Joining Hands Against HateBellingham Public Schools continues to sharpen our focus on equity, diversity and inclusion (also known as EDI), and we acknowledge that this is a work in progress. As part of The Bellingham Promise our key strategy, a One Schoolhouse Approach, was a first step toward an equitable approach to resources at our schools and included Project Free Education.

Our focus areas include, but are not limited to, race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, language and culture.

We have included EDI as an addition to The Bellingham Promise and to our annual budget document, Priorities for Progress. Currently, we are shining a light on this focus and our efforts via Promise stories, in InsideSchools and on social media.

This is evolving work; in the 2018-19 school year, our goals include distribute the Joining Hands Against Hate poster for all schools; engage our community and receive input about The Promise revisions; support the school board in developing a EDI policy (executive limitation); and share reflections from Dr. Baker with an emphasis on students, families and staff who represent historically marginalized populations.


What are we doing in Bellingham Public Schools?

Systems for Equity Inclusive Practices Know Your Rights
The Bellingham Promise

Project Free Education

Special Education

Attendance Areas

Food Access





Family Resources

Welcoming posters

Culturally responsive training and professional development

Promise stories

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Policy

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Procedure

HIB Reporting Form







All throughout the year, months are designated to honor and uplift diverse groups in our communities. As part of the vital equity, diversity and inclusion work in our schools, we know that centering the voices that are highlighted during these months is actually a call to action all year long.

2019-20 School year


  • Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month
  • Rosh Hashana (Sept. 30-Oct.1)


  • Disability History Month
  • Yom Kippur (Oct. 9)
  • Diwali (Oct. 27)


  • Native American Heritage Month


  • Chanukah (begins Dec. 23)
  • Christmas (Dec. 25)
  • Kwanzaa (begins Dec. 26)


  • Chinese/Vietnamese New Year (Jan. 25)


  • Black History Month


  • Women’s History Month
  • World Down Syndrome Day (March 21)


  • Arab American Heritage Month
  • World Autism Day (April 2) 
  • Passover (evening of April 8 through April 16)
  • Easter (April 12)
  • Ramadan (April 23 – May 23)


  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Month


  • LGBTQ+ Pride Month
  • Eid Al-Fitr (June 5-7) last day of Ramadan


Suggested Books

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam

Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities) by Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships by Anne T. Henderson

What does equity look like?

equity graphic
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What does equity look like to you?


What do our students say?

ELL Student Voices


LGBTQ Student Voices



Bethany Barrett

Assistant Principal

360-676-6470 ext. 5209


Isabel Meaker

Executive Director, Family Engagement



Jay Jordan

Executive Director, Teaching and Learning