Athena Montessori Academy is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. When you join our community you are not only accepted for who you are, you are valued and celebrated for who you are. This commitment is to our community as a whole, from those who serve on our team to the families and children who make up our student body. As a learning organization, we lean into hard and often uncomfortable work in our commitment to be our best selves, which means we budget funds each year for professional development and parent education, including professional support and education in the DEI arena. Specific to our DEI work, we view early childhood education through an anti-bias lens.
As a school community committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, Athena recognizes and adheres to the four goals of anti-bias education:
I) Identity- Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
II) Diversity- Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep caring human connections.
III) Justice- Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.
IV) Activism- Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.
(These goals are defined by Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen-Edwards, leading educators, peace activists, and authors.)
In addition to our DEI professional development and parent education, we also have an in-house DEI focus group made up of faculty and members of our parent community. At Athena we understand that to change the world we must first change ourselves. The faculty and families of our community are stakeholders in this transformative work. The ultimate goal is not only a school, but a world in which all children can flourish and all families belong.
Our ask is that if you choose to join our community, that you not only align with our values around this work, but also that you are willing to participate in the furtherance of this mission.
We are committed to using inclusive terms and gender-neutral pronouns when writing about our students in community messages or documents such as this website. If you find any limiting or exclusionary languaging in our communications, please let us know, and we will update accordingly.