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Sausalito Marin City SD |  BP  0210  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

Equity   

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The Board of Trustees for Sausalito Marin City School District is committed to the success of every student in each of our schools. The mission of the District is to provide a safe, healthy and culturally responsive learning environment where students succeed at every grade level in preparation for high school, college and the world of work. We provide a rigorous and challenging academic program with highly qualified educators, in collaboration with parents and community partners. We will hold our learning community accountable for our progress.

We believe in the potential of each student. We believe that because of our commitment to our students, families, community partners and educators will embrace and support our public schools.

Diversity is an Asset

Our success depends on the diverse backgrounds of students, staff, parents and community members. We rely on their knowledge, creativity and motivation for the success of our schools.

Social Responsibility

We model good citizenship, ethical behavior and sensitivity to others, and promote each child's success as a member of the global society. We value diversity and integration and believe it enriches our educational program and ensures social and academic success.

Agility, Adaptability and Tenacity

We promote strategic thinking, innovation and agility in response to a changing world. We invest in personal learning through focused professional development for staff. We stick to it. We build resiliency.

Student Centered Education

In order to ensure our students meet their fullest potential, we provide a comprehensive, standards-based, differentiated curriculum and opportunities for every student to be successful and engaged. The ongoing assessment of student learning informs our instructional practices.

Focus on Results

We will promote systemic thinking and use of data to monitor the progress of all students.

Equity

Each student has an individualized path to learning, college and careers and the right to access their own educational opportunities. Students get what they need to be successful.

We implement practices in order to achieve and maintain equity in education. Equity focuses on outcomes. Educational equity means raising the achievement of all students while (1) narrowing the gap between the lowest and highest performing students. The concept of educational equity goes beyond formal equality - where all students are treated the same - to fostering a barrier-free environment where all students, regardless of their race or socioeconomic circumstances, have the opportunity to benefit equally. Educational equity benefits all students, as well as our entire community. All students shall graduate from the Sausalito Marin City School District and high school ready to succeed in a racially and culturally diverse local, national and global community. To achieve educational equity, Sausalito Marin City School District will continue to provide additional and differentiated resources to support the success of its students. The following equity definitions will be used:

Equity consists of using extra and different measures to bring about the state of equality - specifically, equality in achievement outcomes.

Equity does not mean treating everyone in the same way. It means doing whatever it takes to get everyone to the same place.

In order to achieve equity for our students, the board establishes the following priorities:

A. The District shall provide every student with equitable access to high quality and culturally relevant instruction, curriculum, support, facilities and other educational resources, even when this means differentiating resources to accomplish this goal.

B. The District shall create multiple pathways to success in order to meet the needs of our diverse students, and shall actively encourage support and expect high academic achievement for all students.

C. The District shall recruit, employ, support and retain racially and linguistically diverse and culturally competent administrative, instructional and support personnel, and shall provide professional development to strengthen employees' knowledge and skills for eliminating disparities in achievement. Additionally, the District shall actively strive to have our teacher and administrator workforce reflect the diversity of our student body.

D. All staff and students shall be given the opportunity to understand racial identity, and the impact of their own racial identity on themselves and others.

E. The District shall welcome and empower students and families, including underrepresented families and those whose first language may not be English, as essential partners in their student's education, school planning and district decision-making. The District shall create welcoming environments that reflect and support the racial and ethnic diversity of the student population and community. In addition, the District will include other partners who have demonstrated culturally-specific expertise - including government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the community in general - in meeting our educational outcomes.

The Board will hold the Superintendent and central and school leadership staff accountable for making measurable progress in meeting these priorities. Every Sausalito Marin City School District employee is responsible for the success and achievement of all students. The Board recognizes that these are long- term goals that require significant work and resources to implement across all schools. As such, the board directs the Superintendent to develop action plans with clear accountability and metrics that will result in measurable results on a yearly basis towards achieving the above goals. Such action plans shall identify specific staff leads on all key work, and include clear procedures for district schools and staff. The Superintendent will present the Board with a plan to implement priorities and goals within three months of the adoption of this resolution in support of the Equity Statement. A benchmark assessment instrument will be developed and used to measure progress towards these goals and action plans.

Thereafter, the Superintendent will report on progress towards these goals at least twice a year, and will provide the Board with updated action plans each year.

Policy SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: December 11, 2013 Sausalito, California