Lakeridge Elementary School values diversity, equity and inclusion. It is committed to building and sustaining a school community where teachers, parents, learners and support staff achieve the knowledge, skills and attitudes that value and embrace inclusiveness, equity and awareness as a way to unleash creativity and innovation in pursuit of the District’s 2020 Vision and Mission.
The District is committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and developing the social identity and academic achievement of every child. The Superintendent Equity Advisory Council ("SEAC"), formerly known as the Superintendent's Diversity Advisory Committee, supports the District's efforts to provide educational programs that promote critical thinking and personal narratives that are emotionally connecting, together with school environments that are inclusive, celebratory and respectful of our differences.T
Inclusion is a core requirement for successfully embracing diversity. Inclusion is achieved by intentionally creating opportunities for involvement, participation, and growth from each of us - nurturing the climate and culture of the school through professional development, education, policy, and practice. Equity also requires mutual respect as we strive for fairness and justice in the way people are treated within our school. Our objective is to create a school climate that fosters respect, belonging, and value for all, while encouraging participation and connection throughout the organization. Lakeridge Elementary School supports diversity through various initiatives, including:
- Rich Curriculum and classroom activities that reflect our diverse student population
- School events that celebrate and honor our diverse student body and community
- Staff development that enhances skill sets to meet the diverse needs of our learning community
- Staff, student and parent involvement in committees and activities that study, suggest, and support diversity initiatives
The District, in affiliation with its Diversity Advisory Committee, will provide training, tools, and resources for staff development, improvement of the organization’s climate, inclusive curricula, cultural proficiency training, leadership development, and community engagement. Building on the rich cultural history, traditions, and diversity of the Puget Sound region, the District, including its students, staff and school board, are dedicated to educational opportunities and school environments that are inclusive, empathic, celebratory and respectful of our individual and collective differences.