Community Engagement

Focus Groups: The focus groups were an opportunity for families, community members, students and staff to express what works well and what might work better to create a positive social and academic climate in the schools. Participants were randomly selected and selected to represent the diversity of their child’s school and the district. Participants were asked to respond to a set of core questions related to a welcoming environment, opportunities to participate in activities, teams or clubs, opportunities to receive academic supports if necessary, respect for all cultures, and good communication with teachers. These responses and conversations would help inform school district policies, programs, curriculum choices and equity/diversity training for staff and students.

Online Survey: An online survey was developed and launched in November 2015 and closed late December 2015. It provided staff, families and community members an opportunity to provide input on what was working and what might work better to create a positive social and academic climate in schools. Participants were asked to respond to a set of questions related to a welcoming environment, opportunities to participate in activities, teams or clubs, opportunities to receive academic supports if necessary, respect for all cultures, and good communication with teachers. These responses would also help inform school district policies, programs, curriculum choices and equity/diversity training for staff and students.

Multi-stakeholder Convening: A larger stakeholder group to more broadly discuss equity, diversity and inclusion across the greater Northshore community

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