Communications & Community Engagement

The district has established goals and is taking steps to ensure that the district's Communications and Community Engagement support equity for all.

Goals
  • Engage staff, students, families, and community members to promote equitable and inclusive practices for students, families, faculty with sensitivity to needs of traditionally marginalized youth
  • Build an inclusive parent engagement model where everyone is welcomed including Needham residents, Boston resident parents/guardians, parents/guardians of English learners, and newcomers
  • Clearly communicate vision, goals, actions for equitable and inclusive educational experience in the Needham Public Schools

Action Steps
  • Define "equity" - importance of language and a common understanding to support this work
  • Explore and define what it means to be a METCO district
  • Strengthen relationship with marginalized families; e.g., ease of student registration/enrollment process for all families
  • Ensure language on website and written communications are inclusive
  • update staff, students, families after REAL Coalition meetings on progress toward goals
  • Contact Needham Times and Needham Channel to expand reach of our communications

Implementation
  • Information included in the 2018 Performance Report mailed to all Needham households and businesses; see pages 8-9 and 14 
  • Equity Audit video filmed March 2018 in NHS TV Studio; available on Needham Spotlight
  • Portrait of A Needham Graduate with framework of equity in education
  • District webpage dedicated to equity plan with goals, actions, successes, challenges, resources

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