At Stony Brook School we believe it is essential to create a learning environment which supports an inclusive, anti-bias approach to ensure that all children are able to freely participate and engage in their learning experiences. We maintain a learning community that welcomes, values and respects human differences; recognizes similarities; and that actively seeks to include imagery, histories, stories, and songs to represent our global community.
Teachers at Stony Brook School Will:
- Respect all children equally, but recognize each child as an individual.
- Nurture each child's identity and sense of belonging, and accommodate children as necessary to support their learning needs.
- Acknowledge that parents are the primary educators and experts on their child, and support the smooth transitioning from home to school. Recognize each child’s experience as both an individual and a part of their own family culture. Invite the respectful sharing of identities that each child and family may bring.
- Implement an inclusive and emergent curriculum that reflects the identities of all children and recognizes their abilities and interests.
- Incorporate classroom materials that represent different points of view and human experiences. Materials should be conscientiously chosen to include imagery and stories that represent racial, cultural, geographic, and familial diversity.
- Enable all children to meaningfully participate and engage within the classroom, and extend learning to challenge and promote the individual child’s abilities and development.
- Support children to celebrate diversity and feel comfortable with difference.
- Refrain from grouping children by gender or stereotyping gender roles, expectations, and family constructs.
- Support children to enjoy their time at Stony Brook School, by providing an environment free from bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
- Empower children to stand up for themselves and others in difficult situations, by modeling respectful communication, even through conflict.
- Ensure the safety and well-being of all children as central to every aspect of children’s learning and development.