Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice
From the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)
Culturally Responsive Teaching Video Collection
The Culturally Responsive Teaching Video Collection features culturally responsive teaching examples by MA educators. The purpose of this video library is to provide examples of culturally responsive teaching practices in all contents, elevate MA educators, and support educators to continue building their capacity to provide a culturally responsive education to all students in the Commonwealth.
How We Develop Grade-Level Learning for DEI&J
In the Dedham Public Schools, we believe that DEI & J should be embedded in all core content (English/la, social studies/history, mathematics, science, world languages, and the arts). For this reason, each content team will identify, select, and apply Learning For Justice standards for Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action.
Dedham Public Schools is committed to creating a community where student outcomes are not determined by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, language, disability, or socioeconomic status.
The mission of the DEI & J office in the Dedham Public Schools is to build the capacity in our community to view learning and human development in which multiple expressions of diversity (e.g. race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, language, disability, or socioeconomic status) are recognized, and regarded as assets for teaching and learning. Culture is a critical component and understanding it matters in how people learn.
Our goal is to ensure that students experience academic success by (1) understanding, using, and building on their assets; (2) developing and or maintaining cultural competence; and (3) developing a critical consciousness through which they can examine historical perspectives to build belonging, justice, and inclusion.
DEI &J District Highlights
The Dedham High School Band is excited to present this tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen as a part of the Dedham Public Schools' contribution to the Dedham MLK Celebration being presented on Dedham TV this year. The first black airmen in the US Armed Forces, the Red Tails, were fearless pioneers who paved the way for members of the black community who wanted to serve their country. Martin Luther King's visions of equality and inclusion were created in the wake of their efforts to diversify the US Military, and we are excited to honor them with this incredible piece of music, "Red Tails" written by Ayatey Shabazz.
The Dedham Public Schools has partnered with Diversity Talks, which specializes in increasing student voice and agency grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. This partnership will strengthen our diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy by bringing student voices to the forefront and equipping them with the skills necessary for systemic change by examining inequities within the classroom and school community.
An important goal of the Dedham Public Schools is to increase the representation in texts inclusive of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, language, disability, and socioeconomic status by providing culturally, linguistically diverse, and enabling texts to support teaching and learning across Pre-K to Grade 12. Learn more about this initiative here.
The plan for Dedham Public Schools, is to create a school community that provides a safe, brave, and supportive learning environment for all students inclusive of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, language, disability, or socioeconomic status.