SCSD Educational Equity Advisory Team
Somers School District values diversity, equity, and inclusion across all schools. Collectively we are committed to the establishment of a learning environment where faculty, staff, parents and students build knowledge and abilities that embrace the identified district value of learning from and collaborating with individuals from diverse backgrounds in a spirit of mutual respect, self-reflection, flexible thinking and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts. As a district, we strive to provide equitable access to education to benefit all children.
The District desires to establish a SCSD Educational Equity Advisory Team to be a resource and a springboard to aid the district in better fulfilling the values of the district. We are committed to a fully inclusive educational experience for all students grounded in respect for others and their variety of perspectives. We desire to embrace the multitude of aspects of our students’ identities, including but not limited to, physical/mental ability, religious beliefs, race, sexual orientation, gender, language, and socioeconomic status.
The SCSD Educational Equity Advisory Team provides direction and leadership in Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist district practices by serving as the "educational equity lens" to provide positive change for all.
Vision and Values:
SEEAT recognizes the inherent value of every child and our responsibility to instill social justice in all facets of SCSD. To that end, we Value:
- Collaborating across the schools and community
- Guiding the review of curriculum, organizational structures and learning opportunities to support inclusive, anti-bias, and anti-racist practices
- Elevating the voices of our children
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Team will provide input for creating a culturally responsive and respectful learning environment by focusing on the following areas:
- Curriculum and learning activities that reflect the range of diversity in our district
- Organization structure that reflects the collective value of educational equity
- Learning that enhances the knowledge and skills of our faculty, staff, students, and families to better meet the needs of our diverse learning community
The District follows the definition of culture as described as follows , “We define culture broadly to include all shared characteristics of human description, including age, gender, geography, ancestry, language, history, sexual orientation, faith and physical ability, as well as occupation and affiliations.” (Lindsey, Randall B. et al. Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2009. pp 11-12)
Education Equity Defined:
The District aligns with the definition of educational equity as described by the Center for Public Education, “Equity is achieved when all students receive the resources they need so they graduate prepared for success after high school.” (Center for Public Education, “Educational Equity; what does it mean? How do we know when we reach it?” January 2016: http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/educationalequity)
We are dedicated to the development and maintenance of a climate in all schools that is grounded in the Social Justice Standards of Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action from Teaching Tolerance. The SCSD Educational Equity Advisory Team will provide input to the superintendent and related committees (e.g. building-based No Place for Hate Committees) for the healthy social, emotional, and intellectual development of ALL children, by promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion to support each child in realizing his or her potential.
Membership and Commitment:
The SCSD Educational Equity Advisory Team will meet monthly approximately eight times a year for ninety minutes. The desire is to have a faculty member from each school, two staff members, three students from Somers High School, two parents, a community member, one administrator from elementary and one from secondary and one central office representation. Meetings this year will be on the following days from 4:00-6:00 on 9/23/20, 10/28/20, 12/2/20, 1/27/21, 2/24/21, 3/24/21 and 4/28/21. It is requested that you make a commitment to be on this committee for at least two years.
If you are interested in providing input and direction in the District’s focus on supporting our value of diversity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please respond to the following questions when you express your interest:
- Why would you like to participate on the SCSD Educational Equity Advisory Committee?
- What experience do you have personally or professionally that helps you to understand issues related to diversity?
- What do you feel you would bring to support the efforts of the SCSD Educational Equity Advisory Team?