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The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. Developing one's individual cultural competence   is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embrace and celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.


Diversity Pie Chart

Culture is central to student learning. Culturally responsive education recognizes, respects, and uses student identities and backgrounds to create optimal learning. Teaching methods that use references to a student’s culture help the student understand mainstream culture through a lens of recognition and acknowledgement. The link between culture and classroom instruction derives from evidence that cultural practices shape thinking processes.


Central Kitsap School District is a lifelong learning and caring community.  Resources and energy are dedicated to the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential for students to be happy and successful and to contribute to a rapidly changing, culturally diverse society.  This commitment to learning and caring is the shared responsibility of community, parents, staff, and students.


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Diversity in CKSD


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Diversity includes everyone. It is not something that is simply defined by race and gender but includes all the characteristics that give life to an individual or group. To continue to improve our organization and enhance student achievement, we need to be aware of our own personal biases and beliefs about people who are different from us and then develop new behaviors to foster better communication and trust.

Graph of Self-Identified Homeless and Financially Challenged Families in CKSD

Central Kitsap School District has a commitment to valuing diversity in students, families, faculty and staff.  The purpose of our training is to increase awareness of diversity issues in the District and plan how we can address them most meaningfully to make a difference in the classroom and workplace.

We encourage all District staff to make a commitment to:

  • Examine their own biases and work to overcome them
  • Set a positive example for family, co-workers, and friends
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Practices


Serving all Students with Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy
Dr. Sharroky Hollie
Executive Director, The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

Sample Strategies Instructional Staff Could Use with Students

Engagement Strategies by Dr. Hollie
Four Focus Words by Dr. Hollie