NPS Community Forum: Culturally Responsive Community
The Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Department of Student Services would like to invite you to our upcoming NPS community forum:
Culturally Responsive Community.
This virtual event is open to all NPS students, parents, staff and administrators to hear from Lorena Germán, educator and author ofTextured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices. Her presentation will be followed by a panel of NPS students and educators, who will speak about their identities and experiences with culturally-responsive instruction and practices in our school community.
For the last several years, NPS leaders have been engaged in professional development and training to enhance culturally responsive instruction (CRI) in the classroom and beyond. This conversation is intended to help broaden the community's understanding of the values, components and impact of a culturally responsive school community which acknowledges and embraces ALL identities and learning needs represented within NPS.
*To register, please RSVP in advance in order to receive a zoom link prior to the event.
SEPAC is co-hosting an event Wednesday, April 26 with the Newton PTOC (Parent Teacher Organization Council, FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice), and ELPAC (English Learners Parent Advisory Council).
View a recording of the presentation on YouTube, and the slides Dr. Charlesworth used during the presentation.
The 53rd Annual MLK. Memorial Breakfast
On Monday, January 16, 2023, Newton Public Schools Director, Kathy Lopes, participated on a panel at the 53rd Annual MLK Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston, MA.
Known as one of the oldest MLK celebrations of its kind in the country, Lopes joined a number of Massachusetts’ elected officials, educators, clergy and more, “invoking the civil rights leader’s words to underscore the importance of belonging as well as education”. Read the full article in the Boston Globe.
The panel titled “Reclaiming Our Rights: Education and Activism” was facilitated by Executive Director of The Teachers’ Lounge, Devin Morris and comprised of school leaders and elected officials to raise awareness about the essential significance of education in the pursuit of social justice.
Newton SEPAC presents "The Neurodiversity Paradigm: Understanding Kids from the Inside Out and Creating More Inclusive and Equitable School Experiences for Everyone"
On June 2nd, the Newton SEPAC and parents of kids of all brain types gathered for a presentation on the neurodiversity paradigm, changing the way we think about disability and differences, and creating more inclusive and equitable schools.