Diversity and Inclusion Resources
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our intention for this resource page is to be a living, breathing document. We will continuously monitor and adjust the resources as we grow, learn, and change as a community. We commit to fostering school climates and cultures for equity, diversity, and inclusion in our schools. We hope our students, staff, and teachers will be allies and advocates for themselves and others.
El Segundo Unified School District’s Core Values:
- All students can learn and succeed.
- All students shall have access to a high-quality education regardless of their race, color, and national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, and gender expression.
- Inclusive learning experiences and environments are essential. ESUSD stands firmly against racial inequality and oppression of historically marginalized groups.
- Learning is enhanced by caring and trusting relationships.
- Personal relationships are the strength and foundation of the organization.
- All individuals are treated with respect and understanding.
- Teamwork is promoted and evident at all levels throughout the District: administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students, Board, and community.
- Collaborative decision-making is conducted through a lens of developing trust, seeking common understanding, and sharing solutions that reflect our goals.
- School improvement is a dynamic process requiring flexibility and innovation to meet the needs of students in a changing world.
- Parents/guardians have a right and an obligation to be engaged in their children’s education and to be involved in the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of their child/children.
- The partnerships between the District and the Ed! Foundation, our parent teacher associations, Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and the City of El Segundo enrich learning opportunities for our students.
- Recognition of efforts, in support of district goals, encourages growth and innovation.
We at El Segundo Unified School District build understanding, empathy, diversity of experience, diversity of learning, and awareness of our community to be inclusive of all students in order to ensure equity and contribute to cross-cultural environments.
We aim for all students to be seen, heard, supported, and nurtured to reach their full potential.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources
Below is a suggested library of resources reviewed and compiled by Dr. Alice Lee, ESUSD Director of Race, Equity and Inclusion from a variety of outside agencies for specific interested individuals by age grouping or purpose.
Classroom curriculum and adopted textbooks go through a thorough vetting process and are approved by the ESUSD Board of Education in accordance with Board Policy and Administrative Regulation.
Resources for Staff Development and Curriculum
- Teaching Tolerance Website
- Teaching Tolerance: Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students
- USC Rossier School of Education, Resources for Learning and Teaching About Race
- National Education Association, Diversity Toolkit: Race and Ethnicity
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking About Race and Privilege: Lesson Plan for Middle and High School Students
- Resources for Talking with Kids about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence
- California Democracy School Online Professional Development Series (LACOE)
- Regional Educational Laboratory Program West’s Educator’s Guide for Family and Caregiver Activities for Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School Practice Guide
- Facing History and Ourselves
- Speak Up At School
- Responding to Hate and Bias at School
- Talking About Race
- Diversity Resources from SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers/Illustrators)
- Classroom Resources and Professional Development from Teaching Tolerance
Social Emotional Learning
- RULER - Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
- CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
- CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Resources During COVID-19
- National Equity Project
- How to Help Students Navigate this Social Emotional Rollercoaster
- Social-Emotional Learning: Why it Matters and How to Foster It
- Edutopia: Social Emotional Learning
Resources for Parents and Families
Family and Caregiver Activities to Support Young English Learners and Language Development
The Regional Educational Laboratory Program provides these resources to provide simple, fun activities families and caregivers can use with children at home to strengthen language development.
Young Adult Novels:
- The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
- Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
- Three Keys by Kelly Yang
- Front Desk by Kelly Yang
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- X: A Novel by Kekla Magoon & Illyasah Shabazz
- The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir by Jennifer Baszile
- Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
- Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi
- We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore
- Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black by Gregory Howard Williams
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
- Books to Support Conversations About Race
- Books About Equity
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
- 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
- Hammering for Freedom by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
- Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown
- Skin Again by Bell Hooks
- The Youngest Marcher: Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks: a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson
- We March by Shane Evans
- I am Enough by Grace Byers
- We are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
- One Love: Based on the Song by Bob Marley by Cedelia Marley
- Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
- All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
- The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson