Milford Public Schools unveiled its new "One Milford" program at a recent Board of Education meeting, with a goal of creating and maintaining a "sense of belonging for all members of our learning community” according the report.
The new equity framework was produced primarily by Milford native Marissa Acampora, who was hired in January as the districts's first-ever DEI supervisor.
The framework requires students, educators and families, along with the entire community, to commit to deepening and advancing commitments to equity work.
In order to "deepen system equity commitments and efforts", the equity framework requires an examination of "the way structures, systems and processes support or interrupt inequities".
That's because advancing equity requires giving certain identity groups extra privileges in order to redistribute resources to balance out any perceived "systemic" inequities. This is often done in conjunction with social emotional learning (SEL) lessons delivered "through the equity lens".
Indeed, Acampora indicates that school-based equity work is being done through the SEL Guiding Coalition, in collaboration with teachers, staff, "natural helpers", the Freshman Academy and other coalitions.
Additional channels for promoting equity work include professional learning, affinity groups, curriculum, community groups (e.g., Beth El, Milford Pride, Boys & Girls Club), and partnering on initiatives that would attract and retain a diverse staff.
The "One Milford" presentation includes a quote that says, “systems don’t change just because we identify them; they change because we disrupt them" which leads one to wonder exactly what other disruptions can be expected as the district dives deeper into its equity work, outside of breeding a new generation of social justice warriors, that is.