For over 15 years, the Multicultural Network has fostered strong relationships with both the Winchester Public School system and local community organizations through our Schools & Youth Committee, formerly known as the School Impact Committee.
We highly value the ongoing and increasing efforts of the schools and civic organizations to promote a climate in our schools and town in which all children and staff feel safe, respected and valued.
We act through curriculum initiatives, professional development, civic engagement, and community projects.
The Network’s Schools & Youth Committee meets regularly with the Assistant Superintendent of Schools as well as community groups to ensure we are working together to achieve common goals for Winchester youth.
1. Maintain a collaborative relationship with the School Administration to ensure staffing and training reflect and support diversity goals.
2. Engage with local organizations serving youth, including parent teacher organizations, WFEE, Youth Alliance and town sports associations, to ensure their programming and policies are inclusive.
3. Provide leadership opportunities for youth, targeting middle to high school age groups, so they can develop knowledge and skills to become advocates for and ambassadors of inclusion, within and beyond Winchester.
Ways we work with Schools & Youth
- Encourage and support teachers to participate in workshops and summer institutes such as Facing History, Primary Source, VISIONS, and other organizations
- Serve as a resource for professional development speakers and workshops.
- Work with the administration to increase diversity among our school staff.
- Help create a school calendar that posts “no event days” to inform and accommodate non-national religious holidays.
- Support teachers through grants, to help enrich their classroom materials.
- Showcase work done in classrooms at our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
- Develop a resource list of local volunteers to help with ELL (English Language Learners) translation of important notices going home to ELL households and to help interpret the oral word at school assemblies or classroom events for ELL parents.
- Maintain 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.
- Co-sponsor programs with Parent-Teacher associations.
- Develop 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.
- Provide a multicultural perspective on such school wide issues as anti-bullying policy, administrative hiring, and redistricting.
- Meet regularly with local Parent-Teacher associations and community youth organizations and help facilitate discussion around respective initiatives, projects, and events.
- Establish Student Leadership Committee to meet regularly with WMCN leaders to examine, discuss and reflect upon complex issues, including but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, ideology, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or ability.
- Support multiple interns who are working on projects on inclusion, community, etc.