Diversity at Central Kitsap School District
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 (pdf).
For more information about our diversity program, contact Jeremy Monroe.