Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Duxbury Public Schools

“All are welcome here” signs outside of Ms. Mullins’ classroom at DMS


Welcome to the DPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page. Our intention with this site is to provide timely information specific to updates, resources, and more relative to our work to provide obstacle-free access within our school system.

Our Goal

Our goal, and obligation as a public school, is to provide skill-based, obstacle-free access (EQUITY) within our school system to enhance our sense of belonging and respect (INCLUSION), for all members of the Duxbury community, to establish a learning environment that affirms our unique differences and fosters a respect for all viewpoints and inclusivity for all groups (DIVERSITY), including those that have been historically marginalized, through student engagement and empowerment.

We achieve our goal by engaging in a collaborative, collective, and embedded approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Establish / re-establish our shared set of values and expectations that influence how we interact and collaborate with one another as an entire school community to achieve make meaning together and find a mutual sense of understanding across differences (CULTURE)

  • Utilize strategies that affirm each student’s unique identity, build a welcoming and inclusive community, and cultivate engaged and empowered learners (TEACHING & LEARNING)

  • Complete a critical examination of the district's culture, practices, systems, and policies to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth (SYSTEMS & OPERATIONS)

What does “skill-based, obstacle free access” mean? What does that look like?

    • Skills are the vehicle by which students gain a better understanding of the diverse world they are inheriting

For example, this may include:

    • Fostering the social-emotional growth of our students is a key element to closing opportunity and/or achievement gaps and accelerating students' learning

    • Cultivating essential civic dispositions such as a respect for other persons and opinions, an inclination to participate and serve, and a commitment to democratic ideals is a core facet

    • Providing access to explicit literacy instruction, which boosts reading comprehension and spoken language ability to improve students’ writing skills, help build and deepen their knowledge, and foster habits of critical and analytical thinking

DMS Positive Accolade Recipients | “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

DHS No Place for Hate Committee and AWOD Advisors at Dux Holly Days

Ms. Lamare's 5th Grade class at their "Morning Meeting" | These meetings are a common practice at Alden; students greet each other, share important news, & make connections every time!