Fostering diversity, equity, and social justice is an integral part of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District’s core values. We continue to be mindful of our rich history as it affects our institutional viability and vitality. We recognize that education can both enhance individuals and strengthen communities.
We seek to overcome the social, cultural, and educational barriers that members of our diverse population may experience through advocacy, community engagement, and professional development. We believe we must directly confront issues of diversity and social justice in order to alleviate the inequitable practices and outcomes these issues spawn. Our aim, and working definition of educational equity is:
Raising the achievement of all students while narrowing the gaps between the highest and lowest performing students, and eliminating the predictability and disproportionally of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories. Adopted from the work of Singleton and Linton, Courageous Conversations About Race…(2006).
Our Social Justice Initiative is designed to develop new learning and methods for understanding cultural responsiveness & educational equity. We offer two year-long programs of study that give participants the tools to process how we look at, and talk about, issues of social justice using the lens of race, and helps them be able to develop and connect new approaches that can complement and reinforce existing educational practices.
These commitments were affirmed in a resolution passed by the MRH Board of Education on February 16, 2017. You may read it here.