Choosing a school for our children is one of the most important decisions we can make as parents. We want a school community that can shower our children with love, respect, and support. We want them to learn in a community that respects and celebrates cultural, intellectual, religious, age, sexual, gender, and somatic diversity. We want our children to feel that they belong wherever they choose to go.

After students get into the flow of the school year I encourage parents to ask themselves and their child the following questions:

  1. Do you feel you can always be yourself  at school?
  2. Do you feel you can always be yourself  at home?
  3. How do you want to feel at school?
  4. What support would you like from your teachers and peers to feel more included?
  5. Do you love your school? Why? If not, what needs to change?
  6. Do culture clashes exist at school and has the school clearly communicated these challenges and proposed solutions?
  7. What school social justice values and conversation norms could support community building?

Bio: Dr. Stephanie Akoumany is the Founder and CEO of Bloom, a leadership, wellness, and community- building media and education company. She is also the host of the Blooming is A Habit podcast. Stephanie is a speaker, researcher, and educator who helps schools and businesses to cultivate cultures that embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and holistic wellness.