This recent devastating event is likely in many of your minds and hearts, and I want to acknowledge the range of emotions you may be feeling - from anger, to sadness, to frustration. I understand that this is a difficult time for our nation, and I want you to acknowledge that as an organization we empathize with the impact it has had on so many. As an individual, I myself have felt many emotions, and hope that one day our nation can eradicate inequities in our systems.
I want to re-emphasize that Value Schools will continue to stand for equity, justice, and respect for all people, as these are continuously weaved in and through our values. As a network, we will continue to work towards creating a safe and inclusive space for all staff, students and families.
If you need support or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to each other, your principal or the network office team. We have resources available to help, and we encourage you to take advantage of them if needed.
In January of 2021, Value Schools participated in an agency-wide professional development series on intercultural competency. Each school campus spent time working on a Campus Climate Inventory to gauge the need for change in school culture and curriculum. Below are summaries from each leadership team assessing the strengths and opportunities for growth at each school site.
Stop the Hate
That community is our community. Not only do our schools serve Koreatown, but we make our headquarters in a building shared by the Korean American Education Foundation. Our colleagues here share our values, including a commitment to education, to good citizenship, and to the dignity of every individual. We see them. We grieve their losses and are shamed by their justified fear. We must all do better to live up to our nation’s motto – “E Pluribus Unum.”
U.S. Supreme Court Reinforces All Our Values