Central Falls Teachers Focus on Equity

Central Falls Teachers
Central Falls Teachers

Central Falls teachers at Robertson Kindergarten School and Capt. Hunt Preschool Center under the caring leadership of Beth Tanner spent a morning of their professional development day discussing the important issue of equity in education. Paul and Kay spoke to the group about two factors of educational equity – fairness and inclusion. They gave a few personal accounts to illustrate the ideas and engaged the teachers in discussion sessions about their views of inequity and equity. They identified conditions that lead to inequity: poverty, parents’ education, language, children having to care for siblings, economics, health, disabilities, lack of knowledge about resources. Then they had deep discussions about how they might counterbalance the inequities with ideas such as accept all people, educate parents, supplies and resources, improve facilities, parent workshops, community events, differentiate instruction, free breakfast and lunch, in-school liaisons, high expectations, field trips, dental/vision screenings, flu shots, safe and caring environments, empathy, valuing each child, avoid stereotyping, funding, small class size, and many other great ideas. Central Falls children are so lucky to be in the care of  such energetic and committed teachers. The Center staff is looking forward to another year of connecting with Central Falls teachers and parents and children as we work together to make education meaningful and equitable.