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.
We 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.
Throughout the year, we offer 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:
- Caprice Hollins, Talking with Children about Race
- Rosetta Lee, Teaching and Parenting with Identity in Mind
- Amer F. Ahmed, Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down Barriers
- Alison Park, Measuring Inclusion and Equity: Assessment and Accountability for Advancement
- Michael Gurian, Boys and Girls Learning Differences
- Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D, Gender Diversity and Stereotypes
- Warren Reid, Minority Recruitment and Retention
- Maketa Wilborn, Maketa Wilborn Consulting
- Anne Sibley O’Brien, Children’s Author & Illustrator
- Aidan Key, Gender Specialist
- Caprice Hollins and Ilsa Govan, Cultural Competency
We believe that excellent education happens when students are connected to, collaborate with, and learn from their local community. For this reason, we develop and sustain meaningful partnerships with many organizations in the Seattle area.
Ongoing partnerships include:
We also regularly partner with the following non-profit organizations that share our community building, The Good Shepherd Center; Seattle Tilth, Wallingford Community Senior Center, Washington Green Schools, and iLEAP
Join our Team! We are actively seeking dedicated, culturally competent faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
“I have been very impressed with the school’s efforts to make Meridian a caring and safe environment for students who are celebrated for their cultural, racial, socio-economic and gender diversity, as well as their unique strengths and backgrounds. It makes my family very proud to be at Meridian, who is committed to equity and inclusion, not just on paper but in action. By participating in the Equity and Inclusion Team, I have learned a lot from the teachers and fellow parents and I have become even more confident that our family’s goals for our daughter were being supported and complemented by the Meridian School. I have been touched by the deep thoughtfulness, discussions, and efforts that were behind every event and speaker topic this school year. As a result of the care, support, and sensitivity of her teachers and classmates, our child is proud of who she is and all her ethnic heritages. She is receiving instruction in the meaning and value of community which she will carry with her always.” –a Meridian Parent
2018-2019 Diversity Calendar a Seattle Public Schools project, created in collaboration with local equity and inclusion professionals
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice by the Anti-Defamation League
Teaching Tolerance publications: Beyond the Golden Rule_a Guide for Parents