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Holley Central School District

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)

As a district, Holley has committed to three main areas of improvement:

  1. Equity: We commit to ensuring that every child can see themselves reflected in teachers, leaders, curriculum and learning materials.
  2. Student-Centered Learning: We commit to ensuring that every child is engaged in meaningful learning.
  3. Multi-Tiered System of Supports: We commit to ensuring that every child is supported academically, socially and emotionally.
All three of these commitments support the overall mission of the district: We, the students, parents, staff and community of the Holley Central School District, will work together to provide the opportunity and means for all students to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become responsible and productive citizens in a diverse and changing society. The ideal is to instill a passion for lifelong learning. 

We recognize that when students see themselves in their curriculum; are engaged in relevant instruction to their lives, experiences, and interests; and feel welcomed and a part of their school, they will be successful academically, socially and emotionally.

One way to do this is through NYSED’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework model, which is grounded in four key, overarching principles:

  1. Welcoming and Affirming Environment
  2. High Expectations and Rigorous Instruction
  3. Inclusive Curriculum and Assessment
  4. Ongoing Professional Learning
Contact Director of Teaching and Learning Brendan Keiser at 585-638-6316, ext. 2591, if you have questions or suggestions.

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DEI Definitions

  • Diversity: Includes, but is not limited to, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, genetic information, and learning styles.
  • Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of all groups.
  • Inclusion: Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities and decision/policy-making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources.
  • Culture: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) understands culture as the multiple components of one’s identity, including, but not limited to, race, economic background, gender, language, sexual orientation, nationality, religion and ability. Culture far transcends practices such as cuisines, art, music and celebrations to include ways of thinking, values and forms of expression.

Take the Vocabulary Quiz on Equity-Related Terms: DEI Quiz - United Way NCA 
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