AIM

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During the 2013-14 school year, NNM conducted a study designed by NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) to determine the progress the school has made in meeting diversity and multicultural goals.
 

AIM Survey Results

Miriam Klevan, co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, reported to the Board of Directors about the results of the AIM Study at the Annual Meeting on May 19. The following is from her report. A more comprehensive report about AIM will be available online to all constituents in August.  

Near North Montessori school undertook the AIM (Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism) Study during the 2013-2014 school year in order to:

  • Determine progress in meeting diversity and multiculturalism goals.

  • Encourage participation of all school affiliation and affinity groups in assessing the school’s current level of inclusivity.

  • Provide affirmation of a school’s progress in diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusiveness.

  • Facilitate meaningful dialogue on building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive school community. 

  • Provide benchmarking opportunities.

  • Provide guidance for the board’s strategic plan and the diversity committee’s strategic plan.

The AIM study consisted of two parts: a quantitative Climate Survey, available to all members of the school community above the age of 9, and qualitative focus groups. By combining the results of the Climate Survey and the focus groups, we came up with major commendations (things the school does well) and major recommendations (things the school can improve).

Climate Survey Participation Rates

Constituent

 Number Invited

 Number Completed 

 Participation Rate 

Student

94

94

100%

Trustee

16

13

81%

Administrator

11

10

91%

Faculty/Teacher

82

48

59%

Staff

22

21

95%

Parents/Guardians

715

260

36%

 AIM Focus Groups

A. School governance and leadership

B. Policy and administration

C. Admissions, including financial aid

D. Faculty/Teacher (two separate groups)

   1. Broadband 1 group

   2. Broadband 2 group

E. Teaching and learning

F. Student life (two separate groups)

   1. with a group of 12-14 students

   2. with a group of support staff, i.e. afterschool, learning specialists, gym, etc.

G. School publications and environment

H. Staff involvement and life

I. Parent/Guardian involvement – General and also for the following Affinity Groups:

   1. Adoptive Parents

   2. Learning Differences

   3. Mocha Montessorians

   4. Montessori Mispocha

   5. Same Sex Parents

 

Major Commendations*

● The school has a caring, community environment.

● The school community values inclusivity and views it as important to a child’s education.

● The school takes action to create a diverse environment.

● The school has a commitment to ethical values and character development.

● Both boys and girls have an equal opportunity for success.


Major Recommendations*

  • Convene a task force to identify gaps in available resources and best practices for supporting parents and students with learning differences. 

  • Actively continue to recruit diverse applicants for faculty, administration and board positions.

  • Explore ways to more completely integrate multiculturalism into the curriculum.

  • Determine and implement best practices for ensuring that socioeconomic status does not limit the ability of any student to participate fully in the educational (curricular, co-curricular, extracurricular) programs available at the school.

*These commendations and recommendations were derived from a comparison of Climate Study results and Focus Group reports.


We are grateful for the hard work of the AIM steering committee:

Audrey Perrott
Jan Szostek
Vinkle Thakkar
James Clemmons
Marcela Gomez Sixto
Lafayette Williams
Aloha Figueroa
Kara Wright
Miriam Klevan

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