Meriden Public Schools

Timeline

2021-2022
  • Director of Equity and Instruction position created to help oversee and guide the work
  • Presentations:
    Board of Education Retreat: An Overview of Meriden's Racial Equity Initiative; August 11, 2021
    Administrators' Retreat:  Examining Our Unconscious Biases; August 16, 2021
    New Teacher Orientation: August 18, 2021
    • An Introduction to Equity in Meriden Public Schools:  Equity Leaders: Drew Blythe, Orlando Valentin, Jr., Marisa Volo
      Teaching for Equity:  Teacher Leader:  Symone James
  • Book Studies:
    • New Teachers:  Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Beverly Tatum (begins November 2021)
    • Administrators:  Unconscious Bias in Schools, Tracey A. Benson & Sarah E. Fiarman (begins January 2022)
    • Edison Leadership Team:  Grading for Equity, Joe Feldman (begins September 2021)
  • District Leadership Team redefines Equity subcommittee as its own committee
2020-2021
  • American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) Presentation April, 2021 Advancing Equity in the Meriden Public Schools
  • Participation in the Meriden Racial Justice Initiative
  • Expansion of the Affinity Group to include administrators of color
2019-2020
  • Participated in New York Leadership Academy - Coaching for Equity Series
  • Developed Affinity Group to support and help recruit diverse staff
  • Invited by CSDE to participate in hiring and selection to increase educator diversity consultancy
  • Equity Leaders Program
    • Funded by a Nellie Mae Education Foundation Grant 
    • Presented Racial Equity Teaching Module to Maloney and Platt High School staffs
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy training at Maloney High School
  • Wesley G. Williams presented Leading for Equity in Schools at our Summer Retreat for All Administrators
  • District Leadership Team established Equity Subcommittee
  • Paraprofessionals participated in professional learning: Linking Identity and Achievement Through Cultural Competence
2018-2019
  • High School Leadership Academy 
    • Funded by a Nellie Mae Education Foundation Grant
  • Participated in Courageous Conversations Summit
  • Summer Retreat of Administrators
    • Richard Lemons, Executive Director, Center for School Change, presented Disrupting Inequity in Meriden Public Schools 
    • Robert Villanova, Director at LEAD Connecticut, presented Leading for Equity
      A Public Education Leadership Project at Harvard University, "Race, Accountability, and the Achievement Gap" A Case Study of Montgomery County Public Schools
    • Jennifer Abrams, Consultant, presented Difficult Conversations