Equity and Racial Justice at Glen Haven Elementary School

Townhalls for Racial Justice

Glen Haven seeks to engage our parent and staff community in open and courageous conversations about issues of race, racial justice, and educational equity. Click the links below to see the slide presentations used at our community townhalls.

GHES Townhall on Racial Justice #1 | June 18, 2020

GHES Townhall on Racial Justice #2 | July 30, 2020

GHES Townhall on Racial Justice #3 | January 18, 2021


Black Lives Matter at School

Glen Haven seeks to promote racial and social justice through an annual Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action and by educating staff, students, and the community on the guiding principles of Black Lives Matter.

January 2020 Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action at Glen Haven

January 2021 Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action at Glen Haven


Professional Development for Staff

Glen Haven staff engage in meaningful and on-going professional learning via monthly Equity PLC (Professional Learning Community) meetings and other staff professional development opportunities designed to enhance and develop staff cultural proficiency, skills with culturally responsive teaching, and promote antiracist teaching in every classroom. Tools and resources for professional learning include books, articles, videos, personal and professional reflection, and discussion protocols.

Some of the books read by the staff since 2016 include:

  • Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools by Glenn Singleton
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond
  • The Impact of Identity in K-8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices by Julia Aguirre, Karen Mayfield-Ingram, Danny Martin
  • EL Excellence Every Day: The Flip-to Guide for Differentiating Academic Literacy by Tonya Ward Singer
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Contact an administrator to learn more.


GHES Suggestion Form for Books to Promote Ethnic Studies and Cultural Diversity

Please use this form to suggest books that you would like to see in our school and classroom libraries that celebrate and affirm the identities of our Black and Hispanic students, promote the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter at School, or teach Black history and ethnic studies. You may also choose to share resources you think the school may want to consider in future lessons for students and provide other suggestions and ideas for our school to deepen and sustain our commitment this work.



MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit

The MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit serves as a resource for teachers and school leaders to develop and strengthen culturally proficient policies, practices and behaviors. Learn more about the MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit here: