Dear McAuliffe Community,
Current events have raised anxieties for many people within and beyond our school community. As I consider what it means to be a McAuliffe Crew, certain priorities emerge:
- Safety first. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs articulates that for a human to be able to learn, his/her basic needs must be met: safety, food, shelter. McAuliffe commits to providing a safe learning environment for every one of our scholars no matter race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or homelessness. Consistent with our past practice and established law, we will continue to enroll and serve every McAuliffe scholar without regard to their immigration status.
U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education guidance, based on a Supreme Court decision, is clear: All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a basic public elementary and secondary education regardless of their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, or the status of their parents/guardians. (Phyler v. Doe, 1982)
Nothing in the recent presidential executive orders alters our policy of providing equal access to undocumented students or our commitment to providing all scholars with the academic and social-emotional support that will allow them to flourish and become contributing members of our community. If you have any specific questions, please contact Kristin Harrison, Executive Director. Marcio Sabo, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, is also available to speak with families who prefer to speak Portuguese or Spanish.
- Our mission matters. We anchor our work in our mission, our values, and the EL Education Design Principles. Let’s breathe life into our EL Design Principles through crew, community meetings, and in other parts of our program.
- Nurture self-discovery in our scholars. Our educators’ and counselors’ impact on scholars goes beyond skills and knowledge and habits of scholarship. Educators have the opportunity to both exemplify and elicit the scholars’ development of their values: What do I stand for? What’s important to me? How do I align my life choices with what I value? The Primacy of Self-Discovery is one of the EL Education Design Principles most relevant to work with adolescent scholars. Now is the time for us to guide them to make sense of who they are and who they want to be –starting with the values they hold most closely.
Let’s continue to give our scholars opportunities to be leaders of their learning and leaders in their communities. Let’s continue to nurture effective learners and ethical community members and citizens. For parents/guardians interested in talking more about our work at McAuliffe, you’re invited to a coffee hour with me and other school leaders and teachers on Tuesday, February 14th, from 7am – 8am. Please RSVP by clicking here.
Thank you for your commitment to our mission, values, and Crew.