Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
Baltimore Curriculum Project, along with Baltimore City Public Schools, commits to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment of learning for all students, families, and employees.
BCP aspires for all members of our community to have a sense of belonging, connectedness and feel physically and emotionally safe around our multiple identities: among them race, age, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, family composition, ability/disability, learning styles, religion, sexuality, and socio-economic status.
We seek to ensure that all aspects of school life reflect our commitment by
- Respecting all
- Learning from different perspectives and experiences
- Examining our biases and endeavor to overcome them
Anti-Racism and Social Justice
BCP believes that a quality education includes acknowledging our past failings and confronting ongoing struggles. Only when we join together in acknowledging and confronting racism in our society and in ourselves, can we move forward towards greater reconciliation and healing.
All BCP schools have developed a school-based DEI committee in which they are assessing and making recommendations to ensure equity in school policies and the curriculum, including a focus on anti-racism and social justice.
Below are some examples of how BCP along with Baltimore City Public Schools are working to embody our commitment around diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence.
- City Springs Elementary/Middle school received a Rainbow Library with support from GLSEN. The library contains 10 age-appropriate books, posters, and supplemental resources. Staff also created a series of professional development activities around curriculum and anti-racism/social justice.
- At Hampstead Hill Academy, the staff created a “Diversity and Equity Committee” that has helped with curriculum, with staff understandings, with recruitment issues and more.
- At Wolfe Street Academy, staff have focused on building their capacity around race, community, and identity through a series of workshops lead by experts in this field.
- Govans Elementary incorporated gender-neutral facilities into their new 21st Century School building. Additionally, staff created a Book Club in which they discuss how to address issues that face their community.
- From the beginning with the merger of two west Baltimore schools and the conversion to a charter school; Frederick Elementary had the foresight to weave social justice issues into its vision and mission. Paying attention to race and social justice issues is part of the established culture at Frederick.
- Our brand new BCP school, as of July 1, 2021, is Pimlico Elementary and Middle School. It is an established institution in the Park Heights community and no stranger to the issues of social justice and equity. Part of our early work with Pimlico focused on school climate and culture, both of which take account of and are informed by a recognition of the history of Park Heights and the parallel history of Baltimore.
To read City Schools full Equity Policy click here.
To read City Schools’ Student Fair Practices including nondiscrimination, sex-based discrimination, and LGBTQ_ Support click here.