WINDHAM SOUTHWEST SUPERVISORY UNION ANNOUNCES THE JEDI TEAM
Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or JEDI Team-Part of Continuing Initiative Promoting Welcoming, Inclusive School Environments
(Wilmington, VT)—The Windham Southwest Supervisory Union (WSWSU) Superintendent, Barbara Anne Komons-Montroll, today announced the creation and continuing work of the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or “JEDI” Team. The group represents all schools in the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union and currently has 24 members including principals, faculty, staff and eight students.
The JEDI Team is part of our ongoing commitment to creating welcoming, inclusive school cultures where everyone feels that they belong. Facilitators from the Collaborative for Educational Services work with students, teachers, staff, and administrators to help identify problems related to equity and inclusion while advising us in ways to ensure that every child feels they belong.
According to Superintendent Komons-Montroll, “The JEDI Team is committed to ensuring each child receives what they need to reach their academic and social potential. Team members meet in a guided, specified safe space required for rich, full, deep conversations where JEDI Team members engage freely and honestly in current and potential equity issues throughout the WSWSU.
I am very hopeful of what we, a dedicated group of educators and students committed to bridging, will be able to accomplish in moving our schools to be the inclusive and welcoming places we all want them to be."
Through these facilitated discussions, WSWSU’s JEDI team members are developing shared meaning around relevant terms and diverse concepts on bridging, equity, interdependence, justice, diversity and joy—and from there—lead the improvement efforts to change our school culture and continue cultivating a truly welcoming environment where everyone feels belonging within the Supervisory Union.
Here’s what a few JEDI Team members had to say:
Michaela Hearst, a school clinician said, "The JEDI team is working to address and counteract injustices and inequities within our community.”
Ashley Blevins, a special education teacher put it this way, "It is necessary and vital work in creating a safe space for students and staff."
And Robyn Oyer, a school principal summed it up with, "I am very excited to be a part of this original JEDI team! We have such a wonderful group of students, teachers, and administrators who are ready to take on the job of ensuring all people are represented in what we do and how we do it! I am thankful to have my school represented in this so that we can help make our schools and Supervisory Union a better place for everyone!"
May the force be with us!