Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
The mission of the DEI Committee is to work to celebrate diversity of all kinds and promote inclusive practices for students, families, and staff throughout the entire Newman Elementary School community.
Guiding principles of the DEI committee
- Be open and inclusive
- Solicit input from the full Newman community and be responsive to it’s needs
- Integrate DEI into “business as usual” at Newman and the PTC
- Coordinate with key stakeholder groups (Needham Public Schools, Metco, DEI committees at other Needham schools, DEI groups operating in Needham and the greater Boston community) to share resources and ideas to maximize impact
Goals of the DEI Committee
- Help the Newman Elementary School Community continue to grow as a supportive and welcoming environment for all students, parents, and teachers.
- Promote productive dialogue, reflection, exploration, personal development and growth.
- Work toward a shared understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Identify opportunities where our Community may improve capacity and commitment to equity and engage in ways of being inclusive.
DEI at Newman and in Needham Public Schools
- Social & Emotional Literacy Curriculum Presentation with Principal Jessica Peterson (February 2023)
- K-5 Racial Literacy Curriculum (NPS)
- Racial Literacy Curriculum Presentation with Principal Jessica Peterson (February 2023)
- Video recording of Racial Literacy Curriculum Presentation with Principal Jessica Peterson (February 2023)
- Racial Literacy Parent Workshop K-2 (April 2021)
- Racial Literacy Parent Workshop 3-5 (April 2021)
- NPS Equity website
- REAL Coalition
- English Language Learners
- NPS Special Education website
- Needham SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)
- NPS inclusive calendar for legal, cultural, and religious holidays
See all upcoming DEI-related events
DEI Resources for Parents
Many parents have questions when it comes to discussing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is challenging to understand what is appropriate to discuss with children at different developmental stages, knowing how to communicate effectively with children on these topics, and how to handle questions from children when they arise. The resources below (as well as the information from the Needham Public Schools and Newman staff linked above) are intended to help parents answer some of these questions.
- Materials on Microaggressions from May 2023 PTC Meeting:
- Beyond the Golden Rule: Common Questions About Youth & Prejudice (Southern Poverty Law Center)
- How to Talk about Discrimination (Boston Children’s Hospital)
- Talking to Your Child About Slurs (Learning for Justice)
- Teaching Hard History: A Framework for Teaching American Slavery in K-5 (Southern Poverty Law Center)
- Teaching and Learning About Race and Racism with Young Children and their Families (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
- Gender-Diverse and Transgender Children (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Children and Gender Identity: Supporting Your Child (Mayo Clinic)
- Little Readers Can Find Big Issues, From Racism to Mental Health, in Picture Books (WBUR)
Racial Literacy Curriculum Presentation with Principal Jessica Peterson – Winter 2023
Parent Welcome Mixer – Fall 2022
Author Ty Allan Jackson – Spring 2022 Guest Speaker
T-Shirt Fundraiser – Spring 2022