Mission & Diversity Statement
Mission of Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley educates a diverse population of boys and girls, inspiring them to strive for academic excellence and to develop a high sense of personal and social responsibility.
We offer a challenging and rigorous course of study in both French and English, set in a multicultural environment.
We support each student in the acquisition of skills and the development of character necessary for citizenship in an increasingly complex world.
We believe in the following values: bilingualism, educational excellence, global citizenship, community.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
EB’s diversity and inclusion statement reflects and supports the unique character of our school community:
Ecole Bilingue’s goal, as reflected in our mission, is to educate global citizens and empower them to thrive and make a difference in their communities, wherever they may be in the world. EB believes that global citizenship begins with acknowledging, understanding and embracing diversity in all its forms. EB’s multiculturalism is a gift and an opportunity. We value differences and aspire to be inclusive and respectful of all aspects of diversity.
To create a more vibrant and equitable school community, EB endeavors to achieve inclusiveness through the composition and actions of our board of trustees, faculty, staff and student body. EB’s commitment to understanding differences and fostering respect and inclusiveness affects all aspects of the school, including what and how we teach and learn, and how we behave.
Aspects of diversity may include but are not limited to perceived or embraced racial or ethnic identity, country and region of origin, language spoken, political, spiritual, religious and philosophical beliefs, social and economic conditions, gender and sexual orientations, age, skin color and other physical appearances, physical abilities, learning abilities, family configuration, and the many other ways in which individuals are both unique and similar.
How does this statement reflect what we are already doing?
The EB community is extraordinarily diverse, with over 50 nationalities and the full spectrum of cultures, traditions, family configurations and viewpoints. We already have programs in place, both in the classrooms and in the broader community, that demonstrate our commitment to understanding and embracing the many forms of diversity. Examples of diversity and inclusion in action at EB include:
- Training for all faculty and staff in diversity and tolerance, including a training with Alison Parks from BLINK Consultants to discuss some common understandings and misconceptions about furthering the diversity work at independent schools, and a recent training with Dereca Blackmon, Director of Education and Training in the Diversity and First Generation Office at Stanford University, on cultural humility.
- Strong anti-bullying and student support programs.
- Character education. The four character education pillars selected by our faculty are: respect, responsibility, caring and self-confidence; obviously all four of these impact how a diverse student community interacts in a healthy and responsible way. The character pillar of “respect” has been regularly discussed with all students at all grade levels, at the classroom level and in cycle assemblies, and part of these discussions have been discussions and conversations about the need for respect for differences.
- Ongoing focus on differentiated learning to support the many learning styles in our classrooms.
- Diversity and Inclusion Workshop for Board of Trustees by BLINK and attendance by trustees at talks on diversity and inclusion at CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) conference.
What are our next steps?
As educators, we see diversity and inclusion as an ongoing process: there are always more conversations to be held and more children to teach. Diversity and Inclusion is one of the “Five Pillars” of our current projet d’établissement (academic long-range plan). Part of the projet d’établissement’s work in this area will be to provide curriculum and other pedagogical resources to help our faculty and staff further incorporate inclusion and respect for difference into everyday practice. The faculty and administration will work together to ensure these principles are well integrated into all aspects of school life.