近年来, Providence Day’s curriculum has moved to intentionally incorporate the experiences of marginalized and underrepresented groups in core classes. 五年前, 学校实施了PD护照, 它包含了技能, 特征, 知识, and global competencies that each PD student will acquire by graduation. The passport serves as a guideline for each curricular review.
POSITIVE IDENTITY AFFIRMATION AND FOUNDATIONAL
UNDERSTANDING OF BIPOC HISTORY AND CULTURE
在低年级的早期, curriculum serves to positively affirm the identity of every student by providing windows and mirrors that allow all students to see themselves reflected as well as expose them to the experiences of others. This begins with culture surveys and continues with self por特征, 项目名称, 家庭传统, 还有宗教庆典. Physical attributes are affirmed and celebrated with the inclusion of diverse literature and multicultural skin-tone materials used for projects such as the self por特征. Classroom conversations provide students the language to challenge bias, racism, and stereotypes. Global studies focus on Canada, Mexico, Kenya, China, India, and Germany. First through fifth grade emphasizes Black, 土著, and People of Color (BIPOC) history and culture which includes but is not limited to: hidden figures, 传记, 移民, 公民权利, 社会正义行动主义. They also learn about contributions women and people of color have made to aviation, 人权, 政府, 表演和视觉艺术. 另外, 学生们会进行观点转换, such as learning about colonization from the experience of colonized people. The latter grades build on students’ introduction to the major world religions through a scaffolded religious literacy curriculum.
FOSTERING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY, ELEVATING VOICES OF MARGINALIZED
COMMUNITIES, AND BUILDING SKILLS THROUGH PERSPECTIVE TAKING
在中学, students gain the 知识 and skills necessary to intentionally build inclusive communities. Throughout the curriculum they learn about the histories of peoples that are not typically covered in traditional curriculum such as that of the ancient African civilizations, 包括库什和黑法老, as well as that of the indigenous aboriginal populations of Australia and the First Peoples of Canada. 在课堂上, they explore why the histories of some populations have been historically elevated above others. This development of critical thinking skills continues with their study of the founding documents of the United States. In their examination of the statements “All men are created equal” and “We the people,” students interrogate: Did these ideals apply to everyone? 包括谁? 谁被遗漏了? 我们目前是否达到了这些理想?
They continue to explore these themes through the study of literature and art, contemplating how stereotypes and cultural biases are formed, 采取行动, 和挑战. 中学 students also examine how 政府政策 can result in inequitable environmental impacts on communities. The 知识 and skills cultivated in the classroom come together in the grade level capstones that focus on building community through collaboration and problem solving in 6th grade, engaging empathetic design to make communities more inclusive in 7th grade, and supporting United Nations sustainability goals by evaluating existing solutions and creating a learning experience for younger students in 8th grade.
UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMS AND APPLYING KNOWLEDGE
The 上学校 curriculum builds on that of 中学 through a comprehensive study of political, 社会经济, 以及文化体系. 九年级时, students think critically about what it means to be a citizen by examining aspects of the justice system, 政府政策, and their impact on marginalized communities. 特别是, they learn about redlining and other forms of housing discrimination and the impact it has on immigrants, 文档化和非文档化, and African-Americans that moved up north as part of the Great Migration.
在充电器冲击挑战赛期间, 课外经历, students further explore the topics of housing discrimination and affordable housing specific to the city of 夏洛特. 十年级的时候, students learn about the political development of African Kingdoms and states throughout the continent and the impact that colonization and imperialism has had on the modern African state. 用英语, students explore the concept of white supremacy in The Great Gatsby as well as learn about diverse approaches to racial uplift during the late 19th and 20th century in their reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. 在高中的最后几年, a wide array of elective courses are offered that allow students to continue to build and apply their 知识 of equitable systems. These include: African-American Literature, 拉丁美洲文学, 非殖民化, 人权与种族灭绝, 高级世界语言课程, AP计算机科学, and a selection of Global Issues courses in the Global Studies Program.