Inclusivity (Inclusion + Diversity) is taking diversity and inclusion and turning this into action by creating a school environment of engagement, respect and connection - where ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are tied together in a caring environment.
Diversity means all the ways we differ. Anything that makes us unique is part of this definition of diversity.
Inclusion means bringing together; making someone a part of something bigger and embracing diversity in a beneficial way.
Inclusivity at PCSD
Cross Cultural Program
Pittsford and Israeli students write messages to each other as part of a cross cultural program.
Family Welcome Events
Families of students who are English language learners have the opportunity to meet each other and learn about some of the resources available to them in the PCSD schools and community.
Link Crew Leaders teach two classroom lessons to all English 9 classes. The first lesson is called "Why Limit Yourself" and focuses on the importance of seeking excellence and being open to new ideas and approaches. The second lesson is based around the theme of "Creating Community" by building strong relationships.
PCSD students join other schools in Monroe County schools, both public and private, to engage in facilitated dialogue with peers related to race, racism, privilege, internalized racism, non-racist, and anti-racist. They are working together to develop plans to be the change.
ROCKids Connect is a program initiated by a PCSD parent that aims to enrich the lives of city and suburban youth through a student exchange program. Students from both communities meet, learn from, and play with each other.
Together Including Every Student (TIES) is a Pittsford Central School District program that promotes belonging and participation for young people with special needs in extracurricular and community activities. Trained high school and middle school student volunteers provide the individualized support needed by TIES participants in a spirit of fun and learning. TIES Best Buddies program is dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual or development disabilities (IDD).
Unified Sports is an initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete. Pittsford Schools is one of the first in New York State to offer Unified Sports. Basketball was selected to start the program.
Students Read Wonder
All Barker Road students read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio about a 10 year old boy with facial anomalies and how his shift from home schooling to public school change him and those around him.
Inclusivity Advisory Committee
The Pittsford Central School District chartered an Inclusivity Advisory Committee that formed in 2018. The volunteer committee members applied to be a part of this committee. The Inclusivity Advisory Committee Success Statement can be found at this link: Inclusivity Advisory Committee Success Statement
Brief profiles of the Inclusivity Advisory Commmittee members can be found on the District website at this link: Inclusivity Advisory Committee Member Video Profiles