Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

QuaverEd celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusiveness both in our company environment and in the resources and services we provide to teachers and students around the world. We develop and support the following curriculum resources: QuaverMusic, QuaverSEL, Quaver Pre-K, and Quaver Music Integration.

Our Beliefs

We have empaneled an Equity Committee within QuaverEd that meets monthly to discuss issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our resources. The foundation of the Committee’s work is based on the following beliefs.

  • We believe in equity, diversity, and inclusion: that all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, economic status, religious background, sexual orientation and identity, academic standing, or exceptionalities have the right to a well-rounded education.
  • We believe that teaching and learning is about helping develop the whole child academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. 
  • We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion are critical to ensuring a welcome and safe environment for children in school so that learning can be achieved.
  • We believe that technology is a great equalizer, one that affords an incredible opportunity to provide access to high quality education, both in the classroom and at home.

To support these beliefs, we are committed to the following principles:

  • Developing curriculum resources that are culturally accurate and representative of the diverse population of students and teachers we serve.
  • Providing teachers with age-appropriate resources and professional development to inform their students about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Proactively ensuring there is no potentially offensive or inauthentic material in our resources through our Equity Committee.
  • Regularly re-evaluating our resources via educator feedback from the classroom and through the wider lens of current best practices for teaching and nurturing children. 
  • Working towards digital equity, ensuring that student accounts are free in licensed schools to ensure equitable access to high quality learning resources, both in school and after the teaching day ends
  • Creating a company environment that celebrates diversity of all types. 

We understand that the pursuit of these principles is an ongoing process, and we invite feedback from our educators, parents, and community members. We seek and use this input to continually strengthen our position as an advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom and beyond.

Our Curriculum Library

As an educational company and a market leader, QuaverEd is committed to maintaining quality and well-rounded curricula that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To ensure our curriculum library meets these standards, we regularly reevaluate our resources with best practices for teaching and nurturing children in mind.

  • Our Equity Committee that meets monthly to review diversity, equity, and inclusion in our resources.
  • We also convene stakeholders, researchers, and experts in the field twice a year to review emerging research and requests for revision that have been received.
  • Our Equity Committee studies this research and consider revisions to our resources.
  • We announce any revisions to our song catalog in May and remove any identified resources in July.

Resources Removed from Library

As a result of this process, we have removed or revised a number of resources within our curriculum. Examples include:

  • We removed anything that might be seen as promoting violence, such as paintball guns and explosion sound effects, from our student website.
  • We adjusted our student avatars to be gender neutral and continue to add more accessories to represent all students including wheelchairs, head coverings, and more.
  • We have examined all our videos for potentially offensive material and removed sections that might be considered offensive by others.

Song Library Updates

Our evaluative process includes examining offensive or inauthentic resources considering racist, adult, or culturally insensitive themes. Songs that are determined to have been created to demean a group of people will be removed from our resources, through the Equity Committee’s process of monthly reviews, and replaced, when appropriate, with a piece that will help teachers meet the same musical objectives. 

Below, we present a list of songs that have been removed from our resources along with titles currently located in the Quaver library that can be used to address the same concepts. In future releases, you will see newly composed songs in place of these pieces that aim to offer your students a joyful learning experience with your guidance.

DateSongs RemovedConceptSuggested Substitution
August
2020
Buffalo GalsAB FormHunting Song
The Happy Farmer
August
2020
Canoe SongLow E and D on instrumentsOld MacDonald
Overdrive
August
2020
Chicken on a FencepostSixteenth notesLook at All the Hens
August
2020
DinahSixteenth notesOld Brass Wagon
Paw Paw Patch
Tideo
August
2020
Jim Along JosieChoreography
Improvisation
Tideo
August
2020
John KanakaSixteenth notesOld Brass Wagon
Paw Paw Patch
Tideo
August
2020
Old Dan TuckerLow so
Low la
Old Brass Wagon
Turn the Glasses Over
August
2020
Shortnin’ BreadL, dr toneset
Minor key
Call and response
Boots of Shining Leather 
Charlie Over the Ocean
August
2020
Turkey in the StrawDance songSimple Square Dance 1, 2, and 3
August
2020
Oh, SusannahEnd of the year song for 2nd gradeAmerica (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)
August
2020
Land of the Silver BirchLa pentatonicDeep in the Forest
Don’t Need Riches/Thankful for You (partner song)
October 2020A-Tisket, A-TasketQuarter and Eighth notes
Steps, skips, and repeated notes
Abebe
America the Beautiful
October 2020Acka BackaSteady beat
Quarter and Eighth notes
Quarter Rest
Pitched percussion
Bounce High
Snail, Snail
October 2020Camptown RacesDotted Eighths and Sixteenth notes
Anacrusis/pick-up
Dotted Quarter
BINGO
October 2020CanoeLow E and D on instrumentsOverdrive
Old MacDonald
October 2020I’ve Been Working on the RailroadDotted notes
Low sol
Legato singing
Music Alone Shall Live
Old MacDonald
October 2020Liza JaneSyncopation
Eighth/Sixteenth Pairs
Chords
Form
Beat vs. Rhythm
Alabama Gal
5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Brickyard
October 2020Shoo, Fly!Dotted Rhythms
Form
Do You Know the Muffin Man
The More We Get Together
October 2020Old Folks at Home (FL*) Swing feel
Dynamics
Slurs
A Musical Joke, Mvt. 4 (K. 522), Mozart
In the Hall of the Mountain King, Grieg
October 2020The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You (TX*)Folk song in 4/4
2-beat folk groove
Music Alone Shall Live
Old MacDonald
America the Beautiful
October 2020The Yellow Rose of Texas (TX*)Dotted Eighth and Sixteenth note
Syncopation
Diatonic major scale
Large vocal leaps (6th and 7th)
Old Joe Clark

*These songs are required as a part of state general music standards and will remain in only those state curricula.

We offer this information on our process and decisions-to-date as an effort of transparency, with the hope that it might also help individual teachers to make their own informed decisions about what they teach in their lessons.

Commitment to the Future

We understand that self-evaluation is an ongoing process. We are dedicated to pursuing a continued path of growth as we work to help educators enrich the lives of their students. Click here to meet our Equity Committee members.

Please contact us  if you have any questions, are in need of additional documentation, or would like to submit a request for a specific resource to be considered for review.

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