In support of our Mission Statement, Palm Valley School is committed to providing an educational environment that actively promotes diversity and equity, fosters cultural competence, and seeks to instill in students and faculty an appreciation for and understanding of the range of human differences.
In our continued effort to expand on this element of our Strategic Plan: Vision 2020, we will be continuing the partnership between Palm Valley School and the National SEED Project to promote equity and inclusion within the school community. The National SEED Project is dedicated to creating conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity.
SEED seminars are facilitated by teachers and school staff who have been trained as SEED leaders. These leaders do not lecture. Instead, they will lead you in experiential, interactive activities and conversations often stimulated by films and readings. Through personal reflection and testimony, listening to others' voices, and learning experientially and collectively, SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege—and challenges us to push for change. SEED values your voice so you can, in turn, better value the voices of your students and children.
Kenton Buck and Zac Hewitt will be facilitating the seminars this year for interested faculty, staff, families and community members once a month from 6 PM to 9 PM beginning on September 26th. We will be discussing an overview of the SEED program and exploring our multicultural selves. A light dinner will also be served!
Please note that these meetings are for adults only. We encourage you to find ways to speak to your children about these topics, but our sessions are not open for children to attend. I hope you will consider joining us at these SEED seminars to support our commitment to diversity and inclusion at Palm Valley School. So that we may plan for dinner, please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org.