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EDUCATION

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Challenge statement

Our education system is failing many students, particularly Black, indigenous, and other children of color, children with a disability or impairment, children who have been removed from their primary parent’s care because of abuse or neglect, LGBTQ+ children and children experiencing poverty. Chronic systemic inequities have disproportionately impacted these students for generations. Our educational system has not created or supported a holistic system where all children can thrive with equal opportunity and become happy, healthy, and engaged citizens.

 

We believe

  • A healthy and safe learning environment for all children requires a “whole child” approach where classroom education is considered within the context of a child’s whole life and is attuned to the effect of internal and external challenges on a child’s capacity to learn. This holistic approach to learning includes a child’s intellectual, social, and emotional growth in addition to tailored academic support.
     

  • Investments in learning must begin well before kindergarten because children between birth and age five learn at a speed unmatched in the rest of their lives.
     

  • Families and communities must be deeply engaged in education practice and policy.
     

  • Schools’ culture, workforce and leadership must be welcoming, supportive, and reflective of every student.
     

  • Curriculum must be developmentally appropriate and informed by neuroscience.
     

  • Love and belonging are essential to children’s learning and development.
     

 

To promote these principles, we support

  • Agents of change working both inside and outside of the educational system, especially those focused on realizing a “whole child” approach to education.
     

  • Community-based organizations working to address disparities, improve educational policy decisions, and advance system change.
     

  • Educational programs that embrace the experiences and perspectives of students, families and educators in order to make them more equitable.
     

  • Transforming teacher training and school leadership to welcome and support a diverse, culturally competent workforce, and to support the full educational experience of students and families.
     

  • Directing a disproportionate amount of funds to address chronic systemic inequities.

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