Vineyard Montessori School is intentionally committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice (DEIBJ) on a quest to make the world a better place through the development of each generation. These core values allow us to celebrate and respect the differences that contribute to the fabric of our community and empower us to name and oppose inequity and injustice when it is present. Our students feel a strong sense of belonging and are prepared to be compassionate, active, engaged, and informed global citizens.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education…
Our work to date
Goals for Toddler-Primary DEIBJ work
Goals for Elementary-Middle School DEIBJ work
Our work ahead
We commit to creating a culture of belonging by leveraging continuous learning, addressing biases, evaluating educational decisions and curriculum, and supporting responsible action. The Montessori principles, philosophy, and tenets align with the core values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice (DEIBJ), and we recognize that this is a work in progress that is continuously evolving.
Maria Montessori believed each generation of children brings renewed hope for a more peaceful world. But so often in our practice we make the mistake of isolating peace as a separate curricular area. As children move from respecting their physical space to respectful collaboration, from projecting their own desires for peace and social justice to leading that change, they will come to understand that conflict is an opportunity for growth and understand their own potential for leadership. This is the essence of Montessori, and can be found in the design of the materials, the prepared environment, and in their actions.
Deeper commitment to education for peace and social justice supports the attainment of basic human rights such as freedom, dignity, safety, equitable treatment, and a standard of living adequate for health and wellbeing.
By creating respectful, inclusive classrooms, celebrating diversity in all its forms, crossing cultural boundaries, and modeling engaged citizenry, Montessori educators nurture students who will transform the world and make it a better place for their generation and the generations that follow.