At Greene Hill School children consider themselves as part of a larger community, whether it is their classroom, neighborhood or the wider world. They are attuned to how their actions impact themselves and others and use this lens as they investigate historical movements and relate them to contemporary times. Starting with a framework that examines social justice* and is embedded in daily classroom life young children are encouraged to love and know themselves while practicing respect for others. They begin to tackle issues of social justice, ones that relate directly to their own lives and in developmentally aligned ways explore concepts like power, discrimination and social change. Part of this work is exploring historical and contemporary movements for social change and participating in awareness raising and social action in the school and wider community.
*Derived from Using Their Words: Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design for the Elementary Classroom by Bree Picower