Sierra Expeditionary School values diversity

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Amy Edgett/Sierra SunSierra Expeditionary Learning School students performed a variety of entertaining and educational skits with unfettered enthusiasm at the Dia de los Muertos event. Find photo gallery at

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) was proud to participate in the Dia de los Muertos community event sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Truckee (FRC), where students learned about the Mexican tradition of honoring deceased loved ones. With direction from their Spanish teacher, Rubi Sanchez, students from kindergarten through sixth grade performed traditional Mexican dances and songs and created an altar for the Nov. 4 event.

and#8220;We were excited to be a part of this event and to provide our students with a hands-on cultural experience that they could share with classmates and community,and#8221; said David Manahan, SELS director.

SELS offers a hands-on approach to learning while supporting diversity in all its forms, including ethnic, cultural, religious, socio-economic background, and more. SELS strives to provide students with a rich, inclusive experience that reflects the environment in which they live, and to foster a safe atmosphere where every member of the community is respected. SELS actively seeks to achieve diversity in all aspects of school life including the composition of the student body, faculty, curriculum, administration, and board of Trustees. SELS believes this commitment to diversity will help children successfully navigate the changing world they will one day inherit.-

SELSand#8217;s commitment to social justice promotes inclusion and equitable learning environments. Social justice provides fair and equal access to educational opportunities for all students; it encompasses a heart for sensitivity, a head for critical thinking, and a hand in social change. This approach accommodates a broad spectrum of learners and aims to achieve greater equity in academic achievement for all students.-SELS will be holding a Diversity Workshop for school community members the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 29 to continue to build the school culture.

Expeditionary Learning curriculum adheres to TTUSD and California state standards. Developed by Outward Bound, Expeditionary Learning curriculum has been credited with improving test scores and increasing student motivation and achievement, with an 18-year track record of success in schools nationwide.

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