Diversity, Inclusion and Young People
Engaging with diversity is critical to meeting social, emotional and educational outcomes for young people.
We work in support of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice as underpins the:
- Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians
- ACECQA National Quality Standards
- Australian Early Years Learning Framework
- Australian Curriculum
- AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
- My Time, Our Place Framework for School Aged Care in Australia
Fully engaging with student and family diversity is an area of practice that can present challenges for even the best early years educators and primary schools.
Engaging with diversity involves much more than multicultural and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander education. Diversity encompasses sex, genders, sexual orientations, bodies, cultural, linguistic and faith backgrounds, socioeconomic status, cognitive abilities, diverse needs, ways of thinking and working.
Education research suggest that there are, biases, knowledge gaps and hierarchy of tolerance in educational setting that shape young peoples educational experiences. Research recommends a paradigm shift towards better engagement with young peoples diversities’ and needs. Diversitywise Educational Services poses a series of questions :
- How do we make our early years centres and schools truly inclusive, safe and welcoming for all young people?
- In working towards an anti-bias curriculum and pedagogy, how can we recognise and respond to the unconscious biases we all hold?
- How can we better accommodate sometimes wide variations in ability within classes such that all children are being engaged and extended?
- What aspects of diversity do we need to learn more about that are unfamiliar or possibly even personally uncomfortable. For example, how do we respond to the needs of LGBTQIA+ young people?
- How can we better incorporate understanding of student diversity in behaviour management when many behaviours can be considered as symptoms of underlying issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression or learning differences?
- Is there more we can be doing to inculcate values of not just tolerance, but valuing of diversity among young people as contribution towards future where intolerance and ignorance are less prevalent?
Here at Diversitywise Educational Services we use a research and evidence-informed practice model for answering questions such as these. We are passionate about supporting and celebrating diversity among young people.