Celebrating and Appreciating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Welcome to Equity Matters!
Equity Matters will highlight celebrations in Educational Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Achievement in all of our school communities while providing resources and supports for promoting excellence and equity for students, families, and communities.
Month of The Military Child
"April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986."
Autism Awareness Month
"Education is the key to developing an attitude of inclusion. The practice of inclusion provides the model of acceptance belonging, participation, worth, and dignity."
- Janis Jaffe-White and Reva Schafer - Toronto Family Network
Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
Race and Equity Resources
As race and equity issues continue to be at the forefront of the news, it's important to provide support in talking with students about race issues, anti-racism and cultural proficiency. The following are some resources to help.
Talking To Kids About Race
St. Mary's County Health Department http://www.smchd.org/
Community Mediation Center 301-475-9118 https://www.communitymediationsmc.org/
Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy 301-373-4141 www.smcfa.net/
Partners for Success Resource Center 301-863-4069 https://www.smcps.org/se/partners-for-success-program
National Diversity Council, http://www.nationaldiversitycouncil.org/
National Education Association, http://www.nea.org/home/20380.htm
National Association for Multicultural Education, https://www.nameorg.org/
Racial Equity Institute, https://www.racialequityinstitute.com
Citizens' Advisory Committee for Special Education www.smccacse.org