February 2, 2021 (Columbia, Maryland) – Melissa Brown, Lead Director of Schools for Pearson’s Connections Academy K-12 online school program, has won a “Champion of Equity” Award from the American Consortium for Equity in Education (ACE-ed.org). ACE-ed.org is honoring Brown for serving as an ‘out’ and proud educator role model, but also for her development of inclusivity and equity best practices for LGBTQ youth now implemented across all Connections Academy schools nationwide.
ACE-ed.org is an organization of education media professionals who are passionate about creating equitable access for more than 50 million school-aged children, as well as 20 million college and university students in the United States. Brown is profiled in the January-February 2021 issue of the ACE-ed.org Journal, Equity & Access PK. She will also author a bylined feature in the journal’s May issue.
“Melissa Brown truly is a 'champion of equity',’’ noted Maia Appleby, ACE-ed.org Executive Director and Equity & Access PK Associate Publisher. “Too often, LGBTQ youth suffer from lack of safety – including verbal and physical assaults – in school. The trauma makes it harder to learn and leads to elevated suicide levels. We salute Melissa for serving as a role model for her students, and for creating and implementing equity and inclusivity practices that serve the needs of the LGBTQ student community.”