What We Stand For

Equity and Anti-Bias

We shall walk together on this path for life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.
-Maria Montessori

LMS Cultural Fest 2017

 
The Multi-Purpose Room was buzzing on Saturday, September 23rd as LMS came together to celebrate International Peace Day 2017. LMS families shared stories, delicacies, games, books and history of their cultures with the LMS community. 

To the many families who shared their heritage -- many thanks for a uniquely-LMS celebration.
 
Countries represented:  Austria, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, Vietnam.  Thank you for delicious food and beautiful, informative displays.

Unity Dance

Let's spread unity and positivity through dance. 

We are all different but WE ARE ONE. At Lexington Montessori School, differences are promoted and celebrated. Teachers, staff, and students at LMS understand that being unique and different is a strength--we find joy in that and we want to share it with others. In light of recent events where much of our mission regarding peace and equality have been challenged. How exactly does LMS plan to spread unity and positivity? With a flash dance in as many public places as possible and with many other schools. Everyone will dance to the song We Are One by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull in locations such as on the steps of the State House, in Harvard Square, the Public Garden--any place where we can openly spread the word about the importance and joy of accepting others, of being ONE.

The Womens' March

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  • Boston and D.C.

    The Womens’ Marches on January 21st attracted a lot of LMS community members.  The marches were described as “peaceful and non-partisan” and promoted the values of “human rights, equal rights, and freedom from discrimination.” For these reasons, Lexington Montessori School applied for and was accepted as a “Community Partner” based on our commitment to these values as expressed in our statements of school mission, diversity and sustainability.

    Were these marches political and partisan?  For many, yes.  The marches were also peaceful and represented reinforcement of our beliefs as members of this community and all that we teach and support at LMS.

    As a community, we believe in the power of mutual respect, multiple perspectives, conflict resolution with words, compassion, responsibility, cooperation, collaboration and independence. These comprise the foundation of what we teach and share with students, families and each other; these aspects of our community are often at odds with the way the world and people behave, making them all the more essential to model.

    The recent increase in acts of intolerance by people of all ages in this country, the prospect of even more obstacles to refuge for families from war-ravaged parts of the world, denial of the unhealthy and catastrophic deterioration of our planet, and the growing isolation from the world rather than cooperation with it are just some examples of the current momentum of the country. At LMS our curriculum, values, and pedagogy allow children to learn and experience a more just, peaceful, and compassionate community than they might see in the world. Children learn about themselves, and about their friends, as essential to our community and, at the same time, they understand we are a small part of a big world. Students learn to support statements and opinions with evidence and facts, and they learn to take action when they witness or experience injustice.  In the context of current events our work feels even more important.  As we say in our statement of diversity: We hope our children will go on to their next educational experience feeling rooted in their individual identities, with a profound appreciation for both difference and interconnection.
     
LMS Peace Assembly

On Wednesday September 21, 2016, we came together to celebrate the International Day of Peace. What made this celebration particularly special is the fact that we were part of a group of more than 135,000 children in many Montessori Schools around the world doing the same thing.

Equity and Anti-Bias: The Work

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  • Student Affinity Groups

    Elementary and middle school children who share an affinity can choose to have lunch together once every few weeks. These groups foster strong, supportive relationahips.
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  • Multicultural Menu - Faculty and staff task force

    Provides opportunities for faculty and staff to learn from each other via book groups, gathering at local ethnic venues and restaurants, attending movies together.
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  • Professional Development -- Inclusion and Understanding

    Faculty and staff participate routinely in workshops, conferences, and on-campus activities to deepen their understanding of issues of diversity.

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  • Anti-Bias Curriculum - Toddler through Middle School

    The anti-bias curriculum provides children opportunities to explore differences, value multiple perspectives, identify and reject stereotypes, and work for equity and justice.
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