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9-R’s Eye on the Inclusive Excellence Prize for 2023-24

Why THIS matters to our community:

  • When stakeholders feel a sense of belonging then ALL members and students achieve, feel safe, and have a voice.
  • When families are engaged, student achievement increases.
  • When staff feel included and heard, staff engagement and retention, student achievement, and professional growth increase.

By the numbers: 
Continuing the commitment to belonging, the Inclusive Excellence Guiding Coalition (made up of staff, parents, students, and community advocates) reflected on making exciting progress during the 2022-23 school year. The coalition wishes to thank all the district staff for focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) this year.  Some celebrations and highlights this year:

  • More than 200 participants attended Native American Parent Advisory Committee events.
  • There are four full-time parent/guardian liaisons and eleven Native American Cultural Liaisons supporting and creating strong relationships with families and schools.
  • District-wide attendance (over 700 staff) at and commitment to DEIB professional development, which is almost unprecedented nationally! 
  • Approximately 1443 hours of Language Services have been provided as of 4/21/23.  We are committed to providing interpretation and translation services so that multilingual families can actively participate.
  • 90% of students in grades 6-12 reported “My teacher respects my cultural background” on the Fall 2023 Student Perception Survey. 
  • 89% of students in grades 3-5 reported “My teacher cares about me” on the Fall 2023 Student Perception Survey. 

The BIG picture:
The Inclusive Excellence Guiding Coalition openly accepts a growth mindset! The group collaboratively set three growth priorities for the 2023-24 school year.

  • Continue our district’s commitment to emphasize and grow on-going DEIB training for existing staff and provide DEIB onboarding for new staff. 
  • Increase diversity representation in existing committees, as well as increase parent engagement. 
  • Ensure equitable, effective, and consistent learning expectations for all students using the Multi-Tiered System of Support. 

Expanded membership:
The coalition values the diversity of our community and is committed to having diverse representation to help reach our goals. For the 2023-24 school year we are recruiting a committed and passionate member from each of the school communities. If you or someone you know is interested please contact Vanessa Giddings, Executive Director of Student Support Services at [email protected]. Thank you!