The Danbury Public School’s (DPS) Equity Project is up and alive. DPS wants to hear from you. What do you feel is going well in our schools for your children? What can we do better to educate your children? These are the two main questions we are asking to help uncover educational disparities in Danbury Public Schools. In a study funded by a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, DPS is looking to determine the root causes that cause disparities. As adults, we can guess what gaps are present in our system, but families know their children the best and can help us answer our questions. Other questions that will be asked are: How are the schools responding to your students’ needs? How are you seeing equality vs. equity play out in our schools? What would you need to see for demonstrating equity in our schools? What other suggestions do you have to make our schools stronger?
Through a series of community conversations and surveys, information will be gathered to determine the causes. The community conversations are lively, honest discussions that honor everyone’s ideas. Led by one of the equity leadership team members in multiple languages, the aim of the conversations is to hear your ideas and suggestions for solutions. Community conversations are well known for their ability to problem-solve issues when diverse stakeholders come together. These short, thought-provoking conversations will help Danbury Public Schools further its educational mission of developing in all children the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enable them to live a productive and self-fulfilling life and engage in responsible citizenship in a global society.
The conversations will be held in the evenings, from 6:00pm-8:30 pm. Child care and dinner will be provided. The conversations will be held on the following dates and locations: June 6 at Rogers Park Middle School; June 11 at Pembroke Elementary School; June 18 at King St. Intermediate School; June 19 at Stadley Rough Elementary School and June 25 at Shelter Rock School. Please RSVP so we can have enough food and child care providers; call 203-797-4734 or 203-830-6508 at least one day before each event. All attendees will be entered into a lottery for five summer reading and math kits for your children. The kits are worth over $150.00 each and will be tailored for the ages of the children in the winning families.
Surveys are available online at www.danbury.k12.ct.us or in paper form at the Family & Community Engagement Center at 49 Osborne Street in Danbury. If your group or organization would like to host a conversation, or you would like more information, please call the FACE Center at 203-797-4734.
Anne E. Mead, Ed. D., is the administrator for the Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs of the Danbury Public Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at 203-830-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.