Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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We believe that race and culture exert a powerful influence on policies, practices and interactions in every aspect of DoDEA.

DoDEA employees have always risen to the challenge and we have always endeavored to serve and provide every military-connected student -- regardless of race or ethnicity-- with a sound education. But, we believe that race and culture exert a powerful influence on policies, practices and interactions in every aspect of DoDEA. Therefore, DoDEA is working to advance Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) through the development of a DoDEA REDI Operations Team and a four-phase action plan to be implemented at the beginning of School Year 2020-2021.

The work will begin with senior leaders and lead to identifying culturally responsive teaching standards and professional learning around implicit/explicit bias. It will determine the actions required to continue our progress in reducing achievement gaps and make resources available to educators and parents to partner in this endeavor.

While our organization has historically strived to be a place of racial diversity and inclusivity, there is still work to do. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion must become embedded in everything we do, from curriculum and assessment to hiring and professional development. We must not simply celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusion, it must be actively pursued for all our students and employees. It must be a foundational premise in every aspect of our organization.

By educating, engaging, and empowering students to understand issues surrounding race and discrimination, we will lay the foundation for lasting change and progress. To begin important, and sometimes difficult conversations, we have assembled this body of resources on anti-racism, diversity and social justice for parents and teachers to use with our military-connected students and families.

This webpage will be updated regularly with new resources and information on DoDEA’s Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Operations.

DoDEA Director's message to employees on Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

DoDEA Colleagues,

Last week, I shared some of my thoughts on the issues of racism and inequality currently facing our nation and how we must move forward as a school system. As educators and education support professionals, you make a lasting impact on students and have the opportunity to reinforce values and attitudes that support meaningful change in our schools and communities. As an organization, we have the responsibility to continue on a thoughtful and deliberate approach that provides resources to support and sustain your efforts.

One of the points I raised with headquarters employees during last week’s All Hands meeting was the importance of action over rhetoric. Words matter, but they must be followed with concrete steps to effect lasting change. With that in mind, I am directing a number of actions over the following weeks, beginning with amending the Fiscal Year 2021 Director’s Focus to include Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Operations as an area of emphasis.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion must become embedded in everything we do, from curriculum and assessment to hiring and professional development. We must not simply celebrate equity, diversity and inclusion, it must be actively pursued for all our students and employees. It must be a foundational premise in every aspect of our organization.

Over the past several months, there has been a great deal of equity-related work by DoDEA’s Civil Rights Working Group and several staff divisions. There were pockets of progress, but the work lacked a systemic approach that would combine the strength of our commitment with an agency-wide framework and in-depth resources to create a sustainable environment of equitable practice across our organization.

With this in mind, I have directed the development of a DoDEA REDI Operations Team four-phase action plan that we will begin to implement at the beginning of School Year 2020-2021. Our work will start with senior leaders and lead to identifying culturally responsive teaching standards and professional learning around implicit/explicit bias. It will determine the actions required to continue our progress in reducing achievement gaps and make resources available to educators and parents to partner in this endeavor.

To be successful, we must be inclusive and ensure all the voices in our schools are heard. My commitment to Listen, Learn and Act means that we are accountable to make real progress and will update our employees, parents, students and community stakeholders regularly.

To begin important, and sometimes difficult conversations, we have assembled a body of resources on anti-racism, diversity and social justice for parents and teachers to use with our military-connected students and families.

It is no coincidence that I selected Juneteenth to announce these initial steps. This is a holiday founded in hope, yet tempered by suffering and injustice. I am hopeful that, as a nation, we are on the cusp of real transformation in addressing racism and inequity. DoDEA’s Core Values, as an organization, describe who we are, but our actions now will define what we can become, together. There is much work to be done, and it’s time to get started.

Tom Brady
DoDEA Director

DoDEA Director

Mr. Thomas M. Brady DoDEA Director

Mr. Thomas M. Brady

Resources for Parents and Teachers talking to kids about race

HEP - Rac(e)ing to Class

HEP - Rac(e)ing to Class

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Book Lists

Read Across America Culturally Diverse Books

Read Across America Culturally Diverse Books

Recommended books to connect children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures and spread the joy of reading. NEA lists are created on WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content, to help you find these titles in your local library.


Teaching Resources

Teaching about race, racism, and police violence

Teaching about race, racism, and police violence

Teaching about race, racism, and police violence are resources that can help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism, but they can also empower your students to enact the changes that will create a more just society.

Teaching Tolerance Frameworks

Teaching Tolerance Frameworks

Teaching Tolerance Frameworks is our systematic approach to anti-bias, social justice and civil rights education makes complex topics easier to understand—and teach.

Teaching Tolerance Lesson Plans

Teaching Tolerance Lesson Plans

Teaching Tolerance Lesson Plans is a ready-to-use classroom lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Teaching Tolerance Magazine provides timely articles to make you think and publications that are perfect for sharing and discussing with colleagues. These resources are designed to help educators improve their practice and turn K-12 schools into strong communities where all students have the opportunity to learn.

Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards

Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards

Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of K–12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Standards provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use to guide curriculum development and make schools more just and equitable.


Articles

Unequal Opportunity: Race and Education

Unequal Opportunity: Race and Education

E.B. DuBois was right about the problem of the 21st century. The color line divides us still. In recent years, the most visible evidence of this in the public policy arena has been the persistent attack on affirmative action in higher education and employment.


Podcasts