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Meet Sharon Abramowitz

 

Sharon Abramowitz is a driscoll parent, an anthropologist and global health advocate, and a brookline resident in precinct 12. She intends to be a progressive voice for brookline public schools.

Sharon Abramowitz is new to public service and activism in the Brookline public schools system, but she has over 20 years’ experience in community engagement, public policy, research, and advocacy. Sharon works with the leading organizations in the world - UNICEF, Doctors without Borders (MSF), the World Health Organization-to write standards and guidelines for community engagement in developing countries and epidemic outbreaks.

Sharon Abramowitz and Greig Arendt have three children in the Brookline Public Schools system (BEEP and Driscoll). After completing graduate studies in sociology (M.A.), anthropology (PhD), and epidemiology (post-doctorate), Sharon was a professor of anthropology and African studies at the University of Florida. After five years in North-Central Florida, where she struggled with a school reform system that made it nearly impossible to access services for her two legally blind children, she decided to leave her academic career and move to Brookline, Massachusetts in order to have access to great schools.

Since moving to Brookline in 2016, her family has had wonderful experiences with the PSB system, including accessing IEP-services, walking to schools, engaging with educators, and being challenged by its curriculum. But it has become evident that issues caused by a lack of community engagement are impacting the the district in all areas - from the 9th school debate, to discussions around curriculum reform, to issues around administrative oversight and governance.

Sharon promises to bring a strong progressive voice, active listening, and improved process reforms to help improve communication and common vision between Brookline families and community residents, educators, and the school committee.

Sharon abramowitz stands for:

More, better Community engagement

  • Participation

  • Two-way communication

  • Inclusion, diversity, and justice

  • Local ownership

  • Building on our strengths

  • District transparency and accountability to parents and community residents

supporting teachers and paraprofessionals

  • Open negotiation process with access for BEU silent representatives and all members of the School Committee

  • Ongoing dialogue on policy matters that impact learning

Equity & Inclusion

  • Inclusion for students with special needs

  • Recruiting teachers from diverse backgrounds

  • Equity, fairness, and justice in curriculum and school offerings

Greening our schools

  • 100% green energy

  • Walkable schools

  • Composting, Food Rescue, and decreased food waste

  • Energy-efficient building design and construction

  • Green spaces with trees and shade