Equity in the education topic of the Zoom forum on Thursday

WATERBURY – The Children’s Community School will host a Black History Month Zoom Forum “Equity in Education” today at 4:30 p.m.

The online-only event is free and open to the public. Guest speakers will be Monroe Webster, retired mayor’s aide, and Kathy Taylor, lawyer and professor of law at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

“If COVID-19 has highlighted anything,” Taylor said, “it’s that we experience the world and our environment in profoundly different and profound ways. When thinking about equity in education, we need to consider how students are advantaged or disadvantaged by our education system, why it is important for all students and society, and how to better serve and meet the needs of every student Equity in education is not an option , add-on or benefit, it’s a must.”

“I look forward to talking about equality and equity with Kathy Taylor on behalf of the Children’s Community School,” Webster said. “One of the first things that came to mind when discussing topics was during the pandemic our children were out of school. Laptops were sent home with them, tablets were sent home with them. And I see this as a matter of equality, in which everyone has the same resources. But when they bring them home, do they have the ability to know how to use the resources?

“Do they have the support group in place, i.e. the parents, to help them with a topic?” Webster continued. “Maybe something as simple as logging on? Do they have adult supervision, a parent present to support them, to encourage them if the child hesitates?

“Our young people are generally tech-savvy, but we have others who are not. This is where fairness comes in. Not everyone starts on the same playing field, so I look forward to sharing these thoughts on Thursday.

The Children’s Community School primarily serves Waterbury children whose families live at or below the federal poverty line with a strong emphasis on character development and parental involvement.

The families represent a cross-section of the ethnic makeup of the city.

For an invitation to participate in the forum, email development@ccswaterbury.org.

Jessica C. Bell