Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resources

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Here's what's happening in November:
Information on the selection of books and instructional materials that support grade level standards and align to the District's curriculum was discussed at the BOE Curriculum Committee on October 13th.  The video of the meeting may be accessed here.

A new landing page for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Darien Public Schools provides updates and next steps for the District DEI team.

Tuesday November 15: 9:30am in the Royle Common Room - Principal Torre will discuss RULER, Responsive Classroom and Collaborative Proactive Solutions, all of which are tools Royle teachers and staff use with students to support their learning. The session will also discuss how parents can support this work outside school.


Students will learn more about Dia de los Muertos this month in a special unit in World Language!


Native American 
Grades 4-5: Non-Fiction/Sports
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
American sports and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team.

Grades 2-5: Folklore/Algonquin
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin 
In this Algonquin version of Cinderella, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.

Grades K-3: Fiction/Migration/El Dia de los Muertos
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
Although she does not know why or how, a small creepy- crawly bug is certain that she must make her way to Mexico. Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from the central and eastern United States and Canada to colonies in the mountains of Mexico (coinciding with El Dia de los Muertos).


November 17, 4:00pm-5:00pm: Snacks Around The World: India
Darien Library invites you to taste your way around the world! This program series will feature international snacks and trivia with a different country/region highlighted every month. 

November 18, 6:00pm-8:00pm: Triangle Community Center Friendsgiving and Food Assistance
Come have a meal with your found family! TCC invites you to join us for our annual Friendsgiving Dinner (now back in person). Bring your friends and enjoy a free meal and pick up holiday food assistance. RSVP here

November 19, 10:00am: COFFI presents Story Time with Alyssa at the Darien Library:

COFFI (Coalition of Families for Inclusion), is a Darien-based organization presenting recurring inclusive programming in lower Fairfield County for all ages, including: Storytimes, Art Club, Happy Hours, and Community-wide Events. Check them out at and @get.coffi on Instagram and find a listing of upcoming events here:

Darien United invites community members to take the pledge here to commit to creating a supportive and welcoming community for all.

Parent Resources

Great books for families to add to their home libraries: All Are Welcome and All Are Neighbors by Alexandra Pengold. Both are available and in stock locally at The Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore!   

Reading, Listening or Watching Ideas for Adults:

Darien Library celebrates Native American Heritage Month with their librarians' favorite books by Native American authors
Help Us!
If there are dates, observances, events, celebrations, experiences, resources, etc. that your family would like to have shared (or help enhance what is being shared) with the school community, please do not hesitate to contact us at Let us know how we can better help highlight and bring your experiences forward.
Royle PTO, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
We welcome your ideas and resource suggestions to support our parent community as we embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion together. You can reach out to us at