Equity and Inclusion
The Monroe County Community School Corporation values diversity, equity, and inclusive initiatives that are aligned with student learning and a student-centered environment. Through equity leadership teams at each of our schools, we seek to develop, implement, and evaluate equitable and inclusive practices by building relationships, the facilitation of collaborations, and engagement with allies and community stakeholders. All staff receive continuous professional learning opportunities in areas such as micro-aggressions, implicit bias, inclusivity, and equity. In addition, this focus directly aligns with our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative.
We partner with the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center. This organization provides technical assistance and training in the areas of race, sex, national origin, and religion to public school districts to promote equitable education opportunities.
Educational Equity is educational policies, practices, interactions, and resources that are representative of, constructed by, and responsive to all people such that each individual has access to, can meaningfully participate, and make progress in high-quality learning experiences that empowers them towards self-determination and reduces disparities in outcomes regardless of individual characteristics and cultural identities (Fraser, 2008; Great Lakes Equity Center, 2013).
Fraser, N. (2008). Scales of justice: Reimagining political space in a globalizing world. Malden, MA: Polity. Great Lakes Equity Center. (2013). Advancing educational equity: The journey towards transformative change. Equity Leaders Institute. Great Lakes Equity Center (GLEC).
Desired Equity Experience Statement
We are committed to cultivating a safe, welcoming, nurturing, and supportive environment for every child, parent, caregiver, visitor, community partner, and fellow employee in every school each and every day.
Building Culturally Responsive Schools Summary Report
Culturally Responsive and Asset-Based Pedagogy
A pedagogy that "connect students' cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles to academic knowledge and intellectual tools in ways that legitimize what students already know." (Kozleski, 2010, p.1)
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
A theoretical stance that "seeks to perpetuate and foster- to sustain- linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of the democratic project of schooling" (Paris, 2012, p. 95).
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