Forest Hills Elementary DEI


    PTO sponsored event, "How to talk to your children about differences, hate and empathy", was held at Forest Hills the evening of March 1st, 2018. 

    "It was an incredible time of learning and discussion", said Amy Blakey, "Diana Cutaia, the founder of Coaching Peace, did a fabulous job as always of mixing her unique humor with the srious work of discussing differences, hate, and empathy." 

    Approximately 54 Forest Hills parents attended the event, along with several members of Forest Hills' staff, Communication Director, Christine Moses, Willie Poinsette from LO's Response to Racism, Hallinan Principal, Alix Pickett, Karen Stewart, Westridge Elementary secretary, and Britta Jacques, Westridge teacher. 

    This evening was the kick off for the formation of Forest Hill's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Team. A partnership with staff, parents, and the community. 

    In May 2018, a series of follow-up meetings leveraged Human-Centered Design as the preferred methodology to guide the actions of this group of parent volunteers. The intent was to ensure any efforts directly addressed the problems we framed and scoped first, before any resources were committed. Our logic was based on the idea that before trying to solve anything, parents and students would co-create prioritized problem statements by assessing what Forest Hills Elementary School was doing well, what we needed to improve on, and what we were curious about with regards to existing EDI efforts. The images below capture our problem framing activities and prioritization activities using Human-Centered Design methods.

    Please visit Forest Hills Elementary website for more information.