When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.
District Equity Team
Equity Team Purpose:
To enhance and improve the district’s efforts to ensure academic success for all students by closing opportunity gaps for students and providing equitable and inclusive working and learning environments for all students, families, staff and communities.
Connection to Strategic Goals:
Goal 1: Ensure academic success for every student
Goal 2: Provide safe and innovative learning environments
Goal 3: Recruit, hire, and retain highly effective personnel
Goal 4: Use resources effectively and be fiscally responsible
Goal 5: Engage our communities
To advise, provide input, and help prioritize the district-wide equity efforts
Approximately once a month
Equity Team Updates:
June 11, 2018
Equity Team members continued to discuss LWSD equity efforts that are underway. Dr. Pierce and Dr. Holmen shared that the district will be posting a new position for a Director Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion position to help lead and facilitate the equity efforts. This position is now open and posted on the district’s employment page. In addition, the plans for August professional development time focused on equity were shared. Equity Team member and teacher Michael Finley shared a letter to the Equity Team written by a group of racially diverse educators. The letter indicated everyone’s high interest in the success of school equity teams, and suggested steps to support the successful implementation of school-based equity teams. Equity Team members worked in small table groups using a “serial testimony” protocol to share their reflections on this year’s work of the Equity Team. Each member was given a chance to share: What has happened this year to build trust in this committee? What more needs to be done to build trust? What would we need to do as a group to ensure that youth voice can be heard and valued in this space? This was an opportunity to both look back on what has been accomplished during the 2017-18 school year by the Equity Team and what can be done moving forward in the 2018-19 school year.
June 11, 2018 Equity Team Agenda
- May 14, 2018
Equity Team members spent time discussing the testimony of Lake Washington High School (LWHS) students at a School Board meeting last year, and the equity efforts being made by LWHS this school year. The team discussed how the district can build upon these conversations in launching equity work for all staff in the 2018-19 school year. The team also discussed how the district can be responsive to unique school needs even while focusing on broad organizational issues.
May 14, 2018 Equity Team Agenda
- April 30, 2018
LWSD staff and Equity Team members divided into groups to provide answers to questions on each of the following departments: School Support (School Equity Teams), Human Resources, Teaching and Learning, Professional Learning, and Communications & Community Engagement. Each department provided questions/statements for Equity Team members to respond to in a Serial Testimony format. The results of the discussions will be shared back with this group. This might include immediate changes in policy or practice, thoughts on using the feedback in the future, and more.
- March 26, 2018
LWSD staff shared back the results of the prioritization of equity goals by department with the Equity Team. The highest priority goals identified included those of the departments of School Support, Professional Learning, Human Resources, and Communications and Community Engagement. Dr. Matthew Livingston, Director, School Support, Eastlake Learning Community and Dr. Jon Holmen, Deputy Superintendent, shared the School Support Department’s Equity Action Plan. In table groups, Equity Team members discussed the School Support Action Plan and shared the strengths, opportunities for improvement, what may be missing from the plan that would support the strategy, and what resources each person is aware of that could support the plan – such as people, materials, community support. This led to a large group conversation about the School Support Department’s Equity Action Plan. Other departments will bring Equity Action Plans to the Equity Team for feedback in the coming months.
March 26, 2018 Equity Team Agenda
Prioritized Equity Goals
Draft Equity Action Plan - School Equity Teams
- February 12, 2018
Building on the work from the January Equity Team meeting, district staff took the feedback gathered from the District Equity Team and developed equity-focused goals for each department. The Equity Team worked in table groups to discuss the goals of each department and then prioritized what they felt to be the highest priority areas for the district. The prioritization of goals by the Equity Team will be used to help inform the development of a District Equity Action Plan. This process/timeline aligns with the district’s annual strategic planning/budgeting cycle, so priority work areas, and resources needed to accomplish the work can be identified.
- January 29, 2018
The Equity Team welcomed new members to the team. The team is now full and will not be accepting new members. Lake Washington School District is in the process of strategic planning for the 2018-19 school year. Each department shared what their equity focus areas are, as well as specific strategies/equity efforts that are currently underway in their area. They also shared potential future strategies/efforts. The Equity Team reviewed the efforts of each department and shared questions and opportunities. The questions and opportunities were gathered and will be shared out at the next Equity Team meeting. The Equity Team will then have the opportunity to help prioritize these equity efforts at the next meeting.
- December 11, 2017
The Equity Team welcomed additional new members to the team. Dr. Pierce shared student data and the team began to discuss the questions that arise from the student data. In addition to the achievement data presented, student quotes from last year’s focus groups were shared with the team. The team continued the policy work that it began in November.
- November 13, 2017
The Equity Team welcomed new members to the team and continued to discuss the make-up of the team. The district will be developing an Equity Policy to guide its work. The District Equity Team will provide input into the development of the policy. The team began a process to review models of other district’s Equity policies. This work will continue at the December meeting.
- October 9, 2017
The Equity Team met to discuss the make-up of the team. The team reviewed the application and recruiting process used when building the team. The team also discussed the possibility of expanding and offered insight on who might need to be included as they work to ensure equitable inclusion and participation.
- September 25, 2017
The District Equity Team convened for a learning session. Equity Team facilitator Ilsa Govan, from Cultures Connecting, led the group in dialogue about foundational equity-focused learning and reviewed the team’s purpose and goals. The team will continue to meet monthly for the remainder of the year.
- June 20, 2017
At this initial meeting, team members introduced themselves and shared their “why” for joining the team. A copy of Anthony Muhammad’s book, Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap was provided for summer reading.