Diversity Resources


Professional staff are reading a selection of books during the summer of 2021 to discuss throughout 2020-2021. All teaching staff will read Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond.

From the book cover: 

The achievement gap remains a stubborn problem for educators of culturally and linguistically diverse students. With the introduction of the rigorous Common Core State Standards, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement and facilitating deeper learning.

Culturally responsive pedagogy has shown great promise in meeting this need, but many educators still struggle with its implementation. In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.

Staff will also be reading The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone by Heather McGhee, The Person You Mean to Be by Dolly Chugh, and Caste: The Origin of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson.

Student Resources

Below are some resources that may help you start these conversations, answer your children's questions, and plan with them for a hopeful tomorrow. 


Scholarship by Chief DEI Officer Dr. Brad Braxton

smithsonian online: brad braxton in conversation with dr. anthony pinn

This Smithsonian conversation and the ongoing attempt to link SLS and the Smithsonian are steps toward part of our vision for DEI, namely that SLS will contribute in creative ways to cutting-edge DEI thought leadership. In this thought leadership, we will highlight the role that religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions have played, and are playing, in fostering DEI and social justice. In the coming months, Brad Braxton will participate in other Smithsonian online programs such as this one.


November 9, 2021: Article published on Baptist News about Brad R. Braxton's lecture "Troubling Waters: Black Theology, Baptism, and Black Lives Matter"

January 19, 2021: More Patriots, Less Patriarchy by Brad R. Braxton on National Association of Episcopal Schools website

June 15, 2020: Troubling the Waters: Baptism and Black Lives Matter
by Brad R. Braxton on Georgetown University's Berkley Center

June 8, 2020: Sad but Not Surprised: “A Talk to Teachers” in Times of Violence and Death by Brad R. Braxton on Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage


June 19, 2020: Emancipation Proclamation Day to Juneteenth: The Struggle Wages On by Brad R. Braxton

October 18, 2019: The Courage Quotient by Brad R. Braxton

October 4, 2019: The Two Way Street Called Love by Brad R. Braxton