September 3, 2021
FROM THE EPS EQUITY OFFICE
Chief Equity Officer Cory McCarthy has curated a collection of helpful and varied resources that are sure to be relevant and useful to all EPS faculty and staff. Mr. McCarthy will update the “Equity Memo” on a regular basis. Our inaugural volume can be found HERE.
REMINDER: JEANS DAY
The EPS will hold a district-wide Jeans Day on Friday, September 10. Please give your $5 donation to your school’s administrative assistant to help us support the Everett Haitian Community Center in its ongoing efforts to support the victims and families of the August 14th earthquake in Haiti.
The EPS is seeking members to join its GLEAM Leadership Team. GLEAM stands for Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts, and the educators who join this team will help develop and implement a multi-tiered system of ELA and Literacy curriculum and supports. Complete details about this opportunity, including its stipend and responsibilities, are found in the link above.
LearnLaunch, with support from DESE, is offering a variety of free workshops for Massachusetts educators, including the following two workshops in September:
- Cultivating a Culture of Caring & Healing Amidst Uncertainty will assist school and district leaders as they work to develop and improve the culture of caring in their schools. Participants will explore strategies to cultivate meaningful 1:1 relationships and sustain community while learning from peers. This workshop will be offered from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 13; Wednesday, September 15; and Tuesday, September 21.
- Engaging Families of English Learners will give school and district leaders practical approaches to assessing what barriers exist for engaging families, particularly families of English Learners, and consider how to best leverage their schools’ resources and community assets to meet the needs of these families and communities. This workshop will be offered at 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 20; Tuesday, September 28; and Thursday, September 30.
A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
EPS school leaders are encouraged to participate in a school-based moment of silence on Friday, September 10th at 8:46 am in recognition of the 20th anniversary of September 11.
This moment of peaceful reflection will honor those we lost on September 11th, as well as Massachusetts Fallen Military Heroes, and the 13 American troops lost last month in Afghanistan. This act of unity by school children across the state will serve as a reminder of our strength as a community and Commonwealth.
This Massachusetts statewide initiative is being led by Project 351.
All available on-demand and synchronous professional development course information and enrollment can be accessed via Teachpoint. To access the catalog, sign into Teachpoint and click the graduation cap icon on the left. Then, click on "Available Events" at the top, and make sure the drop down menu on the left is set to "Upcoming Events." To enroll in a course, simply click "Enroll" on the expanded course window.
Are you interested in learning more about the Acceleration Roadmap? It is designed to provide a focused and phased approach to supporting students in 2021-2022 and beyond. It is a comprehensive and researched approach, one that the state strongly endorses as we navigate a return to in-person teaching and learning for all of our students. Click HERE for a detailed report and guidebook prepared for educators by DESE and the leading educational non-profit TNTP.
A QUICK WORD ON ACCELERATION
IT’S YOUR NEWSLETTER!Do you have anything that might be suitable for the EPS Staff Newsletter? Good news? Something cool? Something you would like to share with your colleagues? A photo? Please, send it our way for consideration.
Interesting in working for the EPS September Enrichment Academy?