Hello, everyone.
As I trust you all know, there is no school for Public Schools of Brookline students this Tuesday, November 8, which is Election Day.  It is, however, a very important work day for Brookline educators.  On this day, we will be engaged in Professional Development entitled “Interrupting the Cycle of Racism – What Can I Do?”, and we will strive to emerge from the day with both a better understanding of and strategies to overcome this most challenging societal concern.  The day will start with educators from all of the schools coming together at Brookline High School for a keynote presentation by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, former president of Spelman College and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, followed by both a Q&A session with Dr. Tatum and then small breakout discussion groups facilitated by over 70 educators.  In the afternoon we will return to each of our schools for additional building-based study and discussion on these same subjects.
I am so pleased that the district has identified this work as a priority for us all.   Across town we will be continuing this hard work throughout the year, and beyond.  We will be reporting out to the parents both from the school and district levels on our efforts throughout the year, as well as involving parents and the greater community in this critical undertaking.  We hope that working together we can most effectively give credence to our core values of Respect for Human Differences and Educational Equity in both our schools and in our society as a whole.
Best wishes,
Jim Stoddard

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