Equity

The district's working definition of equity, proposed by our Superintendent as a starting point for our work, is the basis for the development of curriculum and assessments, the design of learning activities, the purchase of books and materials, hiring staff, the facilitation of meetings, and just generally going about the business of school. Equity is in the forefront, and staff take action based on its intent and meaning as we continue to make progress toward this district priority. (See Back to School: It's All About Equity)

  Equity Poster
 
 


Equity:  Fair and just access, inclusion, and participation; the practice of nurturing a learning environment in which all children are empowered to grow, create, and achieve; freedom from bias and discrimination; an understanding that each child possesses personal gifts and attributes and brings these to the classroom which strengthen learning for all; a process by which we promote justice, engender respect, and inspire hope.

There is no place for bigotry, racism, homophobia, or hate in the classrooms of the Needham Public Schools. All students and staff, regardless of race, color, sex, homeless status, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, or immigration status, have dignity and are valued and contributing members of our learning community.

With energy, hope, and a deep belief in the promise and possibility of each one of our young people, the district administrators are committed to working with the School Committee, staff, parents, community members, and especially students, to build on our assets and tackle the challenges of ensuring equity for all. Our work is lead by the REAL Coalition (Race, Equity, Access, Leadership) whose members are shown on the right-hand column of this page.

Daniel E. Gutekanst
Superintendent of Schools

REAL COALITION members:

Mary Lammi
Assistant Superintendent for
   Student Support Services
781-455-0400 x11213
mary_lammi@needham.k12.ma.us

Alex McNeil
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Keith Ford
High School Assistant Principal

Tamatha Bibbo
Pollard Principal

Greg Bayse
Mitchell Principal

Steve Plasko
High School History & Social
   Sciences Department Chair

Johnny Cole
High School Assistant Principal

Jamie Singelais
ELL Coordinator

George Goneconto
Hillside Teacher

Joanne Allen-Willoughby
METCO Director

Leslie Smart
Middle School METCO Coordinator

Tom Denton
Guidance Director

Diane Simmons
Director, Planning, Communications
   and Community Education

Jen Shroeder
Parent/Human Rights Committee

Maria Gapotchenko
Parent

Valine Valbrun-Paul
Parent

Susan Neckes
School Committee Member

Lia Santiago
Middle School Student

Sebastian Davis
High School Student
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