Equity & Inclusion in Farmington Public Schools



“Education is about improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”

~Marian Wright Edelman



Welcome to the Farmington Public Schools!

We are very happy to have you join our learning community. Our schools are places where families, children, and young adults feel connected to a community that celebrates diversity as we work together to achieve our goals.

This website is designed to help you find information and resources that relate to our ongoing efforts to create an inclusive culture of respect, belonging and high expectations in every school.

Equity Matters: We recognize that students come to us with diverse experiences, interests, and needs. It is therefore essential that all students have access to challenging and personally meaningful curriculum and instruction. Teachers, administrators and staff are committed to the pursuit of excellence for all students, meeting them where they are, and providing resources, flexible pathways, and targeted support to remove barriers to opportunity. We believe that equity is a fundamental value of a high quality education and that diversity is an asset to our school community.


APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH & RAMADAN!


Ramadan [ April 12th-May 12th]

This is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset.

7 ways to Celebrate Ramadan with Children

Ramadan Information & Activities for Kids





Featured Poets


Kazim Ali

Poet, editor, and prose writer Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian descent and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. He earned a BA and MA from the University at Albany-SUNY and an MFA from New York University. He is currently professor of Literature and Writing at the University of California, San Diego.

Website: Kazim Ali-Ramadan


Naomi Ayala

Born in Puerto Rico, Naomi Ayala moved to the United States in her teens. She is an educator and arts administrator interested in environmental causes, Ayala has received numerous awards, including the Connecticut Latinas in Leadership Award, the 2000 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy of Environmental Justice Award, and the 2001 Larry Neal Writers Award for Poetry from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Website: Naomi Ayala-This Being the Last Tree


Tanaya Winder

Poet, writer, and educator Tanaya Winder is an enrolled member of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe and has ancestors from the Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Navajo, and Black tribes. Winder centers her poetry and activity around expressing and building community. In an interview with Zingara Poetry Review, Winder notes, “I am a person who hopes my own writing and poetry reflects the times and the needs of society; without interacting with the community the poetry cannot attempt to reflect communities and so I believe poetry must intersect with community. Poetry has the potential to create community for people who are searching for it by providing a space to interact and share experiences on the page.”

Website: Tanaya Winder-Being


Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes was born in Harlem in 1950. At the age of 13, she gave her first poetry reading, at the Countee Cullen Library, a block away from where she was born. As a teenager, she began publishing her poetry, and was mentored by writer James Baldwin. She attended Rutgers University, where she earned her BA in English and African languages, studying with Toni Cade Bambara, Nikki Giovanni, and Miguel Algarín, among others.Grimes is the author of numerous award-winning books for children and young adults, including Garvey’s Choice (2016), Poems in the Attic (2015), Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope (2008), which was a New York Times bestseller and a NAACP Image Award winner; and Bronx Masquerade (2002).

Website: Nikki Grimes-The Last Word


Reference: poetryfoundation.org






RESOURCES

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/collections
https://poets.org/national-poetry-month

LOCAL EVENTS

Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureates
Out Loud Series April 9th, 16th & 23rd

Learn more here!





FEATURED READ


Socially- Constructed Learning

A Report of Findings and Recommendations

Relationships matter. Farmington Public Schools are committed to preparing young people to thrive as contributors and citizens of a rapidly changing global society. We recognize a need to be more intentional and explicit about developing out students' capacity to understand and manage their emotions while engaging with diverse peers in a student-centered learning environment.


Social and emotional learning helps students...

  • Develop positive strategies to regulate their emotions
  • Set and achieve personal goals
  • Feel and show empathy for others
  • Establish and maintain healthy relationships
  • Participate productively in collaborative settings
  • Make responsible decisions


Equity and Inclusion Coordinator LocationEmail Address
Lisette CobbDistrict-widecobbl@fpsct.org
Family Support Liaison LocationEmail Address
Jamella AbrahamsEast Farms Schoolabrahamsj@fpsct.org
Kristin AlvarezWest Woods Upper Elementary Schoolalvarezk@fpsct.org
Darlene BeckertUnion Schoolbeckertd@fpsct.org
Carolyn FinkWest District Schoolfinkc@fpsct.org
Lea MarcelloWest Woods Upper Elementary Schoolmarcellol@fpsct.org
Nancy NelsonNoah Wallace Schoolnelsonn@fpsct.org
Melissa RobinsonIrving A. Robbins Middle Schoolrobinsonm@fpsct.org
Chris LoomisFarmington High Schoolloomisc@fpsct.org