What does diversity, equity, and inclusion look like in practice at St. Paul's Nursery School?

Diversity Equity and Inclusion at St. Paul's Episcopal Nursery School

Here are some examples of how our commitment to DEI might be observed in our classrooms each day:

  • Teachers taking the time to speak directly with each child every day, checking in on the well-being and developing a meaningful relationship with each child
  • Having students participate in "Show and Tell"
  • Discussing family traditions or favorite meals
  • Providing art materials such as crayons and construction paper that can match many different skin tones
  • Using more inclusive language in songs during music to reflect multiple family structures (for example - "may there always be family" and "may there always be friends" instead of "may there always be mommy, daddy, and me"
  • Placing photographs of students and their family members from home visits in the classroom
  • Having books in the classrooms with diverse protagonists that are about daily activities and topics such as food, family, play, and work
  • Creating self-portraits based on observations
  • Having diverse representations of people in toys such as dolls and figurines in the classroom
  • Learning snacktime blessing in American SIgn Language
  • Having students share what they call their family members
  • Celebrating different ways of playing with the same toy (e.g. a teacher pointing out that one child likes to build high towers with blocks, while another builds long lines with blocks.)
  • Welcoming students to come to school even if they are not potty-trained
  • Having questions of the day where children can express preferences (e.g. Do you like green? or Would you rather play inside or outside?)
  • Reiterating concepts like "colors are for everyone" and "there's not such thing as a girl toy or a boy toy - toys are toys:)"
  • Practicing taking turns
  • Involving students in distributing art supplies or snacks in the classroom
  • Encouraging children to use inclusive words in their play. Let's play "family"  instead of "mom and dad"
  • Showing support and encouraging children to "use their words" and providing them with useful phrases or language when they need something
  • Guiding children to speak to each other while problem solving and resolving conflicts
  • Identifying when characters in books are being bullied, relating to how they feel, and practicing the words you might use to stop that from happening
  • Having job charts that allow children to learn personal and collective responsibility, increased agency, and experience pride when supporting the class
  • Teachers guide children to use language to advocate for themselves and others when disagreements or conflicts occur
  • When a child struggles with self-regulation, teachers remind all children that 'we are all learning"
  • Encouraging children to think of ways to support/help each other when they are having difficulty adjusting to the school day
  • Teachers guide conversations with children to build empathy with one another, sharing that each child is a person with feelings who can sometimes make mistakes. Encouraging children to see beyond those mistakes or actions