Supporting DEI through Responsive Curriculum Development and Cultural Recognition
October 12, 2023
Thetford Academy is committed to antiracism, and to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment in our school community. With DEI professional development opportunities for faculty and staff and school-wide recognition of a variety of cultural events, holidays, and traditions, it’s been a fun and informative Fall on campus.
On October 6, TA’s faculty gathered for their first in-service day since the start of the school year. An afternoon session provided teachers with a framework for looking at their curriculum with a DEI lens. They worked together to identify places where different cultures and perspectives could be included in their coursework, brainstormed engaging and educational activities for students, and discussed strategies for creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive learning environment in their classrooms.
Through advisory and assembly activities, TA also regularly highlights holidays and cultural events that educate and inform students about the history and contributions of different cultural communities. For example, this month we recognize Latinx Heritage month, which falls between September 15th-October 15th. Advisory groups learned to play the traditional Latin American game of loteria (akin to American “Bingo,” with vibrant and culturally significant images on cards) and about Latin American culture, art, and traditions.
As we look ahead, we will continue our focus on culturally responsive curriculum development, student education and involvement in topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion during advisory and “Panther Friday” activities, and providing comprehensive DEI resources for educators.