Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

TEA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Statement

Respect for Cultural Diversity

We believe that the intellectual, emotional, social, and psychological development of our students happens most effectively in a community that embraces and values diversity, whether based on cultural and ethnic background, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion or creed, ability/disability, political orientation, learning style, age, or generation.

Short History of TEA

TEA was founded on a set of important guiding principles, at the center of which is a focus on building character in young people by tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues. We believe we can instill critical traits in young people like compassion, collaboration, and gratitude through intention and practice. We also believe that young people have the power to make a real difference in their lives and the world around them.

With these core principles in mind, we are continuing to develop a learning environment that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and fosters a deep sense of respect, gratitude and joy for different cultures, experiences and perspectives. Only when our students are able to understand the complexities of the world are they able to take action. It is with this spirit in mind we aim to develop critical thinkers, global citizens and young people who can stand up for what they believe and actively work to make the world a place where everyone thrives.

Recommended Resources: Books

Recommended Resources: Websites


A resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. The goals of these conversations are to dismantle the color-blind framework and prepare young people to work toward racial justice. If we commit to collectively trying to talk about race with young children, we can lean on one another for support as we, together, envision a world where we actively challenge racism each and every day. Many of the blog’s posts are geared toward White people but a community of guest bloggers represents diverse backgrounds and the strategies discussed may be helpful for all.

It starts one conversation at a time.


Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.

Learning For Justice provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

Recommended Resources: Films