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Melissa Patrick, Consulting, Coaching & Professional Development, natick, ma, instructor

"Melissa Patrick has been providing high quality professional development in school districts and communities for over 10 years. Melissa is a highly skilled and dedicated facilitator on issues that pertain to educational equity, to student achievement, socialization, culturally responsive pedagogy, etc. She is extremely attentive to the needs of the community she is presenting to and works hard to provide the type of program that best meets the needs and goals of the group."-Elli Stern, former Co-coordinator of EMI (Empowering Multicultural Initiatives) now known as IDEAS

"Melissa Patrick has worked with our district since 2009 providing graduate level instruction for our new staff course on Equity and student success in the classroom. Long before the phrase "lean in" was popular, Melissa Patrick has been helping our leaders and staff lean in to difficult conversations about race, class, culture and the dynamics of self and classroom shaping our school system. Each year, we come to her with requests for revision or tailoring to meet our school system's constantly evolving goals and needs and without exception, she has responded. On a personal note, when I need it most, Ms. Patrick serves as sounding board and planner on key issues of culturally responsive pedagogy and culturally sensitive communications within our community." -Dr. Anna P. Nolin, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation, NPS

Consulting, Coaching & Professional Development

(781) 591-9130

Melissa Patrick, MSW has devoted her professional life to eliminating discriminatory practices and promoting diversity and inclusion in schools and organizations. She is Sr. Consultant/Founder of Equity & Expectations℠ a consulting firm that provides strategic advice, coaching, and professional development related to racial equity and cultural proficiency. She earned her BA in Urban Affairs and Elementary Education Certification from the University of Rhode Island in 1991. In 2000, she was granted her MS in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City. Being a trained educator and social worker she has taught and supported learners of all ages, from school-age children to adults.

Ms. Patrick has been facilitating courageous conversations for over 20 years. Drawing from her own multiracial experience and professional training, Ms. Patrick has developed a keen understanding of the range of feelings and behaviors that people may experience when discussing challenging, "hot" topics such as race and racism. Her knowledge and skillful management of individual and group dynamics have gained her respect among colleagues.