School Support and Improvement → Equity Initiatives Unit
850 Hungerford Drive, Suite 200Rockville, MD 20850
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.
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.
EquityMatters!is a monthly newsletter that provides new tools, resources, and professional development opportunities to support your equity work.
Registration for Spring Equity Modules begins on December 7 at 7:30 pm. Click the picture for more information.
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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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.
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