Hear from Dwight Sharpe about the leadership opportunities and focus on equity at Middletown Public Schools.
The best thing about teaching in Middletown is I’ve been able to be myself and that has allowed me to be the best teacher possible. Middletown is a district that values the unique qualities and perspectives of it’s teachers, which in turn allows us to do the same for our students. I’ve had the pleasure of working with great insightful teachers and administrators. I’ve been given opportunities to foster and improve my leadership skills, culminating in my current role as District Equity and Restorative Practice Facilitator. Middletown wants to lead the way in educational innovation and equity.
I teach because I understand how powerful education is for a person’s success. The knowledge that I’ve acquired from the many types of teachers throughout my life has inspired me to continue learning beyond formal education. As a teacher, I’ve thrived to instill this same passion for learning in my students. I’ve always wanted my students to recognize that everyone can reach their own self-defined form of success, and anyone can learn from anyone.
I also became an educator because it was very obvious that the teaching field was missing people of color. In my K-12 school years, I only had one black teacher. As a black male educator, I knew that I would be able to provide a much needed form of representation for the students in my classes, especially my students of color. There is no better feeling to me than the feeling of knowing that I’ve helped someone, and teaching provides me the opportunity to help so many people year after year.
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Middletown Public Schools has adopted the Middletown 2021: Keys to Innovation and Equity strategic plan. This plan provides our educational community, stakeholders and constituents a vision that will unlock the potential in our students. It is “the story” that ensures our collective journey focuses on preparing students for a 21st Century that features new dimensions in a competitive global market.
The Middletown Public Schools journey to achieving its goals requires a learning organization that adopts a collective set of “practice beliefs” focused on continuous growth and improvement. The “practice beliefs” embedded in the strategic operating plan include:
Each “belief point” is underscored with the broader notion that we, as a learning organization, will focus on equity, innovation, and continuous improvement. Our work within the strategic operating plan is clear—high expectations for all students and staff of Middletown Public Schools.
Equity, Innovation, and Improvement.
Our vision is to improve all schools and the district as a whole, as well as to provide all students with an innovative and equitable education. To move Middletown forward, we must acknowledge actual practice (where we are now) and effective practice (where we want to go). As a learning organization, we have an internal/external achievement gap that exceeds state and national norms, and engagement rates below the 30th percentile.
Middletown Public Schools is ready to take significant steps to change how we are structured and how we deliver education to our students:
GOAL 1 TEACHING & LEARNING. Improve students’ ongoing readiness and learning opportunities by creating accessible, innovative and personalized environments to close the preparation, opportunity, and performance gaps, to achieve equity in our schools.
GOAL 2 OPERATIONS, SYSTEMS & STRUCTURES. Develop a broad community of stakeholders who ensure a high level of efficiency and alignment among departments, and systems to improve the delivery of instruction and services for students.
GOAL 3 CHOICE & INNOVATION MODELS. Establish successful education models that promote choice and achievement through innovation.
GOAL 4 COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. Create nurturing, healthy, and safe learning environments that are inclusive and engaging for all students, families, and staff.
For information about our salary and benefits, visit the Middletown Public Schools website.
Along with other innovative programs, Middletown Public Schools supports a high school Pathways to Teaching program for students interested in a career in education.
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