How Woodward Academy enhanced its identity as a diverse and inclusive community

Download this case study to explore how Woodward Academy utilizes The Social Institute’s modern approach to social-emotional learning to foster healthy conversation and establish universal shared language necessary to serve a diverse community’s complex needs. As the largest independent school in the continental United States, Woodward Academy attracts Pre-K through 12th-grade students from 23 urban, suburban, and rural metro Atlanta counties. 53% are students of color, far exceeding the NAIS national average of 29%.

Woodward Academy’s Challenges

  • How do we equitably facilitate complex SEL discussions while serving a large and diverse community?
  • How do we fulfill the needs of multiple departments with different priorities and create a shared language for navigating student social-emotional health?
  • How do we enable teachers to facilitate SEL while acknowledging the impact of faculty fatigue?
  • How do we proactively partner with parents to engage in conversations before they become problems?