Equity and Inclusion in BSD
Equity, inclusion, and diversity are leading core principles in the Brandywine School District. Valuing equity means that that every student has access to the educational resources and rigor they need at the right moment in their education across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background and/or family income.
The Brandywine School District has a collective responsibility to recognize and dismantle institutional racism and other systemic barriers and transform educational systems to provide all students regardless of race, cultural background, gender, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, or religion, with equitable, and challenging learning experiences, that prepare them for college, careers, and life.
In the Brandywine School District, students of all cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives are provided an environment and resources to maximize their academic, social, and emotional development. We are committed to empowering students and staff to take an active role in eradicating social injustices and racism in Brandywine and beyond.
At Brandywine School District, we have a set of core values and principles that guide the work that we do each and every day.
BSD Lifesavers - A Focus on Equity
Brandywine School District's "Lifesavers" program is designed to create opportunities for all students to experience the healthcare field.
Talley Community Center
Something very special is happening at Talley Middle School. The school is opening the first of its kind “Talley Community Center.”
This community center will allow students to access haircuts, manicures, facial masks, and other self-care activities that every student deserves. Students will earn access to this center through earning points for their positive behaviors in the school building and following the expectations of being a leader.
The local community has been a huge help in getting this initiative started. All of the items in the center were donated by local individuals and organization. In addition, local barbers are donating their time and skills to offer free haircuts.
SITE Program at BSD
SITE stands for Skills for Independence, Transition, and Employment. At SITE, we provide vocational training and opportunities for 18-22 year-old students with special needs who have completed the requirements for a high school diploma.
At Concord High School, Assistant Principal, Dr. Devearl Royster, has been organizing male role model activities in the school’s ninth grade classes.
For these events, the teachers and administrators have asked for each student’s male role model (perhaps a father, grandfather, uncle, or big brother) to come to their class for 15 minutes. The male role model comes in front of the class and shares why their student is important to them and their family, how they plan to support their student their four years in high school, and then present them with a gift.
At Talley Middle School, the Student Equity Team facilitated a 'fishbowl' with staff during the faculty meeting to discuss equitable practices in school. During this high level, student-led professional development, both teachers and students engaged in a deeper discussion with the goal of improving students' sense of belonging and academic outcomes.