First Listening Session is Tonight

Reminder tonight is the first listening session -- We need to hear from you! Please RSVP if you are able.

The newly formed Brackett Elementary Diversity & Inclusion Group (DIG) offers professionally-facilitated Listening Sessions with Dr. Carlos Hoyt.

Open to all adult Brackett Community members:

TONIGHT - Monday, Oct 1st 6-8PM            (Library) 

Thursday, Oct 4th 8:30-10AM  (Music Room)

Wednesday, Oct 3rd 6-8 PM    (Library)  (focus on families and/or guardians of children who identify as people of color)

Please note Mrs. Z has graciously offered to sit out of the listening sessions, in order that participants might feel comfortable to speak freely and she is looking forward to learning about the communities' experiences in a debrief meeting following the sessions.

Prefer to share your experiences anonymously online? Click Here.

 All survey responses received by Friday, October 5th will be reviewed by the Brackett DIG steering committee to help in forming our mission and deciding on our goals and projects for the 2017-2018 school year. The survey can be found at 

The goal of the group is to raise awareness about diversity & inclusion in order to provide a safe learning space and welcoming environment for all our children and their respective families inclusive of race, color, religious views, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, citizenship, age, ancestry, family/marital status, sexual orientation, disability, source of income, and military status.

To help guide the development & mission of the group we are planning to hold to learn from you about your experiences, as well as your children’s experiences, pertaining to diversity and inclusion in the Brackett School. Dr. Hoyt holds a PhD in social work, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and serves as a consultant with Arlington Public Schools on diversity and inclusion issues. Please note that we will be documenting the experiences that are shared and will respect requests to refrain from documentation upon request.  

We plan to hold additional events in the year focused on other marginalized groups, and we welcome suggestions for focus topics.

If you would prefer to talk one-on-one with a DIG group member or have any questions, please email us directly at

Thank you for considering this invitation to share your experiences and ideas with us. Your input will help us work towards making the Brackett Elementary School and our community more culturally competent and a safe and supportive learning environment for all children. 



Kristina Fontanez, parent of third grader

Lynette Martyn, parent of Kindergarten & second graders

Brackett Elementary Diversity & Inclusion Group (DIG) Co-Chairs