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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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“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.

Additional Information:
Task Force Introduction, Board of Education Dec. 14, 2020 Meeting
The Next Right Thing, June 1, 2021

Plan for Access and Success for All
Vision Statement and Mission Statement
Guiding Principles
Belief Statements 1-5
Belief statement 1
Belief statement 2
Belief statement 3
Belief Statement 4
Belief Statement 5



Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King at March on Washington

After years of campaigning by activists, members of Congress and Coretta Scott King, among others, in 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a U.S. federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

Observed on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Day was first celebrated in 1986.  It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Dr. King, a Baptist minister, advocated the use of nonviolent means to end racial segregation.  He came to national prominence during a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. He founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 and led the 1963 March on Washington.

The most influential of African American civil rights leaders during the 1960s, he was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination in public accommodations, facilities, and employment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. He was assassinated April 4, 1968. 

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Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King
Signing of the Civil rights Act
Dr. Martin Luther King



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

OIC website
The Righteous Mind book cover



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.

Read Alouds and Book Recommendations 

Diversity Book Finder

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All Ages

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
Collection of picture books demonstrating diversity

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.




Children's book list


Young Adult/Teen Reading Level
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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!


Teen book list page 1
teen book list page 2
teen book list 3

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.

Collection of Voices

A collection of blogs, podcasts, videos and articles for parents and educators looking for additional information