STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AND INCLUSION
Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, where two of our four core values are, “open your heart” and “celebrate all people,” St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive community, which represents diverse backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs. The School embraces the qualities of each individual. This includes but is not limited to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, socio-economic status, learning styles, abilities, and varied points of view. We are dedicated to building an environment where students learn from each other because we believe our mission of academic excellence and positive change in the world depends on understanding and respecting human diversity.
These are the diversity initiatives that we support at St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School. Follow the links below (where available) to learn more.
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming
KidPower Kidpower prepares people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life with training, resources, and skills to prevent and stop unwanted teasing, harassment, bullying, abuse, kidnapping, prejudice, and sexual assault.
Character Counts! Based on the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship, Character Counts! helps organizations infuse their central methods into the DNA of organizations and assist youth to reach their academic potential, to have the ability to succeed in school, to live happy, worthy and fulfilling personal lives, and become engaged, responsible and productive citizens.
Teaching Tolerance Students K-8 are taught aspects of the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Curriculum in our lower school morning meetings and in the middle school advisory program. Teaching Tolerance materials supplement our curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
Religious Diversity At St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School, fewer than 15% of the students are Episcopalian. Our student body is comprised of students representing various religious backgrounds, including but not limited to Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, interfaith families, and those with no particular faith tradition. Our program nurtures the spiritual development of children with respect for their family’s religious traditions. We teach the moral lessons and stories of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures as well as World Religions.
Inclusive Chapel Programming The goal of religious instruction at St. Matthew’s is to nurture the spiritual development of all of our students, who bring with them a wide range of religious beliefs. In Chapel, we pray in the Episcopal tradition while honoring and respecting all the traditions present in our school.
Resources for Further Engagement Concerning Racism, Protest, and Civil Unrest
As resources come with opportunities to discuss/educate (self or others)/reflect/heal etc...concerning the unrest in our world, they will be listed here and updated as needed.
How should parents discuss race with their children? Start early, and keep the conversation going. Talk about racial differences in positive ways. Make sure any home library has books with black protagonists. This article includes a list of books from Jessica Grose at the New York Times to help you discuss racism and protest with your children.
If you have any questions, other resources you would like to see listed, or want to talk with Cheryl Adenekan, Director of Community and Inclusion, please email email@example.com.
Adult Professional Development
Cultural Focus Week While we celebrate culture and heritage throughout our curriculum and throughout the year, each Spring, our community comes together for a week of learning, celebration, and collaboration centered around a particular region of our world.
Gender Spectrum Gender Spectrum is committed to creating gender-sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. By providing this training for our faculty and staff, we show our commitment to the celebration of all people.
Blink Consulting Blink Consulting collaborates with schools to critically and compassionately rethink diversity. Created by educators for educators, Blink helps schools define the purpose, practice, and outcomes of their diversity initiatives by offering a fresh lens and practical tools for schoolwide revision.
The National SEED Project is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity. We do this by training individuals to facilitate ongoing seminars within institutions and communities where they are employees or members, in order to create momentum toward social justice. SEED leaders design their seminars to include personal reflection and testimony, listening to others' voices, and learning experientially and collectively. Through this methodology, SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege.
Our faculty/staff SEED group is in its 4th year. We look forward to expanding the program to our parent community in the fall of 2021 and to students in the fall of 2022.
NAIS People of Color Conference The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.
White Privilege Conference The White Privilege Conference provides a challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience. We strive to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformations.
The mission of the CATDC is similar to our own. We are proud to be in partnership.
Promote opportunities for development and professional growth
Support collaboration between educators and schools
Inspire teachers to become leaders
POCIS Member School (People of Color in Independent Schools of Northern California)
People of Color In Independent Schools of Northern California supports the academic achievement, professional development and advancement, self-determination, and well-being of students, families, and adults of color in PK-12 Bay Area schools.
Community Murals As a way to bond and work together, our community worked together with Precita Eyes to plan and paint two murals in the 2019-2020 school year.
Parent Educational Workshops and Roundtables:
Important Conversations with Children
Film Screening: Creating Gender Inclusive Schools
Common Ground Speaker Series The Common Ground Speaker Series is a parent education consortium on the San Francisco Peninsula. Each year they present a slate of cutting-edge speakers, topics and special events designed to inform, engage and inspire school communities.
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Director of Community & Inclusion
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the School, and the School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, and national and ethnic origin in School-administered programs.
Rooted in the best principles of Episcopal education, St. Matthew’s welcomes students from all religions, denominations, faiths and also, those with no faith background. Approximately 10% of the students are Episcopalian, which is typical for Episcopal schools. We engage in inclusive common worship, are committed to academic rigor and intellectual inquiry, respect the dignity of every human being, appreciate the cultural, racial, socio-economic and religious diversity of our community and world.
The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew has an abiding commitment to education since 1865, when it established St. Matthew’s Hall, a military boarding school for boys. The same commitment to education and inquiry has remained consistent through several iterations and continues today at St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School, founded in its present form in 1953.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, churches around the world that trace their roots to the Church of England.