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Furthering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Elementary School
Posted 5/11/23

Students at NVUSD Elementary schools are participating in a schoolwide assembly hosted by community partners Common Ground Society. The assembly aligns with NVUSD’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan and our focus on developing strong "Ecosystems of Cariño" for all students. Director III Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and English Learner Services Matt Manning shared, “Not only does it align with our NVUSD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan but it also helps ensure we are creating safe, caring school communities for all learners.” 

This past week, Canyon Oaks hosted the group. According to Canyon Oaks Principal Stephanie Vasquez, “The assembly's presenters started the conversation about disabilities providing students with practical tools to grow their inclusive muscles. They emphasized that we all have strengths and weaknesses and that the key to inclusion is pushing past the initial fear we all might experience when we encounter differences by finding what we have in common. The message from the assembly encouraged our Mighty Oaks to be brave and simply start by saying hi.”

“This is just one way we work to ensure students of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome, seen, and understood at school, shared Manning. This endeavor has the potential to build strong bridges and understanding between students.”