Equity and Diversity Council (EDC)
West Hartford Public Schools continues to see steady changes in our racial, ethnic and socio-economic demographics and embraces the richness that diversity brings.
The Equity and Diversity Council (EDC) currently exists as a faculty and staff advisory that seeks to promote equity, advance diversity, and foster inclusiveness, acceptance, mutual respect and support, civility and non-discrimination across all areas of our district’s programs and services. The work of the EDC is aligned with the WHPS’ mission and vision for Clear Paths. Bright Futures. No Limits.
The EDC is a district-wide structure that serves to develop systemic approaches to enhancing our policies, practices, programs and the teaching and learning process. To this end, the EDC aims to ensure equitable opportunities and support for each and every student. Further, the EDC applies a real-time equity lens to closely examine Board policies and identify impact for opportunities and barriers.
For more information about the Equity and Diversity Council, or ways to get involved, please contact Roszena Haskins.
Cultural Competence Continuum
Understanding of one’s own
cultural identity, bias, prejudices and experiences of both privilege and marginalization
Commitment to the continuous improvement of skills, knowledge and personal growth needed to establish meaningful connection with people from various cultural backgrounds
Lifelong commitment to
action that supports
equity in each school
CT Cultural Competence Standards for Professional Learning:
Professional learning that enhances both educator practice and outcomes for each and every student facilitates educators’ self-examination of their awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions that pertain to culture and how they can develop their culturally-responsive strategies to enrich the educational experiences for all students.
The Culturally Responsive Teaching toolkit is accessible via WHPS- Best Practices in Cultural Pedagogy
or https://www.schoology.com. The code to join is 2FN2V-GT64R. Click on 'Resources' in the left hand column.
Aiken: Charlotte Wisniewski
Braeburn: Mary Bohn
Bugbee: Jenny Dorl, Elizabeth Bianco, and Liz Nascimento
Charter Oak: Melissa Zych
Duffy: Gayle Campbell
Morley: Dave Barrieau and Jenny Dorl
Norfeldt: Jessica Johnson
Smith: Mary Richardson
Webster Hill: TBD
Whiting Lane: Thej Singh
Wolcott: Amy Fisher
Bristow: Steve Cook
King Philip: Scott Ratchford
Sedgwick: Kristy Wronowski
Hall: Shelley Solomon and Ben Norland
Conard: Abby Esposito
Central Office: Roszena Haskins and Amy Yarbrough
Community: Gale Shapiro
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