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We Go Beyond: Jane Gottfried

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

In Brooklyn Center, we’re not afraid to lead. With ferocity. With compassion. And with a sense of restless purpose rooted in the work of anti-racism. What makes us different from other school districts? We take the time and effort to amplify voices before we develop ways of serving. We’re dedicated to radical intentionality, measuring success in lives changed. Every student. Every family. Every staff member. In a world where you can get by with meeting expectations, we go beyond. 

Through this campaign called We Go Beyond, we share the ways our staff dedicate themselves to go beyond for our students and families. 

What is your first and last name?

Jane Gottfried

What site/program do you work at?

Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM

What is your position?

Library Media Specialist

How long have you been with the district?

This is my 2nd year with BCCS.

What does "going beyond" mean to you?

To me it means encouraging students to self-advocate, involving them in the decision-making regarding curriculum and policy, inviting student voice and leadership, and supporting them every step of the way.

How do you go beyond for students, families, and the community?

Listening to and amplifying the voices of our students, families, and community, and as much as possible responding with, "why not," and "how can we make this happen?"

In Brooklyn Center, we strive to center and amplify student voice. How do you center and amplify student voice?

By earning the trust of my students and encouraging student agency (inviting students to influence and be responsible for their learning).

Jane Gottfried