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Equity Office Memo: Vol. 5


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November was Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor and appreciate the influence that Native American tradition and culture has had on our nation. When I speak to my Native American brothers and sisters, I empathize deeply with their healing process. What captivates me the most is their collective call for us to lean on the cultivation of humanity and the insertion of love into every single thing we do daily, habitually, and in life. The journey of indigenous people has been nothing short of heroic and powerful, as educators, students, parents, and community members, I encourage you to dive into the fabric of a race of people who are the pillars of land we currently roam. 

Grades are out. We are still working through a pandemic that has brought out the best and worst in all of us. Many students have responded by exceeding expectations, and others have done the worst they have ever done in their entire academic career. I often ask myself what could I have done to improve that outcome for my kids in a world that asks educators to “do more” For that student who received an F because they didn’t want to be in school after 18 months…what can I do? For the student who became overwhelmed with that job after school and preferred to drop out…what can I do? For the high academic student who still struggles to maintain a standard they set high from themselves…..what can I do? For the teacher, who feels unsupported and overwhelmed…what are we doing to help? The school administrator who is holding things together by mere tissue matter…what is being done?? For the family who has little children, two jobs and things don’t add up…who will listen? The answer to all of these questions is “student achievement” because we care. So when we look at student failure, we must interrogate and identify what are the contributing factors and then work on the response. We can all respond. It is a shared responsibility. It’s not easy, but what I know about Everett is that the best work gets accomplished when situations are not easy.

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Native American Discussion Panel

We were fortunate to be joined by some esteemed members of the Native American community for a special panel discussion on Native American Culture, History, Tradition and Influence. The event gave us a great opportunity to recognize and honor the influence and contributions of Native Americans and many of the indigenous diaspora to the world we live in today. 

 

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The Everett Public Schools Partners with DUET
& Southern New Hampshire University

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Duet. Educators, family members and students who are seeking a bachelors in Communications, Business Management and Healthcare Management are eligible with a discounted rate for members of the EPS community. Along with the bachelors program, Duet has created an educator pathway for eligible students and adults. Duet provides quality coaching, counseling and post graduation career support all for the most affordable price in the Northeast. If you are interested in this opportunity, please feel free to contact me, attend a zoom meeting or email our contact Amanda Bernasconi at abernasconi@duet.org.


December Cultural & Religious Reminders

December 1 - WORLD AIDS DAY
International day of action on HIV and AIDS

December 3 — INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Raises awareness about persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity

December 8 — BODHI DAY (Buddhist)
Also known as Rohatsu, Bodhi Day commemorates the day that the Buddha, Siddharta Gautama, experienced enlightenment or spiritual awakening (bodhi). Celebrated on the eighth day either in December or the 12th month of the lunar calendar.

December 10 — HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

December 12 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE • Christian
Celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas) before Juan Diego, an indigenous convert to Roman Catholicism, on the Mexican hill of Tepeyac in 1531

December 15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY
Commemorates the signing into law of the ten original amendments of the United States Constitution in 1791

December 21 WINTER SOLSTICE
Marks the first day of the season of winter. The length of time between sunrise and sunset is the shortest of the year with the sun shining closest to the Southern Hemisphere and the farthest from the Northern Hemisphere.

December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE • Christian
Celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus

December 25 CHRISTMAS • Western Christian
Commemorates the birth of Jesus

December 26 2021–January 1, 2022 KWANZAA
A seven-day celebration honoring African American heritage and its continued vitality. “Kwanzaa” means “first fruits (of the harvest)” in Swahili

December 29 WOUNDED KNEE DAY
On December 29, 1890, more than 200 Lakota Sioux were massacred by U.S. troops at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.

December 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, and celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next.


Everett High School’s College & Career Center

The College and Career Center is a place that aims to assist students in setting a successful path for themselves beyond high school. The Center will guide students with the college selection and application process as well as identifying appropriate school-to-career paths. We aim to empower all students with the knowledge to make informed decisions on their post secondary plans.  Our vision is a program that will support all students, enhance retention,  and encourage everyone to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by Everett High School.  We are located in room 2615 formerly known as the "Great Room" at EHS. We look forward to meeting with all of our students. The center is available for tours for middle and elementary students to begin their post secondary journey. For more information contact: Ms. Buonopane, Ms. Linehan, or Ms. Walls.


ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

THE 4 MYTHS ON TEACHER COACHING AND EFFICACY
By JEN GONZALEZ

In this Educational Leadership article, coaching consultants Rashaida Melvin and Lauren Vargas describe working with a veteran teacher who was persuaded to shift from highly teacher-centered instruction to having her students do 80 percent of the cognitive work. She then engaged in an honest dialogue with her coach on her implicit biases toward students. Unfortunately, say Melvin and Vargas, most coaching and professional development is not this successful; in far too many classrooms, teachers do 90 percent of the talking, only a few students are actively engaged, and students who enter classrooms with disadvantages languish.


Professional Development Opportunity
Urban Leadership

Dates: Wednesday, January 5th from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
and Wednesday, January 19th from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Two 90 minute sessions focused on Educational Leadership. We will explore the skills, styles, and development necessary to become a leader in an urban school district. These sessions will give attendees insight into being an effective school leader. We will take a deep dive into:

  • School leadership
  • Instructional leadership
  • Administrative leadership
  • Teacher driven leadership
  • Creating a leadership path for your own career
  • Leadership strategies and cultivating your own leadership
  • A.C.E. model
  • Creating your vision for leadership
  • Data driven leadership
  • School leadership pathways and program recommendations 

Register below or on Teachpoint.


Anti Bias in Education

The terms and definitions listed in the link below are often associated with and provide a common, working language for ADL’s educational anti-bias programs and resources. The definitions are written for older youth to adult reading levels, unless otherwise specified, and some include age-appropriate versions for younger ages.

SEI Coaches & Instructional Cycles

The SEI Instructional Coaches are non-evaluative ETA team members whose purpose is to advance student learning by providing teachers with personalized support in integrating culturally-responsive and linguistic- minded practices, strategies, and resources into their lessons. Our goal is to foster trusting relationships and open, collaborative partnerships with our fellow teachers. Think of us as an additional layer of peer support that you can utilize to help you achieve your instructional goals. The coaches are available to support teachers in numerous ways from procuring resources, to co-lesson planning, to modeling research-based strategies, and to conducting regular, non-evaluative observation/feedback sessions or cycles. To see a full list of the services that the coaches provide, please refer to the Coaching Menu.
 
DISTRICT-WIDE SEI INSTRUCTIONAL COACHES

Adrienne Supino Kaminsky
Office: Madeline English School, Room 1067
Phone: 617-394-5013 (or Ext. 6680)
 
Marissa McQueeney
Office: EHS floating or
Madeline English School, Room 1067
Google Voice: #617-545-5148
 
WHAT IS AN SEI INSTRUCTIONAL COACH?

The SEI Instructional Coaches are non-evaluative ETA team members whose purpose is to advance student learning by providing teachers with personalized support in integrating culturally responsive and linguistic-minded practices, strategies, and resources into their lessons.

 

Our goal is to foster trusting relationships and open, collaborative partnerships with our fellow teachers. Think of us as an additional layer of peer support that you can utilize to help you achieve your instructional goals.

 

The coaches are available to support teachers in numerous ways, from procuring resources to co-lesson planning to modeling research-based strategies. The coaches also conduct regular, non-evaluative observation/feedback sessions or cycles. To see a full list of the services that coaches provide, please refer to the Coaching Menu.

 
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Anti-Racism & Discrimination Tool

The EPS is working around the clock to provide a safe, respectful and welcoming environment for all. We want everyone in the EPS to exist harmoniously, free of harassment, microaggressions, bias, or discrimination in any form. If you are experiencing inappropriate or unwelcome comments or behavior from another student, staff member or adult, please reach out to our Office of Equity. Please see the image below that helps students, staff and families identify their point of contact when experiencing any bias, discrimination or violation of their civil rights. Please email me with any questions.

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SHOUT OUTS

The Family Resource Center and the EPS Collaboration that provided and delivered meals for multiple families the day before Thanksgiving. Special shout out to Johnna Hooks and Liliana Patinofor supporting this effort. 

All the new teachers out there are finding their way, building those new relationships, failing upwards and pushing through new challenges and experiences.