Maple Village Waldorf School has its home in one of the most diverse cities in the United States. We welcome the wide array of cultures, races, economic backgrounds, cognitive variations, religious affiliations, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations represented in the body of our faculty, staff, parents/guardians and students. We value this multiplicity and consistently work to ensure that the population of our school reflects that of our community, and we strive to cultivate a multicultural curriculum that reflects and meets our students with respect, relevance, cultural awareness and inclusion.
Maple Village maintains collaborative relationships with diverse community groups locally and globally. Our faculty and staff are committed to teaching respect for everyone. All children receive stories of people and cultures from across the globe in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner, mindful of true history. Teachers actively work to see each child in front of them to ensure they are represented in the curriculum, activities, and classroom materials.
We acknowledge that some of Steiner’s writings contain racist ideas. Our school wholeheartedly rejects these, and they are not a basis of our curriculum or pedagogical approach. Our curriculum offers students both a window into the experiences of others and a mirror to reflect on their own lives. We know that the work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a journey and that we may not always get it right. Waldorf education teaches that individual work toward conscious evolution and the pursuit of truth, are necessary for human development.
We celebrate our diversity through seasonal festivities that contribute to the integration and stability of our community. These festivals and holidays help to renew our awareness of the rhythm of the year and relationship with the earth while reminding us of the commonalities between us.
We are committed to engaging and nurturing the whole child resulting in a balance of heart, mind, body and spirit. Our work in diversity and inclusion provides an environment that helps usher into the world well-rounded individuals – learned, inwardly confident, responsible, and self-motivated – with reverence for others and their environment.
“We acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered here today is the home and traditional land belonging to the Tongva Nation. Today we come with respect and gratitude for the Tongva people who still consider themselves the caretakers of this land of which we occupy. It is through their examples that we are reminded of our greater responsibility to take care of Mother Earth and to take care of each other.”
— Land Acknowledgement adapted from wording approved by Jimi Castillo, Pipe Carrier and Spiritual Leader from the Tongva Nation, a people that settled in the present day Los Angeles Basin and numbered approximately 5,000-10,000 years before European contact.