Equity & Inclusion Newsletter

January 2021 - STAFF Edition

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: May we each do our part to realize the vision of Beloved Community

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January Read Aloud Video

With Dr. Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday, on Monday, January 18, this newsletter is dedicated to the importance of learning about Dr. King in the context of the Civil Rights movement. One important, specific context for doing so includes teaching and learning around children's roles in the movement. This newsletter, therefore, focuses on Dr. King and the Children's March in Birmingham in 1963. The read aloud video we created, along with the resources that follow, are meant to foster learning related to this topic because "to fully understand the the movement, our students need to learn an accurate version of Dr. King's life and activism" (Dr. Charles McKinney, Historian). Teaching and learning about Dr. King in the context of the Children's March is just one entry point of many in studying Dr. King in context.

In this video, 3 PHS students, 2 GES students, and PHS Social Studies teacher, Mr. Syrotiak, volunteered as guest readers to share the text The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist, by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

The resources that follow delve deeper into the Children's March.

Note: This read aloud is displayed with the permission of Simon & Schuster.

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist

Free Professional Learning Opportunities

Elementary Staff: Call for recent work to highlight!!

In February for the Region 15 Family edition of this newsletter, work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be spotlighted for the elementary level. Please feel free to send a couple of sentences and/or pictures to include to celebrate good work happening!


Region 15 may be seeking participation in CREC's Teacher Residency Program! What is this program? See below:

The CREC Teacher Residency Program with the Regional Educational Services Center (RESC) ALLIANCE is an alternate route to elementary certification focused on increasing teachers of color across the state of Connecticut. Resident candidates will be enrolled in rigorous coursework for 18 months and serve in a paid residency position in a mentor teacher’s classroom for the school year. Residents will work in a partnering district and attend classes virtually and on-site in one of our cohort locations.

  • Resident selection prioritizes potential to work with diverse students and minimizes barriers to traditional certification program admission
  • Residents participate in courses for 18 months at little to no cost
  • Coursework is designed by practicing educators and prioritizes skills necessary to be successful in a diverse classroom
  • Residents work for one year in a partner district under a mentor teacher while receiving pay and benefits
  • Residents are guaranteed a full-time teaching position in the partner district upon completion of the certification requirements
  • Residents are eligible to earn CT certification after fourteen months and 90 days of successful teaching in their own classroom

Reserve a spot today by clicking here: Information Session Registration Form

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 4:30 – 5:00 pm

Monday, February 1, 2021, 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 8:00 – 8:30 am

Ready to Apply*? Click HERE!

*Candidates will select one of the four locations listed here: Hamden (ACES), Hartford (CREC), Old Lyme (LEARN) or Trumbull (CES).

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