Inclusivity Report Card

Evaluate your school for inclusivity and foster a more welcoming and respectful community.
Ages 8-14 / 60+
min Activity
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Objectives

  • Evaluate different aspects of their school environment for strengths and weaknesses related to inclusivity 
  • Listen and learn from each other’s observations and perspectives 
  • Collaborate on actions for promoting inclusivity at their school, ensuring that everyone feels valued and respected 
  • Share their reflections with other classes through a collaborative Padlet board or live virtual exchange (located in the “Gallery” and “Extensions” tabs)

Supporting Research

When educators cultivate a positive and inclusive classroom environment, in which all students feel a sense of belonging and appreciation, this leads to positive outcomes around their motivation, self-efficacy, and engagement. Thus, during this activity, educators should encourage students to practice inclusivity and collaboration as they explore different perspectives and experiences related to their school community, and work together to promote a kinder, more inclusive environment for everyone.

To learn more about these skills, and how they promote students’ healthy growth and the development of empathy, please check out our Empathy Framework.

Activity Partners

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Instructions

  1. Begin the activity by asking students about the meaning of “inclusivity” and why it’s important. 

    Then, you might explain: “As you can guess from the name, “inclusivity” is about including everyone. It’s about creating a community where everyone feels valued and respected for who they are. We recognize that everyone has different backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs, and we appreciate our differences because they give us an opportunity to learn from each other. Being inclusive helps us explore new ideas, gather more information, and work together to make the world a better place for everyone.”  
  2. Explain that students will be working together to evaluate their school for inclusivity in different areas, such as the books, building facilities, and curriculum materials. 

    You might say: “Now, we're going to look at different parts of our school environment to see how inclusive they are for everyone. We'll be looking at things like the books we read, how accessible our school is for students with disabilities, and the language that we use. Remember, our goal is to make our school a place where everyone feels like they belong.” 
  3. Distribute a copy of the “Inclusivity Report Card” to each student, and make time for them to walk around and record their findings. 

    Students should evaluate their school on the different areas listed on the handout, and use the blank boxes to include areas that are important to them, such as supporting people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
  4. After students finish their report card, ask them to form small groups of 4-5 students. 

    Students should take turns sharing their observations with their group members. Each group should also brainstorm ideas for how their school can be more inclusive, ensuring that everyone’s perspective is included in this process. 
  5. Invite each group to share one observation and one suggestion that they discussed, and write down their responses on a physical or digital board that is visible to everyone. 

    Then, discuss the following questions together: 
    • Did someone from your group notice something different than you? What was it? 
    • Why is it important to listen to observations from different people? What would happen if we evaluated our school from only our own perspective? 
    • What are some areas where our school is doing a good job of being inclusive? What are some areas that need improvement? 
    • What was an idea that someone shared that you hadn’t considered before? Why is it important to work with others when we are trying to solve a problem? 
    • What are some actions that we can take to make our school more inclusive? How can we involve other students and staff members in these efforts? 
  6. As a class, decide on 1-2 suggestions to put into action, and decide on a plan for implementing their suggestions. For example, students might: 
    • Come up with a list of recommended books for the school library 
    • Organize events where students can learn about each other’s cultures 
    • Create posters and other decorations in different languages
    • Establish a “buddy system” so students can support each other 

    Throughout this process, offer support and guidance to students, encouraging them to set achievable goals and timelines. Emphasize the importance of involving other members of the school community to maximize impact and cultivate a sense of collective responsibility. Finally, celebrate students’ successes - big or small!  

If students in both classes have individual devices (e.g., mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc.)...

Use a platform such as Google Meet, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams which allows you to screen-share during a video call. 
One educator should set up the Kahoot! game and share the code with students in both classes by following this tutorial about using Kahoot! in a remote learning environment, and share their screen so everyone can follow along.

If students in either class don’t have individual devices...

Follow the same instructions above, with one educator starting the game and sharing their screen so both classes can follow along.  
Instead of students joining the game to answer the questions, they can hold up their fingers, call out their answer, or use a paper template to indicate their response.

If you prefer not using Kahoot!...

Use this document (Spanish version) to prompt students.