At the May 6 work session, staff updated the board on ongoing work around the district’s equity and inclusion initiatives.

  • The updated District Equity Vision and Framework arrived late last week, and will now be reviewed by multiple audiences. Those include the District Leadership Team, which includes building administrators and the superintendent’s cabinet, the district building leadership Intercultural Harmony Group, the district Equity Leadership Team, and the new Equity Advisory Council.
  • Khalifa, who is conducting the district equity audit, will be at the May 20th school board meeting. The purpose of the equity audit is to identify and highlights the causes of the achievement gaps, discipline gaps, and other inequities within our district. It will enable us to understand how to improve instruction, curriculum, and school climate for all students in our district, especially those that are traditionally underserved.
  • The district equity and inclusion position has been reposted and is now a director that sits on the superintendent’s cabinet. That posting is available here, and members of the community are encouraged to share it widely.
  • Equity Advisory Council members were selected on May 6th, and will hold their first meeting the week of May 13th. The initial meeting will focus on the draft vision and framework and next steps for community engagement.
  • District staff are also working collaboratively with community leaders to identify strategies for engagement within the district and broader community about diversity and inclusion.

The district is committed to this important, ongoing work.  Look to 112 Online for future updates.