Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Letter March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

Dear Friends of RSU 21,

This week, our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion continues.

Building and district administrators and the KHS and MSK Civil Rights Team are planning a "Step Forward" activity for this Thursday at KHS. The activity will be led by students from the KHS and MSK Civil Rights Teams. Similar to the activity held at MSK last week, the activity provides students an opportunity to physically respond to questions about the prevalence of hate speech in our schools and community. This will build on data collected from our student surveys last Friday and lead to structured conversations in an advisory. Next Tuesday at KHS, we are planning a student-led forum to be moderated by one of our students. We will follow-up with a public forum, moderated by students, at a date yet to be determined.

Middle and high school teachers alongside building and district administrators are planning a Civil Rights Team Project teacher in-service training entitled, Challenging Bias and Harassment in our Schools. This will be facilitated by Brandon Baldwin from the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

This morning, I visited four of our Pre K classrooms to read Peter H. Reynold’s new book, “Say Something.” The book is about encouraging everyone to have a voice and to be an upstander in the face of injustice.   

The Community Leader Luncheon was rescheduled for Monday, March 11th, due to inclement weather. We anticipate approximately 35 people who hold leadership positions in our three towns to join faith-based leaders to discuss our collective efforts around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our schools and community.

As a District, we have  added a page on our website devoted to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. On this page you will find:

  • Community Letters

  • A list of school activities promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • School Board Presentations

  • Other related activities and information

Stay tuned for more information.

Respectfully yours,

Katie Hawes