Timeline for Building Culturally Responsive Environments in Brighton

    • Summer 2017, Blueprint designated D/E committee and priority area.
      • BHS moves to increase AP enrollment for students of color
    • 2017-2018 D/E committee establishes definitions of D/E at Brighton and develops list of areas for future study.
    • Fall 2017 – K-12 SCD dedicated to learning about implicit bias, general awareness building session
    • 2017-2018 – Entire Curriculum Council spends year studying aspects of culturally responsive practices.  District D/E committee works to define inclusiveness in Brighton as well as future directions for SpEd, hiring practices, and family engagement.
    • Fall 2017- BHS students attend Roc2Change conference.
    • Winter 2017 – TCMS holds poverty simulation followed by discussion of relevance for entire faculty.
    • Spring 2018 – BHS hosts student panel.  Small group follow up discussions.
      • BHS: Small group work to discuss how to process various diversity scenarios that could come up in classrooms at any given time.
    • Summer 2018 – District Blueprint Committee defines D/E direction for 2018-2019 including hiring, SpEd, family practices, continued study of culturally responsive practices, discipline practices
      • Summer 2018 – 6-12 DPD session offered by Dr. Joellen Maples on culturally responsive practices in Humanities.  Teachers begin implementing strategies in units of study and classroom practice.
      • Hired Marlowe Washington and Renee Baker to assist with addressing diversity/equity needs across district
    • 2018-2019 –
      • Yearlong study: Curriculum Council subgroup formed to define for Brighton, best practices in curriculum design and resource selection related to cultural responsiveness. District textbook review policy is updated and approved by Board of Education.
      • Fall 2018 – Poverty simulations held at CRPS, FRES and BHS for entire faculty
      • Fall 2018 – BHS students host Roc2Change conference for 500 area students
      • Fall 2018 – Approximately 15 TCMS/BHS teachers attend a PD session at M1 BOCES on building culturally responsive classrooms
      • BOE training on implicit bias
      • Diversity/Equity committee subgroups study hiring, family engagement & SpEd identification procedures
      • Leadership team reviewing discipline practices.  K-12 – exploration of restorative practices by select groups in each building.
      • 20 teachers from TCMS & BHS continue working with Dr. Maples to implement culturally responsive framework of instructional design
        • Core teams identified for each building to participate in intense training on restorative practices
      • Summer 2019 – K-12 DPD day dedicated to exploring D/E issues. All K-12 staff attend
        • Keynote by Dr. Jevon Hunter: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as Authentic Learning and Teaching
        • Eight breakout sessions on related topics
      • Curriculum design institutes incorporate elements of cultural responsiveness in lesson design.
    • 2019-2020
      • All staff training on restorative practices during fall superintendents conference day
      • Curriculum Council subgroup investigates instructional implications for icorpoationg culture responsive practices Into current classroom practice.
      • Select teachers implement modified units of study.
      • Select K-5 staff work with Dr. Joellen Maples on incorporating critical literacy into novel studies.
      • select 6-12 staff continue work with Dr. Jevon Hunter to incorporate culturally responsive and social justice elements into units of study
      • Several new resources including literature purchased to better reflect Brighton student population, K-12.
      • Monroe County Superintendents sign on to a call to action against anti-racism/anti-bias
      • Brighton joins Regional Equity Network.
      • Summer 2020
        • New hiring protocols put into place.
        • Brighton High School SS teacher participates in regional ABAR curriculum design institute
        • Over 30 teachers and staff participate in book study of Ibram Kendi's How to be an Anti Racist.
    • 2020-2021