I would like to encourage you to support one of our important parent led initiatives at QAE. The Families of Color group, established in 2014 has already had a profoundly positive impact on our school community.
Our mandate to serve as a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) school of 21st Century Learners requires us to be intentional about respecting and honoring diversity and inclusion in our community conversations. As a staff we believe QAE is enriched by diversity and that our students need to be assured of their sense of belonging in our community regardless of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.
The members of this parent group have provided valuable insights on where we have opportunities to strengthen our community to make it a truly inclusive and welcoming place for all of our families and most importantly, for all of our students.
With the support of the Families of Color team, cultural competency skills were explicitly identified as a requirement in our hiring announcement, interview, and selection processes for new hires for the 2015/16 school year. We intend to continue this partnership to provide tools and resources for parents, our teachers and our community.
On behalf of the QAE Families of Color group I extend an invitation to you to attend their kick-off meeting of this year to support this important work and learn more about opportunities for you to have input in this important dialogue.
When: Tuesday, October 20th 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: QAE Library
Childcare is provided, please RVSP with ages and number of children you'll be bringing to firstname.lastname@example.org