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
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.