The Equity Report

Week of May 15th 2020

FPS Affinity Groups

Creating Affirmative Spaces

Hey Framingham:

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:

Veteran Groups

LGBTQ Groups

People of Color Groups

Disability Groups

Women in Leadership

If you are interested in joining or starting a group please complete the questionnaire below.



Affinity Groups
Yvette McGee Brown, Kapri Saunders, and Daniella Vespoli talk about Jones Day's diversity initiatives and affinity groups, which focus on recruiting, retention, career development, and helping women, black, and LGBTQ+ lawyers advance professionally.

1 Step Towards Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion: Email Signature Examples

Take a step towards inclusion today by adding your Gender Pronouns to your Gmail Signature. Simply click on your Settings tab from your Gmail Inbox page, scroll down to your signature, and add your Gender Pronouns. Click the link below for examples.

Celebrating Our Diversity

Teaching About Ramadan and Eid

Teaching about Ramadan and Eid is just one step educators can take toward making religious diversity a regular point of discussion in the classroom.

Assuring Muslim Students COVID-19 Won’t Dim the Ramadan Lights

Social distancing means this year’s Ramadan will look different for Muslim students. Here’s what educators can do to help.

National Foster Care Month

Every family looks different but at the core of each and every family is a group of people connected by an overwhelming love for each other. This month we salute the irreplaceable value that foster parents, child welfare professionals, and volunteers have for the nearly 428,000 children and youth who live in the foster care system on any given day in our country. Please take a look at Bryan's story. Remember that often times we wear the masks of our hardship but don't often tell the story.
This video underscores how important supportive relationships and coordinated services are to positive outcomes. The video is part of a mosaic of digital stories from Hancock County, Mississippi.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This month we celebrate the history, culture, and contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We encourage educators to take advantage of this excellent collection of resources for teachers.

Educational Resources

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Responding to Harmful Language

Time: Wed, May 20, 2020 • 12:30pm -2:00pm

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.
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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.

Top Reads

Beyond the Coronavirus Shutdown, an Opportunity for a Whole-Child Paradigm Shift

The coronavirus crisis and the accompanying school closures have revealed to the general public the profound inequities in the lives of children. Education leaders should be at the forefront in advocating for a paradigm shift to a new holistic system of child development and education that has a fighting chance of achieving goals like “every student succeeds.” - Paul Reville

How Culturally Responsive Lessons Teach Critical Thinking

A response to a case study that follows an instructional support specialist tasked with implementing a new, culturally responsive curriculum. However, the specialist faces challenges from families demonstrating white fragility and educators unwilling or unprepared to teach the new lessons.

Clint Smith - Teaching Tolerance

Breaking down silos that separate students by race and class

In a time when all students are learning remotely, school closures have exacerbated the inequities that plague our current education system. As educators, we need to use this chance to make schools more equitable.

Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity

The pandemic has altered our lives in many ways but more than others. Here are some key findings about race, ethnicity and the COVID-19 outbreak, drawn from surveys conducted during the first months of the crisis.

Digging Deep Into the Social Justice Standards

Help students recognize both justice and injustice so they can celebrate justice and also call out injustice when they see it.

Equity Toolkit

Podcast Of The Week - The Digital Divide and Remote Learning

The pandemic set off a race for schools to launch remote learning and to keep children from falling behind. But at what cost? In this episode of the EdCast, Harvard Lecturer Uche Amaechi discusses the tension that exists for schools trying to find a balance between continuing education in equitable ways among all students.

Harvard EdCast

The Digital Divide and Remote Learning by Harvard EdCast

Nextflix Pick Of The Week

Cory Booker and others discuss how slavery, housing discrimination and centuries of inequality have compounded to create a racial wealth gap.
Explained | Racial Wealth Gap | FULL EPISODE | Netflix
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Building Intersectional Schools

A collaborative document on co-creating supportive and safe school environments for all students.
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Shout out to Dr. Charmie Curry, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Wellesley Public Schools for creating and sharing this tool with us.

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Thank you to Andre for sharing this resource at our equity leadership meeting!

Important New Title IX Information

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