Equity Circles

The MSD of Wayne Township's current efforts include:

Staff (Staff Equity Circle)

Wayne Community (Equity Community Circles)

These events will include a panel of knowledgeable personnel addressing relevant questions on how equity shapes our classroom instruction and relationships among staff and students.

These events are recorded and can be viewed on demand.

Staff Circles

Our staff events are organized around a specific theme. Please see our past Staff Circle events and replay the videos uploaded to our Equity YouTube channel.

A Staff Circle Conversation for Equity : Voices of Black Educators

Monday, February 22, 2021 4:30-5:30

Click here to view the video replay: https://youtu.be/cYO4EPtHhio

Our panelists go deeper in their understanding of what it means to be a black educator in today’s society.

Please view our panelists:

  • Mr. Dante Brown, Administrator, Ben Davis

  • Mr. Damon Black, Administrator, Lynhurst

  • Ms. Melony Boyd, Instructional Coach, Elementary

  • Mr. Stephen Jackson, Social Worker, EDC

  • Mr. David Johnson, Math Teacher, Lynhurst

  • Ms. Jennifer McCann Thomas, ESL Teacher, Westlake

  • Ms. Takeshia Reed, Thrive Teacher, Ben Davis

  • Ms. Faith Sherrill, Kindergarten Teacher, North Wayne

  • Mr. Sherman Woodard, Moderator

We thank our panelists in advance for their willingness to be transparent and vulnerable as they share their experiences with us


  1. Aretha Britton, Principal, Rhoades Elementary

  2. Meagan Campbell, Assistant Principal, Lynhurst 7th and 8th Grade Center

  3. Dominic Day, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, Education Center

  4. Jake Dewitt, Elementary teacher, Robey Elementary

  5. Stephan Gardner, Curriculum Coordinator, Education Center

  6. Jennifer McCann, EL Teacher, Westlake Elementary

  7. Anne Olson, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, Education Center

  8. Matt Smith, Social Studies Teacher, Ben Davis High School,

  9. Judy Stegemann, Assistant Superintendent for Academics

  10. Sherman Woodard, Guidance Director, Ben Davis High School

  11. Dante Brown, Special Services, Ben Davis High School

Monday, August 3, 2020 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

Title: How to Talk about Race & Racism: We Can’t Ignore the Elephant in the Classroom.

Students will be returning to us, virtually or in person on August 12, 2020. Our last in person interaction with many of them was in March. Since that time, we have had two pandemics: Covid19 and Racism. Our children have overheard, witnessed, or have personally been impacted by either one of them or both. We can not pretend nor should we believe that we can go back to business as usual. As a staff member of the MSD of Wayne Township what you believe, say, and do, matters to our children. Come and hear how Cabinet, administrators, teachers, and staff members share best practices on how to facilitate meaningful, productive conversations about the “elephant in the classroom.” Whether the elephant is registered for your class or not, he/she will be there on day one.

Click here for the recording: https://youtu.be/_7DF52XExTw?list=PL9UBos5n5PLDyLWnx3QHd2mXSxh2CUWKR


  1. Dr. Jeff Butts, Superintendent of Schools, MSD of Wayne Township

  2. Mr. Don Carlisle, Head Coach Boys Basketball, Ben Davis High School

  3. Ms. Pennie Gregory, Assistant Director, Office of Special Services

  4. Mr. William Esquivel, LAP Parent Liaison, Education Center

  5. Mr. Kelin Mark, Principal, Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center

  6. Dr. Dennisha Murff, Principal, Westlake Elementary School

  7. Sergeant Eugene Smith, School Resource Officer, Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center

  8. Dr. Shenia Suggs, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, MSD of Wayne Township

  9. Mr. Nathaniel Waterfill, Social Studies Teacher, Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center

  10. Mrs. Lindsey Wey, Assistant Principal, North Wayne Elementary School

The following questions will be addressed:

  • How might SEL be different for our black and brown children?

  • As building level administrators, why do you encourage these conversations in your building? What is the role of building level leadership?

  • How does and how should a teacher prepare for students when they return?

  • Real teacher concerns: How can what a teacher say or do end them in the HR Office? What are some things teachers or administrators have to keep in mind when having these conversations knowing some parents may not desire for schools to get involved?

  • How do I, as a teacher, moderate conversations in class between students with opposing views on race?