Most telling in this process was the need to build the relationships with our African American community. We want all of our students to know how much we care about them and love them. Creating a trusting, nurturing atmosphere of mutual respect will continue to be an important factor in building those relationships. Feeling that the school environment is a safe place is essential in allowing for an open dialogue to gain a true, deeper understanding of one another. This is especially true given the current climate in our nation and one we will strive to achieve.
In education, we often speak of “teachable moments”. We are certainly in a time that is rife with many of them. And, perhaps often lost, are the teachable moments we, as adults, can gain from our students. The examples they set for us in their positive interactions with one another as they compete together in the athletic arenas, or partner with one another in academics, or just loving one another as friends. So much is to be learned from our children as well. (See Maxwell and Finnegan’s video below as an example.)
It is our goal to fully implement the EIS Equity Plan and make sure that we do everything in our power to create a fair, nurturing learning environment where all of our students feel safe and included. Together is the only way we can do that!