Message to the Community
The District contracted with the Southern Poverty Law Center to bring its Teaching Tolerance program to our schools. This is a systematic training program that emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. Training for teachers and administrators began in August and will continue throughout the 2020-21 school year.
We are assessing and expanding the diversity of our classroom libraries. This is a continuation of work that began in the prior school year.
We are completing a comprehensive review of our History curriculum to ensure that all of our history is represented and that anti-bias education and social justice are incorporated into the educational experience
We have initiated discussions with the NAACP Media Chapter and the Anti-Defamation League to engage in various school and community conversations and initiatives.
Board DEI Subcommittee and Community-Wide DEI Action Committee:
The Board formed a DEI Subcommittee to guide and oversee the District's work to address diversity, equity and inclusion. We also established a Community-Wide DEI Action Committee to inform and guide our work, and to help us partner with the broader WSSD community.
District Equity Audit:
We are in the early stages of planning for a District-wide equity audit to be led by an external contractor. Efforts are underway to identify potential contractors and establish a timeframe for beginning audit work.