Our Strategic Focus

Corlears’ board of trustees, administrative staff, and faculty reflected on the school’s Mission Statement to identify three key areas of focus: Faculty and Staff Expertise, Equity and Inclusion, and Math Education.

These areas of focus build on several years of successful growth, showcase our growing position as a thought leader in early years education, and are integrated into our long-term plan for financial sustainability, which includes support from enrollment, auxiliary programs, and fundraising.

Through this work, we strive to honor the past, celebrate the present, and contemplate how we want to shape the future.

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FACULTY AND STAFF EXPERTISE

Corlears’ history and continued commitment to educating young children is supported by our expert faculty, all of whom have a specific experience and background in early childhood and elementary education.

To honor our tradition, the faculty and staff expertise initiative is focused on professional development, leadership, and faculty salaries. This celebrates our teachers’ desire to learn and grow, and includes a multi-year effort to standardize and elevate faculty salaries, shaping the way we recognize their tremendous contribution to the Corlears experience.

Progress in 2018-19:

  • By the end of the school year, all teachers will have completed their baseline training that extends well beyond their graduate degrees, including a Responsive Classroom training and diversity training with the Center for Racial Justice.

  • We augmented and reorganized leadership within the educational program, which is now a collaboration of our Assistant Head of School & Director of Teaching and Learning leading the faculty and curriculum development, along with our Dean of Students leading the Student Support Team.

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EQUITY AND INCLUSION

The Corlears mission has always centered on making a space for young children to learn and grow in compassion, imagination, critical thinking, and leadership. Young children need positive self-identities and an understanding of how to acknowledge and celebrate difference in an inclusive and equitable way.

We honor this approach in all our work through an understanding of these developmental needs of young children. Our goal has been to examine all aspects of the school’s operations through the lens of social justice, equity, and inclusion. We celebrate the areas in which we have been successful, such as the creation of community forums to discuss issues of social justice, the development of the Parents of Students of Color (POSOC) affinity group – as well as the creation of inclusive spaces that allow all children to see themselves reflected in their learning. We continue to look for ways to shape our approach to social justice education.

Progress in 2018-19:

  • In every classroom, we are continuing to build the presence of social justice, equity, and inclusion in the Corlears curriculum through a focus on identity and fairness. We also continue to develop and support conversations about race through our social justice morning meetings, literature-based inquiry, and art explorations.

  • We are actively hiring a Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Life to play a leadership role at Corlears and to help us create both a curriculum that reflects our commitment to social justice and an environment that embraces equity and inclusivity.

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MATH EDUCATION

Corlears’ specialization in teaching children age 2 through 5th grade means we are passionate about how young children learn the foundations of mathematics. Over the past several years we have taken major steps forward in developing a highly sophisticated math program for our students.

To honor our commitment to this work, we focused on professional development in the K through 5th grades to unlock every teacher’s math teaching abilities, which is essential to the continuing development of our educators. We are now able to celebrate the level of teaching that is shaping the future development of our math education programming.

Progress in 2018-19:

  • We have worked to create a fully aligned scope and sequence, developed strands for Habits of Mind, problem-solving skills, and math language and thinking.

  • We continue to confer with students and teachers to deepen age-level content knowledge.

  • We added a Math Coach position to help shepherd the program into the future.

  • We are looking at ways that we can share our expertise in this area, and partner with parents to help them better understand contemporary elementary math education.