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Equity & Inclusion at the Cluster
Vision for the Cluster

At the Cluster, we strive to create an equitable learning community in which every child and family feels a sense of belonging. Our efforts are aligned with the DCPS Equity vision and guided by school leadership and the Peabody and Watkins Equity Team.

The Peabody and Watkins Equity Team, a diverse group of caregivers and staff working to address racism, envisions an equitable, anti-racist school community in which all students, families, and staff:

  • are welcomed, loved, and valued;

  • experience a true sense of belonging;

  • are provided the support they need to thrive.

 
The Equity Team does this by creating a space for:

  • participating in open, honest dialogue;

  • processing identity and developing relationships;

  • engaging in equitable and representative collaboration;  

  • taking concrete actions to advance educational equity and racial justice.

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Equity Team
Peabody Curriculum Extension
Peabody Curriculum Extension

Peabody is implementing an Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias curriculum extension in the 2022-2023 school year. Developed by Peabody staff, this work is grounded in Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This Overview Presentation explains how DCPS' whole-child, anti-racist mission relates to the student experience in early childhood. 

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The units our team has designed include identity, celebrating diversity, family traditions and customs, fair and unfair, and advocacy. Much of our learning takes place through read alouds and discussions. Below is information on classroom activities and suggestions for extensions at home.

Below are books used during this unit to build students' understanding.

Unit 1: Identity

No matter what you look like or where you come from, all are welcome in our school! We are all different and have something special to share about ourselves and our families. A group of unique people makes a wonderful community like ours!

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Click here for more books related to the Identity Unit.

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Unit 2: Celebrating Diversity

It is joyous to celebrate all the ways that we are the same and different. Whether it’s the activities we enjoy doing, the foods we eat, the languages we speak at home, how we look, the clothes we wear, our lives at home, or the abilities we have, we can celebrate being who we are and accept others as they are.

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Click here for more books related to the Celebrating Diversity Unit.

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Unit 3: Fair vs. Unfair

Young children can be very sensitive to behaviors that feel unfair. It is not fair to treat others hurtfully because of their skin color, where they are from, their gender, or their interests. Students are eager to be a part of changing unfair to fair.

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Kindred Partnership
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With support from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, we have launched a partnership with Kindred. Kindred supports schools and school systems to realize the collective well-being of all students and families. Its vision is that children and families thrive without difference by economic situation, racial or ethnic identity, ability, or other designation. Our partnership over the course of three-to-four years will involve conversations and actions between parents, staff, and school leadership as we tackle issues of racial and economic segregation within our school community.

  • Year 1: Kindred’s team supported the development of authentic relationships between diverse groups of parents and staff by facilitating small-group dialogues about their backgrounds, race and equity, and goals for their students.

  • Year 2: Kindred’s team trained and coached parent and staff dialogue participants to lead groups with other parents and staff to reach the broader school community. 

  • Years 3-4: Kindred will support parents and staff to ensure that their school’s parent organizational bodies into equity-driven action groups.

​You can learn more about Kindred dialogue groups by watching their recruitment video or by reaching out to Maggie Adams at maggiemaeadams@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

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Additional Resources
Additional Resources

These resources may be useful for discussing race and bias with children. If you have additional suggestions for resources, please contact VPEquity@chcspta.org

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Our Equity Journey

Watkins creates the Achievement Gap Task Force to address racial disparities.

2016

Caregivers and staff form the Cluster Race, Class, and Equity (RCE) Reading Group.

2017

RCE formulates action steps and applies for competitive Kindred partnership.

2018

PTA establishes an Equity and Inclusion committee.

Peabody and Watkins partner with Kindred and begin dialogue groups.

2019

Cluster Equity Team launches with Kindred support.

2020

Peabody launches Anti-Racist, Anti-Bias Curriculum Extension.

2022

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