• Request A Training

    The Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides free On-Demand training for departments, teachers, students and staff within the Downingtown Area School District.  Due to an increase in requests following national events, our deptartment is only able to accommodate requests for training on foundational DEI content, unconscious bias, microaggressions, or anti-racism topics. While we are working to curate additional content, please visit our resources tab on our dapartment page for independent learning, and subscribe to our newsletters for future events and learning opportunities.

    • For trainings please email jbrown@dasd.org, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
    • If there is an urgent or critical matter, please email equity@dasd.org to request a consultation.

    * DASD community includes students, teachers, staff, community members, and school board. We cannot accept requests from non-DASD community members at this time. 

     

     

    Stop Asian Hate Listening Session April 27th 6:00-8:00 pm

    Stop Asian Hate

    Listening Session on Asian Hate

    April 27th 6pm-8pm

    Over the past year, our country has witnessed an increase in violence against Asian, Asian American and Pacific Island people. The attack in Atlanta brought to light the largely unaddressed racism and xenophobia that has been happening nationally. For over a year, many of our friends, students, coworkers, neighbors and community members have been feeling sad, angry, fearful or traumatized.

    In DASD, we stand for inclusion and equity for all. Join us for a special program to hear the lived experiences, testimonials and personal accounts of our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community members.

    It is imperative that our community bands together to reveal these injustices and continue to drive change in our society. We are all responsible for creating an environment where students, families and staff feel safe, supported and heard.

    It is time for us to listen.

    Eventbrite Link: Click Here

     

    Community Book Event - Monday, May 24th - 6:30-7:30PM

    Link to Sign Up for Event

    Community Book Event

     

    Equity

    Positive Identity Development in Young Children
    Dr. Aisha White, Director of P.R.I.D.E. at the University of Pittsburgh
    Apr 29, 2021 01:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

     

    Course

    How can we disrupt the canon and move towards anti-racist teaching, as we keep complex text at the center of instruction?

    Drawing on the work of #DisruptTexts, this module will engage in learning around four key pillars.

    1. Continuously interrogate our own biases
    2. Center Black, Indigenous, and authors of color
    3. Apply a critical literacy lens to our teaching practices
    4. Work in community with others, especially, BIPOC

    Training program is free and can be completed when user is availible.

    AASA

    “How are the children?” Link to Video

    That’s how Dr. Baron R. Davis, Superintendent of Richland School District Two (SC), starts every meeting. He isn’t just asking, though, if they are physically well. Like the traditional Maasai greeting, he’s asking if the people in his district are making the children their priority every day and making sure they are doing everything to take care of the children on every level.

    Committee Members Responsible for Training Committee: John Blow, Jessica Mazzoli, Elizabeth Madarang, Mike Zacharda, Denise Schmmidt, Stacy Halk, Kristie Burk, Kristin Herman, Jeannine Rhatican