Goshen Friends School has a multi-faceted approach toward growing diversity awareness in our community through a culturally competent curriculum, professional development for staff, and events for the entire community.
Our efforts are led by teachers themselves as well as by our diversity coordinator, who is currently receiving informal training with a National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project trainer. Through this training, our diversity coordinator provides a connection to current research on diversity, in addition to the tools and language that are crucial for having conversations around diversity and social justice.
Our commitment to diversity is demonstrated through:
Our school is also a member of the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative, a group of nine small area elementary and middle schools that are committed to discussions on difference, social justice, and equity in and around the classroom. In April 2015, eight third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Goshen Friends School participated in a GPDC-sponsored diversity conference for young learners. GFS hopes to host the 2016 conference on our West Chester campus.
Fifth grade graduates are effective communicators and creative problem solvers and approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are "ready" in every sense.