BRISTOL â€“ The Board of Education is inviting the public to â€śA Community Conversation about Equity, Inclusiveness & Excellenceâ€ť 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 â€śis a statewide, non-profit organization with a mission to improve teaching and learning, to reduce achievement gaps, and to promote equity in Connecticut schools,â€ť according to the organizationâ€™s website. â€śThe 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.â€ť
â€śBasically weâ€™re looking to make our community more responsive to the diversity we have,â€ť Moreau said. â€śItâ€™s so we can become more culturally aware and take into consideration peopleâ€™s different sense of self when we plan programs.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s to make sure that weâ€™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,â€ť she continued.
Moreau said she school officials who participated in activities at the previous sessions with Lord will act as â€śtable captains, who will help guide whoever attends the community conversation through those activities.â€ť
â€śEach one of us who participated takes back our learning into whatever groups we interact with to share what are really our boardâ€™s core values of inclusiveness and excellence. We want our staff, our kids, our community to look at one another with whatâ€™s called an equity lens,â€ť she said.
â€śIâ€™m hoping to have at least 100 people,â€ť she said. â€śWeâ€™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.â€ť
To participate in the community conversation, RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 27, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Connecticut Center for School Change, visit https://ctschoolchange.org/.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.