Diversity vs. Inclusion
Diversity is a field of beautiful and varied flowers. Inclusion happens when they all receive the conditions they need to bloom and flourish. Providing the right conditions to create an inclusive culture requires thoughtful policies and practices. Federal, state and local policies give voice to the importance of English Language Learners (ELLs) and can impact their success in school. To move from an acceptance and understanding of diversity to a model of full inclusion of ELL students requires implementation of federal, state and local policies and procedures. Federal and state laws and policies bring about changes with which we must comply. School and district leaders must create the conditions for the former to occur, by being thoughtful in the implementation of policies and procedures, paying attention to the change process and creating a learning environment that connects each staff member to the desired change.