NPS welcomed inclusivity expert Rosetta Lee from February 23-24
Diversity at NPS
National Presbyterian School is committed to being a community of inclusion that respects the uniqueness and dignity of each individual in a manner consistent with the School’s Core Values.
We believe that diversity is more than tolerance or accommodation but is rather an informed understanding and acceptance of people, whose sense of identity is shaped by many factors, which, for example, may be influenced by race, color, or national origin, religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, family composition, economic status, age, learning style or physical ability.
We believe such inclusivity is an ongoing process that enriches our school community and prepares our children for a global, multicultural world.
We are committed to building a diverse community and supporting students, parents, faculty and staff through classroom instruction, professional development, and extra-curricular programming.
Written by the faculty and staff of National Presbyterian School and endorsed by the NPS Board of Trustees, September 2016
Join us in Washington, DC this summer for a diversity institute focused on the work and curriculum of early childhood, elementary, and middle school educators.
Resources from the January event
Welcome from the Diversity and Community Committee!
The DCC is a standing committee of the NPS Board of Trustees. The purpose of the DCC is to work to build a fully inclusive community and sense of connectedness among all members of NPS. Members include NPS parents, trustees, and faculty/staff. The DCC holds meetings throughout the year and works to organize and promote diversity and community events and initiatives; provide a forum for related conversations; and serve as a resource for all.
Our events have included a Fall Community Dinner, Parent Forums, and Socials. Past topics have included discussions around inclusion/exclusion, gender bias, religious misunderstandings, race, socio-economic differences, family structures, best practices with our kids.
Joining the DCC is a terrific way to get to know more parents and teachers and to share your voices.
Everyone is welcome to join at any point in the school year. All involvement, big or small, is welcome and valuable.
o Seven faculty and staff and the two DCC co-chairs attended the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) Diversity Conference featuring Rosetta Lee on October 13, 2015 at the Severn School.
o All faculty participated in two diversity workshops at NPS with TCPI Executive Director Keno Sadler on October 23, 2015 and February 12, 2016.
o Parents’ Social on November 20, 2015
o “Age-appropriate Conversations about Race” Discussion on April 29, 2016
o Family Social on May 29, 2016
A lovely picture book whose clever message guarantees you won't see the world in just black and white terms ever again.
The book selects specific quotes from Dr. King and each page has moving and beautiful illustrations.
Author Shelley Tougas tells a complete story not only of the events in that tumultuous time, but the history leading up to the desegregation efforts and in the decades following.
It is a story that truly celebrates diversity of mind, while at the same time exposing non-Ethiopian children to life in rural Ethiopia.
Whoever You Are is a lovely picture book that simultaneously celebrates diversity and universal commonalities.
The characters are richly painted and the story delves realistically into issues of family, friendships and fitting in.
The story teaches about the love of playing "the beautiful game" and that it takes teamwork to reach goals.
As a parent, I enjoyed both books because the books celebrate diversity while making connections to the core values of NPS - love, respect, responsibility, honesty and safety.
We chose this book because we have come to enjoy the adventures of Peter and his dog Willie.