Cultural Inclusion

Name of School:

Rainbow Creek Elementary

Our school is considered:

elementary

In five words or less, describe your prototype

Building a feeling of cultural safety

Insert an image that showcases your prototype.

How might we?:

How might we use the many cultures represented in our school to celebrate multiculturalism?

Describe the prototype(s) your school will focus on. Get creative. Be sure to describe the various approaches staff will take, what you will keep your eye on and how staff plan to document their results.

Through sharing a weekly read aloud that features characters from other countries, students will feel empowered and safe to know themselves, share their culture with others and accept our diverse school population. Through the use of literature, teachers will initiate meaningful discussions with their students while connecting it to curricular outcomes. Teachers are asking and reflecting on: Do the students pick up the book at a later time to reread it? Are they having conversations about it? Are they making personal connections or connections to other books? 
The teachers are noticing that deciding to focus on culture requires facilitated conversation, as our young learners are not aware what pieces of their family life is drawn from their family's culture. As they continue to explore the literature, it is apparent that more resources are required. The students enjoyed the conversations and sharing about their family life. As the prototype work continues, the teachers are seeking authentic ways to celebrate the cultural diversity in our school. According to the LEARN principles, this work focuses specifically on appreciating and promoting diversity in ideas, cultures and ways of knowing, being and learning.