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National Association of Independent Schools

National Association of Independent Schools

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A nonprofit membership association organized in 1962 (moved to DC in 2006) that provides services to more than 1,900 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,600 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. NAIS is the driving force behind the radical racial and gender programming that has captured most K-12 private schools (called “independent” schools) across the country, particularly the elite schools that feed higher education, journalism, politics, and government. Through teacher training lectures with titles like “Cultivating Anti-Racists and Activists in Kindergarten,” “Decolonizing the Minds of Second Graders,” and “The White People Way,” the nation’s leading accreditation association for private schools is instructing educators to adopt a race-essentialist and cultural Marxist curriculum for children as young as five years old. They teach that the system is broken and the fix is to  “Burn Shit Down.” Donna Orem was named president of NAIS in November 2016. Orem served as NAIS’s chief operating officer for 11 years before becoming president.

As Aaron Sibarium explained in a major piece in 2021 at The Free Beacon, NAIS dominates all other private school membership associations in power and influence. Through their approval of 25 regional accreditors, the NAIS sets parameters for board decision-making at 1,600 of the top private K-12 schools. A “commitment to equity and justice” is a critical component of their “Principles of Good Practice” (PGPs), which are essential to schools’ missions. After an audit by NAIS’ “Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism” instrument (AIM)–which inevitably identifies deficits around DEI–a network of CRT-based DEI consultants approved in the NAIS marketplace are on call to sell back a bevy of fixes to the school.

These consultants (such as PollyannaThe Glasgow GroupPerception Institute, and CARLE) can have substantial ties to the trustees at these schools, which seems in violation of the NAIS’ own Trustee’s Guide to Fiduciary Responsibilities.

From the NAIS publication “The Trustee’s Guide to Fiduciary Responsibilities”, p. 48

Connected search firms like Carney Sandoe offer a chance to increase diversity hires, and NAIS sponsored professional development is also available–for teachers and administrators at the People of Color Conference (PoCC), and for administrators and trustees at the NAIS Annual Conference. Carney Sandoe is also sponsors these conferences and draws talent from presenters and attendees.

Rodney Glasgow, Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland as well as President of the Glasgow Group, is one of the founding members and a former chair of NAIS’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). Glasgow was a placement assistant at Carney Sandoe before taking his first school position as a Diversity Coordinator. Last year at the Dalton Conference keynote speech, Glasgow drew an analogy between parents concerned about curriculum in private schools to violent January 6th insurrectionists.

The Influence of Radical “Thought Leaders”

Conferences like PoCC are a chance to shine for up and coming leaders in the DEI industry. Keynote speakers at these conferences have included prominent figures such as Bettina L. Love (PoCC, 2020), a Professor of at the University of Georgia and “abolitionist educator” who made her anti-capitalist views clear at an interview that same year.

Promising students who attend the SDLC (which runs concurrently with the PoCC) are groomed to become the next generation of leaders within the DEI industrial complex. Glasgow Group member John Gentile was one such student. Today he is also Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Calhoun School.

Transformative Change

The actual content changes pushed by this nexus of actors include setting up “affinity spaces,” “library diversity audits,”  “anti-racism”/”anti-bias” trainingequity grading, and identity-focused curriculum changes to every academic course, including pushing critical gender theory on children using tools like “The GenderBread Person” and the “Gender Unicorn“.

The writings of Ibram X. Kendi (Henry Rogers) and Robin DiAngelo have been staples on required summer reading for teachers for years now. Pollyanna’s influential Racial Literacy Curriculum compels children starting in Kindergarten to focus on skin color and racial identity. Much as activists have succeeded in redefining “racism”, children are led to redefine the common meaning of the word “identity” itself.  The effect is to reinforce socially imposed identity as the main determinant of a child’s experience.

From Pollyanna’s “Racial Literacy Curriculum” for Grade 6

In addition to these kinds of curriculum changes, one parent shared that, as NAIS influence has grown over the past decades, the individual character and personality of their member schools has dwindled. Her case in point: there used to be a difference between traditional St. Alban’s and progressive Sidwell Friends in Washington D. C. Now they are both cookie cutter woke. According to her, NAIS has rendered all privates the same.

Declining Standards, Cowed Parents, Duped Donors

The upshot of all the interconnected relationships described above is that the much vaunted “independence” of member schools is belied by their dependence on NAIS. Alumni who donate to their alma maters are signing checks based on fond memories, but a radicalized and hollowed out stepchild governed by a “successor ideology” is cashing them in. And enrollment contracts are very clear—parents who organize against any of the practices mentioned above can have their child expelled.

An excerpt from an actual enrollment contract illustrating schools’ leverage against parents who raise concerns.

Declining standards are another major concern for Parents Unite and Undercover Mother. As NAIS has been refocusing their priorities away from academic rigor and towards “wellbeing”, “feeling good about yourself”, and “creating a better society”, according to Donna Orem, NAIS Presidentdropping numbers of National Merit Semifinalists suggest that academic standards are suffering. A major question is, how long can these schools whose brands signify excellence continue down the primrose path of “belonging”, “social transformation”, radical “equity”, and an obsession with “whiteness” and white supremacy at the expense of their core value proposition, all while dividing the student community and creating an intellectual monoculture?

Resource Guides and Handbooks

NAIS also offers a suite of best practices through their resource guides for school trustees, and heads. The book “Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents” has many tips for how to keep parents at arm’s length, including training teachers in managing parent relations.

The book also makes clear that administrations should NOT treat parents as co-equals. Rather the school should assert dominance as the “senior partner” in the relationship with parents, and be willing to sacrifice the former respect, cooperation, trust, and confidence parents had for these schools.

From “Hopes and Fears: Working with Today’s Independent School Parents,” page 79

The same handbook blatantly urges administrators to make assumptions about parents based on race, claiming that “colorblindness doesn’t work”, “race is always in the room”, and Black parents specifically “can never fully trust their child’s school”.

From  “Hopes and Fears”, pp. 55-57

NAIS also advises stonewalling any perpetually unsatisfied “5 percenters”, pathologizing them as possibly “mentally ill”. This offers a convenient rationale for humoring or silencing any dissent. As a consequence, parents who persist in asking pointed questions find themselves being pigeonholed.

From the section “Parents: A Typology” in “Hopes and Fears”, pp. 48-49

Fighting Leviathan

Parent pushback against the onslaught of critical race and gender theory in public schools continues to gain steam. Groups like Parents Defending EducationNo Left Turn in Education, and Moms For Liberty organized to fight against divisive practices have achieved major election victories and legislative changes. While most national media attention focuses on public schools, smaller organizations like Parents Unite and Undercover Mother have been garnering attention as they push for change at the nation’s prestigious privates, called “independent” schools.

Undercover Mother started their Substack in August 2021.

So are these nascent organizations pushing back in the private school market having an impact? At their “Diversity of Thought in K-12 Education” conference last October, Parents Unite brought together an A-team of educational thought leaders, lawyers, school choice advocates, concerned parents, dissident teachers (such as myself) and four brave students, to share knowledge and experiences. Undercover Mother continues to expose misdoings at member schools, and the flow of leaks is turning into a torrent. In response, NAIS has had to make multiple edits of their website, scrubbing their pages of almost all of their resources related to the PoCC, after leaked videos shared online exposed teacher training in indoctrination. Twitter removed many of the clips I personally shared after Myra McGovern, NAIS’ Vice President of Media, submitted a complaint, although I maintain they were clearly fair use. It seems we are on NAIS’ radar. And at the most recent PoCC conference, three leaders of SDLC were very aware of the pushback against CRT and reasserted their commitments, albeit rather lamely in this video.

By Paul Rossi, a high school mathematics teacher, tutor, writer, and now whistleblower after exposing the NAIS, authored the article above and plans to roll out more videos and documents shining a light on NAIS’ mischief in the future. He is currently an advisor to the Educational Liberty Alliance and a co-host of Chalkboard Heresy (launching soon) Please send tips and stories to teachingfortruth@protonmail.com or DM on Twitter at @pauldrossi.

Source: https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/02/project-launch-unmasking-national-association-of-independent-schools/

Private School Teachers Nation-Wide Implementing Race-Essentialist Curricula, Trained by Black Panther

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) hosts professional development conferences for teachers at schools in their network, which promote a race-based curriculum and grading system — including tips on how to avoid transparency with parents — according to a trove of footage reviewed by Breitbart News. 

The principal professional development conference hosted by NAIS for teachers, The People of Color Conference, was started by “Educational Diversity/Equity Consultant” and former NAIS Director of Diversity Randolph Carter, who is a self-described Black Panther.

“The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) is the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and sustainability for independent schools,” NAIS boasts on their website.

Carter is the founder and associate director of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called East Ed, according to his LinkedIn, which offers services to PreK-12 schools across the country seeking to “develop a clear implementation plan that connects all diversity and equity work,” according to the now-defunct East Ed website that was accessed by Breitbart News via Wayback Machine.

Read exclusive report and see exclusive footage at Breitbart News…