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Freeport educators join racial equality seminar


ERASE Racism, a civil rights organization based on Long Island, has invited J.W. Dodd Middle School Principal Johane Ligonde and Assistant Principal Christopher Porciello to take part in the organization’s annual, four-day educational seminar on teaching and leading for racial equality on July 13. 

Ligonde and Prociello are among 30 educators at the seminar, 10 of who are from Long Island.

The summer training seminar was designed to help educators learn how to create truly integrated schools and classrooms that tap into benefits for racial and ethnic diversity. The Rauch Foundation, a local organization that works to create systemic changes on Long Island to shape students for success, funds it. Those invited to the seminar are named Rauch Foundation Fellows. 

“This year’s Rauch Foundation Fellows will gain this impressive experience and be able to put it to work for Long Islanders,” ERASE Racism President Elaine Gross said. “The benefits of diverse education are profound, and all Long Islanders should have access to them.”