Community talk on school equity in Bristol

Published on Sunday, 30 December 2018 18:56
Written by SUSAN CORICA

@coricaBP

BRISTOL – The Board of Education is inviting the public to “A Community Conversation about Equity, Inclusiveness & Excellence” for Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Bristol Eastern High School cafeteria.

Superintendent Susan Moreau said school officials have already had two such discussion sessions facilitated by Kerry Lord, director of programs at Connecticut Center for School Change, who will also lead the community conversation.

The Center “is a statewide, non-profit organization with a mission to improve teaching and learning, to reduce achievement gaps, and to promote equity in Connecticut schools,” according to the organization’s website. “The Center supports comprehensive preK-12 educational reform through a system-wide, integrated approach focused on improving instructional practice and developing leadership at all levels, from parents to superintendents.”

“Basically we’re looking to make our community more responsive to the diversity we have,” Moreau said. “It’s so we can become more culturally aware and take into consideration people’s different sense of self when we plan programs.”

“It’s to make sure that we’re being as sensitive as we can be to the fact that we all have differences and we need to appreciate those, as opposed to having a standard cookie cutter response to how all children are educated,” she continued.

Moreau said she school officials who participated in activities at the previous sessions with Lord will act as “table captains, who will help guide whoever attends the community conversation through those activities.”

“Each one of us who participated takes back our learning into whatever groups we interact with to share what are really our board’s core values of inclusiveness and excellence. We want our staff, our kids, our community to look at one another with what’s called an equity lens,” she said.

“I’m hoping to have at least 100 people,” she said. “We’ve put the word out to our administrators to bring additional people. We want students to participate as well, so that we have many different members of our community present so that we all hear the same message. Then we all can go back to share that message with all the various respective groups that we interact with.”

To participate in the community conversation, RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 27, to susaneverett@ci.bristol.ct.us.

For more information about the Connecticut Center for School Change, visit https://ctschoolchange.org/.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Sunday, 30 December 2018 18:56. Updated: Sunday, 30 December 2018 18:58.