We’re excited to share the recent report from the Ethnic and Social Equity Standards Advisory Working Group. Releasing this report, that includes recommended revisions to the State Board Education Quality Standards (EQS) Manual, is a step of the work to transform our VT education system. To make real, lasting change we need a grassroots movement working for these changes at the local level. Below are some of the report recommendations:
- Strengthen the ability of students to participate confidently and in varied ways in the civic and political life of their local communities and the nation, drawing inspiration and lessons from the long and still- evolving record of political struggle and movement building by their home cultures and social groups to achieve a more inclusive, just, and equitable society.
- Broaden the field of prohibited bias and discriminatory treatment to include the categories of ethnicity, caste, socio-economic status, non-citizenship status, religion, language, and linguistic abilities.
- A recommendation to establish a professional development collaborative for Vermont teachers to be trained by the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University
Community Report Outs on Act 1 – Coming soon to a Zoom near you!
Resources for Educators on the Capitol Insurgency – Compiled by Rutland County NAACP
We wanted to take a minute to recognize the challenging week it’s been as we grapple with the Capital Insurgency that happened last week and how to talk to our young people about it. We wanted to share this wonderful list of resources put together by our friends at the Rutland County NAACP (email@example.com). And in a time when it can feel easy to close down and steer clear of challenging topics we want to encourage people to take care of themselves and make space for discomfort.
Sustain our Work
The Education Justice Coalition of Vermont (formerly the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools) is excited to share that we recently were approved for fiscal sponsorship from the Peace Development Fund. Below are tax deductible ways you can support our work!
- Donate through PayPal by clicking here.
- Send a Check to our fiscal sponsor the Peace Development Fund. Checks should be written to the Peace Development Fund with the Education Justice Coalition of Vermont written in the memo. The address is 44 N Prospect St, Amherst, MA 01002.
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!
Thursday, January 14th – 5:00-7:30 PM
In Solidarity with Outright Vermont
The Education Justice Coalition of Vermont (formerly the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools) is in solidarity with Outright Vermont regarding the situation in Mill River.
Last November Outright VT launched a survey to understand the needs of LGBTQ+ youth during the pandemic. Mill River school district distributed this survey to students. However, after the survey went out, the superintendent condemned the survey and said he had not approved its release to students. The superintendent went so far as to cut off the district’s relationship with Outright. This is the first school district that has severed ties with Outright in at least nine years.
As a coalition led by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disability community folks we understand that both our oppression and liberation are connected. When LGBTQ+ youth are put in harms way, we also know that BIPOC and students with disability are not being given space to thrive. Over the summer, Mill River School District raised a Black Lives Matter and Pride flag. These acts will continue to remain simply symbolic until we see real support of students that have been historically marginalized in schools.
We’d like to put a call out to any allies in the Mill River area to reach out to folks at Outright at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is support that you can provide. Our priority and their priority is making sure the youth in Mill River are safe and feeling supported within an LGBTQ+ hostile district.
Ed Equity Talks: Abolitionist Teaching: A Conversation with Dr. Bettina Love and Dr. Brandelyn Tosolt
A free talk is being offered by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, today (Tuesday, January 12th) at 3:00. Sign up here & description below:
What might freedom in public schooling looking like? That’s exactly what Dr. Bettina Love asks through her concept of abolitionist teaching—the idea of bringing abolitionist methods into education, where love is at the center of learning, and where educators and schools can work with parents, young people and community to build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in social justice. Join Nellie Mae Vice President of Strategy and Programs Dr. Gislaine N. Ngounou as she hosts a conversation with co-founders of ATN Dr. Bettina Love and Dr. Brandelyn Tosolt.