School Highlights: Equity Work Across the District

The district is committed to making equity work a priority within each of our schools. There are countless examples of the ways in which we are succeeding and continuing to face challenges as we make progress in carrying out this complex work. Below are a few examples and we encourage our community to return to this webpage as it is updated through the years.

BROADMEADOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

At a full faculty meeting, Broadmeadow staff explored equity resources for lessons and book suggestions (e.g., Raising Race Conscious Children, Anti-Defamation League, and Teaching Tolerance).

ELIOT

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Annually with the help of the PTC, Eliot staff organized a school-wide focus on a specific culture that represented their students and enhanced their Multicultural Night events to celebrate their diverse community.

HILLSIDE

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Hillside staff were introduced to Diverse Bookfinder, a website for identifying and exploring multicultural picture books, in an effort to diversify and balance their school library.

MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Staff at Mitchell participated in a Professional Learning session with Adrian Mims, National Director of the Calculus Project, who talked with them about the impact that grouping students by affinity has on their educational achievement. This PD prompted school-based work on student placement practices, informed by the achievement research.

NEWMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Newman presented its School Improvement Plan to the School Committee and highlighted the achievement gap as a priority to tackle, particularly for their low income students, English language learners, students of color, and students with disabilities.

HIGH ROCK

SCHOOL

High Rock staff completed their reading of the book Ghost by Jason Reynolds and reflected on their school’s culturally responsive practices. They considered how to respond effectively with students, colleagues, and others when witnessing everyday bias or stereotyping.

POLLARD

MIDDLE SCHOOL

For several years, Pollard has been offering the Launching Scholars program for students who have been challenged by the traditional approach to math instruction. Launching Scholars aims to narrow the opportunity gap by increasing the participation of the number of students of color, low income, and other marginalized students in advanced math classes from grades 7 through 12.

NEEDHAM HIGH SCHOOL

High school students protested incidents of racially charged and homophobic graffiti by walking out of classes. It was not easy to manage the many perspectives, emotions, and anxieties of almost 1,700 adolescents, but staff provided support and encouragement, and had high expectations for students' behavior, including how they were expected to treat one another in a kind, caring, respectful way that acknowledged and honored human differences. Recently, the NHS staff developed a protocol to follow when offensive graffiti is reported at school.


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