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New York State Education Department’s Associate Commissioner for the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages Ms. Elisa Alvarez visited Ramapo High School

On October 1, the East Ramapo Central School District welcomed the New York State Education Department’s Associate Commissioner for the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages to Ramapo High School. Ms. Elisa Alvarez joined Superintendent of Schools Dr. Clarence Ellis and RHS Principal Michael Phillips for a school-wide tour to observe in-person instruction, student engagement and interaction. Associate Commissioner Alvarez also met with six RHS students, representing different grade levels, academic stages and backgrounds to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by our school community during the pandemic.  

Alvarez asked the students insightful questions about RHS coursework, bilingual challenges, family life, diversity and college and career aspirations, adding “We work for you, and we have a lot of influence in making changes that help address your challenges.”

In May 2021, the New York State Board of Regents launched an initiative to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in schools across New York State. The policy announced by the Board “is to encourage and support efforts at the State and local level to create within every school an ecosystem of success that is built upon a foundation of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, opportunity, innovation, confidence, trust, respect, caring, and relationship-building. All students must feel that they are welcome, they belong, and they are supported in every school.”

Associate Commissioner Alvarez said, “With this new initiative, you will see curriculum becoming more inclusive” for the multifaceted students in New York’s public education system.

 

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