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Check out a glossary of terms relevant to anti-racist work.

REAL (Racial Equity and Learning) brings together NPS teachers, staff, students sixth-grade and older, and caregivers who are committed to developing an anti-racist school district.

Those of us involved are deepening our understanding of how race, racism, and whiteness operate in Northampton Public Schools and beyond. We are working together and across our community to create a district that actively opposes racism and promotes racial equity.

We are working toward a district where:

♥  Educators and administrators are racially diverse
♥  School curriculum, policies, and practices emphasize the voices and contributions of people of color
♥  Perspectives and recommendations of students of color are solicited, heard, and acted upon by leadership

♥  Conflict resolution is about repairing and improving relationships among people, not punishing individuals
♥  Conversations about race and race equity are integral to school culture
♥  People value their interconnectedness, and all people feel they belong

Sound good to you? Part of the NPS community? Join our group—and spread the word!

Current Work

There are presently three work groups up and running. If you’re part of NPS, you’re welcome to join any/all, whether or not you’ve been to a REAL meeting.

The Story Sharing Exhibit Subcommittee is behind a digital exhibit and eventual in-person exhibit (2022) of stories shared by people in the district about their experiences with race, racism, and anti-racism in Northampton public schools. The intention: to help guide school community conversations on these crucial topics. Work also involves collaborating with teachers (including art teachers!) and students districtwide to expand reach. Contact Deborah Keisch at with interest in joining the effort.

REAL’s Restorative Practices Subcommittee emphasizes building relationships and holding district leadership accountable for its expressed commitment to restorative practices—moving away from punitive school culture based on “power over” and toward a model based on “power with.” The group was recently awarded a small grant from the Collaborative Resolutions Group to design and lead an October 2021 training in restorative practices for REAL members. Contact Kara McLaughlin at with interest.

The Digital Subcommittee maintains this website and REAL’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Contact Kristen Elde at with interest.