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Ravenscroft to conduct 18-month self-study on inclusivity and culture

Lead From Here provides the educational framework for teaching and learning to Lead Self, Lead With Others and Change Your World; and it is through our citizen leadership development education that we are able to nurture and support our inclusive community and deliver on the promise of Ravenscroft’s mission to prepare our children to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.

Given Ravenscroft’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and to help further the school’s efforts in this area, this fall Ravenscroft will participate in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM). A comprehensive self-study, AIM has two parts and engages our whole school community in an 18-month in-depth evaluation of our inclusivity and multiculturalism.

The first part of AIM includes a confidential online survey managed by NAIS, referred to as a “climate survey,” and will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

The second part of AIM comprises committee work focusing on all aspects of our school including school life, school governance and leadership, and teaching and learning. We anticipate starting this work in January 2019. Small focus-group committee discussions will be facilitated by trained experts from OpenSource Leadership, and the committees will discuss strategic questions related to a specific area of concentration to generate insights that will be included in the assessment and shared with the entire school community.

“Ravenscroft has a commitment to diversity, inclusivity and providing a welcoming educational environment where everyone feels safe. It is essential that we evaluate ourselves on a regular basis to understand where we stand as a community in this area,” Kevin Anderson ’82, chair of the Ravenscroft board of trustees, said. “The board views Ravenscroft’s work with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) as mission-critical in preparing our students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.”  

The survey, which is administered and analyzed by NAIS, takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is completely confidential.

All Ravenscroft families, faculty, staff and recent alumni are strongly encourage to participate and will receive a link to the survey via email.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs, Susan Perry, Ph.D, MSW, LCSW.