RSD earns national equity award
The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC), an educational nonprofit organization, will recognize Reading School District for our efforts in working to achieve educational equity and social justice. The district, under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, will receive the Courageous Institution Award. This award recognizes an institution/organization that has made an impact in galvanizing national, state, and/or local actions for promoting education equity for all students so that they can become successful citizens. Reading School District is also recognized for its commendable effort in fostering optimism in educators and other stakeholders, working together to ensure academic success for students of all backgrounds. A ceremony for the Education Equity Awards will take place as part of MAEC’s 25th Anniversary event on November 2, 2017 at Claudio Grossman Hall, Washington College of Law, American University.
MAEC was founded in 1991, as an education non-profit dedicated to increasing access to a high quality education for culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners. We are the long-time home of a regional technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The federal equity assistance centers were created to serve state departments of education, districts, and schools and help them address issues relating to race, gender, religion, and national origin (English Learners). As of 2016, MAEC’s region now encompasses 15 states and territories. Designated as Region I, the Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC reaches Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. MAEC also supports the Region II equity assistance center which stretches across the South. The Center work has led us to work on issues such as the identification and placement of English Learners in supportive and appropriate instructional environments; creating positive and safe schools; increasing participation of girls and students of color in STEM, and addressing disproportionality in discipline.