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.
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.
What all people want.
Diversity in CKSD
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.
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
We encourage all District staff to make a commitment to:
- Examine their own biases and work to
- Set a positive example for family,
co-workers, and friends
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