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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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    2019-2020 opportunity for school staff is a course entitled "Equity for K-12 Educators," a partnership with St. Michael's College. Please find the flyer below:

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    The South Burlington School District Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee cultivates a climate that views diversity and equity as essential assets.

    The South Burlington School District believes that diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies enriches the human experience and our school community. Additionally, we are committed to enhancing the atmosphere of non-judgment and genuine acceptance to empower all people to feel safe to be themselves.

    Seven years ago a group of South Burlington School District staff members engaged in a year-long training offered by the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) entitled “We All Belong.” The work supported efforts in inclusion, diversity and cultural competency.

    This initial group (with the additional of student representatives) is now the SBSD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Additionally, an ever-growing Equity Planning Team plans and leads professional development work focused on racial and social equity (including but not limited to the following topics: implicit bias, microaggressions, anti-bias education, looking at classrooms and curriculum through an equity lens). 

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of Healthy Schools – programs our school district has identified as contributing to the well-being of our students, staff, and families.

    From the moment people enter our doors – that onboarding stage – we want them to immediately gain knowledge of our commitment to diversity/equity/inclusion as well as to mentoring, mindfulness, and wellness – the other branches of Healthy Schools.
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    Our developing knowledge continues to be grounded in the South Burlington School District's Ends Policy:
    • “Understanding and expressing how diverse cultures and people enrich the human experience.”
    • “Building supportive relationships and respectfully advocating for self and others”
    • “Developing an awareness of [students'] individual learning styles, interests and passions” and those of others.
    Our committee is adamant in our belief – and we are certainly not alone – that diversity is one of the greatest strengths of our school community. A richness results because we all come from different places, we all learn in different ways, we all have stories that are varied and valuable. When we bring those experiences to one another, the opportunities to learn and grow are immeasurable. We believe that schools should be leading the way in modeling how to be equitable and inclusive – and we see evidence of this already happening in our school district and are honored to continue that good work.