The Lab School of Washington

4759 Reservoir Road, NW 20007 Washington, DC
Phone: 202-965-6600
      
The Lab School of Washington is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive community that accepts and affirms the full identities of all people. 
 
We know through experience that people with learning differences are often subjected to multiple levels of potential disadvantage and discrimination in school and in the community through dynamics such as lowered expectations, tracking, tokenism, stereotype threat, and implicit bias against LD.  
 
At Lab, we celebrate difference in learning with courage, experience, and resourcefulness.  Our faculty and staff are dedicated to creating a learning environment that helps our students feel a sense of belonging at school; we work to ensure our students do not have to hide aspects of themselves because they fear peers who will make fun of their learning differences.  We come to the diversity and inclusion experience authentically from the learning difference perspective.  Our community at The Lab School is particularly primed for authentic work in inclusion, diversity, and social justice.  We operate from a fundamental foundation, which most schools have to to spend years building.

 
 
      
 
We recognize that being a student with a learning difference, a parent of a child with a learning difference, or an educator of a student with a learning difference is but one aspect of the identity our community members bring to Lab. Our work in diversity and inclusion grows from that starting point, and is supported by the efforts of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and parents. Below is a sampling of some of those efforts from the past few years:
  • Attended national and local faculty and student conferences focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., National Association of Independent School’s People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference, National Association of Independent School’s Diversity Leadership Institute, Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington’s workshops on gender and sexual diversity, student diversity summits in DC area)
  • Initiated faculty book clubs (i.e., Whistling Vivaldi, Between the World and Me), which inspired the whole school read of Whistling Vivaldi, and this year, many read Blindspot.
  • Developed a 9th grade curriculum theme around identity and stereotypes
  • Recruited new faculty and staff at diversity hiring fairs
  • Welcomed various speakers for JH/HS/Faculty (e.g., transgender teen; transgender writer/teacher, Loving v. Virginia attorney, LGBT leaders, child slavery survivor, Eye to Eye CoFounder, Native American activist)
  • Expanded our Elementary library to include more titles that represent different cultures and family compositions
  • Hosted parent meetings to discuss diversity topics
  • Engaged Dr. Derrick Gay, a nationally-recognized Diversity Consultant, to help us develop better cultural competencies and lead us in generating strategic goals for diversity and inclusivity


At Lab, we agree with the researchers, educators, and scientists who have found that increasing the diversity of student backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in a class --- creating a class that is inclusive of multiple cultures, experiences, and perspectives --- serves as a force-multiplier to the learning process. (from “Thoughts on Creativity, Diversity, and Innovation in Science and Education” by S. James Gates, Jr., J.S. Toll Professor of Physics and Center for Particle and String Theory Director @ U of MD College Park.) We also agree that this is one of the many reasons to create a more inclusive learning community.

The Lab School of Washington provides a world-class education that should be accessible to families from multiple cultures, backgrounds, and household incomes. These pages will both chronicle and support our work towards that goal and the others we will generate along the way.

 

Resources

These are books, articles, films, and other types of media that Lab Community members have been talking about:

List of 4 items.

  • WEB

    Teaching Tolerance - An organization whose website has many resources, especially for teachers.

    A Better Start - Click for a link to the report on why classroom diversity matters in early education

    Microagressions in the Classroom:

    4 Ways Teachers Can Address Microaggressions in the Classroom

    Addressing Racial Microaggressions in Our Schools
  • BOOKS

    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

    Another Brooklyn
    by Jacqueline Woodson

    "Trev" by Jacqueline Woodson

    Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
    by Claude M. Steele
     
    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
     
    Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
     
    What if I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People by Verna A. Myers
     
    Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue
     
    Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
     
    It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality by Michelangelo Signorile
     
    From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools by Jennifer Bryan
     
    Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
  • OTHER PRINT

    Race/Related – NYTimes Newsletter (free subscription via link)
    Black in America: Smithsonian Magazine Special Issue, September 2016
  • AUDIO/VIDEO

    American Promise 2013 Documentary by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson
The Difference is Extraordinary
The Lab School of Washington
4759 Reservoir Road, NW | Washington, DC 20007-1921 | 202-965-6600