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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
NPS believes that in order to educate children most effectively, we must foster and support a diverse, inclusive community that respects the uniqueness and dignity of each individual in a manner consistent with the school’s Core Values. The school views diversity as more than tolerance or accommodation, but as an informed understanding and acceptance of people whose identities and viewpoints are shaped by multiple factors. Diverse perspectives enrich both the students’ educational experiences and the school community as a whole.
NPS is strategic and intentional in its approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The school strives to create an environment where each member of the community feels known and loved for who they are through a four-pronged approach: hiring teachers of diverse backgrounds, recruiting families of diverse backgrounds, ensuring that diverse perspectives are reflected in the curriculum, and offering ongoing professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The School also employs a Diversity Coordinator who serves as a resource for parents, students, and educators, and who leads the school’s annual Summer Diversity Institute, which attracts educators from the DC area and beyond.
National presenter Jen Cort investigates social change with faculty & staff
NPS students excel at:
- Developing a strong sense of identity
- Recognizing multiple perspectives and differing points of view
- Engaging in respectful dialogue
- Demonstrating sensitivity for the needs of others
- Identifying inequality and working towards equity
Community-wide diversity and inclusion highlights:
- Past & current extensive professional development for faculty and staff featuring DEI consultants Rosetta Lee and Jen Cort
- The NPS Diversity Institute, summer 2017–2020
- Parent Diversity and Community Committee
- Faculty & Staff Diversity Committee
- Use of Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards as curricular framework (K-6) and to inform school-developed curricular framework (N-PK)
- Accountable Talk framework for respectful dialogue (N–6)
- Faculty and Staff Norms
- School-wide identity art projects
- Summer Community Books: The Self-Driven Child (2018), The Person You Mean to Be (2019), How to Be an Anti-Racist (2020)