About

Diversity at Inly

Our Statement on Diversity

Inly School fosters global citizenship by being a community that represents, explores, and honors a diverse mix of experience and expression. Multicultural education and practice is the responsibility and privilege of every member of the Inly community. Inly actively seeks faculty, families, and leadership who embrace and practice skills that reflect our Montessori core values of grace, courtesy, respect, compassion, and empathy.

Office of Inclusion

The mission of the Office of Inclusion is to dismantle systemic racism and build toward an antiracist, multicultural and diverse community at Inly; by developing competent, aware and reflective teaching teams, armed with tools to transform the supremacist narrative of our collective historical context.


Council on Diversity and Equity

The members of Inly's Council on Diversity and Equity (CDE) are a resource for the school community, providing tools and trainings for teachers, parents, students, administrators, and community members on topics related to diversity. We meet once a month and always welcome new voices. In addition to stopping by a meeting, feel free to check in with any serving members when you see us around campus. You can also reach the whole CDE group by sending an email to diversity@inlyschool.org.
Paran Quigley (CDE Co-Chair; Middle School Teacher; Diversity Coordinator)
Katy Sullivan (CDE Co-Chair; Board of Trustees; P’22, P’22, P’28)

Stacey Best (Board of Trustees; P’22)
Patrick Brisbane (P’19, P’19, P’23)
Heather Clark (P’18, P’20)
Colleen Cooper (P’27, P’27, P’29)
Chris deMurias (Board of Trustees; P’15, P’18)
Leah Dering-Ridley (P’27)
Doug Dziedzic (Upper Elementary Teacher; P’23, P’26)
Saurabh Gupta (P’26, P’28)
Shannon Harper-Bison (Board of Trustees; P’16, P’18, P’21, P’24)
Jimmy Juste (Director of the Office of Inclusion)
Kendra Keenan (P’18, P’28)
Julie Kelly-Detwiler (Assistant Head of School; P’03, P’07)
Suzanne MacKay (P’24)
Amy Martell (Board of Trustees; P’20, P’22)
Donna Milani Luther (Head of School)
Lory Newmyer (Board of Trustees; P’99, P’02, P’04)
Amanda Pillsbury (Upper Elementary Program Director)
Jabari Scutchins (Athletic Director)
Shelley Sommer (Head Librarian; Middle School Literature and Writing; P’09)
Nancy St. John (Children’s House Teacher; After School Program Director)
Alisha Uhlenbrock-Furst (P’21, P’24, P’27)
Michelle Van Niel (Lower Elementary Program Director)

Diversity Conferences

Conferences are a great place to extend and deepen our learning. Each year, Inly sends several faculty members and trustees to AISNE’s annual Diversity Conference (this year’s conference is on Friday, October 20th).

Inly teachers also travel with interested Middle School students to AISNE’s annual Middle School Student Diversity Conference (this year’s conference is on Saturday, November 18th).

In addition, we have hosted our own Diversity Conference tailored specifically for Montessori communities. This year, we will be hosting the Montessori Inclusion Conference (MIC) on Friday, November 3rd from 9:15 am to 3:00 pm. Stay tuned for details and registration information.

 

Assessment of Inclusion and Multiculturalism

Throughout the fall of 2017, Inly is participating in a climate survey to assess our multicultural approach to education. Like many of our peer schools, we have chosen to use the Assessment of Inclusion and Multiculturalism (AIM) that the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has developed. The AIM process includes group discussion as well as anonymous online surveys taken by members of our community. This initiative is crucial to the Office of Inclusion and the Council on Diversity and Equity as it will provide significant data for our Board of Trustees to consider while establishing our next strategic plan. We encourage all eligible members of the Inly community take advantage of this opportunity to share their experience.

Want to know more? You can check out the NAIS website to learn more about AIM. Feel free to reach out to the AIM Steering Committee (Jimmy Juste, Donna Milani Luther, Katy Sullivan, Lory Newmyer, and Paran Quigley) with any further questions, comments, or ideas.

CDE History

List of 7 items.

  • 2011

    “Diversity Task Force” is established in response to AISNE’s recommendations about defining and deeply engaging with “diversity.”
  • 2012

    • Held monthly meetings to build a safe space for the group. The Diversity Task Force learned about diversity and multicultural education through readings, discussions, films, and guests.
    • Offered workshops for faculty, parents, and the Board of Trustees featuring expert diversity in independent school consultants such as Robert Principe.
    • Attended AISNE’s Middle School Student Diversity conference and AISNE’s Middle School Students of Color conference alongside some of our middle school students.
    • Officially changed our name to Inly’s Council on Diversity and Equity (CDE).
  • 2013

    • Hosted panel discussion on diversity and other strategic visions, featuring Ralph Wales of the Gordon School.
    • Sent many adults from the Inly community to AISNE’s Diversity Conference.
    • Submitted proposals for conferences.
  • 2014

    • Engaged more community members through faculty training, parent insight events, and monthly newsletter articles.
    • Formalized three-year plan to implement diversity initiatives at Inly as part of strategic plan (“Inly in the World”).
    • Co-hosted a brand new Montessori Conference on Diversity and Equity (MCODE) with Lexington Montessori School, at Inly. MCODE featured workshops for middle school students and their teachers, as well as workshops for parents with children of all ages.
  • 2015

    • Presented several diversity-themed workshops at annual Montessori Schools of Massachusetts conference.
    • Incorporated multiculturally appropriate architecture and signage into the plans for our brand new school building (gender inclusive restrooms, active accessibility signage, etc.).
  • 2016

    • Office of Inclusion founded to further extend CDE work directly into the lives of our students and teachers through collaborative multicultural curriculum planning and support.
    • Brought a record ten Inly Middle School students to AISNE’s Middle School Student Diversity Conference.
  • 2017

    • Conducted Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM), an NAIS tool developed to help schools understand the climate of inclusion on their campuses — from the perspective of current and past students, as well as parents, teachers, administrators, and trustees.
    • Incorporated AIM results into Inly’s next strategic planning process.

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Inly School

46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
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Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.