Milton is a safe and generous place for young people to learn. The adults in our School model and teach respect in thought, word and action. Milton’s K–8 faculty strive to prepare and draw the best from a diverse group of students. Helping our students become culturally competent means understanding our own identities and place in the world.
Our faculty must represent the many different backgrounds, experiences and histories that we hope our students will encounter in their lives. We strive to provide a broad range of role models, who align with students’ interests and identities, and we want all our students to have the powerful and realistic experience of learning from, and being accountable to, mentors of various cultures. Recent efforts in recruiting and retaining excellent teachers with diverse backgrounds and experiences have increased our percentage of faculty of color to 19 percent, and we are working to further increase that number.
As adults, learning from experienced and insightful professionals about multiculturalism and education helps us become better teachers. Each Milton administrator has participated in weeklong leadership training directed by agencies nationally recognized for their work in multicultural education at independent schools.
Our faculty complete a yearlong professional development program on diversity and building a welcoming School environment. Workshops include family structure, forming racial identity in the elementary years, and socioeconomic range. In addition, they have participated in workshops offered by the Association of Independent Schools of New England, Diversity Directions, Equity Collaborative, Dr. Steven Jones, Shelly Tockluk, and Visions, Inc.
We recognize the need for identity-specific professional development and support for our faculty, as well. This includes support about issues of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender identity; the importance of being an ally; and providing participation in the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference.
Interested teachers also gather bi-weekly to participate in the K–8 Diversity Council, where they share ideas and experiences.