics in our society, and as a child-centered institution, we play a critical role in helping students understand these complexities in our world, while learning to navigate their place in it. We are continually guided by the idea that how you lead your life matters.
Helping students understand issues of race and racism have been part of a rich tradition of DEI work at Norwood. Since the summer of 2020, we have engaged in a focused effort to develop a school-wide approach to teaching about race and racism that would be informed by research and best teaching practice. Among other initiatives, we created a Racial Literacy Task Force and charged the group with developing a racial literacy curriculum across all grades in the school.
The task force spent the 2020-2021 school year engaging in research and developing a mission-aligned, age-appropriate curriculum, which utilized a wide variety of sources and fit seamlessly within the scope and sequence of our curriculum. Embedded throughout several academic disciplines, life skills lessons, chapel presentations, and other activities, our racial literacy curriculum engages students in a variety of projects, exercises, and lessons guided by the overarching themes identified below: