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Promoting Inclusion in the Classroom

Date Posted:  Wednesday, February 12, 2020

EB continuously strives to be a community where all students, faculty, staff and parents feel happy, safe and recognized. A school community that is diverse and inclusive. Those goals are deeply embedded in our Mission, Vision and Values. Every day, our teachers bring these values to life in the classroom and we see this especially present in SEL and Advisory.

We have aligned the monthly topics addressed in both SEL and Advisory to create a developmentally appropriate continuum from Grades 1 through 8. 

Christopher Colebourn leads restorative justice circles during SEL time with his students.

In January, the theme was “Power of Words”. Students learned that their words have power and can have a harmful impact on others but they can also be used to empower themselves and others. They discussed how words can either create divide or build bridges. They practiced empathy and how to apologize meaningfully. 

During the month of February, Black History Month, students will be learning about Black scientists and inventors while also exploring and celebrating their own sense of racial identity. 

Over the next months, students will dive into topics such as analyzing and breaking down gender stereotypes, gender identity, our role in stopping climate change, and understanding and respecting learning differences. 

Celebrating African-American Scientists and Inventors during Black History Month

Blog Type:  Diversity
Date Posted:  Saturday, February 1, 2020

EB is celebrating the lives and accomplishments of great African-American scientists and inventors for Black History Month. Here are some great books and videos that parents can read and watch with their children. 

Teaching Your Child About Black History Month (

Top 15 Children’s Books for Black History Month (

Black History Month (by Scholastic Kids Press Corps)

African-American Pioneers (​

Ten Black Scientists that Science Teachers Should Know About (



  • Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? by Patrice McLaurin
  • Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids by Kimberly Brown Pellum, PhD
  • Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
  • Black Pioneers of Science and Invention by Louis Haber
  • A Girl With A Mind For Math: The Story of Raye Montague, by Julia Finley Mosca​
  • Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashati Harrison (book)
  • Little Legends: Bold Women in Black History by Vashati Harrison (book)



Girl Power Club Takes on Issues Affecting Women

Blog Type:  Diversity Middle School
Date Posted:  Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Several G7 students created a Girl Power club that meets weekly to discuss how to handle conflict, to assert themselves in and out of the classroom, and to put their ideals to work.

Alexandra K, Stella P, Sasha P, Claire A, Leyla A, and Sonia S put together a petition to abolish the so-called Tampon Tax in California. The students researched the issue and found that 42 states, including California, charge a “luxury tax” on feminine hygiene products because they are considered non-essential.

At 7.5%, California has one of the highest taxes on feminine hygiene products, netting about $20M a year from sales. As a result of their research and outrage, they wrote a petition that they’ve circulated online and in person in the Rockridge and Elmwood neighborhoods.

They plan to submit their petition to their state Assembly person and State senator. EB community members can find and sign the petition "Abolish Tax On Feminine Products".

Celebrating Black History Month in First and Second grades

Blog Type:  Diversity Lower School
Date Posted:  Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Black History Month has been a big part of the English curriculum this February for both 1st and 2nd graders. Students began by learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

In first grade, students wrote and drew about their own dreams for their families, school, community or world. Throughout the month, first graders have been learning about famous African Americans including Jackie Robinson, Ruby Bridges and Melba Doretta Liston through various read alouds. The discussions we’ve had have opened up a lot of questions and observations about the differences in skin color in our classrooms.

Before the break we read the wonderful book “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz. After, students did a meaningful activity with People Colors Paint, mixing various paint colors together (including Peach, Mahogany, Tan, etc.) to match their own skin tone. This activity showed off all of the beautiful and diverse skin colors that we have in our classrooms.

Finding my own skin tone. Everybody has a different one.

In 2nd grade, after learning about Dr. King and his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, students wrote their own dreams inside a self portrait silhouette they made. Throughout February, students have worked on their first ever biography reports. Each student learned about a notable African American through age appropriate books and texts. They then created a lapbook to present to their classmates, and teach one another. In the end, students have learned about numerous African Americans that have made a lasting impact in our country.  

Learning about famous African-Americans in U.S. history.
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