Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Wesley A. Johnson II
Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Newtown Public Schools
(203) 426-7686
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The office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides both direct and indirect support to administrators, teachers, support staff, students, families, and the community. The DEI Office serves as a resource and support for content in the areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in regard to policy, staff development, community engagement. The Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides strategic leadership and facilitates conversations, fosters initiatives and collaborations that promote a richer awareness of culture and racial diversity for the school community. In addition, the Coordinator chairs the district’s PEAC DEI Subcommittee.
Calendar of Observances and Events
What is DEI?

Diversity Refers To All Aspects of Human Difference, Social Identities, and Social Group Differences, Including But Not Limited to Race, Ethnicity, Creed, Color, Sex, Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Socio-Economic Status, Language, Culture, National Origin, Religion/Spirituality, Age, (Dis)ability, and Military/Veteran Status, Political Perspective, and Associational Preferences.

 

Equity Refers to Working Toward Fair Opportunities and Outcomes For Everyone By Removing Barriers That Often Result In Unique Challenges and Disadvantages.  Historic-Current.  Equity Is Different Than Equality In That Equality Implies Treating Everyone the Same As If Their Experiences Are Exactly the Same.

 

Inclusion Is About Achieving An Environment Which Those In It Feel Respected, Have a Sense Of Belonging, Are Granted Equal Access To Opportunities and They Can Contribute Fully To Whatever Environment They Are In To Achieve Their Full Potential.

 

DEI School-Based Teams
Newtown Public Schools is committed to addressing equity and inclusion across the district. Currently, we have 7 schools identified for DEI Teams that represent all levels as the initial work has started.  We are very excited to be able to further expand the equity work across all schools in the district.  As such, each school will have two Equity Leaders. We will train the cadre of equity leaders made up of two teachers from each of the Newtown public schools. Equity Leaders will be responsible for supporting equity through learning in-services, professional development days, professional learning community time.
PEAC DEI Subcommittee
Mission
The PEAC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sub-group commits to partnering with the Newtown Public School Schools in the journey to cultivate, nurture and sustain a safe, respectful and inclusive culture across the district. 

Vision
We intend to recognize the integrity of diversity and to inspire dialogue and forge community bond

 


 
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