Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Navigating and celebrating difference is a skill, like empathy or forgiveness, that can be learned and developed. In our diverse society, learning to work across differences broadens our horizons and opens up possibilities. 

For a student to be engaged, they must feel included and valued. 

Our staff and teachers find purposeful ways to develop our understanding and support of others. We want all our students to feel valued, appreciated, and free to be who they are in the classroom.

In the classroom, concepts about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are mindfully integrated into teaching in ways that are age-appropriate for each grade level.


We believe that learning in a diverse environment gives students essential skills and perspectives that enable them to thrive in a multifaceted and interconnected world. Students learn to understand, respect, and appreciate different perspectives and traditions and learn about their own identity in the process.


We work to remove educational disparities and focus resources so that all students provided the differentiated tools and supports necessary to achieve their personal best.


We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness of all races, genders, neurotypes, and identities is automatic.

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Celebrating Women’s Day 2023

At RVC, we’re thrilled to be celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th! This is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, while also advocating for gender equality and women’s rights. The newsletter below has great links to share with your family. Please wait for the PDF to download below, or use the controls to download it and share. Click the links in the PDF to access information, videos, recipes, and more. ¡En RVC, estamos encantados de celebrar el Día Internacional de la Mujer el 8 de marzo! Este es un día mundial…

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Mes de la Historia Afroamericana 2022!

¡El Comité de Diversidad e Inclusión se complace en compartir nuestro Boletín del Mes de la Historia Negra 2022! Puntos destacados de este boletín: ¡Un enlace a nuestro Boletín del Mes de la Historia Negra 2021 con aún más información! Lista de lectura sugerida seleccionada por nivel de grado. Oportunidades para involucrarse y apoyar a las organizaciones lideradas por negros aquí en Marin. Como es el caso con todos nuestros boletines, estos están destinados a que participe toda la familia. Sin embargo, sugerimos a los padres que lo exploren primero en caso de que prefiera hablar específicamente sobre el material…

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Black History Month 2022!

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is excited to share with you all our 2022 Black History Month Newsletter! Highlights of this Newsletter: A link to our 2021 Black History Month Newsletter with even more information! Suggested reading list curated by grade level. Opportunities to get involved with & support Black Led Orgs here in Marin. As is the case with all of our Newsletters, these are intended for the whole family to engage with. However, we suggest parents explore it first in case you’d prefer to specifically talk through any of the material with your kiddos. Hopefully this resource fosters…

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Celebrando el mes de la herencia de los nativos americanos 2021

El 1 de noviembre marca el comienzo del Mes de la Herencia Nativa Americana. El Comité D&I ha elaborado un boletín informativo interactivo con recursos para niños y adultos para ayudarnos a rendir homenaje a la rica ascendencia de los nativos americanos. ¡Un agradecimiento especial a Tory Canby por proporcionar la mayor parte del contenido de este boletín! Disfrute del maravilloso boletín a continuación, que celebra la herencia nativa americana. Espere a que se descargue el PDF a continuación o utilice los controles para descargarlo y compartirlo. Haga clic en los enlaces del PDF para acceder a información, videos, recetas y…

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month 2021

November 1st marks the beginning of Native American Heritage Month. The D&I Committee has put together an interactive newsletter with resources for both kids and adults to help us pay tribute to the rich ancestry of Native Americans. Special thanks to Tory Canby for providing most of the content in this newsletter! Also, keep an eye out for the bulletin board on campus that will go up later this week honoring Native American Heritage. The newsletter is available in both Spanish and English. Please see the URL links below and/or the attached PDF’s for access. Please wait for the PDF…

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Honoring Indigenous People’s Day

To honor Native America, we want to share a video with you that is great for kids and offers a gentle introduction to learning about Indigenous people. It also stars RVC community member Tory Canby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL6Q_h890Wc The Museum of the American Indian in Novato also offers a wide variety of educational resources which can be found here.

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride! | Celebrando LBGTQ +: ¡Feliz Orgullo!

We are so excited to share this LGBTQ+ newsletter with you! As you may know, June is PRIDE month – a time dedicated to learning about and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.   Maybe you’re wondering whether it’s a good idea to discuss LGBTQ+ topics at the elementary school level. The newsletter makes the case as to why all kids benefit from learning about this community – it’s about creating more space for expression and learning at a young age to be true to yourself. We really hope you’ll read it!    Some further motivation: an estimated 1 in 10 (some say more, some say less) youth will eventually identify…

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Newsletter / Boletín informativo del patrimonio asiático-americano e isleño del Pacífico

May 1st marks the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month is about celebrating the many contributions of the AAPI community as well as recognizing the pattern of historical chronic injustices against this community going back hundreds of years. There are many examples of AAPI erasure in our collective history – from the largely ignored contributions of the Chinese workers who built the transcontinental railroad to the literal massive depopulation of Native Hawaiians. It’s time for all of us to take the time to learn more so that we can move toward a future of proper AAPI representation…

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Celebrating Neurodiversity – Celebrando Neurodiversidad

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee has put together a GREAT newsletter to highlight and CELEBRATE Neurodiversity. Neurodiversity? Perhaps you’re familiar with the concept, just not the terminology. In a nutshell, the concept of Neurodiversity means that brain differences are just that: DIFFERENCES. Rather than focus only on what we cannot do, let’s recognize, nurture and celebrate the many strengths and talents of being neurodiverse! At RVC we hold this concept near to our hearts and we highly recommended checking out this newsletter! It is jam-packed with amazing links and resources and we hope you enjoy the newsletter as much as we enjoyed creating it. Sincerely, The Diversity & Inclusion Committee Please…

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Celebrating Women’s Day

At RVC, we’re celebrating Women’s Day. The newsletter below has great links to share with your family. Please wait for the PDF to download below, or use the controls to download it and share. Click the links in the PDF to access information, videos, recipes, and more. En RVC, estamos celebrando el Día de la Mujer. El boletín a continuación tiene excelentes enlaces para compartir con su familia. Espere a que se descargue el PDF a continuación o utilice los controles para descargarlo y compartirlo. Haga clic en los enlaces del PDF para acceder a información, videos, recetas y más.…

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Resources and Reference Material

The Diverse BookFinder is a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC):  https://diversebookfinder.org/

Disability Scoop is a source for news about developmental disabilities: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/

Gender Spectrum provides resources to help create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens: https://www.genderspectrum.org/

Anti-Racist Resources for Parents  is a page provided by PEPS, whose mission is to connect parents to strengthen families and build community. PEPS is not an expert on social justice and antiracism but they have created a list of critical resources that can help parents to get started. https://www.peps.org/ParentResources/by-topic/anti-racist-resources-parents