Diversity, equity, and inclusion at royal oak schools

“Forward Together,” a cultural competence planning outline that evolved to include a community forum, parent groups, and student-led groups. This idea led to hearing experiences related to Royal Oak Schools and share what the district was doing around diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Work So Far:

Black History Resources  - as put together by our Restorative Practices Coach, Nicole Reynolds


Resources for your family During Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

National Hispanic Heritage Month - this site includes information and events for families to participate in including learning about art, history, music, or attending a virtual pajama party.

View related records on the Hispanic and Latino Heritage resource page and in the Archives Catalog, including records about Puerto Rico,  prominent Hispanic Americans, and Hispanic and Latino issues in the United States.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, and has served since August 8, 2009. She is the third woman to hold the position. She was born in the Bronx on June 25, 1954, to Juan Sotomayor and Celina Baez, both native Puerto Ricans. 

How to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Kids-No Matter Where Your Family's From: This article lists some great fun ways to celebrate with books to read, how to learn the language, movies to watch, and even foods to try. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities for Kids: Celebrating Latino Culture with Our Children! This website offers so many fun ideas to do with your family including crafts and activities, musical crafts, paper fiesta flowers, Paper Mache` masks, meals, and treats, or even a do-it-yourself pinata. 




Resources to educate your family on Juneteenth

Juneteenth History

Juneteenth also called Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth Independence Day, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, observed annually on June 19.  It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. 

How to celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth has become a popular time for family reunions and gatherings.  As with most social events, food takes center stage.  Juneteenth is often commemorated by other red foods such as red rice (rice with tomatoes), watermelon, and red velvet cake are also popular.

The red foods commemorate the blood that was spilled during the days of slavery.

Churches also join in the Juneteenth celebration with picnics and special services, many of which feature traditional African American music and hymns, barbecues, and the traditional drink - Strawberry Soda - and dessert - Strawberry Pie. 



This list was provided by Restorative Practices Coach, Nicole Reynolds.

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Dear Families, 

Thank you for reaching out about Royal Oak Schools Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. We understand your concern regarding Critical Race Theory.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is defined as an academic movement of civil rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race and to challenge mainstream approaches to racial justice.  Critical race theory examines social, cultural, and legal issues as they relate to race and racism.  CRT is typically taught in graduate-level academia, as the concept arose from CLS (Critical Legal Studies) at Harvard Law and Columbia Law. Here is an explanation from the American Bar Association.

Critical Race Theory is not a component of the Royal Oak Schools curriculum.  We are committed as a district to the work surrounding cultural proficiency, diversity, equity, inclusion, Social Emotional Learning, and creating safe and brave spaces for all groups and individuals.  It is imperative to us that every single student feels a sense of belonging in our schools. 

At Royal Oak Schools we have--and always will--celebrate diversity, work to ensure equity for all of our students, and create a sense of inclusion and belonging for all.  While doing so, we will focus on our state’s curriculum standards.  To learn more about our curriculum, click this link, which is located at www.royaloakschools.org/district/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-at-royal-oak-schools

Thank you for your trust, and continued support as we continue to grow and learn together. 


 Dr. Kimberley Martin

Royal Oak Schools Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator