Equity & Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion Classes & Student Workshops


Newark Academy’s faculty takes pride in being educators dedicated to the development of the “whole child.” As such, a commitment to matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion can be seen in the skills-based approach of both the Middle School and Upper School. Indeed, knowledge and skills for equity and inclusion are understood as important to academic and professional excellence. Specifically, in both divisions and across academic departments, cultural competence is heralded as an integral part of NA’s mission to “contribute to the world engaged individuals instilled with a passion for learning, a standard of excellence, and a generosity of spirit.”

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  • Creating Community 6

    Creating Community seeks to develop a student’s ability to contribute effectively and constructively to the development of a positive community ethos. Through hands-on activities and discussion a student has the opportunity to learn introductory knowledge of group dynamics and to practice essential competencies in three major areas: self-management/self-awareness, social awareness/relationship skills, and responsible decision making about their personal and social behaviors. Lessons emphasize the concepts and application of communication and listening skills, teamwork, collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution skills, critical and creative thinking, self-reflection, and the qualities of personal integrity, kindness, and appreciation for the diverse perspectives and experiences of others.  The course is a pass-fail course with little to no work required beyond class time. Assessment is based on the level of mastery of constructive engagement and self-sufficiency tasks as detailed in the Middle School Skills Tree and 6th Grade Skills Rubric.
  • Creating Community 9: Tools for Belonging

    Creating Community 9 is a required, part-time course for 9th-grade students. It will meet once per cycle in the second half of the year, after the conclusion of Peer Group. Students will explore issues of difference, diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and belonging in an effort to form a school community in which all may thrive as their authentic selves. Using an experiential learning model and case studies, students will be offered the opportunity to make meaning of their personal and social identities in the context of wider social systems. Students will learn and practice the necessary skills to engage and thrive as inclusive members of the diverse community of learners at Newark Academy.  

Co-Curricular Workshops

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  • Middle School Advisory Program

    The Middle School Advisory programming focuses on social-emotional learning that supports healthy well-being. Advisors discuss and guide students on how to identify their emotions, manage their behavior, understand their identity, evaluate their relationships with others, and recognize how their actions impact others. Equity and Inclusion practices are intertwined directly into these monthly themes throughout the year; Examples of specific E&I programming includes topics such as Inclusion, Mattering, Self-Regulation, Cognitive Distortions, Healthy Boundaries, Maintaining Relationships, and Mental Health. 
  • Middle School Common Period Presentations

    Throughout the school year, in coordination with the Middle School Counselor, the Office of Equity and Inclusion offers co-curricular programs to students in all of the grades in the Middle School. Specific topics are as follows:

    6th Grade
    • Comfort Zones, Learning Zones, and Danger Zones - Understanding Microaggressions
    • Understanding Gender and Relationships in Midsummer’s Night Dream

    7th Grade
    • Perception, Power, and Privilege in The House on Mango Street
    • Understanding Poverty, Self-Image, and Stereotypes in “Absolute True Diary”
    • Community, Social Media, and Problematic Language
    8th Grade
    • Who Am I? Identity and Intersectionality
    • Understanding Systems of Inequity
    • Acting as Community Leaders: Challenging Inappropriate Humor
  • Upper School Advisory Program

    Advisor groups allow students to interact with classmates with whom they do not have classes, play on teams, interact socially or otherwise get to know. By providing a connection to a small group within the larger school community and to an adult who cares about his/her/their well-being, each student can experience a feeling of belonging and inclusion. The advisor group provides students the opportunity to practice the valuable skills of conversation such as sharing speaking time and actively listening while creating a safe space in which each advisee feels included, involved, valued and known.
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