Critical Race Training in Education

John Burroughs School

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Mailing Address
755 South Price Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63124
Phone
(314) 993-4040
Email address
clavigne@jburroughs.org
School Information
John Burroughs School was founded in 1923 and instructs grades 7-12. "John Burroughs School, a college-preparatory day school in St. Louis, Missouri, brings the liberal arts model to secondary education. It offers a core curriculum that supports a broad base of knowledge and skills in the humanities; STEM; the arts; athletics, health and wellness; global awareness and cultural competency; and service and sustainability. This broad base of knowledge provides the opportunity for students to explore possibilities and in the process discover their passions" (Source: https://www.jburroughs.org/about-jbs). The student to faculty ratio is 7 to 1 and its total enrollment is 650 students. Over 100 faculty work at JBS.
General Information
John Burroughs School has created numerous diversity initiatives, including a diversity committee, a Community and Equity Partnership, and the Equity Exchange. JBS requires faculty and staff to have cultural competency training, and JBS's curriculum requires four years of diversity courses. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required of students. However, see developments below:

Activity

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    JBS states that it "provides - and requires - ongoing in-house diversity and cultural competency training for our faculty-at-large."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    JBS states that "one-third of our faculty and staff sit on a diversity committee that reviews and makes recommendations on curriculum development and delivery, professional development and the campus environment."

  • Symbolic Actions

    JBS has an Office of DEI which "serves as a central point of effort and coordination of student support and programming; faculty/staff engagement and professional development; community education and outreach; and assessment of all DEI initiatives."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In 2015, JBS created a Community and Equity Partnership which is a "forum for parents, guardians, and alums, under the Office of DEI." It plans programs, events, and initiatives for diversity.

  • Symbolic Actions

    In 2019, JBS "sponsored a panel discussion of equitable education."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In 2015, JBS created the Equity Exchange which "was conceived through numerous conversations with educators around the nation who expressed the need to advance our work beyond 'Diversity 101.'"

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    JBS's curriculum incorporates a "four-year seminar sequence to ensure all students build skills for cultural/global competency."

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    JBS states that "every faculty and staff member is required to commit to cultural competency training and are offered opportunities for one-on-one coaching."

  • Program and Research Funding

    JBS received two EE Ford grants for its Equity Exchange program.

  • Symbolic Actions

    JBS highlighted Leyla Fern King for a "nonprofit racial equity storytelling project."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    JBS requires students to take a course titled Diversity Seminar.

  • Resources

    The JBS library held an event for diversity issues in the library collection.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On July 9, 2020, JBS highlighted on Facebook a student who joined Runners Against Racism. This post was also featured on its Twitter account.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 22, 2020, JBS highlighted on Facebook a student who was selected as an Impact Award recipient for "actors, producers, writers, and content creators who are striving for a more equitable and inclusive industry that reflects the diversity and richness of our communities." This post was also featured on its Twitter account.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 4, 2020, JBS's Head of School released a statement saying that the graduation night "was also a moment when our thoughts remained transfixed on the brutal murder of George Floyd."

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    On June 3, 2020, JOBS announced that it would hold an event hosting President Obama "to discuss the tragic events of recent weeks, the history of police violence in America, and specific action steps needed to transform a system that has led to the loss of too many lives." This post was also featured on its Twitter account.

Critical Race Training Courses Offered

Last updated November 9th, 2021