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Culturally Responsive Practices

Growth will be evident through visible improvement in culturally responsive practices.

Strategies

The district will provide professional development opportunities for staff to identify their cultural lens and understand different perspectives. The DEI team will lead summer and winter institutes to support staff who choose to learn more about the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Members of the DEI team will participate in building staff meetings so they are informed of current district trends and can provide consultation from a culturally-responsive perspective.

Image of man leading poverty simulations for teachers and support staff

Task Force Members

Fifteen administrators, teachers and support staff members from across the district participate on this task force. The group is led by DEI Core Team Members Jocelyn Weeda and Matt Moyer.

Related Efforts

  • More than 300 staff members chose to participate in a book study of Culturally Responsible Teaching and the Brain to better understand how students process information for learning.
  • Each building has held meetings to provide time for staff to reflect on and build their understanding of others.
  • Optional professional development opportunities have included COPE Poverty Simulations as well as sessions sharing best practices for supporting LGBTQ students.
  • Staff and community members could choose to participate in the district-hosted event, Courageous Conversations about Race.
  • An online resource bank for teachers about culturally-responsive teaching was created and maintained.