The Director of District of Equity and Professional Learning Amy Kelly works with teachers and administrators to drive a variety of projects vital to the continued improvement of the district. These projects include, but are not limited to instructional coaching, providing leadership in the planning and implementation of social emotional learning, bullying prevention and intervention, and other equity, diversity, inclusion, and access initiatives. Future projects will include supporting implementation of the Weston Public Schools’ strategic visions and annual action plans.
Equity is a core value of the Weston Public Schools, and a central focus area in our 2021-26 Strategic Plan. There are different definitions of educational equity, but in its most basic form it is about fairness and inclusion. We aim to give every student the opportunities they need to succeed, and that often means providing personalized resources and/or opportunities needed for all individuals to reach their learning goals. Working towards more equitable schools also involves structural and policy changes, as well as an overarching commitment to nondiscrimination, multiculturalism, anti-racism, and social justice. An equitable school system helps ALL students develop the social, emotional, and academic knowledge and skills they need to become engaged and productive citizens.
In the Fall of 2020 the district launched a new committee, convening students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members to discuss and address a wide range of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. About 25 members of the committee and its various working groups have been supporting the district with goals setting and monitoring, strategic planning, curating curricula and teacher resources, planning events, building community connections, and more. For one example, the committee hosted Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Solidarity Night in May 2021, which was a wonderful and informative virtual event. The committee has continued to grow and evolve over the past year, and we look forward to building upon our first steps. Please contact Amy Kelly for more information about what is coming next for the DEI committee, or to get involved!
The administration has also been working on other Equity initiatives not necessarily based in the DEI committee. These include opportunities made available to us through METCO, such as completing a data-driven Equity Audit and participating in the innovative Harvard Graduate School of Education R.I.D.E.S. Program. The Weston school committee is also working with the Massachusetts Association of School Committee to review their policies with attention to Equity and related priorities.
Please note this page was published in August 2021, and will continue to be updated this Fall.