Equity and Inclusion
We define equity as the concept of giving each individual what is needed to succeed within our global society. Cultural studies demonstrate that students need to feel identity-safe within educational settings in order to experience success. Identity-safe spaces affirm the strengths of students and allow for them to be their authentic selves within an inclusive environment. Given that research, assessment data, and qualitative studies convey that identity-safety significantly influences teaching and learning, student diversity challenges us to explore ways to bridge cultural differences and devise responsive practices that affirm and accept the identities of each learner. Each student deserves a school where educators teach inclusively and dismantle barriers that prohibit students from their authentic selves.
Equity action steps for Cumberland Road Elementary…
- We are committed to intentionally choosing diverse literature, mentor texts, and authors as we build our classroom libraries, create Units of Study, and invite our students to explore important events in our history.
- We are committed to investigating our pedagogy, instructional practices and curriculum through an anti-racist lens. Will seek educational opportunities for staff.
- We are committed to facilitating conversations within our community circles as well as building lessons to teach our children how to be anti-racist and act as an ally as an active member of our educational community.
- We are committed to listening to all voices and inviting our families into this important conversation with us. We are currently planning opportunities for our families to join us so that everyone has a voice in this work.
If you have questions or comments you may reach out to any and/or all of the following Equity Team members at CRE:
You can also visit HSE's District Equity and Inclusion page
for more information about District initiatives.
CRE Building Equity Coaches
"If at the end of the year my students leave my classroom feeling like they’ve been part of a community and a family, then I’ve done my job
"! - Katie Bryant
"Equality is giving everyone a shoe. Equity is giving everyone a shoe that fits". - Unknown