Expert on Equity in Education to Visit Four New Haven Schools

UNION CITY (Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009) – Enid Lee, a well-known authority on the subject of equity in education and the country’s Multicultural Educator of the Year in 2008, will visit four schools in the New Haven Unified School District on Tuesday.
Ms. Lee, author of "Letters to Marcia: A Teacher's Guide to Anti-Racist Education" and "Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development," will meet with principals and other staff members and visit classrooms at Pioneer and Searles elementary schools, Cesar Chavez Middle School and James Logan High School. She also has a tentative meeting scheduled with leaders of the District’s Equity Task Force.
Ms. Lee consults nationally and internationally on anti-racist, inclusionary, and equitable education. A longtime friend and colleague of New Haven Chief Academic Officer Wendy Gudalewicz, she is visiting New Haven on a pro bono basis.
“This is an amazing opportunity for members of our staff to meet and learn from one of this country’s most important and influential educators,” Superintendent Kari McVeigh said. “We’re thrilled to have Enid Lee here and grateful to her for being so generous with her time.”
Ms. Lee, who began her career as a classroom teacher nearly 40 years ago, has been involved in professional development for teachers for more than two decades. She pioneered the equity-centered initiative “Putting Race On The Table,” designed to help teachers and administrators develop the skills, knowledge and will to create and maintain equity-centered classrooms. Her international network of schools enables educators to share strategies for addressing questions of language, race, culture and class. Her goal is to develop equitable school climates that promote achievement for all students.