Portledge School’s commitment to educating its students for national and global citizenship is aligned with our new Strategic Plan goal of Equity and Social Justice. Portledge implements co-curricular programs of intercultural education equipping students with the knowledge and skills they will need for leadership and life in a diverse and interdependent world. This new strategic plan goal is designed to create an inclusive learning environment that engages teachers, students, families, staff, and administrators in a commitment to equity, social justice, and intercultural awareness.
The Diversity Coordinator is responsible for the development and leadership of intercultural education activities, training, and programs. These interactions help educate and promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity and inclusion on and off campus, as well as increasing multicultural competence throughout the school community. In addition, Portledge’s vision and mission statements serve as the main platforms that support our students’ cultural communities, support clubs, and issues related to academic achievement, student development, leadership, conflict resolution, community building and collaboration with other students, and student groups on campus.
In the 2016-2017 academic school year, Portledge began the groundwork that would lead the school in their commitment to preparing its students to navigate in a culturally diverse world for a more tolerant and integrated future. The faculty, staff, and administrators participated and collaborated in different professional development opportunities as well as individual and group training that prepared all of us, as educators, to achieve results and equip our students with the knowledge and skills needed before graduating from Portledge. Through this institutional training, Portledge School promotes commitment to intercultural education and schoolwide initiatives for inclusiveness as every department collaborates and contributes to educating the whole child.
Students have participated in a variety of co-curricular programs and activities reflecting Portledge Pillars of kindness, purpose, honor, and respect. The Portledge Pillars serve as the backbone to our academic and co-curricular programs. Intercultural education encourages students to see issues of diversity as part of their everyday life preparing them to acquire skills that will shape them through adulthood. Our efforts continue to be focused on student-centered learning to give each student the opportunity to explore, create, and excel in all aspect of school life.