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    Livingston Public Schools’ Equity Goal seeks to improve the culture and community with LPS by enhancing inclusiveness, cultural awareness, anti-racism, and acceptance of individual differences through mandated curricular programming, extracurricular programming, and district operations.

MPMS Equity Team FAQs

  • What is the MPMS Equity Team?

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    Livingston Public Schools’ Equity Goal seeks to improve the culture and community with LPS by enhancing inclusiveness, cultural awareness, anti-racism, and acceptance of individual differences through mandated curricular programming, extracurricular programming, and district operations. We are in the very early stages of our work and with each day we realize how much more we need to do in ensuring each of our students know they belong and are sure they are valued in our schools. 

    In response to this goal, LPS created District and Building Equity Teams to put “equity into action” at every level across the school community through:

    • Data analysis and planning
    • Coaching educators on equity, anti-racism and inclusion in the classroom.
    • Planning and facilitating community conversations

    The Equity Teams continue to work with teachers to make instruction more responsive to diversity, and inclusive of various cultures. The teams also work to strategically implement professional development and school-based programming focused on diversity, anti-racism, and cultural inclusivity in teaching and learning in order to create a common language and set of expectations for the school community.

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  • What are the goals of the MPMS Equity Team this year?

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    The Equity teams continue to work with teachers to make instruction more responsive to diversity, and inclusive of various cultures. The teams also work to strategically implement professional development and school-based programming focused on diversity, anti-racism, and cultural inclusivity in teaching and learning in order to create a common language and set of expectations for the school community.

    DISTRICT GOAL: Community and Culture - Engaging all stakeholders, especially students and their families and guardians, in educational programs is essential to creating a community of equity in our school district. Ensure just outcomes for each student, raise marginalized voices, and challenge imbalances of power and privilege. 

    • Review School and District-Wide Equity Data
    • District-Wide Equity Audit
    • Community Survey from 10/26
    • HIB Data from 2022-23 School Year
    • Provide Educational Opportunities for Students, Staff, and Community Members to Increase Positive Student-Student and Student-Teacher Interactions around Culture and Equity
    • Continue Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Audit beyond the Social Studies discipline
    • Continue to use Talents of Faculty/Staff to facilitate our Equity Work
     
    The Mt. Pleasant Middle School's Equity team supports the district goals and has individualized our work towards the achievement of these goals as indicated below:
     
    1. Investigate incidents related to HIB to address racial slurs and the uptick of negative comments towards multiple demographics. 
     
    2. Examine the Advisory Curriculum to make it more inclusive and to support the work of the equity team (student/staff/parent voices).
     
     
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  • How can I get involved?

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    If you are interested in learning more about and/or joining the MPMS Equity Team, please email Bronawyn O'Leary at Boleary@livingston.org.

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MPMS Equity Team Members

Name Email Address
Tom Montesion, Building Equity Coach tmontesion@livingston.org
Francesca Mattioli, Student Equity Advisor fmattioli@livingston.org
Bronawyn O'Leary, Principal boleary@livingston.org
Laura Gordon, Equity Team Member lgordon@livingston.org
Kay Youtz, Equity Team Member kyoutz@livingston.org
Ellen Papazian, Equity Team Member epapazian@livingston.org

UPCOMING MEETING DATES

  • Thursday, October 12, 2023
    Thursday, November 16, 2023
    Thursday, December 14, 2023
    Thursday, January 11, 2024
    Thursday, February 8, 2024
    Thursday, March 14, 2024
    Thursday, April 11, 2024
    Thursday, May 9, 2024
    Thursday, June 13, 2024