“Equity is the removal of existing barriers and actively establishing the framework so that the needs of all students are met through fairness, justice, and meaningful opportunities.”
DEI Team Belief Statement
The Grand Blanc Equity Team is committed to improving the lives of all students. More specifically, we believe that to fully embrace and operationalize equity in Grand Blanc Community Schools, all students must have their voices heard in a safe, supportive environment that values difference.
Grand Blanc Community Schools will create and sustain equity through
- inclusivity, accessibility, and belonging
- dignified policies and procedures
- opportunities for students to actualize their own unique genius
- exemplary models of character and judgment
Resources to Help our Students with Special Needs
Culturally responsive teaching in Special Education
The Delta Math RtI program provides online readiness and tier 3 screeners and standard based reports, paper-based progress monitoring, tiered instructional support and distributed practice for Kindergarten through Algebra 1.
***Thank you for your efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the Grand Blanc community. As always, the provided resources are not part of a Grand-Blanc approved curriculum; rather, they are tools to inform and encourage curiosity.
DEI Teacher Resource Link
Let’s take every opportunity to learn about and celebrate the diversity in our Grand Blanc community!
Autism Acceptance Month, previously named Autism Awareness Month, in April aims to celebrate and promote acceptance of the condition that occurs in one in every 54 children as of 2020 in the United States. Autism, a complex developmental condition affecting the patient’s ability to interact, communicate, and progress, has not one but many subtypes. There is no one way to be autistic. Each individual person with autism has different experiences. First held in 1972 by the Autism Society, Autism Acceptance Month emphasizes the need for public awareness to promote acceptance, celebrate the differences, and be more inclusive towards people with autism around us. According to the CDC, Autism rates in the US have increased by 10% since 2020. For this reason, and many others, it is critical for us all to be educated and practice acceptance for people with autism.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar and the holy month of fasting ⎯ lasts from the evening of Wednesday, March 22 until the evening of Friday, April 21. Included in this email are some valuable resources to highlight the history and traditions of Ramadan.
Ramadan ends with the celebration Eid-al-Fitr, “The Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.” Ramadan is the 9th month in the lunar calendar, and it is an incredibly holy month for Muslims. Many Muslims, including some of your Muslim students, will be fasting - abstaining from any food or drink including water - from dawn to dusk for 30 days to focus on personal growth and reflection.
During this time, it is important to self-reflect, thank God for all of one's blessings, and remember that there are people in this world who go hungry and thirsty every day. It is a time for families and friends to observe their faith together. Feel free to wish your Muslim students a Happy Ramadan (Ramadan Mubarak).
Sonya James, Ed.S
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director
Check out what our team is doing!
- Training and supporting Building Equity Team Leaders
- Creating Organizational Cultural Assessments and Action Plans
- Communicating important holiday/seasonal information