Sheridan’s teachers and staff work multiculturally in order to make the academic and the social-emotional experiences of our children rich, inspiring, and responsive to the world and to our community. We believe that at its heart diversity brings academic excellence and rigor to the classroom. A multicultural curriculum teaches critical thinking skills and challenges children to consider multiple perspectives and see beyond “a single story.” It provides students with an opportunity to see themselves in our curriculum and with windows that open them up to the larger world. Through our diversity work, we hope to develop empathy in our students, to teach them to always seek a fuller, broader understanding of issues and to inspire them to notice injustices and act to make the world a better place. Working multiculturally also lies at the heart of our commitment to ensuring that all of our children feel known, safe and understood so they can blossom and reach their full potential.
Sheridan students practice this approach throughout the school. Our math courses teach critical numeracy, a way of viewing mathematical concepts through social contexts to holistically understand an issue. Elements of social justice abound in our humanities courses where literature, music and art are used to help students understand the concepts of power and privilege. Student groups such as the Sheridan Gay Straight Alliance and Students of Color group allow students to be advocates and peer support on campus and in the community. Sheridan is a welcoming environment that challenges students to think and act with a focus on social justice.
We believe that a diverse and inclusive learning environment is integral to achieving academic excellence. Sheridan’s commitment to diversity is grounded in our school mission and the principles of progressive education. We offer a curriculum that promotes social justice and challenges prejudice, within a school culture that embraces and celebrates difference. We recognize and value the experiences that diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, family structure, age and ability within our school community contributes to a Sheridan education. We ultimately strive to prepare our students to understand the nature of a complex world and to thrive in a multicultural global society.
Equity Education in Action:
Examples from Sheridan’s classrooms during the 2012-13 school year