Multicultural Education

Bainbridge Island School District values multicultural education as an integral and inclusive teaching and learning process. The Multicultural Education Program provides all students with equitable opportunities to:
  • Develop a strong sense of self-identity and self-worth.
  • Be successful, both academically and socially.
  • Develop an understanding of and appreciation for persons of diverse backgrounds and circumstances.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become positive, active contributors in a democratic, intercultural society.
Bainbridge Island School District has had a Multicultural Advisory Committee since 1986, which has provided guidance to the district in developing, maintaining and assessing a comprehensive K‑12 multicultural education program. The Committee was recognized and awarded for their leadership by the Washington Association of School Administrators in 2000.

There are Multicultural Lead Teachers at each school. They promote multicultural goals, educational activities and events. They also connect other staff members with multicultural resources in their school, the school district, and the community.

Multicultural Education Goals:

The goals of the multicultural education program are to have each student:
  • Feel valued and respected.
  • Be successful, both academically and socially.
  • Recognize and understand diverse perspectives.
  • Make meaningful contributions in a democratic society.

History of the MAC Advisory PowerPoint

1.  Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community
2.  Filipino-American Community Association. BI Review:  Strawberry Fest ripens anew and The berry that loved Bainbridge
3.  The Suquamish Tribe
4.  Global Source Education
5.  Soldiers: Honor and Sacrifice
6.  Fumiko: The Woman Behind The Symbol
7.  Bainbridge: Island Roots
8.  Bainbridge Gardens: The Red Pines
9.  Living Island History: BIJAC Oral History Project
10. Brooks Andrews: My Friends Behind Barbed Wire
11. Port Blakely: Memories of A Mill Town
12. Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council
13. Bainbridge Island Historical Society
14. James Banks & The Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle WA
15. Washington State Association for Multicultural Education (WSAME) Note: WSAME has a Facebook page too!
16. Densh The Japanese American Legacy Project
17. Southern Poverty Law Center
18. Preventing and Countering School-Based Harassment
19. Diversity Within Unity
20. National Association for Multicultural Education
21. Resource Guide: Responding to Hate