The Winchester Multicultural Network
and the Public Schools
From the beginning the Multicultural Network has developed a strong relationship with the school system. We value and appreciate the schools’ growing commitment to strengthening multicultural practices, broadening the diversity of its staff, and infusing multiculturalism into the curriculum. Respect for human differences is a contractual obligation of our educators, and professional development has been an important avenue for achieving this. We have also worked together to address issues of bias and intolerance of all kinds. The Network’s School Impact Committee meets regularly with the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
- Encouraging and supporting teachers to participate in workshops and summer institutes such as those offered by Facing History, Primary Source, VISIONS, and other organizations.
- Showcasing work done in classrooms at our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
- Co-sponsoring programs with Parent-Teacher associations.
- Helping to create a school calendar that posts “no event days” to educate about and accommodate non-national religious holidays.
- Serving as a resource for professional development speakers and workshops.
- Working with the administration to increase diversity among our school staff and encouraging support of them once hired.
- Developing a resource list of local volunteers to help with translation of important notices going home to ELL (English Language Learners) households and to help interpret the oral word at school assemblies or classroom events for ELL parents.
- Maintaining a collaboration with the ELL program, presenting the Network at the ELL new parent orientation, and sharing information about our weekly conversation groups for ELL adults.
- Providing a multicultural perspective on such school wide issues as anti-bullying policy, administrative hiring, and redistricting.
- Developing a resource brochure which highlights a wide range of religious and ethnic holidays and describes how their observance might impact student and staff school attendance.