February 2, 2022 Update
We are very pleased to have you as part of our community and want you to know that we continually strive to make that community as strong as possible. We are engaging with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to use their Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism to gauge and improve the inclusiveness of our school community for all members.
A component of that process is an anonymous survey, designed and tested by the NAIS, and administered by their organization to ensure security, anonymity, and confidentiality of the information that each respondent shares.
We are asking you to take 15-20 minutes out of your busy schedule to complete this survey by February 18th. You can access the survey by clicking on the button below:
Below are a few other things to keep in mind as you progress through the survey:
Thank you for taking the time to complete this very important opportunity. As a token of our appreciation…
...we have an awesome raffle! When you take the survey, please to forward your survey completion receipt (responses are not included on receipt) to Taylor Kanemori (email@example.com)
December 7, 2021: AIM Summit Day Communication Update
The AIM Summit Day is finally here!
Thank you for signing up to participate in the Discovery Committees as part of SAAS’s engagement in the two part NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM).
We are incredibly excited to confirm our schedule, including start times for Discovery Committees. Please join us at 10:00 am for our Welcome to AIM event at the following Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91697381600. This link will also serve as our Help Desk throughout the Summit Day from 10:00-1:00pm where you can drop in with any technical questions.
Due to limited signup, we are hosting six Discovery Committees rather than the ten we initially intended. You can learn more about our Discovery Committees here. Participants will be sent to their specific Discovery Committee immediately following our Welcome session so please arrive at the Main Room Zoom link promptly at 10:00 am.
During our time between sessions you can also view our new Inclusive Community webinar series, which we will post on our AIM landing page. We’ve heard a lot from community members this year that they want more opportunities to talk and connect with each other around topics of equity and inclusion. Look forward to a future invitation to gather based on these webinar topics, which range from inclusive teaching and learning practices, affinity groups, and adolescent identity development.
In the Spring of 2020, as many schools and institutions around the country grappled with the present legacies of systemic injustice, SAAS also committed itself to adopting an anti-racist, anti-bias stance in order to foster a greater sense of belonging and inclusion in our community. In the intervening school year we have taken steps to study our expressed and hidden academic curricula, to examine how and where our equity practices are evident, and where there is room to grow as we strive to deliver our mission with excellence. One important step in this process is our partnership with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to conduct the AIM (Assessment of Multiculturalism and Inclusion) Survey.
AIM is a comprehensive instrument designed to evaluate diversity, multiculturalism, equity, and justice in independent schools. It is also designed to assist in strategic planning initiatives to build and sustain inclusive learning communities. The assessment takes place in two parts - the School Self-Assessment (qualitative element) comes first, followed by an Online Climate Survey (quantitative element). The specific goals of AIM are to:
- Determine progress in meeting diversity and multiculturalism goals
- Identify current diversity and multiculturalism initiatives and learn about the successful initiatives of other member schools
- Encourage participation of all school constituent groups and stakeholders in assessing the school’s current level of inclusivity
- Provide affirmation of a school’s progress in meeting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusiveness goals
- Facilitate meaningful dialogue on building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive school community
- Provide benchmarking opportunities
- Support a positive community building process/experience