Strategic Plan for Diversity Event on February 4

Norwood parents are invited to learn more about the School's Strategic Plan for Diversity at a presentation and conversation via Zoom on Thursday, February 4, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Norwood School is dedicated to the work of building a truly equitable and inclusive community, where every child is known and valued, and where how you lead your life matters is more than a motto. As students continue to process extraordinary levels of social unrest in society, we know how important it is for them to gain the awareness, knowledge, tools, and skills needed to understand and address issues of inequity, bias, prejudice, and injustice.
 
To this end, this year we have continued to engage in anti-racism work as a school. The Anti-Racism Plan of Action shared with the community earlier this school year included nine steps we are committed to implementing, reflecting our understanding of anti-racism work as distinctly child-centered and essential to the fulfillment of our mission.
 
The School's anti-racism efforts are part of a broader scope of equity and inclusion work. We have created a Strategic Plan for Diversity that organizes our approach to this work via four overarching themes that we felt best represented our priorities as a school: Community and Culture, Teaching and Learning, Professional Development, and Programming and Engagement.
 
A critical component to effective work in this space is a strong partnership with our parents, who are invited to an evening presentation and conversation detailing the strategic initiatives we are implementing in accordance with our plan. The event will take place via Zoom on Thursday, February 4, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The presentation will include remarks from Head of School Matthew Gould, a brief overview of the plan, and voices from several faculty and staff leaders that will provide information about key initiatives and programs aimed at realizing the goals of our plan. 

Zoom link is available in the January 19th letter from Matthew Gould and Billy Vargas, as well as in January 28th Thursday Memo.
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Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.