Equity Team

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“ROUNDTABLE: Equity & Social Justice in Education.” Center for Teaching Quality #CTQCollab, 12 Nov. 2018,

www.teachingquality.org/blog/roundtable-equity-in-education/. 

 

 

At Thurgood Marshall Middle School: 


We Are Committed to supporting and sustaining an educational community that is inclusive, diverse and equitable. We are committed to nurturing an open, collaborative, and trusting environment because the work is enormous, deeply personal, emotional and often difficult. The values of diversity, inclusion and equity are inextricably linked to our mission of academic growth and social responsibility, and we embrace these values as being critical to development, learning, and success. To fully realize our mission it is imperative we recognize the institutional barriers, including racism, privilege and bias, that contribute to the pervasive, disparate educational outcomes within our school system.


We Will Take Action to eliminate barriers as we strive for educational equity for all student groups. We expect nothing less than an accessible, multicultural community in which civility and respect are fostered, and discrimination and harassment are not tolerated.  We will foster a purposeful curriculum emphasizing social justice and equity and where all students are actively and meaningfully engaged in rigorous instruction. We will examine policies and practices that are directly and indirectly pushing the most at risk students out of school and on a pathway to the juvenile and criminal justice systems and thereby work to interrupt the “school to prison pipeline.” We will intentionally build the capacity of diverse teams that are more reflective of our students. We will engage families as partners in meaningful ways. We recognize that our work to respect diversity and to include all in our community has roots in a history that has privileged certain groups while excluding and oppressing others. In our work with our schools and community, we will work to address the detrimental effects of this history through our teaching, practice, training and service. 


We Are Vigilant to advance the voices and needs of our marginalized populations, given the existing power differentials within our community and in the larger society.

 

 

More details and resources coming soon!