LETTER FROM MRS. MARTA RHEA-JOHNSON
This month I’d like to share DEI information and resources with you that may be helpful in this journey we call life. This month’s DEI topic is Equity.
Equity is meeting the individual needs of all students. An equitable school provides the climate, process, and content which enable students and staff to perform at their highest level. An equitable school ensures successful academic outcomes by providing equitable resources and appropriate instructional strategies for each student. As we examine our student equity during this pandemic we should ask ourselves are we providing enough support to students who learn differently or struggle with current methods? Have we adequately addressed the digital divide?
Together we can help all students become the best version of themselves. For this blog post, I’ve gathered great information on equity and DEI. There is strength found in diversity, being educated, and being aware.
Thank you for taking this DEI walk with me. United together, we are stronger. Stay safe and healthy.
TOPIC OF THE MONTH: EQUITY
Please view the following resources for further definition and explanation of equity.
Equity: The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.
Equality: The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. It is one of the ideals of a democratic society, and so the fight to attain different kinds of equality, like racial equality, gender equality, or equality of opportunity between rich and poor, is often associated with progress toward that ideal of everyone being truly equal.
EQUITY AND COVID-19 RESOURCES
WHAT CAN BE DONE AS TEACHERS:
Check yourself for bias.
Ask your brain to question your initial reaction/feeling.
Support the student’s individual needs.