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Equity and Inclusion Toolkit

The Department of Education (PDE) offers Pennsylvania schools access to its Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, a resource to help schools prevent and respond to racially charged and bias-related incidents in their communities.
“To perform their best, students must feel safe in school,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “A healthy and safe environment can help our students thrive, and every student regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression should be provided the opportunity to learn free from discrimination, fear, or harassment. My administration is dedicated to improving education in Pennsylvania and we’ll continue working to ensure every student has the opportunity to excel.”
Links to additional resources are below.
Gender & Gender Identity   Disability   LGBTQ
Racial & Ethnic Identity   Religious Identity   Supporting Undocumented & Immigrant Students
The Equity and Inclusion Toolkit is one of a series of resources PDE began providing to the commonwealth’s schools following high-visibility incidents in several schools following the November 2016 election. When those incidents occurred, the Administration acted quickly to condemn them as acts of bigotry and intolerance, and released a video to share a message of diversity and inclusion.
PDE’s Office of Safe Schools has a hotline (717-705-0353) for districts to report bias-related incidents to streamline the collection of information about an incident and connect a district with services and supports more quickly. PDE also provided resources, including a crisis plan template and curriculum guides, available online to educators.