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Equity and Diversity

Fairfield Public Schools is committed to providing a high quality education which supports the needs of all learners, regardless of age, race, identity, religious beliefs, political affiliation, or special needs.

 

Identity and Education Conference 2019

Voices for Equity student-led state Identity
Education Conference 2019

Our classrooms and schools value each person as an individual and we implement programs to help our educators provide the best culture and climate for all students to be successful.

Framework for culture & Climate - Vision of a Graduate

FPS has worked to establish Social and Civic Expectations PK-12 + to provide a framework of expectations which is woven throughout the curriculum.

 

FPS Summary Social and Civic Expectations (PK-8)
- Mutual Respect -
- Developing Independence, Kindness, and Compassion -
- Celebrating Diversity -
- Nurturing Academic Growth to the Student’s Full Potential -
- Safe and Secure Learning Environment -

 

 

High School Social and Civic Expectations

 

Bullying, respect for others, social & emotional learning programs

Elementary Schools focus on helping to make these expectations happen through the use of:

Middle Schools focus on helping to make these expectations happen through the use of:

  • Restorative Practices to help students deal with developing logical consequences and apologies of action
  • Mindfulness Strategies to help students deal with difficult choices and feelings
  • 6th grade has a presentation in September around kindness and bullying.
  • RLMS runs a Student Assistance Team (SAT). Student leaders run a six week character ed program. Students are paired with faculty mentors to go into 6th grade classrooms throughout the year. Character traits highlighted are Reliable and Trustworthy, Polite and Respectful, Tolerant and Kind, Resourceful and Persevering and being Considerate.
  • Practices weekly mindfulness with ALL students and staff. Activities are consistent throughout all grade levels.
  • Expectation meetings with Admin and Dean in Fall and early spring.
  • Participates in Risky Business Day.
  • Participates in Women’s History Writing Contest
  • Had a motivational speaker speak this year whose emphasis was on making good decisions.
  • Ran a veterans day assembly in grade 8.
  • Ran the Pink Pledge to raise money for breast cancer research.
  • Student expectation assemblies are held twice each year (September and January) where bullying / harassment is addressed.
  • 8th graders participate in “Risky Business” which focuses on getting them ready for high school and there is a significant component presented by the Fairfield Police Department regarding cyber bullying and maintaining a safe web presence. The 8th graders at Woods participated in “Risky Business” today.
  • Our school theme is “Choose Kind” and we end each morning announcement with that exhortation to the students.
  • Activities throughout the year both in school and after school that foster inclusion and acceptance of everyone’s differences. The student council hosts the majority of these events.
  • School Climate Committee that is comprised of teachers, students, parents and Administrators.
  • Quarterly Citizenship Award and Top Dog program.
  • Student Leadership Club that attends an annual Student Leadership Conference hosted by the CT Associates of Schools.
  • The Sandy Hook Promise “Start with Hello” is one example from this past school year.

Preschools Schools focus on helping to make these expectations happen through the use of:

  • All preschool classrooms receive regular whole group social skills instruction from a school psychologist or social worker focused on self-regulation, social engagement, self-advocacy, etc. Strategies are communicated to parents and a parent group is offered monthly to support carryover of skills between school and home.
  • Curriculum includes unit on families-Families come in and share a favorite activity or tradition
  • The “Bucket-Filler” program teaches and celebrates kind and helpful behavior at home and in school
  • Monthly Colors for Caring collections teach our students how to support those in need in our community (collections for Operation Hope, animal shelters, U.S. Troops, etc.)
  • We provide professional development to community preschools 2x annually to share skills for supporting students with learning, behavior or communication delays in community programs

Each unit focuses on: Skills, Empathy, Emotion Management, Problem Solving

Specific student led & organized annual conference

Fairfield Warde hosted the first equity conference in the spring of 2017, along with invited schools FLHS and a high school from Bridgeport.

The 2018-2019 school year marked the third annual conference and it has now become a statewide conference. The 2019 conference was held at Fairfield University and included school districts from across the region and state.

In 2018 Warde students traveled to San Diego to share the progressive work they are doing through their Identity and Education Conference, and on-going work in FPS schools.

The students have also hosted a culturally responsive professional development for teachers.

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Fairfield Citizen Article: Warde students host statewide equity conference at Southern Connecticut State University

Climate surveys for family & student feedback

2018-2019 Results
94.44% of FPS Parent/Guardians feel that their children are taught to respect individual difference

 

 Parent Survey Results Here


 

Elementary Climate Survey 

 

  Secondary Climate Survey

 


 

 

 

Diversity Implementation

FPS Commitment to inclusion

  • Animal Rights Club
  • Autism Speaks
  • Balkan Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Black American Club
  • Boy Scout Merit Badge Club
  • BSA Science Merit Badge Club
  • Care Cards
  • Debate Team
  • Diversity Team
  • Drama Club
  • FCCLA
  • Friendship Braclet Club
  • Future Business Leaders of American
  • H2Africa
  • Humanity Now
  • Interact Club
  • Italian Honor Society and Club
  • Key Club
  • Key Music Club
  • Kiva Club
  • Let's Can Hunger
  • Mock Trial Team
  • Model UN
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National English Honor Society and Poetry Society
  • National Honor Society
  • National Science Honors Society
  • Pura Veda
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Rho Kappa (History Honors Society)
  • SAGA - Sexuality and Gender Alliance
  • Save the Children
  • Sign Language Club
  • Student Forum
  • TBI Awareness
  • VEX Robotics Competition Team & Engineering Club
  • Voices for Equity
  • WAR
  • Warde Esports
  • Warde TV
  • Young Democrats Club
  • Youth Ambassadors of Change
  • Youth for Equity Club
  • LGBTQ
  • Unified Sports

                                                                                  More Activities: FWHS Activities FLHS Activities                                                       

2018-2019 Staff Trainings

Administrators

  • March 2017 - Berchem, Moses & Devlin, PC Civil Rights & Bullying Complaint Investigations
  • June 2018 - Dr. Bill Howe Awareness of Racial and Cultural Sensitivity
  • August 2018 - Dr. Bill Howe Awareness of Racial and Cultural Sensitivity
  • March 2019 - Attorney Peter Maher with Shipman and Goodwin Bullying and Harassment Complaint procedures

Elementary Program Facilitators

  • Page to be updated June 10th, 2019

Teachers

  • Page to be updated June 10th, 2019