Equity & Inclusion Newsletter
Staff Edition: October 2021
Honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Our District's Families
Join us in celebrating by viewing the video below and hearing some of their voices! We hope you may find an opportunity to share this with your students!
Read Aloud Video: National Hispanic Heritage Month
No matter your age, we hope you find the monthly read aloud video to be valuable! The intention of the monthly read aloud is to build collective, common experiences across the district amongst students, families, and staff members - one read at a time. So please share with those around you!
Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez and Jaime Kim is read with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Special thank you to our students, staff, and family member guest readers in this video!
Indigenous Peoples' Day? Columbus Day?: Teaching Columbus accurately & age-appropriately
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like to collaborate on this more specifically. Here are just a few articles and resources:
- Explore Native Land: you can put in a zip code and explore the indigenous land in which that zip code is situated: be sure to check out their "why it matters" section
- Lots of instructional ideas across age groups in this article, Reconsider Columbus Day
- Unlearning Columbus Day Myths & Celebrating Indigenous People's Day (Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI))
- Learning for Justice's Indigenous Peoples' Day articles (2020)
- Native Knowledge 360's Essential Understandings About American Indians (NMAI)
- American Indians in Children's Literature is a blog created by Dr. Debbie Reese, of Nambé Pueblo: I like to checking titles I have on her website to see if there is a review of that text.
- Recommended booklists for American Indian/Indigenous Peoples/Native American
- Indigenous Peoples' Day clip from PBS Learning Media (1:39)
- Newsela's Indigenous Peoples' Day text set (use your google login)
Latino Americans is a documentary series "which chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last 500-plus years" with more than 60 million people living in the U.S. today (Source: PBS; US Census, 2019)
Are you interested in being in a read aloud video or a video interview segment?
The following months have been designated by Presidential Proclamation, Executive Order, and Public Law:
Sept 15th - Oct 15th National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month
October National Disability Employment Awareness Month
November National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
February African American History Month
March National Women's History Month
April Arab American Heritage Month
May Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May Jewish American Heritage Month
May National Mental Health Awareness Month
June Caribbean-American Heritage Month
June LGBT+ Pride Month
We invite students, families, and staff to recognize and participate in a video for each of these months to raise awareness, promote inclusion, celebrate culture and build community. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Also, if you know a month that has a designation by Presidential Proclamation, Executive Order, and/or Public Law, and you would like to collaborate on a video for the newsletter, please let us know.
Bulletin Board at Rochambeau Middle School
Some upcoming web-based opportunities:
- Start Here: Sustainability and Success with Anti-bias Anti-racist Classroom Practices, Liz Kleinrock, Heinemann: starting Oct. 13
- Changing the World One Word at a Time: Conversation and Read Aloud with Kelly Yang (ADL): Oct 13, 5pm
- For Students with IEPs in grades 7-12 and staff: Why Not You! A Back-to-School Celebration for Students, Oct 14
- Check out SERC's (State Education Resource Center) calendar of events
Region 15 Website: Equity & Inclusion Council Website
Southbury and Middlebury Equity & Inclusion Council Website
Community bulletin board
If you'd like to publicize an opportunity, simply follow the directions on this page.
Background photo credit: Pre-K, Mrs. Kimble-Cusano
The importance of listening to your lived experiences, insights, ideas, and perspectives cannot be overstated. Please feel free to reach out! We'd love to connect.
*Note: Quotation (c) 2019 CLC Collective and Dottir Press