As we’ve been listening, taking stock, and reflecting on the events of recent weeks around racism and equity, we’ve spent time looking inward as a company with the goal of developing a plan that’s authentic to us as a Quebec-based company and that will help drive meaningful, lasting change.
Classcraft’s goal is to foster generations of people who find meaning in living and learning together by promoting values of engagement, collaboration, and growth. We work everyday to seed this future in students’ day-to-day classroom experiences around the world.
Racism, bullying, and violence stand in the way of a more inclusive and equitable future. We stand in solidarity with those who have had to suffer from racist and violent actions and who have brought these issues to the forefront through the Black Lives Matter movement.
Our intention is to create a new trajectory for our company that fosters long-term engagement with these issues. Here are the steps we’re taking to achieve this goal:
- We’re creating an Equity Advisory Board to help us navigate these issues and recommend ways to support educators’ efforts around diversity and inclusion.
- We’re investing in specialized training for our staff focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in our teams and our work. This training will become part of our staff’s ongoing professional development so we can ensure these values become core to our company’s culture.
- We’re making donations to Our Voice Alliance, Pour 3 Points, and Indspire — groups we respect that are working to promote systemic change in the education system in the US and in Canada.
Lasting change is within our reach. Though our path forward may not always be comfortable, we’re committed to finding our way by having hard conversations, listening, making mistakes, learning, and growing. We owe it to the children we serve to work towards making their future an equitable one. We look forward to engaging and partnering with everyone working towards this shared vision.
Devin, Shawn, Lauren, and the Classcraft Team
About Our Voice Alliance
Our Voice Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating marginalized voices and perspectives to improve equity and empathy in education. Its flagship program, Our Voice Academy, is a multi-day event and community aimed at empowering educators of color to gain greater visible leadership and recognized expertise.
About Pour 3 Points
Pour 3 Points is a charitable organization that transforms sports coaches into life coaches to help underprivileged youth in school and in life. In 2016-2017, we are working in partnership with 11 high schools in the city of Montreal. Our goal is to train 150 life coaches between now and 2019 in order to ensure the educational and social success of more than 1800 young people on an annual basis.
Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. Its vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In partnership with Indigenous, private, and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects, and invests in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people so they will achieve their highest potential.