Alliance for Diversity & Equity (ADE)Who We AreJune 14, 2006 Leadership in a diverse world, Excellence in all endeavors, Achievement through scholarship and community service, and Diversity and Equity as core values in education and society.
Alliance for Diversity & Equity We envision KSD/ADE to be a place: • where all students have a voice and are treated with dignity and respect. • where students, families, staff, administration, and community are all interdependent - unified by mutual respect and acceptance, and having the purpose of academic success for all students. • where parents, guardians, students, and the community are able to freely express their concerns and feel safe, validated and appreciated.
Alliance for Diversity & Equity • where students accept, learn and appreciate all of the unique qualities of individuals. • where it is safe for and welcoming of all students and staff members. • where all students are nurtured, supported and “successfully prepared for the future”. • where equal opportunities exist for and are accessible to all students. • where families, school officials, and communities feel that power, responsibility and successes are equally shared.
Alliance for Diversity & Equity MISSION STATEMENT Provide Kent School District the necessary guidance and assistance to create an equitable, academically enriching, safe and welcoming school environment for all students, their parents and guardians, and the community.
Alliance for Diversity & Equity PRIMARY OBJECTIVES The ADE shall address three priorities identified by the former DTFII and as charged by the Superintendent: • Identify ways to engage minority communities and facilitate new communication processes • Identify new strategies to close the minority achievement gap • Identify ways to address areas of disproportionality
Alliance for Diversity & Equity CommitteeStructure Public Information Committee Academic Achievement & Disproportionality Community Partnership Committee Role Model Committee
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Community Partnership Committee Outcome Desired: Strong community involvement within schools to ensure a welcoming and supportive environment for all stakeholders Accomplishments: • Changed committee name • Identified barriers and developed strategies to overcome them • Planned and began implementation of outreach services • Developed bank of FAQ to explain graduation requirements
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Community Partnership Committee Long Term Plans • Invite guests from community-based organizations with diversity focus to share information with ADE with the intent of alignment of effort • Target distribution of FAQ regarding the graduation requirements to families, especially diverse communities that may not receive information via traditional means • Continue exploration of best practices re: parental involvement to be shared and implemented within the KSD
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Public Information Committee Outcome Desired To ensure that the KSD community is informed on the ADE and the progress in achieving its mission • Input is gathered from the three other committees to be sure the public knows what practical steps are being taken by the ADE • Articles are written that focus on actions and recommendations of the ADE
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Public Information Committee Accomplishments • Two articles were submitted to schools this year • "Who We Are" information regarding the ADE (Fall) • What each committee has done to date (Spring) • Receive updates and summaries from each committee to use in newsletters and year-end Board presentation. • Forward articles to Community Connections for assistance with print media and district website resources.
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Public Information Committee Long Term Plans • Monthly "Diversity Corner" article for schools to distribute and for publication on the web and community newspapers • Work with IT to update Diversity Webpage • Consider ways to facilitate communication back to the district • Have newsletters translated into key languages • Consider additional ways to communicate with public – radio, public access television • Utilize staff to coordinate school newsletter articles • Expand Public Information Committee membership to include students and community members
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Role Model Committee Outcome Desired Students will support and empower all to actively participate in school activities Accomplishments • Student Leadership Summit: non-traditional leadership came together to exchange ideas to work together • Visibility of students as leaders • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: student leadership planned and carried out
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Role Model Committee Immediate Action Plans • High school students will mentor and support middle school students to participate in multicultural activities • Student Summit for high school students to continue implementation of goals/outcomes developed on March 3, 2006 • Continue to develop and establish multicultural activities in the middle and elementary schools • Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival Celebrations: in future years, individual schools reach out to their communities through their strands to establish evening Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations, hosting these at an individual school or strand high school in festival format Long Term Plans • Hold Student Summit in the Spring of 2008 • Work with strand/feeder middle and elementary schools
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Academic Achievement and Disproportionality Committee Outcome Desired • Continue to address academic achievement and disproportionality Accomplishments • Selected Title I/LAP schools and School Improvement Plans Plans (SIPs) looking at targeted areas listed on school plans • Analyzed parent, family and community involvement in relation to SIPs • Reviewed and analyzed student performance data
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Academic Achievement and Disproportionality Committee Long Term Plans • Continue to review SIPs for high level of parent/community involvement • Internal sharing directly to the ADE, schools and district committees
Alliance for Diversity & Equity Gracias Asante Istitiy Xie xie Do jeh Dankie Dêkuji Thank You! 2005-2006 Co-Chairs: Dr. Mark Haddock & Ms. Deborah Northern Website: http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/district/diversity/ Spasibo Merci Kamsa hamnida Dziekuje Arigato