Breaking Down Barriers: The Importance of Inclusivity in Education

With 47% of public school students identifying as White, it’s become more critical than ever to ensure that educational environments reflect the diversity of the populations they serve. Learning materials that do not show the contributions of marginalized groups won’t help promote inclusivity in education. 

Teachers, mentors, and administrators all can play a role in breaking down traditional barriers in favor of creating more inclusive educational practices. And in the process, they will establish more dynamic learning experiences. Below you can learn more about the importance of inclusive education!

What Does Inclusivity in Education Mean?

Inclusivity in education means creating a learning environment where all students, regardless of their backgrounds, feel supported. The classroom environment should celebrate the diversity of those represented and the different ways that people learn, grow, and express themselves. 

Inclusivity may mean designing projects that highlight the contributions of underrepresented populations. Embedding the work of Asian-American authors and female scientists into a lesson plan, for instance, is one way to do this. Inclusivity may translate to pulling together groups of students with different strengths and backgrounds to help facilitate better communication and teamwork. This strategy can help minimize racial bias and encourage leadership skills in all students. 

Inclusivity can take the form of additional assistance in the classroom, as well. For example, schools should equip classrooms with teaching assistants who can work with students who need extra time or clarification. All students, including those with learning challenges, should be included in field trips, group projects, or assemblies. 

Understand the Benefits of Promoting Inclusive Practices

Promoting an inclusive educational environment benefits both the students and those delivering the curricula. In increasingly diverse classrooms, it’s imperative that all individuals know how to interact respectfully while gaining an appreciation for those from different backgrounds. Inclusive environments can help create more empathy and understanding. 

Inclusive educational practices do not have to be expensive, but there should be an investment upfront. Teachers need the training to cultivate inclusive spaces. For instance, this can include knowing how to frame questions or engaging students who may lack the confidence to speak in class. At OhanaHC, we devote resources to training our mentors so they can deliver a positive experience to their mentees.

Learn How to Support Inclusive Educational Experiences

Supporting and furthering inclusive education starts with those in positions of power. Teachers, mentors, and other authority figures can help shape a curriculum that supports underserved populations. This can include adding readings from underrepresented groups to projects and visiting museums that focus on minority populations. 

Additionally, teachers should diversify the types of assignments they offer to appeal to students with unique learning styles and needs. Teachers should take a collaborative approach to designing curricula, too, to bring inclusivity to all aspects of the educational process. 

At OhanaHC, we work to create inclusive educational experiences for young individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Fill out the contact form on our website or email us at to learn how you can get involved!

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