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Please read this Statement of Inclusivity and Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Education
Puddletown strives to become a school where all children and families are welcome, feel welcome, and see themselves reflected here. Puddletown works quite intentionally to nourish a child’s development of identity, their relationship to their community, their process for conflict resolution with community members, and the community’s collective pursuit of peace. Montessori education is ultimately education for peace, as such, we also aim to foster and cultivate an understanding of justice and confidence to stand up in the face of injustice, as without justice there can be no peace.
Puddletown School is actively becoming an anti-biased and anti-racist place to learn, work and grow. To be effective, anti-bias and anti-racist education works as an underpinning perspective, which permeates everything that happens in an educational setting. Puddletown’s staff incorporates the following tenets in our classrooms and spaces, and we ask that families agree to these tenets being upheld. These were developed by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, co-founders of the National Education Association for Young Children:
Staff will nurture each child’s construction of knowledgeable, confident, individual personal and social identities.
Staff will promote each child’s comfortable, empathetic interaction with people from diverse backgrounds.
Staff will foster each child’s capacity to critically identify bias and will nurture each child’s empathy for the hurt bias causes.
Staff will cultivate each child’s ability and confidence to stand up for oneself and for others in the face of bias.
Puddletown School invites any child whose family is interested in Montessori education to apply for entrance to our Montessori program, no matter a family’s financial situation. We are always open to discuss resource access and to connect any family to scholarship funds as we can.
Every year Puddletown School attempts to achieve a balance of age, identified gender, and Montessori experience within our classrooms. Puddletown School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in hiring, promoting, or training of employees, nor in the admissions, rights, privileges, programs and activities of its learners.
Generally, Puddletown is not equipped outright nor licensed to care for children with disabilities requiring specialized equipment or one-on-one aides; therefore any such care is conditional upon the family and staff properly arranging for the child’s needs to be met. It is the goal for each child to be able to participate in and substantially benefit from this Montessori program without risk to themselves or other children. Puddletown School reserves the right to limit entrance to the program or ask that a child be unenrolled from the program after a trial period, based on whether or not we have or can successfully access and implement the tools and strategies to best support a child's needs, or whether we’ve been able to successfully collaborate with a family and/or a child’s outside support professionals to get the child’s needs met.
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