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Here is our school district's new Race and Equity Policy, as presented, in draft form, to the school board on October 10. It is the culmination of three years' work by Assistant Superintendent Justin Irish, the school board members, school district staff, school families and community members.
This is a highly progressive, cutting edge approach, and illustrates our school district's and our community's commitment to truly making a difference in the lives of our children. Focus is on high achievement standards for all students through removal of identified opportunity gaps.
The board will vote on adoption of this policy on their October 24 meeting.
Next step will be implementation.
These are very exciting times for our community. As a long-term community member and a graduate of our school district, I can't tell you how moved I am that we are taking on this very important change.
Policy: 0600- DRAFT
Section: 0000 – Planning
Race and Equity
The Edmonds School District acknowledges that complex societal and historical factors contribute to inequities within our school district. This policy confronts the institutional bias that results in predictability of student performance based on race, background and/or circumstances (such as but not limited to: disability, language, income and culture). We resolve to address opportunity gaps at every level of our organization through policy, procedure, and practice in order to eliminate persistent achievement gaps.
Our data suggests that among these disparate outcomes, race continues to be the most persistent predictor of student performance. Consequently, we will prioritize our efforts and resources on strategies that eliminate institutional racism.
The core purpose of the Edmonds School District is to nurture the potential in each student so that she or he is well equipped for a world of infinite possibilities. We are committed to creating and sustaining great schools where every student—without exception—learns at high levels. In light of this purpose, Edmonds School District prioritizes closing achievement and opportunity gaps, while raising the achievement for all students. Educational equity benefits all students and our entire community.
The diversity of our student body, our staff and our community is a strength of this district and should be fostered. Edmonds School District believes the responsibility for student success is broadly shared by District staff, families, our community and our students’ own efforts. Each student deserves respectful learning environments in which diversity is valued and contributes to successful academic outcomes.
In order to address opportunity and achievement gaps, the Edmonds School District will develop equity tools and procedures as strategies to eliminate systemic disparities and ensure systemic equity for students, staff, and families. Edmonds School District commits to:
1. ELIMINATE SYSTEMIC DISPARITIES
To interrupt factors that perpetuate inequities, Edmonds School District will:
Edmonds School District will implement and lead from a system-wide racial equity plan that stands on three critical pillars: Family, Student and Community Engagement; Leadership; and Teaching and Learning.
A. Family, Student and Community Engagement
District employees will develop and implement equitable practices for and with our students,
their families and other community members including:
District leaders will ensure that racial equity guides employee actions and leads to
improved academic results by:
District employees will work together to increase their individual and collective capacity to
effectively teach a racially and ethnically diverse and changing student population by:
The Board directs the Superintendent to develop and implement a system-wide racial equity plan with clear accountability and metrics, which will result in measureable academic improvements for Edmonds School District students. The Superintendent shall regularly report progress on the plan and outcomes.
Edmonds School District Adopted: