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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.
Vision Statement for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

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


Ten online professional development modules provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to implement high-quality civic inquiry and investigations in K-12 schools, including videos of actual classroom projects.  Three of the modules present examples for engaging students in civil dialogue using Socratic Seminar, Philosophical Chairs, and Structured Academic Controversy.
They have a number of lessons, discussion points to use with students regarding race and social justice. Their programs help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future.

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.


Recommended Reading




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

Picture Books: