Inclusivity

“Inclusion is opening our minds to new possibilities, making room for different perspectives and enriching the experience for everyone along the way.” ~ Lisa Friedman

Our Goal is to nurture understanding of others’ experiences and perspectives by increasing conversation and instruction around diversity, respect, tolerance, and inclusivity.

WHAT IS INCLUSIVE EDUCATION?

Inclusive education means different and diverse students learning side by side in the same classroom.   

In a truly inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. 

Trimester 1: Identity Standards

  • develop positive social identities
  • group identities
  • identities interact and create unique and complex individuals
  • express pride , confidence and healthy self-esteem without denying the value and dignity of other people
  • the way my family and I do things is both the same as and different from how other people do things

Trimester 2: Diversity Standards

  • respect people who are like me and who are different from me
  • have accurate, respectful words to describe similarities and differences of people who share my or have other identities
  • respectfully express curiosity about the history and lived experiences of others and exchange ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way
  • respond to diversity by b uilding empathy, respect, understanding and connection
  • explore the way groups of people are treated today, and the way they have been treated in the past, is a part of what makes them who they are

 Trimester 3: Justice and Action

  • recognize stereotypes
  • recognize unfairness
  • know that words, behaviors, rules and laws that treat people unfairly cause harm
  • know that life is easier for some people and harder for others based on who they are and where they were born
  • know about the actions of people and groups who have worked throughout history to bring more justice and fairness to the world
  • care about those who are treated unfairly
  • it’s important for me to stand up for myself and for others
  • speak up with courage and respect when they or someone else has been hurt
  • speak up or do something if people are being unfair, even if my friends do not
  • work with my friends and family to make our school and community fair for everyone

“Whenever people listen to one another humbly and openly, their shared values and aspirations become all the more apparent. Diversity is no longer seen as a threat, but as a source of enrichment.” ~Pope Francis