A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement will become part of the district’s strategic plan and help guide curriculum, practices and procedures.
The statement was developed by a committee of teachers and administrators who worked over the past school year with Alison Park of Blink Consulting, a specialist in diversity, equity and inclusion strategic planning. Additional input was gathered from volunteer staff and parents to further refine it.
This statement will be woven into the existing goals of the district’s strategic plan: student growth & achievement; learning environment; work environment; family & community connections and resources.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are about all of us,” said Dr. Larry Hewitt, superintendent. “We want everyone to see themselves in this statement.”
The DEI vision and mission will be the focus of professional learning and discussions this summer for staff. The statement will be used as part of curriculum adoption work and creating learning opportunities for the benefit of all children.
“This is a journey, not just items we can check off a list. DEI is about learning and growing, which is everyone’s responsibility.” Dr. Hewitt said.