A meeting of the Finance Committee will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 9am. Here is the agenda.
There will be a meeting of the Education Committee on April 26, 2022 at 4pm. Agenda is here.
A meeting of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School Board of Trustees will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 6:30pm. Here is the agenda.
A meeting of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School Board of Trustees Finance Committee will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 9:00am. Here is the agenda.
A meeting of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School Board of Trustees will take place on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 6:30pm. Here is the agenda.
A meeting of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School Board of Trustees Finance Committee will take place on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 9:00am. Here is the agenda.
A meeting of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School Finance Committee will take place in person and via Zoom on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 9:00am.
Here is the link to the agenda.
A virtual meeting of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School Governance Committee will take place via Zoom on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 9am.
On this Patriots’ Day, no one is watching the Boston Marathon and we are still acting cautiously due to the pandemic. For want of other distractions, my mind turns its attention to the original purpose of Patriots’ Day — to honor the first skirmishes of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord, just a few miles away from McAuliffe.
As a history teacher, I have always been fascinated by the colonial era, a time that has been revived in popular culture thanks to Hamilton, the musical. Hamilton optimistically demonstrates that Enlightenment principles like liberty and freedom can be translated into modern music and vocabulary; they should, in other words, be highly relevant to all of us.
Yet there is a trainload of historical baggage that brings us from then to now. Historically speaking, middle and upper class white colonists were doing much of the fighting of the War of Independence, and they were fighting for opportunities that accrued primarily to them. In fact, the economic prosperity of the fledgling United States of America depended on denying freedoms and liberties to many, especially Black slaves. Just as Enlightenment principles have had staying power, so have racist ideas, not just in overt discrimination but also in the denial of economic and cultural capital to many, mostly non-white Americans. Changes in law are important but insufficient to erase that legacy.
We will soon learn the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Reliving the death of George Floyd has been a difficult experience for many, amplified so terribly by other shocking deaths of Black people in recent weeks.
So too are we reckoning with discrimination and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, yet another legacy of racism. We have not sufficiently told that story in schools, with the consequence that we have marginalized the proud heritage of AAPI folks for too many years.
During times like these, I understand why pain and doubt might replace any optimism we have about the republic. Yet I’m an educator, and therefore an optimist. I feel blessed by the rich diversity of our school; I want to lift up the mere existence of our community as hope for the future. We are stronger together. We know that our thoughtful choices and actions will positively affect the world around us. Change is happening and will happen.
I humbly offer three suggestions on this Monday, April 19:
Take care of yourselves. Give yourself the space to breathe during this difficult time. Here are two educational websites, from Amazeworks and Minneapolis Public Schools, that offer plenty of resources for us as we traverse this week.
Celebrate and commemorate. To honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we will be hanging a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian and learning about AAPI history in Crew throughout May. We will also celebrate Juneteenth at the end of the school year.
Believe in the aspirations of this country and believe in yourselves. Our nation’s history is challenging but also one of activists making positive change. Our founding principles have served reformers for nearly 250 years, and they can continue to do so. But first and foremost, find strength within you. Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar, who wrote to Oberlin students last week, says it all as far as I’m concerned:
I don’t know how the upturn in violence against the AAPI community will abate. I don’t know how the trial of Derek Chauvin is going to end. On too many similar occasions, the criminal justice outcomes have been confounding and crushing.
So I will tell you what I have faith in. I have faith in the moral arc of the universe. I have faith in our abilities to persevere. I have faith in the goodness of people.
And I have faith in you. I believe in your generation. All of you. Regardless of the color of your skin. You all have the desire to pull together, to support one another through anything, to see the world and be the change it needs in ways I cannot imagine. You are among my greatest sources of hope, and one of the reasons my spark burns brightly.
Be well, Team McAuliffe. You are amazing.
Yesterday, we witnessed an act of domestic terrorism. Let us stand together to condemn this violence and assure our community that our democracy is stronger than this threat.
As events unfolded, we saw disturbing images of violence, racism, and antisemitism. We experienced the chaos of the Capitol under siege. These events and images can be confusing and distressing, and our youth are foremost on our minds.
As always, our staff is prepared to support scholars today and assure them that our democracy is stable and we will see the peaceful transition of power. In moments like these, children respond in dramatically different ways. Some may exhibit a great deal of anxiety, while others may appear unaffected or would prefer not to discuss the matter, at least in the short-term. A range of responses is perfectly normal. If your child/ren are in need, please reach out to your child’s Crew leader or the appropriate grade-level counselor. Please call McAuliffe if you are unsure how to contact someone.
Moments like these call upon untapped strengths of all of us as parents, guardians, and caregivers. We might ourselves be shaken, but we also know that when our children see violence and instability, they need calm and confidence from us. For those at home contemplating conversations with children, here are some tips from child therapist Alice Barber:
Tell them that yesterday was a sad day for our country.
Tell them that they are okay.
Tell them that you are okay.
Give them some of the facts.
Tell them that the people who entered the Capitol building are no longer there.
Tell them that the people who entered the building were not protesters.
Tell them that protesting is something that people do to move our country forward when there are injustices.
Tell them that these rioters were wrong to do this.
Tell them that they picked yesterday to enter this building because yesterday was the day when the next president of the United States (Joe Biden) and the Vice President (Kamala Harris) were going to be affirmed by the workers in the building.
Tell them that the people who wrongly entered the building did so because they wanted to stop this process.
Tell them that they didn’t succeed in stopping the process, that the process was delayed for a few hours but the workers went back to work and affirmed the new President and Vice President before the night was over.
Tell then they can ask questions, that you may not have all the answers, but you will try to figure them out.
Tell them about how racism is the underpinning of much of the actions of these rioters.
Tell them about how some leaders can be dangerous. When they are ready, give specific examples.
Tell them that, when they are older, voting will be a very, very important job for them to do.
Tell them to always work hard to make sure all votes count.
As I wrote just before Election Day, McAuliffe believes that an intense commitment to self and community will foster a more just and equitable future. We extol civil rights, the precious value of free and fair elections, and the power of an educated populace taking action. We believe that our motto — “We Are Crew, Not Passengers” — should be the rallying cry of everyone across this land.
We also stand with the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association: it is not lost upon us that the manner in which these acts of violence have been addressed by law enforcement stands in direct contrast to the way that peaceful Black Lives Matter protests were treated not too long ago. These acts and the response to these acts are not just an assault on the fabric of our democracy, but they also continue to illuminate and lay bare the double-standard that is applied in our country based on race.
Let us move forward together, with confidence, in support of each other during this difficult time.