Equity and Inclusion

Click here to read Maine Coast Waldorf School's Anti-Racism Statement

Maine Coast Waldorf School strives to promote social justice and is grateful for the presence and contributions of students, families, and faculty of diverse faiths, nationalities, and identities. We are committed to affirming people of all religions, spiritual values, countries of origin, immigration statuses, races, genders, abilities, identities, and sexual orientations. We endeavor to support a wide spectrum of learners whenever possible. MCWS is a multicultural, pluralistic community; we embrace diversity as a core strength of our community and seek to make our curriculum and policies as inclusive as possible. MCWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational programs, hiring, self-government, admissions, financial aid and all other school-related activities, and emphatically rejects discrimination in all its forms.

The healthy social life is found when, in the mirror of each human soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the community, the virtue of each one is living. - Rudolf Steiner

Resources for anti-racism work:
Some families have asked for resources for self-education on anti-racism and for talking with children about racism and violence. We encourage you to talk to your child's teacher if you would like support on how to address these issues with your individual child(ren).

MCWS also has two committees whose mandates are to address issues of equity and inclusion at MCWS:
FCEI: Faculty Committee on Equity and Inclusion (Chaired by Cerridwen McQueen)
BCEI: Board Committee on Equity and Inclusion (Chaired by Susan Stark; also contact Sara Staples, committee member).

Our Blog: Reviewing Our Curriculum Through the Lens of Equity and Inclusion

As Waldorf educators and administrators, we are each looking for spaces to echo the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America’s (AWSNA) call for Responsible Innovation; to evaluate and to expand what we offer. Through this process, we also come to recognize the many ways our curriculum is already designed to build multicultural appreciation and understanding, while honoring that these areas require a thoughtful degree of planning to ensure appropriate representation. As we review our curriculum and practices through the lens of equity and inclusion, we discover a wellspring of creativity and hope for the future. We plan to share some of our experiences through this latest version of our ever-evolving blog.

January 24, 2020: Equity and Inclusion in the Grades: Seventh Grade Algebra
December 31, 2019: Responsible Innovation in the High School Humanities
December 5, 2019: An Idea for Age-Appropriate Inclusivity in Early Childhood Stories