Nellie Mae Ed. Fdn.

Dec 4, 2021

5 min read

Open Letter: Teach Us Everything

Teach Us Everything

Here at Nellie Mae, we are committed to equitable public education and teaching the truth, and those values are under attack from special interests who do not actually care about our students. We are taking a stand in support of education alongside our partners in this week’s Sunday edition of the Boston Globe. Our open letter urges New England public schools to teach the truth and continue to make our schools models of equity, inclusion and justice.

It has become apparent that these fights fueled by conservative voices are not going away. At Nellie Mae, we will continue to unapologetically champion racial equity and quality public education for all students across New England. We hope to have your continued support in the weeks, months, and years ahead during this effort.

For a closer look at our letter and video, supported by and shaped with many of our partners across communities, see below. If you are moved by what you see, please join us on this journey and let other supporters know.

In partnership and community,
Dr. Gislaine N. Ngounou
Interim President & CEO — Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Join us by signing on to Nellie Mae’s open letter .

Additional Signatories:

Stacy Doiron — Beverly, MA
Tia Sweeney — Scituate, MA
Beth Kontos—AFT MA, Danvers, MA
Lisa Guisbond — Citizens for Public Schools, Boston, MA
Kathy Collins — Kathy Collins Consulting, Durham, NH
Deb Olander — Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Teece Sue — Southampton, MA
Nina Culbertson — Milton, MA
Andrew Kirkaldy — Middlebury, VT
Lorna Rivera —University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA
Jeanne Chowning —Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Juanita Lewis — Brooklyn, NY
Bruce Mallory — New Hampshire Listens, Kittery Point, ME
Joana Chacon — Educators for Antiracism, Boston, MA
Nancy Hagstrom — Portland Public Schools, Portland, ME
Kathy Lebrón — The Radical Maestra, Brockton, MA
Madeline Labriola — Pax Christi, Westerly, RI
Larissa Malone — University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Celeste Lee — CR Lee Consulting LLC, Brookline, MA
Jennifer Debin — Citizens for Public Schools, Sherborn, MA
Jessica Blackler — City of Boston, Boston, MA
Jamie Farrell — Women Encouraging Empowerment, Revere, MA
Linda Atamian — Charlestown, RI
Jan Phlegar — Engaging Schools, Natick, MA
Fox Roye — Dedham Public Schools, Dedham, MA
April Rist — Holyoke, MA
Donald — Institute for Learning Centered Education, Potsdam, NY
Ronda Gregg, Ed.D. — Professor, University of Phoenix, Weare, NH
Lisa Gonsalves — University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA
Leland McGee — University of Pennsylvania,GSE, Philadelphia, PA
Ashley Lipscomb — The Institute for Anti-Racist Education, Inc., Passaic, NJ
Ling-Se Chesnakas — Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
Steven Neville — Mansfield, MA
Alan Melchior — Middleboro, MA
Marlene Megos — CT Teacher Residency Program, CREC, Stratford, CT
Diana Bain — Bridport, VT
Dr. Robert G. Goodman — RGoodman Associates LLC, Gloucester, MA
Jenna Lequia — Yorktown Heights, NY
Eliot Levine — Aurora Institute, Haydenville, MA
Sarah McLanahan — Gloucester, MA
Catherine Brooks — Leverett, MA
Michele Holt-Shannon — Dover, NH
John Freeman — Strafford, NH
Rick Pouliot — Gedakina; MA
Naomi Galimidi — Jericho, VT
Kay Ardel — Jericho, VT
Carrie Portrie — South Berwick, ME
Alison McCormick — Natick, MA
Elise O’Neill — Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Richmond, VT
Cheryl Cumings — Boston, MA
Naiomi Malay — Pittsford, VT
Alexandra Novak Foster, Arts for Learning CT, New Haven, CT
Nancy Horowitz — RISE: Roslindale is for Everyone, Roslindale, MA
Abby Merz — Tulsa, OK
Louis Kruger — Citizens for Public Schools, Norwood, MA
Infinite Culcleasure — Voices for Vermont’s Children, Burlington, VT
Natalia Marte — Buffalo, NY
Aldiama — Albany, NY
Ari Hart — New York, NY
Anne Dalton — Falmouth, ME
Christ Buttimer — MIT, Cambridge, MA
Carlen Finn — VT
Deborah Harder — North Kingstown, RI
Jean D’amour Boyi — Buffalo, NY
Nayoung Weaver — Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color
Marika Hamilton — METCO, Billerica, MA
Dr. Jesse P. Turner — Uniting to Save Our Schools and Connecticut BATs, New Britain, CT
AJ Fucile — Essex, VT
Charles Washburn — Worcester, MA
Jason Fredlund — Hartford, CT
Carolyn Lee-Davis — Amherst, MA
Devin Morris — Boston, MA
Carlos Moreno — Big Picture Learning, Montclair, NJ
Andrew Frishman — Big Picture Learning, Cambridge, MA
Sandra McIntosh — Boston, MA
Doug Smith — The Right to Immigration Institute, Waltham, MA
Tom McKenna — Middlebury Bread Loaf Teacher Network, Middlebury, VT
Joy Meiser Mendis — Stratham, NH
Maria Servellon — Boston, MA
Michael Rafferty — Chesnut Hill, MA
Paul and Carol Bradford — Bradford Arts, Somerville, MA
Nanette Dyer Blake — Portland Public Schools, Portland, ME
Sandra Hodgetts — Concord, NH
Clare Toohey — Florence, MA
Katie Mayshak — Needham, MA
Caitlin Hollister — Waterbury, VT
Rosa Santiago — San Juan, Puerto Rico
Gene Thompson-Grove — Newport, RI
Janice E. Jackson — Newark, CA
Antoinette Melvin — edCount, LLC., Alexandria, VA
Diana Bain — Bridport, VT
Anne Shackleford — Boston, MA
Leah Boch — Thetford Academy, Thetford, VT
Douglas Safford — Glover, VT
Randi Lowe — Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, Sunderland, VT
Linda Deyoung — West Falmouth, MA
Samantha Stevenson — Manchester, VT
Alexandria Lacoste — Manchester, VT

Vermont Principals’ Association, Montpelier, Vermont
HopeWell — Dedham, MA
Young Voices — Providence, RI
Voices for Vermont’s Children — Montpelier, Vermont
African Community Education Program (ACE) Inc. — Worcester, MA
Essex County Learning Community — Belmont, MA
Portland Public Schools — Portland, ME
MonarchSchool of New England — Rochester, NH
La Colaborativa — Chelsea, MA
Developing Capacity Coaching, LLC — Chicago, IL
Women and Children Welfare and Dev’t Org — Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
The Judy Gordon Early Learning Center — Natick, MA
Maine Curriculum Leaders Association — Damariscotta, ME
Primary Source — Watertown, MA
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT — Providence, RI
Portland Empowered — Portland, ME
AIELOC (Association for International Educators and Leaders of Color)— Dallas, TX
New Urban Arts — Providence, RI
Sociedad Latina — Roxbury, MA
Beloved Community — New Orleans, LA
Global Living Consulting — New Haven, CT
The Teachers’ Lounge, Inc. — Roslindale, MA
Big Picture Learning — Providence, RI
Global Science Envirotech, Inc. — Cranston, RI
Embrace Race — MA
Girls’ LEAP — Boston, MA
Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe — Plymouth, MA
Parents Leading for Educational Equity — Providence, RI
Citizens for Public Schools — Boston, MA
Vermont Learning for the Future — VT
The Learning Accelerator — Portland, ME
MENTOR National — Boston, MA
United American Indians of New England (UAINE)
Taconic and Green Regional School District — Sunderland, VT

To learn more about additional efforts to teach truth, visit AAPF.