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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

Offices

Administrative offices for the West Hartford Public Schools are located in the Town Hall building at 50 South Main Street. 

Equity and Diversity Council (EDC)

 

West Hartford Public Schools continues to see steady changes in our racial, ethnic and socio-economic demographics and embraces the richness that diversity brings. The Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) currently exists as a staff advisory committee that seeks to promote equity, advance diversity, and foster inclusiveness, acceptance, mutual respect and support, civility and non-discrimination across all areas of our district’s programs and services.

 

The work of the EDC is aligned with the WHPS’ mission and vision for Clear Paths. Bright Futures. No Limits.

 

The purpose of the Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) is to support and sustain a diverse educational community that is inclusive and equitable by examining, developing, and improving systemic practices, programs, and policies.

 

The EDC Subcommittees are:

For more information about the Equity and Diversity Council, subcommittees or ways to get involved, please contact:

Roszena Haskins, Director of Continuing Education and Diversity Advancement at 860-561-6900 or roszena_haskins@whps.org.

 

 

 

Mission

The purpose of the Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) is to support and sustain a diverse educational community that is inclusive and equitable by examining, developing, and improving systemic practices, programs, and policies.

 

For more information about the Equity and Diversity Council, or ways to get involved, please contact:

Roszena Haskins, Director of Continuing Education and Diversity Advancement at 860-561-6900 or roszena_haskins@whps.org.

 

 

Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes

2017- 2018 Equity and Diversity Council (EDC)

All EDC meetings will take place on Tuesdays from 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm in Room 400 of Town Hall located at 50 South Main Street. See meeting dates below (Please bring your parking ticket inside to be validated).

 

End of Year Meeting and Celebration:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 3:45 pm - Town Hall Lawn (rain location:  Room 400)

RSVP by 12:00 pm, Fri. 5/18 at https://goo.gl/forms/kKyDx0jzJzNTA0LA3

 

2017-2018 Meeting Dates:

9/19, *10/24, 11/28, *12/19, 1/23, *3/27, 4/17, 5/22 (End-of-Year extended time meeting/celebration)

  • *Dates when Subcommittees will meet in assigned Town Hall locations.
  • On other dates, the Core Membership will meet, but ALL are welcomed to attend.
2017-2018 Meeting Agendas and Minutes
 

 

2016- 2017 Equity and Diversity Council (EDC)

May 23, 2017 Meeting- Please RSVP
 
 
 
See Mar. 21 meeting minutes for subcommittee reports

 

 
 

Resource Links and Upcoming Events

UPCOMING/CURRENT EVENTS:

Open Choice Family Celebration

Family Celebration Flyer-Invitation

Family Celebration Video Invitation 

 

Please check back in August for upcoming EDC and other community events.  Have a great summer!

 

 

PAST EVENTS:

 

VoicesA storytelling event

Friday, May 18 at 6pm- Charter Oak International Academy Ampitheater.  Please see flyer for more great details.

/uploaded/EDC/Voices.pdf

 

Open Choice Leadership - Success Nothing Less:  Approaches to Closing the Opportunity Gap 

March 21, April 26, May, 10.  55 Van Dyke Avenue, Hartford
/uploaded/EDC/Success_Nothing_Less_OC_Leadership_Institute_Flyer_2018.pdf

 

3rd Annual Social Justice and Equity Symposium- CANCELED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT 

Friday, April 20, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm; CREC Two Rivers Middle Magnet School, East Hartford

(For more info or to RSVP, email: roszena_haskins@whps.org )

/uploaded/EDC/Third_Annual_Social_Justice_and_Equity_Symposium.pdf

 

Transgender? Bi-gender? Pan-Gender, Non-binary? What? 

Wednesday, May 23,  8am - 4pm, CREC Central, Hartford

(RSVP to roszena_haskins@whps.org)

/uploaded/EDC/Transgender_Bigender_Pan-gender_Non_binary_What_PD_Flyer.pdf

 

The MOUNTAINTOP- A Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his last speech, I've Been to the Mountaintop  Tuesday, April 3  5pm - 7pm -Town Hall Auditorium

 

Open Choice Dine and Discuss - Understanding and Breaking the Cycle of Escalating Behavior

Tue. April 3- 4:15 pm- 6:15 pm- Town Hall  (THIS SESSION IS FULL!!)

Thr. April 5th - 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm - Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor 

/uploaded/EDC/Open_Choice_Dine_and_Discuss_-Understanding_and_Breaking_the_Cycle_of_Escalating_Behavior.pdf

 

Raising Transgender Youth with Love and Care- Dr. Elijah Nealy, Ph.D., Wednesday, Feb. 28th ~ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Conard High School 

/uploaded/EDC/Raising_Transgender_Youth_with_Love_and_Care_Presentation_2-28-18.pdf

 

NCCJ Two-Day Anti-Racism Workshop (Rescheduled for Thr. 3/1 and Fri. 3/2)

https://nccj.org/two-day-anti-racism-workshop

 

Book Buzz: Teaching Equity and Diversity to Young Children

 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Noah Webster Library, Meeting Room 20 South Main Street, West Hartford, (860) 561-6980 Jane Breen, the West Hartford Libraries’ Children and Families Outreach Coordinator, will share many books, offer ideas for extended book activities, and facilitate discussion among participants about successes and challenges in tackling these topics with young children. To register, e-mail register greatby8@gmail.com.

 

 

West Hartford to Celebrate Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The annual celebration will take place on Jan. 15 at 10:00 am in the Town Hall Auditorium. The celebration will feature speakers, including two high school student speakers, musical performances and much more...

https://patch.com/connecticut/westhartford/west-ha...

 

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, West Hartford Public Schools and Solomon Schechter Day School Present: Thinking Beyond Disabilities; A Conversation about Intersectionality

 

Monday Jan. 15 at 7:00- 8:30 pm - Solomon Schechter Day School, 26 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford

https://www.facebook.com/157989274225138/photos/gm...

 

 

Waking Up White

January 20, 2018 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: Auditorium- West Hartford First Church
CONTACT: Jennifer deSimas 860-232-3893

 

It’s time to talk — and listen — about racial injustice. If you’re white, chances are you’ve been taught not to talk about race. If you’re a person of color, you may be wondering what it is that white colleagues aren’t (yet!) understanding. Join Debby Irving, author of Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, as she shares how her own white-skewed belief system enabled her to affirm harmful racial patterns for decades rather than question and dismantle them. Together, we will explore white privilege and our own, often subconscious, roles in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels. The day will include time for reflection, dialog, and Q&A. Lunch provided, space is limited. MUST Register to attend.

 

http://www.whfirstchurch.org/event/waking-up-white...

 

 

Resources:

Anti-Defamation League of CT

http://connecticut.adl.org/?_ga=2.181939687.158090...

 

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

https://www.glsen.org/

 

NCCJ  

https://nccj.org/

 

True Colors

http://www.ourtruecolors.org/

 

We Need Diverse Books

www.weneeddiversebooks.org

 

Teacher Vision

https://www.teachervision.com/diversity/teacher-resources/33631.html

 

Welcoming Schools

http://www.welcomingschools.org/research/

 

 

Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) Events

CREC http://www.crec.org/itl/

 

 

 

Media, Reports and Presentations

Diversity Advancement in the West Hartford Public Schools

 

 

05 June 2018 Equity and Excellence Board Report

See full version PowerPoint Presentations from the June 5, 2018 Equity and Excellence Board Presentation

-Equity and Excellence Board Presentation

-Elementary Racial Justice Training

-English Language Learners at Hall:  Strategies for Success

-Racial Sensitivity

-LGBTQIA:  Culturally Responsive Practice

 

 

2017-2018 Equity and Diversity Council 2017-2018 Activities, Outcomes and Opportunities

2017 Equity and Diversity Council Update

 

Welcoming Families through the Lens of Equity

Welcoming Schools Board of Education Report 2016

 

 

Curriculum through the Lens of Equity BOE Report and Presentation

Board of Education Report

Board of Education Presentation Slides

 

 

West Hartford Marks Three Kings Day

http://www.courant.com/community/west-hartford/hc-west-hartford-webster-hill-three-kings-day-0107-20170106-story.html

 

 

West Hartford Public Schools Honored as Cornerstone of Regional ‘Open Choice’ Program

http://www.whps.org/admin.cfm?tab=1

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