Equity Team

Enfield High School Equity Team

Equity Statement of Purpose
At Enfield High School, we believe all students are entitled to a high quality 21st Century education. The purpose of our equity work is to create an environment where everyone feels cared for, welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. Our inclusitity will allow students of all races and backgrounds to recognize that this educational entitlement includes them. We will work toward nurturing a culture of equity and social consciousness as well as an anti-racist environment. We recognize that our students carry a different range of experiences with them, from both inside and outside of their educational background, that affects how they access their education. Our equity work focuses on identifying root causes of educational disparities in order to understand them, address them, and then eliminate such barriers. Ultimately, we strive to ensure our students have equal access to curricula and equal opportunities to participate in everything Enfield High School has to offer.
- (revised 4/29/21)

Mission

The intentional creation of a new, continuously evolving system where all members of the Enfield High School community feel safe, acknowledged, accepted, and supported on a pathway to success. This new system will take into account performance of the school’s makeup of majority and minority groups and use this information to educate all, with specific focus on outcomes by race.

Contacts:

Principal Erin E. Clark [email protected] Phone: 860-763-8804

Leadership team members: Julie Aliker, Anthony Allegro, Altressa Cox-Blackwell, April Frizzell, Nicole Fontaine, Bridgette Moriarity, Dan Paradis Cynthia Spencer

Goals

Our team is continuously working to improve outcomes for our students of color through a variety of methods. Several of our efforts and programs are described below.

Provide Professional Development for Staff

 

Organizing professional development for staff on topics such as culturally responsive instruction, implicit bias, and facilitating civil discourse.

 

Examples:

· Offering Courageous Conversation Training for all staff (2020-2021)

· Implicit Bias trainings (February 2018, November 2019)

· Summer Book Club: “Courageous Conversations About Race” by Glenn Singleton (Summer, 2019)

· Facilitating Civil Discourse (Spring, 2019)

· Equity Team

· CREC consultant whole-staff training on equity, culture, and systemic racism (Fall, 2018)

· Culturally Responsive Instruction training (Spring, 2017)

· CREC Implicit Bias trainings for administrators (Summer 2020)
·EHS Staff Participated in Courageous Conversations About Race (2020-2021)
·CREC Training for Equity Team leaders on Antiracism (2020-2021)

Educate and Empower Students

 

Providing opportunities for empowering the voices of our students of color through clubs, organizations, facilitated conversations, leadership conferences, etc.

 

Examples:

· Diversity Club (established 2017)

· Student leaders sent to conferences

o Dismantling Systemic Racism (Spring 2017, 2018, 2019)

o Students participated in KidSpeak event (Spring, 2019)

· Regular facilitation of civil discourse discussions on race or “Civil Discourse Circles” (Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020)

· Offering mentoring sessions around diversity and inclusion (20-21)
·Civil Discouse Circles held virtually (20-21)

Engage our families and community

 

Examples:

· Continue Open Parent Meetings (2021-2022)

· Open Parent Meetings (2019-2020, 2021)

· Parent focus group discussions on race (January, 2019)

· Sent equity team leaders to family engagement conference (Fall, 2019)

Recruit & Retain Diverse Staff

 

Examples:

· EHS and EPS administrators attend Minority Recruitment Fair (Spring, 2019)

· EHS participates in CREC’s Minority Recruitment Consortium to learn from other schools and state leaders (2019-2020, 2020-2021)

Diversify the Curriculum

Examples:
·Black Literature course proposed and adopted, 2020-2021
·Continue to work with curriculum office to audit curriculum to ensure  representation

· Writing and piloting curricular units to promote racial equity (20-21)

· Met with Curriculum Office to discuss curricular needs (19-20)

 
equity members
 

Parent Equity Meeting

Part of our strategy to promote racial equity at EHS includes utilizing democratic processes that include the voices and ideas of our faculty, students, parents, and community members.   Our parents are invited to attend open meetings with members of our Equity team by registering using this link:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1T-LCDuI3EC0hDWAWYitT8F9H50FWMxMkukYUZ-Tt8VUMDBRUjAwNjdHS1RDU1RFQzY3VlZaMEVQNS4u

Interested parents should register by September 15th to receive follow-up emails on upcoming meetings.  The registration asks parents to submit which dates and times work best for them. Thank you for considering joining this important team!

Sincerely,
 
Erin E. Clark
Principal