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Miramonte Staff and Teachers are trained in a variety of skills, strategies, and curriculum to provide the best education to our students. Using the Teaching Tolerance Identity and Diversity Ancher Standards, our teachers are being trained to recognize and celebrate students of diverse backgrounds. 

Identity Anchor Standards

1. Students will develop social identities based on their membership in multiple groups in society.
2. Students will develop language and historical and cultural knowledge that affirm and accurately describe their membership in multiple identity group
3. Students will recognize that people's multiple identities interact and create unique and complex individuals.
4. Students will express pride, confidence, and healthy self-esteem  without denying the value and dignity of other people.
5. Students will recognize traits of the dominant culture, their home culture, and other cultures and understand how they negotiate their own identity in multiple spaces. 

Diversity Anchor Standards

1. Students will express comfort with people who are both similar to and different from them and engage respectfuly with all people.
2. Students will develop language and knowledge to accurately and respectfull to describe how people (including themselves) are both similar to and different from each other and others in their identity group.
3. Students will respectfully express curiosity  about the history and lived experiences of others and will exchange ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way. 
4. Students will respond to diversity by building empathy, respect, understanding, and connection.
5. Students will examine diversity in social, cultural, political, and historical contexts rather than in ways that are superficial or over simplified.  

AVID Culturally Relevant Teaching

Embedded Image for:  (20191014233152735_image.png) This strand is designed for Site Team members who are ready to work with their sites to conduct self-examination and address issues of race, class, gender, and accountability through a growth mindset. The strand will provide a framework of effective methodologies that validate the cultures of all students in the classroom and on the campus. These research-based strategies will enhance the site’s curriculum and help students make relevant learning connections to increase subject-matter comprehension. After attending this strand, participants will understand how to create multidimensional lessons while incorporating rigor for various learning styles.

Trauma Informed Schools

From the Trauma Informed Schools conference website: 
In a trauma-informed school, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and law enforcement. In addition, students are provided with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal is to not only provide tools to cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support. There are many ways to weave trauma-informed approaches into the fabric of schools, including strategic planning by administrators, staff training, and direct intervention with traumatized students.
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