Critical Race Training in Education
Mailing Address
207 Main Street
Concord, Massachusetts 01742
Phone
(978) 402-2250
School Information
"Welcome to Concord Academy, an independent, coeducational boarding and day school renowned for world-class faculty, passionate students, and graduates who make their mark on the world. Founded in 1922, Concord Academy has long balanced high academic standards with a focus on educating the whole student through the arts, athletics, and engagement in the world. Our community thrives on a love of learning, thanks to the care and partnership of teachers who support our students as individuals and challenge them every day to think critically and creatively" (Source: https://concordacademy.org/about/). Concord offers courses in "the sciences, arts, and humanities." The student to faculty ratio is 6 to 1, and there are 68 faculty. The total study class is 395.
General Information
Concord Academy has joined the anti-racism movement by offering numerous resources for anti-racism and DEI. Concord offers a resource for teachers on how to implement diversity in the curriculum. Concord has also created a new position for the Director of Community and Equity. Concord also has created a committee on these issues. As of now, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required. However, see developments below:

Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    Concord created a position for a Director of Community and Equity. One of the goals of this position is to "bring a diversity, equity, and anti-racist lens to every aspect of the functioning of the districts." CA appointed Andrew Nyamekye for this position, effective July 1, 2021.

  • Resources

    Concord released an article listing "10+ Tools for Better Anti-Racism Conversations."

  • Resources

    As further resources for anti-racism, Concord hosts a virtual conference for the "Summer Institute on Education, Equity, and Justice" and also offers a resource course titled, "Lead an Equitable Online Classroom."

  • Resources

    Concord announced that "in the 2017-2018 school year, the Cultural Competency Steering Committee was charged with drafting a shared vision and understanding for increasing the cultural competency of educators and staff." This involved the creation of a Cultural Competency Newsletter, in addition to cultural competency resources and presentations.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On April 8, 2021, Concord announced that it appointed Grant Hightower as the Director of Community and Equity.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 2, 2020, Concord released a statement on Facebook saying, "In the week since the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a white police officer, our community has mourned and marched alongside many across the United States, and the world. Floyd’s death follows too many others in a history of American racism that has brought countless Black lives to untimely and violent ends. We as the leaders of Concord Academy write to you today to speak out against racial injustice, to remind us of the values that bind us, and share some steps we’ll be taking in the short term before we share the work we hope to accomplish collectively in the coming days and weeks."

  • Symbolic Actions

    Concord released a statement on Facebook saying, "This Pride month feels particularly poignant as protests and rallies call for racial justice in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The LGBTQ community owes a great debt to the Black and Latinx queer and trans activists, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who sparked the 1969 Stonewall Riots. At this time I pause to think of CA's contributions to LGBTQ history forming the nation's first Gay Straight Alliance (now named the Gender Sexuality Alliance), and reaching the 5th anniversary of our Queer People of Color affinity space, founded by Quess Green '16. In the spirit of Pride, I want to remind our community that queer and trans Black lives matter." This post was also featured on its Instagram account.

Last updated November 9th, 2021