Equity Unit, School Psychology Have Resources, Support Available to Educators
Last week, Deputy Superintendent Monifa McKnight sent an email to all staff saying:
“While our focus as a school system has been on the wellness and education of our students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, recent events in our country remind us that there are other things affecting all of our lives and the lives of our students and their families. There is no doubt that the kids we serve are aware of, and affected by, the unrest in communities across the nation. We know that students are looking at us for support. How do we show them care and concern in an online environment? How do we understand the complexities that they may be feeling that could be similar or different from our own? Most importantly, how do we give them a voice? I do not want any student in this system to feel alone, unseen or unheard right now.”
The Equity Initiatives Unit has resources and support available for educators surrounding the recents events in our country. To help provide all staff, students and families with timely and relevant supports and resources, the MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit developed a special edition of the EquityMatters! Newsletter.
An Educators’ Guide to this Moment begins with three personal pieces, followed by resources and tools divided into four parts:
- Educate Yourself
- Lead with an Anti-Racist Mindset
- Tools for Educators to Engage Students
- Resources for Parents to Talk with Their Children About Racism
In addition, the Equity Initiatives Unit will hold Zoom office hours to answer staff questions and provide support. Any MCPS staff member can make an appointment by emailing Ericka Hebron.
The MCPS Division of Psychological Services also has resources available to staff and families for support and understanding. They are listed below.