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DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

​​2nd Nature Academy is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We strive to provide an authentic sense of belonging through fair and equitable treatment, access, and opportunities, by representing multiple identities, and by affirming that individual thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives matter. 

 

Diversity is multi-faceted and includes matters of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, neurodiversity, ability, age, religious belief, political conviction, and more. Such attributes are used to enhance the program and to help all students and staff reach their full potential.

DEI Statement

VALUE InclusioN

HONOR DIFFERENCES

LEARN FROM DIVERGENT PERSPECTIVES

PROMOTE COMMUNICATION

AMPLIFY UNHEARD VOICES

CULTIVATE UNDERSTANDING

CREATE EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES

ENHANCE WORLDVIEWS

At 2nd Nature Academy, we create and nurture belonging through:

  • providing opportunities for and accepting students and staff from diverse backgrounds and walks of life.

  • recognizing every individual’s unique skills, talents, and backgrounds.

  • regularly assessing, reevaluating, and updating educational resources.

  • forming individual relationships with students and families.

  • actively addressing and repairing inequities.

  • meeting diverse learning needs through providing regular professional development for and maintaining a strong team of educators.

  • maintaining clear expectations of and offering support to all staff employed to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom.

  • establishing a precedent of respect for one another and divergent perspectives across our community, as well as actively facilitating opportunities for and engaging in respectful discussion and open dialogue.

  • maintaining confidentiality with the aim of protecting the safety and privacy of all community members.

  • creating an environment free of exclusionary, disrespectful, hateful, or hostile words and actions.

​2nd Nature Academy stands behind growing research that shows diversity in educational settings leads to positive outcomes for students in school, life, and when entering a global workforce. Students in diverse educational settings build critical thinking skills and social awareness through exposure to different individuals and divergent perspectives. This, paired with a community environment in which all students feel safe to think freely and express themselves authentically, can lead to improved academic outcomes, improved self-esteem, and more opportunities for all.

Religion & Politics in the Classroom

SNA is not a religious nor a political organization and does not promote any one religion or political viewpoint. However, educators may teach about and discuss religions, politics, different belief systems, cultures, and/or traditions in the context of certain subjects (e.g., history, social studies, literature, etc.). It is the responsibility of your child/student’s teacher(s) to provide age-appropriate, respectful, and responsible curriculum and lesson plans. Children/students may also share their own beliefs and traditions as part of projects or social discourse. Parents/guardians are encouraged to connect with their child/student’s teacher(s) if they wish to share any celebratory traditions with their child/student’s class. Exclusionary rhetoric, derogatory remarks, and/or proselytizing are never permitted.

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