Our Mission and Work
We are committed to supporting and sustaining an educational community that is inclusive, diverse and equitable. The values of diversity, inclusion and equity are inextricably linked to our mission of excellence, and we embrace these values as being critical to development, learning, and success. To fully realize our mission it is imperative we recognize the institutional barriers, including racism and bias, that contribute to the pervasive, disparate educational outcomes within our school system.
We will take action to eliminate barriers as we strive for educational equity for all student groups. We expect nothing less than an accessible, multicultural community in which civility and respect are fostered, and discrimination and harassment are not tolerated. We recognize that our work to respect diversity and to include all in our community has roots in a history that has privileged certain groups while excluding and oppressing others. In our work with our schools and community, we work to address the detrimental effects of this history through our teaching, practice, training and service.
Moreover, we are vigilant to advance the voices and needs of our marginalized populations, given the existing power differentials within our community and in the larger society.
Developed a 4-year plan to roll out equity-based initiatives.
Initiated 32 School Equity Teams, one for each school.
Led the district-wide Equity & Diversity Committee and Student Equity & Diversity Committee.
Provided ongoing professional development District administrators and school equity team leads.
Provided ongoing support to District and building staff and administrators.
Continued development of a 4-year plan titled "Multicultural Weeks of Engagement" to help students and staff celebrate the diverse identities, backgrounds, and cultures that make up the district.
Worked closely with Human Resources to hire and retain diverse staff that represent the Northshore community.
Built on recruitment plans to continue increasing staff from diverse backgrounds from across the country.
Initiated Northshore's Staff of Color Coalition.
Hired family liaisons to support Northshore's underserved families.
Created a Religious and Cultural Holidays Calendar to spread awareness and use as an educational tool to learn about the holidays that are celebrated by our Northshore community.
Continued to work with other staff and volunteers in the District to update the Art Docent Program framework, trainings and artists to better reflect our valued diverse community.
Brought in equity consultants to lead professional development trainings to school equity teams and District and building administrators.