Our next meeting will be Nov 20 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Parkview Elementary! It is open to anyone interested in participating in one of our three workgroups.
Outreach and Event Planning
This group locates and partners with outside resources to bring in services, goods, and/or funds to the schools and our group. Examples include reaching out to coaches, colleges, restaurants, speakers, trainers, etc.). Members also help plan our educational and community events.
Curriculum Development and Classroom Resources
This group examines the diversity in our school curriculum and resources. This includes working with the staff to ensure they are incorporating diverse examples in each subject, exploring diverse stories, and educating our children to be global citizens. Many teachers have expressed their need for more multicultural resources and guidance so this workgroups main goal is to meet that need. Currently we are putting together a multicultural book basket for each grade that will be gifted to every teacher. We have a diverse team of parents creating learning objectives for each grade level so we can select books based on what our communities would like the students to know. For example in Kindergarten we want the kids to get curious about skin, begin to notice differences, and to celebrate and appreciate those differences. In third grade we want to start addressing racial disparities with the goal of empowering students to be an ally in the fight against justice. We have a team of educators selecting potential books that are age appropriate and aligned with the committee’s goals that the group will review and chose from to create these book baskets. We are hoping to provide 10 books per teacher so they can each create a multicultural library within their classroom. We will also be providing guided instructions on how to best utilize the books to create class discussions, as many teacher express concern that they will say or do the wrong thing.
This group helps facilitate diverse leadership representation within Easton’s classrooms by working with our high school students of color, local college students, and other outside resources. This group helps locate volunteers and coordinate their time in each of the lower classrooms (grades K-5) where they assist teachers and serve as a resource/role model for the children. These positions offer our volunteers the benefit of accruing community service hours and/or enhancing their resumes. The Staff Diversity and Student Relations group also serves as liaisons between our group and various student groups, such as the honor society and multicultural club. They are responsible for working with student groups to bring back their ideas and issues, and also assist in helping them obtain necessary resources.