Kindergarten Crew // Diversity and Inclusion

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As educators, we hope to create safe spaces for all of our students.  In order to create safe spaces for children, we strive to incorporate culturally responsive teaching in our classrooms.  Culturally responsive teaching is a way to teach in a cross-cultural or multicultural setting in which teachers give students opportunities to relate content being learned to their own cultural context. The main goal of culturally responsive teaching is to help students grow their ability to show respect and empathy towards the diverse group of people they will encounter throughout their lives.  From weekly crew units on diversity and inclusion to the simple routines in the classroom, DP strives to continue to grow and improve our culturally responsive practices. Some examples of steps towards culturally responsive teaching in our classrooms and school include:

  • Providing students with opportunities to share about their home lives, families, beliefs and traditions

  • Sharing family holiday traditions

  • Teachings students about multicultural role models

  • Representing people from different cultural backgrounds through photographs, books, and stories

  • Community meetings

  • Welcoming diverse groups of guests to come and speak to students and families at school

  • Providing students with opportunities to go on field studies to have culturally diverse experiences (plays, museums, speakers)

  • Teaching students to not only respect the culture and heritage of others, but their own culture and heritage as well

  • Exposing students to diverse positive role models in our community and other communities as well

Ensuring a culturally responsive approach creates opportunities for students to explore, ask questions, and learn about subjects of race, class, gender, and ability in a safe space. If you would like support on ways to talk to your child about diversity and inclusion, please reach out to your child’s crew leader for more awesome ideas and resources on how to get the conversation started!