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Vision for the Cluster

At the Cluster, we strive to create an equitable learning community in which every child and family feels a sense of belonging. Our efforts are aligned with the DCPS Equity vision and guided by school leadership and the Peabody and Watkins Equity Team.

Equity Team
Equity Team

The Peabody and Watkins Equity Team, a diverse group of caregivers and staff working to address racism, envisions an equitable, anti-racist school community in which all students, families, and staff:

  • are welcomed, loved, and valued;

  • experience a true sense of belonging;

  • are provided the support they need to thrive.

The Equity Team does this by creating a space for:

  • participating in open, honest dialogue;

  • processing identity and developing relationships;

  • engaging in equitable and representative collaboration;  

  • taking concrete actions to advance educational equity and racial justice.

Peabody Curriculum Extension
Peabody Curriculum Extension

Peabody is implementing an Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias curriculum extension in the 2022-2023 school year. Developed by Peabody staff, this work is grounded in Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This Overview Presentation explains how DCPS' whole-child, anti-racist mission relates to the student experience in early childhood. 

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The units our team has designed include identity, celebrating diversity, family traditions and customs, fair and unfair, and advocacy. Much of our learning takes place through read alouds and discussions. Below is information on classroom activities and suggestions for extensions at home.

Below are books used during this unit to build students' understanding.

Unit 1: Identity

No matter what you look like or where you come from, all are welcome in our school! We are all different and have something special to share about ourselves and our families. A group of unique people makes a wonderful community like ours!

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Click here for more books related to the Identity Unit.

Unit 2: Celebrating Diversity

It is joyous to celebrate all the ways that we are the same and different. Whether it’s the activities we enjoy doing, the foods we eat, the languages we speak at home, how we look, the clothes we wear, our lives at home, or the abilities we have, we can celebrate being who we are and accept others as they are.

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Click here for more books related to the Celebrating Diversity Unit.

Unit 3: Fair vs. Unfair

Young children can be very sensitive to behaviors that feel unfair. It is not fair to treat others hurtfully because of their skin color, where they are from, their gender, or their interests. Students are eager to be a part of changing unfair to fair.

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Unit 4: Advocacy

It is important to give students the tools for learning how to stand up to hurtful and unfair biased behavior based on ANY aspect of social identity (the color of their skin, where their family came from, how they talk, a disability, etc.) whether it is directed at oneself or another person. We must enable students to demonstrate a sense of empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.

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Caregiver Toolkits
Cargiver Toolkits

The Caregiver Toolkits provide a range of resources to support at home learning and discussion regarding race and bias and are organized around the themes of identity, celebrating diversity, fair versus unfair, and advocacy. Each toolkit provides key vocabulary, recommended books and videos, conversation starters, activities and experiences to do with children, and additional resources for adults. 

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Kindred Partnership
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Con el apoyo de Capitol Hill Community Foundation, hemos lanzado una asociación con Kindred . Kindred apoya a las escuelas y los sistemas escolares para lograr el bienestar colectivo de todos los estudiantes y familias. Su visión es que los niños y las familias prosperen sin diferencias por situación económica, identidad racial o étnica, capacidad u otra designación. Nuestra asociación en el transcurso de tres a cuatro años involucrará conversaciones y acciones entre los padres, el personal y el liderazgo escolar mientras abordamos los problemas de segregación racial y económica dentro de nuestra comunidad escolar.

  • Año 1: El equipo de Kindred apoya el desarrollo de relaciones auténticas entre diversos grupos de padres y personal al facilitar diálogos en grupos pequeños sobre sus antecedentes, raza y equidad, y metas para sus estudiantes.

  • Año 2: El equipo de Kindred capacita y entrena a los padres y al personal que participa en el diálogo para liderar grupos con otros padres y el personal para llegar a la comunidad escolar en general.

  • Años 3-4: Kindred apoya a los padres y al personal para garantizar que los órganos organizativos de los padres de su escuela se conviertan en grupos de acción impulsados ​​por la equidad.

Proceso de selección de padres

En total, buscamos a 12 padres que estén realmente comprometidos en fomentar una comunidad escolar inclusiva y equitativa en Capitol Hill Cluster. Dada la singularidad del Cluster, también centramos las voces de las familias que históricamente han estado ausentes de las conversaciones críticas sobre las iniciativas de la escuela. Para alcanzar esta meta, trabajamos con la Asociación de Padres y Maestros, el liderazgo escolar y el Grupo Raza, Clase y Equidad para identificar, reclutar y seleccionar miembros de diálogo que reflejen la diversidad de la comunidad escolar.

Puede obtener más información sobre Kindred viendo su video de reclutamiento o comunicándose con Ryan Jones, Facilitador y Organizador, en si tiene alguna pregunta.

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Additional Resources
Additional Resources

These resources may be useful for discussing race and bias with children. If you have additional suggestions for resources, please contact

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Our Equity Journey


Watkins creates the Achievement Gap Task Force to address racial disparities.


Caregivers and staff form the Cluster Race, Class, and Equity (RCE) Reading Group.


RCE formulates action steps and applies for competitive Kindred partnership.


PTA establishes an Equity and Inclusion committee.


Peabody and Watkins partner with Kindred and begin dialogue groups.


Cluster Equity Team launches with Kindred support.


Peabody launches Anti-Racist, Anti-Bias Curriculum Extension.

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