Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Key
Since its inception, Key School has encouraged independent thinking and openness to differing ideas and perspectives. We believe that we learn and grow both as individuals and as a school community when students and adults of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities develop an understanding of and respect for our commonalities and differences. We believe that we learn and grow both as individuals and as a school community when students and adults of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities develop an understanding of and respect for our commonalities and differences.
This is vital to fulfilling Key’s promise to prepare our students for the challenges and responsibilities they will assume within an increasingly connected yet diverse and pluralistic world community.
Therefore, we seek a student body, faculty, staff, administration, and governing board that reflect diversity across a broad spectrum, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, family composition, socioeconomic background, political viewpoint, and religion. While we are committed to acknowledging the varied beliefs
and values of every individual who is part of our community, our first priority
is to the Mission of our School, especially in sustaining an ethical school
culture that respects the dignity of every human being.
Annapolis Book Festival - April 23, 24 & 25, 2021
Make sure to check out the array of authors attending the Annapolis Book Festival 2021!
April is Arab American Heritage Month
Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, municipalities, state legislatures, public servants, and Arab Americans will engage in special events that celebrate the Arab community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.
Happy Ramadan/Ramadan Mubarak to those observing this holy holiday!
Ramadan 2021 is approximately April 12/13 - May 12.
National Deaf History Month - March 13 and runs through April 15
National Deaf History Month is a celebration of the contributions to American society made by the hard of hearing and the Deaf community. It's a great time to recognize Deaf champions and increase awareness of the Deaf community's rich history.
Deaf History Month straddles two months to highlight three of the key milestones in deaf history:
- April 8, 1864: President Abraham Lincoln signs the charter of Gallaudet University in Washington. It was the first school for the advanced education of the Deaf and hard of hearing in the world.
- April 15, 1817: The first permanent public school for the Deaf, the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut, opens.
- March 13, 1988: The Deaf President Now movement succeeds in its fight to name I. King Jordan as the first Deaf president of Gallaudet University. Dr. Jordan became known as a symbol of self-determination and empowerment for Deaf and hard of hearing people around the world.
It's exciting that Haben Girma, author of Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law will be joining us at the Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, April 24.
Learn more about Deaf History Month here
Autism Awareness Month
Autism International Awareness Day is Friday, April 2.
Learn more about previous months' affinity and heritage celebrations here.
We find it important to engage our community with the purpose of education, reconciliation and restoration. Educational institutions have the unique opportunity and obligation to create inclusive, anti-racist learning environments. The cultivation of these types of environments are developed intentionally and are multifaceted. In addition to Dialogues for Justice, all members of Key's faculty and staff are reading Me and White Supremacy this summer. Authored by Layla Saad, this book offers readers a 28-day journey to combat racism through "workbook" activities, cultural and historical information, stories, and definitions. This is just one part of our summer Professional Development that will guide us in strategic planning for inclusivity and justice at Key School.