The Equity Report
Week of May 15th 2020
FPS Affinity Groups
Creating Affirmative Spaces
First I'd like to give a huge shout out to our teachers and nurses. The newsletter missed you by a week but that won't stop us from saying "THANK YOU!" Every day can and should be an appreciation day. All it requires is an act of kindness.
We are excited to announce the launch of FPS Staff Affinity Groups. Affinity groups are a research based, best practice that affirms, supports and helps retain individuals from marginalized and underrepresented groups. The groups will begin by meeting virtually to discuss common interests, topics, or challenges. These groups are essential in helping to foster a sense of community. Our hope in creating these affinity groups is to promote affirmative spaces for marginalized staff.
Affinity Groups come in many forms including:
People of Color Groups
Women in Leadership
If you are interested in joining or starting a group please complete the questionnaire below.
1 Step Towards Inclusion
Celebrating Our Diversity
National Foster Care Month
Responding to Harmful Language
LGBTQ students frequently hear anti-LGBTQ language and experience name-calling and verbal harassment. Interrupting this harmful language is one of the most critical actions you can take as an ally. This session will highlight effective strategies for intervening when you hear anti-LGBTQ language and behavior.
Ensuring Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for LGBTQ Students
Time: Thurs, May 21, 2020 • 2pm - 3:30pm
The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education published a set of nine principles designed to ensure schools are safe and supportive learning environments for LGBTQ students. This session will highlight each principle and provide resources for schools to help achieve each of these recommendations.
Equity and Access During and After COVID19: Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Policy Responses
For District Leaders:
Time: Tues, May 19, 2020 • 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
This webinar will review educational policy responses to the COVID19 pandemic from across the country, with special consideration for the implications on equity and access for students. This webinar will encourage educators, social workers, and policy makers to construct school-based and system-wide policies with a lens towards culturally responsive and sustaining education (CRSE). Topics will include grading and promotion, remote learning and instructional practices, and implications for equity and access beyond.
Self-Care is Not Cancelled: Cultivating Wellness & Adjusting for Uncertainty During COVID-19
Time: Thurs, May 21, 2020 • 10am-12pm
Participants in this workshop will learn how to best practice self-care as we navigate COVID-19. Self-care is always important, but now more than ever, it is critical. Whether you are trying to build or maintain a routine for self-care, this workshop will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need during these challenging times. Make time for you now; your future self will thank you.
Beyond the Coronavirus Shutdown, an Opportunity for a Whole-Child Paradigm Shift
How Culturally Responsive Lessons Teach Critical Thinking
Clint Smith - Teaching Tolerance
Podcast Of The Week - The Digital Divide and Remote Learning
The Digital Divide and Remote Learning by Harvard EdCast
Nextflix Pick Of The Week
Building Intersectional Schools
DE&I GUIDANCE FOR REMOTE LEARNING
Shout out to Dr. Charmie Curry, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Wellesley Public Schools for creating and sharing this tool with us.