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Equity Initiatives Unit

WE BELIEVE...Race and culture exert a powerful influence on policies, practices and interactions in every aspect of Montgomery County Public Schools and can lead to the racial predictability of achievement and success.

  • This racial predictability is not simply a factor of individual beliefs and actions, but is institutionalized.
  • To eliminate this racial predictability we must remove institutional barriers and demonstrate culturally proficient policies, practices and behaviors.

Our Mission

We will advance racial justice and cultural proficiency by interrupting systems of bias (implicit and explicit), oppression, and inequity in our policies, practices and procedures by challenging every MCPS employee to be courageous, persistent and effective in confronting and resolving racial and cultural issues that impact everyone but disproportionately impact the academic and social emotional success of students of color.

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850 Hungerford Drive, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 240-740-4070

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Equity Matters! is a monthly newsletter that provides new tools, resources, and professional development opportunities to support your equity work.


Maryland Multicultural Coalition's Annual Conference

April 6, 2019

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Spring Equity Modules

Equity Initiatives Spring Modules

Registration for Spring Equity Modules begins on December 7 at 7:30 pm. Click the picture for more information.

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Cultural Competency

Board of Education Meeting 9/9/2014


Training Video

Building Cultural Competence


As the diversity of the school system increases we interact more and more frequently in cross-cultural contexts in which people with differing beliefs, values, and perspectives must collaborate to learn and work. Rapid advances in technology permit us to communicate with even greater numbers of people from diverse cultures. Our willingness to understand others is becoming increasingly more important to effective communication and interaction with culturally diverse people. Effective communicators must be aware of other people’s perspectives and cultural frames of reference. Effective communicators must establish positive and productive relationships through awareness and understanding of the thoughts, feelings, experiences, and realities of people culturally different from themselves.

The Equity Initiatives Unit

Full Video Program


This video highlights the work of the MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit which provides school leaders, teachers and staff a variety of supports to build cultural proficiency through the study of equity. The Equity Unit offers one on one supports to schools, training modules, Study Circles and the Excellence in Equity Certificate Program. Watch entire video or select 1 of 7 specific video segments.

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Who We Are

Who We Are

We are the Montgomery County Public Schools Equity Team. Our sole purpose is to support, coach, consult, and collaborate with schools and offices to design and implement efforts to address equity and cultural competency. We help school and office employees, in their day-to-day work, address structural barriers that enable our racial achievement gap to persist.

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