Behaving Equitably

Welcome Back: August 26th, 2021

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Equity is a journey!

On November 30th, I was selected to be the first Senior Director of Education Equity for the Milton Public School District. Starting in the middle of a pandemic school year, I had a lot of mix emotions. I was excited, eager, scared, curious, passionate, anxious and most importantly honored to have been chosen by the stakeholders of the district to lead such important, urgent, and historically needed work. I have learned so much this past 8 months of being part of this amazing community. It is clear that the district is home to many amazing, talented, and committed educators, leaders, learners, parents, community members, and partners. I look forward to walking with you on this journey of becoming a more equitable school district.

Download the file below to gain a little insight into my approach and vison for equity work. It was a letter I wrote to the entire community when I first arrived.

Meet the District's Equity Steering Committee

The District's Equity Steering Committee purpose is to guide the development and implementation of the District Equity Audit and Action Planning Process for the DISTRICT. The recommendations of the Steering Committee will be subject to superintendent approval.

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Steering Committee Retreat

On July 19th and 20th 2021, the founding members of the first District Equity Steering committee spent two days diving into workshops around creating trust, exploring self and collective trauma, self and collective identity(ies), understanding purpose and defining equity. The picture above depicts a moment where the team started to think about Equity and how to define Equity within the context of the district. It was wonderful to witness the collaboration between an educator, parent and student in the work. The team realized how difficult it was to define equity. Resiliently working through the productive struggle, the team was successful with creating a draft of what they think Equity should mean at Milton Public Schools.

Leadership Retreat for the 2021-2022 School Year!

On August 23rd, 2021 the districts leadership came together for the first in-person professional development day of the school year. The central theme for the retreat was EQUITY. The team considered priorities, curriculum and instruction, professional development, systems and structures, learning and evaluations through the lens of EQUITY.

The First Day!

It was early morning around 8am when I received a text from a co-worker. The text said, "I'm sorry. I won't be able to submit the document on time as I will be driving my daughter to college. It's her first year." As soon as I read this text, I automatically empathize with her situation. The text then read "I'm a mess." It was the first day! The first day of her daughter's college life and the first day my colleague realized her daughter was not coming home for many months. I have four children and the first day never get's any easier. Knowing this feeling all to well, I advised her to stop working and use this ride to give her daughter some last minute advice, reinforce the love, remind her of your forever presence and enjoy each other before the gut wrenching good-byes. For many of us, the first day of school is very emotional. There are a multitude of emotions for students, parents, and educators.

Here is an opinionated article written by a parent about the psychological impact of the first day. You may find some relevance in her story.

Here are some resources that may help prepare you and your children for the first day:

  1. List of elementary children books
  2. 5 tips for calming middle school jitters
  3. 5 tips for high school jitters
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Cultural Events

September is an exciting and colorful time of year. Here are some Cultural events that occurs during this beautiful month.

Religious Observation Days

Here are some observed Religious days that occurs during the beautiful month.