News from the coalition

As we go through this challenging time together we are reaching out to say hello. We recognize all the challenges that COVID-19 has brought to students, parents, and teachers and want to let folks know that we are still here fighting for educational equity and to ensure the voices of marginalized folks are lifted up in our schools.


Where is the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity now?

The coalition is in an exciting, transitional time, we are testing our resilience and exploring new ways of being and building together. While our tactics and organization have shifted throughout the years we remain focused on our vision to build a grassroots movement of educators, parents, students, and community members to transform our education system. To learn more about what we are up to you can check out a recent report we made for the Bay and Paul Foundation, our funder.


Free Ramadan and Eid Teach-in (Thursday, May 21st)

Join Asma Elhuni for a free teach-in on Ramadan and Eid. This teach-in will be targeted towards educators, families, and students. Community members are also welcome to join! Here is the link to the event. We will be giving away FREE DOOR PRIZES of this wonderful book. A video recording of the teach-in will be shared out after the event. See this poster for more details and please feel free to share this out with friends and colleagues. Register here and check out our Facebook event!

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

11:00-12:00 pm Presentation
12:00-12:30 Optional Q&A

COVID Response

We know this is an incredible difficult time for educators, parents and students. We are grateful for all the work that is being done and understand that we are living in uncharted territories. Our coalition has both educators and parents who are feeling the day to day impact.

In order to serve all students, the coalition brainstormed some points that can help focus some equity conversations in your district. Whether you are a parent, educator, or student you can be part of ensuring that your district is working towards closing any equity gaps that might exist.

If there is anything you’d like to share about what’s going on in your school with the coalition and would like to get support to organize in your school please fill out this survey.

Some ways to ensure equity under COVID-19

  • Continue meal services for residents under 18 in all communities
  • Encourage ALL schools to move to a pass/incomplete system that takes into account access to services
  • Make high speed WiFi connectivity available across the state
  • Translate Distance Learning Plans (DLPs) into home languages and providing home language services for 1:1 support
  • Make materials accessible through closed captioning, availability of speech to text and text to speech
  • Have mental health supports available for administration, building staff, teaching staff, families, and students with clear access pathways
  • Support educators and districts to learn more about collective trauma and anticipatory grief in order to reconnect in the fall in a way that supports all learners and faculty through this moment.

Act 1 Ethnic and Social Equity Standards Advisory Working Group

Come out and support the Advisory Working Group doing important work to transform our Vermont State education standards. This is a public meeting!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

5:00-7:00 pm Meeting

Other Community Happenings

Educator of Color Meet Up/Retreat

Please Join educators of color! The first meeting happened on May 15, 2020. They will meet again in early June. All levels anyone who identifies as an educator/works in schools is welcome.

This is an open group that is gathering to:
  • Build relationship/support network
  • Create local teacher networks/collaboration
  • Share what’s working
  • Discuss difficulties/opposition
  • Analyze contradictions
Please contact: Mikaela Simms * msimms@wsesdvt.org * 802-258-1126
Show your solidarity by donating to the “Undocumented Workers Fund”

Tens of millions of people across the United States received relief checks from the federal government in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Farmworkers in Vermont – along with millions of immigrants around the country – did not.

If you received a relief check and are able, we urgently ask you to share those funds with your immigrant neighbors. Please donate today to the Undocumented Worker Fund.

– Migrant Justice

Vermont Multilingual Coronavirus Task Force

Please check out and share around these important videos made by our community members to share Coronavirus information with multilingual speakers.

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