Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Plan for Access and Success for All
Equity is the foundation framing every aspect of the educational system from curriculum adoption to professional development. With the vision of creating an educational environment where all students feel safe, valued, seen and heard, Oakwood Schools established its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force to lead the District in establishing a solid foundation around culture, curriculum, and community.
That foundation is The Plan for Access and Success for All.
Oakwood Inclusion Coalition
Oct, 12, 2020, members of the Oakwood Schools' Board of Education approved a resolution showing support for the Oakwood Inclusion Coalition.
The OIC's mission is "To study, promote and celebrate an inclusive, equitable, diverse and welcoming environment and community for everyone who lives, works, visits or passes through Oakwood."
OIC’s Big Read for fall
The Oakwood Inclusion Coalition has selected The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt as its “Big Read” fall initiative.
For information about the OIC and updates regarding “Big Read” events and resources, visit www.oakwoodic.org
"Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations or extra support services."
For additional resources, visit out Recognition and Resources web page.
With the help of Oakwood Schools' staff, we have compiled resources to help parents and students talk about topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion. There are read alouds, book lists, blogs, essays, podcasts and website links. We will continue to add to this resource section. You can also find additional information and resources on the Recognition and Resources page.
For additional resources, visit our Recognition and Resources web page.
2019 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners - arranged by age, from preschool to young adult. Awards are re given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Children Need Diverse Books - Wright Memorial Public Library Children's Librarian Karen Mills helps parents build an inclusive bookshelves for their children
A Mighty Girl - a list of books on prejudice and discrimination that can be sorted by age and reading level
Elementary Reading Level
20 Picture Books for 2020
EmbraceRace was founded in early 2016 by two parents who set out to create community and gather resources they needed to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters. Here's their collection of 20 picture books.
Young Adult/Teen Reading Level
Ways to Make Sunshine - Renee Watson
Ryan Hart has a lot on her mind -- school, self-image and especially family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means some changes, like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks. As her brother says when he raps about her, she's got the talent that matters most: it's a talent that can't be seen, she's nice, not mean!
Their Eyes Were Watching God - for young adults. The book, first published in 1937, has become the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.
A collection of blogs, podcasts, videos and articles for parents and educators looking for additional information
A Class Divided - 1985 episode of the PBS series Frontline that profiles Iowa schoolteacher Jane Elliott and her class of third graders, who took part in an exercise about discrimination and prejudice in 1970 and reunited in the present day to recall the experience. A companion to the video can be found on YouTube
Cancel Culture Versus Parent Choice - Terry Ryan May 6, 2021
Equity of Opportunity - U.S. Department of Education
Let's Talk: How to Talk to Kids About Race - an online series about talking to kids about race, racism and cultural differences from PBS. Host Karen Tao sits down with parents to have lively conversations about race and racism and how these topics inform their family life.
Talking Race with Young Children - 20-minute podcast from NPR
Teaching Your Children About Race - a guide for parents and educators from Teaching for Change
The common ground on race and education that’s hiding in plain sight -Michael J Petrilli May 27, 2021