Gateway School recognizes it is built upon land taken from the people who lived where the school now stands. We acknowledge the many tribes that gathered here, the Rumsien, the Amah Mutsun, and those of the Awaswas language group, to name a few. The Indigenous people lived with respect upon this land for thousands of years, and many still live here today.
Our Philosophy About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At Gateway School, we recognize that an education rich in the practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is essential for students to thrive in a multicultural world. We believe that this work is a necessity and that it is not optional. As we move towards Cultural Proficiency, a model for shifting the culture of a school through individual transformation and organizational change, our goal is to promote the viewpoint that cultural difference is an asset.
We are committed to promoting inclusion, embracing diversity, and engaging in social justice work. We recognize that these efforts are complex and ongoing. We are committed to the guiding principles of actively questioning our own biases, promoting educational experiences and conversations that deepen our understanding of social justice, and honoring our authentic selves and those of others in safety and respect.
Any student who emerges into our culturally diverse society speaking only one language and with a mono-cultural perspective on the world can legitimately be considered educationally ill-prepared. — Sonia Nieto
DEI Curriculum Integration
We aspire to create and maintain a school-wide system that centers diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of our lives, from the academic curriculum and social/emotional program to our operational policies. To achieve transformative learning about identity, diversity, and justice, our faculty weave these concepts into their curriculum throughout the year. We do this by integrating the Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias Framework and Social Justice Standards throughout our K-8 curriculum.
We must act upon the power we have to make positive change if we are to move towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society, and that work begins within our classrooms. Our goals for students are multi-faceted:
- Students will learn to challenge, confront, and disrupt misconceptions, untruths, and stereotypes that lead to inequality and discrimination based on cultural differences.
- Students will be given and utilize the resources necessary to learn to their full potential.
- Students will learn in an environment that promotes critical thinking and agency for social change.
This work in action
Here are just a few examples of how our program weaves issues of social justice throughout the curriculum. We are highly sensitive to the need to avoid stand-alone projects that don’t give children time and support to grapple with these topics.
You really can change the world if you care enough. — Maya Angelou
Faculty Training and Support
We are committed to providing ongoing training and support for our faculty and staff to move towards anti-bias and anti-racist stances as educators.
Culture is a problem-solving resource we need to draw on, not a problem to be solved. – Terry Cross