Equity in ECCS
At Eastern Carver County Schools, we are committed to creating a school environment where everyone feels welcome, safe, and included, and where every child has access to the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. The mission of our school district is learners achieving their personal best and, simply put, we cannot be successful if equity work isn’t foundational to our approach to learning.
The School Board and district staff are committed to this work. Equity is foundational to personalized learning, it’s necessary for strong communities, and every single one of our students will benefit not just during school, but after they leave our halls. This work requires an investment from all of us, administrators, teachers, parents, students, caregivers, and community members to be successful. This is long-term, ongoing work which the entire ECCS team believe in, and in the potential of every student in our district.
Equity Definition: Equity in Eastern Carver County School District means a student’s identity - their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, immigration status, religion and/or disability – does not predict their success. All students are provided the tools, resources, and support they need to achieve their personal best.
Equity Vision: Eastern Carver County Schools is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive district where all students feel heard, seen, and valued. Our district celebrates students for who they are - their unique personal story – and provides students with a personalized, exceptional education that will help prepare them for who they want to become.
• Equity is essential and foundational to the success of Eastern Carver County School District
• Everyone is welcome and belongs in our school community
• Our students, families, staff, and community members bring diverse life experiences - assets that should be recognized, celebrated, and embraced as opportunities for growth and learning
• All learners can achieve high academic standards; high expectations will be communicated, supported, and maintained
• All students must see themselves reflected in the district; this means in staff, teachers, and administrators
• Curriculum must be inclusive and include diverse perspectives
• Authentic, two-way relationships between families, schools, and community partners is valued and nurtured across all demographics
• Explicit and transparent communication is vital to build trust and foster relationships
• Staff will participate in ongoing professional development and training to build a shared foundation for equity, foster change and develop a growth mindset
• Resources must be allocated to sustain equity work
• Measurable equity outcomes and accountability are essential to ensure progress
As 2022 comes to a close, I want to highlight the following quote from Ryunosuke Satoro as it expresses the approach of our Equity and Inclusion Department: “Individually, we are one drop, but together, we are an ocean.” As a department, we have worked hard and worked intentionally to partner with all departments within the district to more effectively meet the needs of our students, families, staff, and community. We are deepening our community partnerships as well to increase our impact. Below are a few points of pride.
- Teaching and Learning: Co-created the district’s Racial Harm Protocol
- Community Education: Working to revitalize Celebrate Summer
- Human Resources: Staff Affinity groups
- Communications: Monthly newsletter
- Specialized Services: Collaborating on staff support and development
- Welcome Center: Newcomer task force
- Transportation: Facilitated professional development
- Information Technology: Created virtual trainings
- Nutrition Services: Reviewing menus for culturally inclusive items
- Community Partnerships: Carver County Public Health, Pick and Pack, Mi Casa
While we are proud of the progress we are making as a small, but strong team, towards every student, staff, and community member feeling seen, heard, valued, and trusted, please know we have just begun. As a newer department, we are committed to collaboration and partnership in all we do to ensure every perspective is considered and every voice is heard. To honor this value, we have started “Coffee with the Director of Equity and Inclusion” events in addition to my door being open both figuratively and literally. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Eastern Carver County Schools is and has been, committed to providing students equal educational opportunities. Over the last decade, our district has engaged in a variety of initiatives with the shared purpose of creating communities of belonging and success. Our commitment to equity is reflected districtwide in work designed to:
- acknowledge and check our racial and cultural biases;
- utilize data to understand what is working and where we must improve;
- implement best practices related to engaging and supporting learners in achieving their personal best;
- provide stakeholders in our community with opportunities to engage meaningfully and guide our vision for equity.