Equity Advisory Group
Issaquah Valley Elementary Portable 6
9:00 - 11:30am
- September 22, 2016
- March 9, 2017
- May 18, 2017
Get to Know Our Members (coming soon)
Do you want to join us?
Please contact Rosann Rankin for more information RankinR@issaquah.wednet.edu
Who are we?
The Cultural Equity Advisory Group formed in January 2015. We are a group of parents, teachers, educational assistants, administrators and other stakeholders in ISD.
What is our purpose?
We meet to advise the district on ways to improve equity in our increasingly diverse district. We represent multiple voices and perspectives from different ethnic/racial, religious, class and other groups.
How has Issaquah School District changed in the past few years?
Fifteen years ago we were 85% white, and in 2014-15 we were 59% white and 41% other races. We are getting more and more diverse every year.
What is Equity?
Equity addresses differences and takes into consideration the fact that this society has many groups in it who have not always been given equal treatment and/or have not had a level field on which to play. (Krause, Traini & Mickey, 2001, Equity versus Equality)
Equity means giving special focus to certain groups, to better serve those groups that have been under-represented or under-served. When we focus on these groups, the whole district benefits (this is “targeted universalism”).
Equality says we treat everyone the same and give them the exact same resources or support.
Equity says we treat each person individually and give them the resources and supports they need to get access and succeed.
What is our Vision Statement:
We believe that the cultural diversity of our district is one of our greatest strengths, and that every community has unique and critical contributions. We welcome and empower everyone and strive to provide equitable opportunities for each and every child.
What are we working on?
Our group recommended three areas of focus to the district:
- Family Partnerships
- Develop parent leaders in buildings who can serve as family connectors and cultural brokers with families
- Provide year-long, district-wide training and education for parents about the school system
- Work with PTA to engage families from diverse cultures/languages
- Hiring and retaining diverse staff
- Continue working with NW University on alternate routes to certification for EAs (to support EAs of color to become teachers)\
- Explore teacher pipeline: ISD high school students-of-color to become ISD teachers
- Look at job descriptions and interview questions for other possible ways to attract/hire diverse candidates
- Cultural Competence professional development/training for ISD staff
- Continue with current professional development for staff – teachers and support staff
- Continue with current professional development for principals/administrators
- Consider having mandatory training for all staff
For information on recent events, please visit the Cultural and Family Partnerships