An Equitable & Inclusive Community

The Meridian School promotes diversity of thought and identity by bringing together community and curriculum to open minds and hearts, connect awareness to actions, and celebrate the contribution of the individual to the community.

 

Meridian School Young Artist Conference 2016We believe that the challenges of our world require culturally-competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who are prepared to be responsible and active global citizens; that diversity brings perspectives and authentic experiences central to an education that balances the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of children; and, that a school community and learning environment that is inclusive and more diverse will promote a deeper understanding of varying points of view, and will fuel innovation, creativity, and progressive change.

MaketaThroughout the year, our Equity and Inclusion program offers opportunities for administrators, faculty, parents and students to engage in courageous, educational conversations and cultural competency workshops. Local and national experts bring topics such as Media Literacy, Poverty Competency, Gender Diversity, Multicultural Education, Race and Privilege, among others.

Visiting professionals include:

To learn more see our publications:

Equity & Inclusion News

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Recommended Readings:

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. The authors “explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. ‘Blindspot’ is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases.” Click here to learn more.

NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. NurtureShock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring–because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Click here to learn more.

Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice by the Anti-Defamation League. Hate Hurts offers practical tips, sound advice and role-playing for difficult situations followed by comprehensive game plans with realistic means to answer questions and help parents solve the troubling issues associated with bias and hate. Some of the questions discussed include: Why are people different colors? Why do people dress differently? Why don’t we pray the same way? Why do people hate? Click here to learn more.

Teaching Tolerance publications: Beyond the Golden Rule_a Guide for Parents.

 

Community

The Meridian community is one where students, staff, and families feel they are known, valued and belong. Our connections are strengthened through strong parent involvement and relationships with senior citizens, professional artists, and environmental educators that share our historic building.

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Global Studies

In 2006, Meridian began the development of an interdisciplinary Global Studies program with the goal that Meridian students will view themselves as capable learners and researchers of many regions, cultures, and peoples of the world.

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