Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at NPS

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.

Diversity Statement

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.

Revised by the faculty and staff of National Presbyterian School and endorsed by the NPS Board of Trustees, September 2016.


 

Diversity & Inclusion News

Students build kinaras from unifix cubes

An integrated lesson for Pre-Kindergarten students that combines Social and Global Studies, Literacy, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, and Math

NPS students excel at:

  • Developing a strong sense of identity
  • Recognizing multiple perspectives and differing points of view
  • Engaging in respectful dialogue with all
  • Demonstrating sensitivity for the needs of others
  • Identifying inequality and working towards equity

Community-wide diversity and inclusion highlights:

  • Extensive professional development for faculty and staff
  • with Rosetta Lee, diversity and inclusion specialist
  • The NPS Diversity Institute, summer 2017–2019
  • The Diversity and Community Committee
  • Use of Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards as curricular framework (N-6)
  • Accountable Talk framework for respectful dialogue (N–6)
  • Faculty and Staff Norms
  • School-wide identity art projects
  • Sixth Grade Drama and Ethics hybrid course
  • Summer Community Book: The Person You Mean to Be

Tianna Butler


Contact

Tianna Butler
Diversity Coordinator
tbutler@nps-dc.org
(202) 537-7504


 

About the Diversity and Community Committee

The DCC: Many Voices, One Community

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 Community Dinners, 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.

Contact Us

April Williams, Board of Trustees

Tianna Butler, Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Coordinator