Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice


Professional Learning

  • 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.

    View Professional Learning Videos Here

Anchor Standards and Grade Level Outcome Scenarios

  • 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.

    Click here to view the anchor standards and grade-level outcome scenarios.


Meet Dr. O

  • Dedham Public Schools is commited to creating a community where student outcomes are not determined by ​race, ethnicity, sexuality, 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, language, class, sexuality, gender identity, and expression, disability, religion) 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. 

DPS Population 2020-21
The data above provides a view of the DPS’s changing student diversity at a glance:

DEI &J District Highlights

  • DEI & J and Diversity Talks Partnership

    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.

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  • Creating Equity Action Teams

    An important goal of the Dedham Public Schools is to increase the representation in texts, inclusive of race, ethnicity, language, class, gender identity and expression, disability, and religion 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.

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Defining DEI & J in Dedham Public Schools

  • 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, sexuality, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, language, ability, or socioeconomic status.