Senior Consultant | Facilitator | Founder
Melissa Patrick is an educator, social worker, and dedicated equity specialist. An independent consultant to school districts in the Boston area since 2001, she has taught educators in dozens of elementary, middle, and high schools how to practice Cultural Proficiency and promote equity and achievement for all students, especially traditionally underserved students (e.g. students of color, ELLs, ethnic minorities, etc.). Melissa has designed and led professional development programs that prepare educators to transform their practice and become better communicators about race, culture, gender, sexuality, class and other aspects of identity.
Throughout her 25-year career, Melissa has worked with and learned from influencers in the areas of racial privilege, oppression, and multicultural communication. She has honed her facilitation skills with organizations such as VISIONS, Inc and the National SEED Project. Melissa is a visiting lecturer at Framingham State University (FSU) and affiliated with Worcester State University (WSU). She is an instructor with Initiatives for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students (IDEAS formally known as EMI). Currently, she offers courses through The Education Cooperative (TEC) and is a member of their Advisory Council.
Melissa Patrick is recognized for her commitment to public service and staff development. She earned her MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and BA in Urban Affairs and Teacher Certification from the University of Rhode Island. However, her greatest success and joy is being the proud mother of three amazing children who are 14, 13 and 10 years of age.
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