Our Commitment to Diversity
Brooke Charter Schools Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, socioeconomic status, citizenship, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical abilities. We believe that diverse working teams make better decisions that strengthen our Brooke community. We want our students and staff to be people who seek to understand the perspectives of others and who constantly seek to walk in the shoes of others across lines of difference.
With 93% of Brooke students identifying as Black or Latinx, we prioritize uprooting racism through academics, equipping our students with tools to advocate for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive future. By setting high expectations for our students, a culturally responsive curriculum, and a racially diverse staff, we intend to counteract the pervasive presence of societal racism that our students encounter as a condition of their daily lives.
We believe that great teachers of color have a unique contribution to make in the ways they serve students, uphold a culture of achievement; and build strong staff culture. It is important for our scholars to have a diverse staff because they need to see people who look like them as successful professionals who share some of their lived experiences. We are committed to sharing the responsibility of fostering an anti-racist culture where all staff members are empowered to boldly share their lived experiences and perspectives.
Using our Brooke Organizational Values as a foundation, we seek to build an organizational culture where our efforts in building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community are all recognized and valued.
Brooke’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Teacher Scholarship
The Brooke Associate Teacher Scholarship is designed to provide supplementary aid to strong Associate Teacher candidates who have faced adversity in their own lives and who could most benefit from additional financial support as Associate Teachers. For the 2015-2016 school year, Brooke awarded a total of nine scholarships to Associate Teachers across the network.
Diversity Initiative Group
Brooke Charter Schools’ Diversity Initiative Group is a group for educators and staff of color led by one of our 2nd grade teachers and former Associate Teacher, Emmanuella Dorvil. This group provides social, networking, educational and professional experiences in a small group setting dedicated to promoting conversation and fellowship with teachers at Brooke.
Diversity Staff Focus Group – Building Stronger Ties to the Community We Serve
Established in 2015, Brooke Charter Schools recognizes the importance of discussion regarding diversity and inclusion practices in the education sector. Members of the Brooke team, including teachers, administrators, operations and network staff members, meet regularly to discuss network-wide initiatives related to diversity.
Members of this group: Jorge Martinez, Meg Parquette, Yvette Philip, Scott Knox, Danielle Blair, Matt Shaver, Rachel Kohn, Angela Callado Kiley, Candace Bass, Digna Cintron, Telia Kapteyn, Aja Brydie, and Jon Clark.
Meet some of the outstanding team members who represent our diverse team.
Danielle Blair, Principal, Eighth Grade Academy
Brooke Staff Member Since 2011
“I came to Brooke to be a founding 5th grade teacher at our Mattapan campus following teaching in Atlanta Public Schools with Teach For America. As I searched for schools in Boston, I came across Brooke and was immediately drawn in by the school’s strong commitment to closing the achievement gap by developing great teachers. During my first year at Brooke I was blown away by the amount of feedback and support I received from my principal. I could tell that even after just one year my instruction improved. I knew that I was in the right place because I was making a difference in the lives of my students. I no longer felt like I was fighting a battle that could never be won because I was teaching in a place where all of my colleagues and leadership staff shared my passion for pushing our students to excel academically.
After teaching at Brooke for 4 years, I transitioned into the role of Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan where I have the opportunity to serve as an instructional coach to our middle school teachers. I get the chance to learn daily how to coach others by watching great teaching in action. I am excited that I get to work with such a talented group of teachers. I know that our students are in great hands! I am truly inspired by Brooke students, parents, teachers, and leadership. The amazing people that make up this Brooke community make me feel like closing the gap is a dream that can be realized!”
Elza Mathieu, Principal, Brooke East Boston, Master Teacher
Brooke Staff Member Since 2007
“When I first visited Brooke many years ago, I noticed that the students were being challenged in a way that I had never seen before. The teachers believed in their scholars and encouraged them by holding them up to really high, but reasonable expectations. Walking into the building just felt right, I could tell that this would be a place where I would be able to grow into the kind of teacher that I always dreamed I would be. Brooke’s mission of developing strong educators as a way to close the achievement gap aligned with my vision of what students needed to succeed. I constantly received feedback on how to improve and have been many opportunities to grow both in and out of the classroom. Working here truly makes me feel like I am making a difference and am part of this bigger mission to close the achievement gap.”