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Cultural Awareness in School

Jun 30, 2022 | General

We live in a diverse community. As one of Ohio Department of Education’s top Performing Charter Schools, Green Inspiration Academy (GIA) embeds cultural awareness throughout our daily program. Civility and character education training is a daily part of our student training.  GIA exposes its students to many cultural activities.  We prepare our students to be respectful of all cultures and better citizens in our Greater Cleveland community… and the world. 

Aware with Care

GIA is a free public K-8 charter school in Warrensville Heights, serving the Greater Cleveland Area. Our students rely on us as positive influences and as leaders in a diverse community.

Ever asked a group of young kids playing together on the playground what makes them different? Out of 10 children in the Greater Cleveland Area, chances are 5 would be African-American, 3 Caucasian, and 2 Latino. What they would find different from each other is anything but their skin color or race. Even though children do categorize people into groups as early as two-years-old, what matters to young grade school students are traits such as who can run faster, who likes the same food they do, and who is a good friend. 

Prejudice and discrimination is learned. This is why we believe it is so crucial that all of us at GIA welcome everyone and foster cultural awareness and inclusivity into our classrooms. We’re dedicated to bringing out the best in every child, every day.

Our belief is that bringing cultural awareness into the elementary grade classrooms increases students’ empathy for others with different backgrounds. This is a growing necessity as diversity increases, and diversity relates to more than race and ethnicity- diversity includes different religions, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socio-economic status.

By infusing cultural awareness in every classroom, we aim to help students with different backgrounds and needs succeed. Through a culturally competent education, we actively close the achievement gap. We also believe we help students learn to thrive in an increasingly diverse world.

It’s a Small World

As technology rules daily life, and business expands across the globe, more attention to cultural awareness and diversity is essential to prepare students for life in a shrinking world. Who knows? By excelling in math and science, your child could land a career in which they travel around the world to work with colleagues in different countries. By encouraging students to embrace a diverse range of opinions, thoughts, and cultural backgrounds, we’re encouraging students to be more open-minded throughout their personal and future professional life. Therefore, the more we introduce a healthy respect, sensitivity, and curiosity for culture and diversity, the more we prepare our students for a world of opportunities.

As you can see in our Social Studies curriculum, our diligence to weave cultural awareness and diversity into History, Geography, Government, and Economics is obvious. For example, in Geography, students learn the interrelationship between the physical environment and human activity. Students analyze the impact of cultural, ethnic and social groups to better understand commonality and diversity of perspectives, practices and products within local, national, regional and global regions.

The future is bright. We don’t look back. We continue to provide a top-performing, high-quality education as recognized by the State of Ohio, and in culturally-responsive classrooms. This is an interdependent world we live in, and we are depending on you to believe in us, as your child’s home away from home. We are tirelessly dedicated to a student-teacher-parent relationship that thrives with more cultural connection, and less cultural conflict. Thrive with us at Green Inspiration Academy! Onward. Upward. Inspired!

About Green Inspiration Academy (GIA)

Green Inspiration Academy is a free public charter school for grades K–8 located in Warrensville Heights, serving the Greater Cleveland area. Our school uplifts the educational experience with a focus on mental and emotional health, unmatched education, and strong parent-teacher-student relationships, every single day. Onward. Upward. Inspired! Join us at Green Inspiration Academy!