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.
District News & Features
The DEIJ Office in partnership with Diversity Talks administered the PERM assessment to educators at the start and end of the 2021-2022 academic year. The PERM is a framework of cultural competence based on four dimensions; Power, Empathy, Relationships, and Mindset. The PERM was designed to provide a roadmap of culturally responsive practices for educators and other adults working in youth-serving organizations. Highlights from the data: *Statistically significant increase in cultural competence * Reduction in cultural blindness reported *Reported behavior shifts as a result of attending the workshop.
Do you have a bachelor’s degree? Would you like an ESL initial teaching license for pre-K to Grade 6? The Dedham Public Schools has received a grant to create a Teacher Pathway Program, in partnership with Collaborative for Educational Services (CES). This new program is recruiting for its first class in May 2023. The CES is focused on justice, equity, and supporting learners of all ages. Our goal is to increase the number of global majority teachers. CES will provide six courses and practicum experience leading to an ESL initial teaching license for pre-K to Grade 6.
2021-2022 Commissioner letter to district and school leaders about the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students
As educators, we play an important role in fostering resilience, joy, safety, and positive relationships for LGBTQ students, despite the many disparities that LGBTQ students continue to face. The communication comes from Jeffery Riley, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding his commitment to supporting inclusive learning environments.
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.