District Teachers Selected for Notable Equity Fellowship

November 2017

Seven teachers from the School District of Palm Beach County have been selected to participate in the Teachers For Equity (T4E) Fellowship launched by The Business Innovation Factory (BIF). Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the fellowship’s purpose is to support the spread of equitable practices within schools.

Seven people lined up for the picture

The teachers from the District are part of a group of 20 who will be given the tools, resources and assistance to increase their effectiveness in addressing issues of racial equity, and closing opportunity and achievement gaps.

“Having the opportunity for our best teachers in the District to receive top-notch equity training and then be able to facilitate in a community of practice with fellow teachers in the school or feeder pattern is the best way to begin having the tough conversations that need to take place in our schools with regards to the massive opportunity gaps between our students of color and our white students,” said Dr. Eddie Ruiz, the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Equity & Access. “Our teachers need to talk through scenarios, be given strategies, tools and encouragement from their colleagues and this opportunity affords them the chance.”

The fellowship runs from February to December 2017, and teachers will engage in learning activities through in-person retreats, a virtual learning community, coaching sessions and onsite visits by BIF and the Pacific Educational Group that is partnering with BIF to create a curriculum for the teachers’ experience. Congratulations to the following District teachers as they embark on this fellowship:

• Lhisa Almashy – Park Vista Community High
• Olive A. Cooper – Boca Raton Community Middle
• Edith Garcia – Poinciana Elementary STEM
• Derrick Gilbert – Royal Palm Beach Community High
• Khessia Jean-Baptiste – Elbridge Gale Elementary
• Tazeen Rashid – Suncoast Community High
• Alexis Valentin – J.C. Mitchell Elementary

For more information about the T4E Fellowship and to keep up to date on the teachers’ progress, visit teachers4equity.com.

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