Equity Advisory Group – Phase 3
The Equity Advisory Group (EAG) was initially formed in the fall of 2018 to help the district engage a diverse breadth of voices from among our community to better understand the unique and shared student needs across our district and to ensure those needs are being addressed in both policy and in procedure – the way we do our work every day. The formation of this group affirms the district’s commitment to provide a positive and supportive learning environment, meeting the needs of each and every student through individualized and innovative supports and services.
The third phase of this work, from September 2020 to June 2021, is designed to give BSD Superintendent Dr. Ivan Duran additional input with respect to implementation of the BSD Board Policy 0130 – Equity and Accountability (PDF). BSD Board Policy 0130 calls for the Superintendent or designee to create and maintain procedures associated with this policy and other relevant policies as appropriate, to guide how each of the ten District commitments will be implemented.
Specifically, the EAG will generate recommendations for policies, procedures and other actions that will provide accountability to the implementation of Board Policy 0130. The work of Phase 3 is to
- Focus on Culturally Responsive and Supporting Pedagogy
- Focus on Access and Resources, particularly for students receiving Special Education. (Policy 2161 and Procedure 2161P)
- Resume community outreach (which was interrupted by COVID-19)
- Work with principals, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) Council, Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF), and parent groups to provide updates and gather input and feedback
- Collaborate with the new Student Advisory Group and the Family Engagement Group to include more voices and perspectives
Why is this Important?
The district currently faces many challenges in how it serves the diversity of students who attend BSD schools. Inequity, in particular racial inequity, constitute the common denominator amongst many those challenges. The district’s ability to provide systems-wide guidance on more equitable policies, procedures, and practices to better serve the diversity of students who attend BSD schools represents a moral imperative for the Bellevue School District. Despite efforts to bridge the achievement gap of students of color, students with special needs, ELL students, and students living in poverty, these efforts have typically been programmatic and not systemic or cultural, and thus have been insufficient.
- Mohammed Bakr, parent and community member
- Paul Sutton, parent and External Expert
- Haruka Kojima, former parent and Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (APIA)
- Maina Train, parent and PTSA Council
- Lori Anderson, Bellevue Schools Foundation
- Jill Rock, Bellevue Education Association Vice President
- Wilnec Gideon, Assistant Principal, High School
- Anecia Grigsby, Assistant Principal, High School
- Betty Nahn, School Admin – Middle
- Brook Garcia, School Admin – Elem
- Lena Pothitou-West, Educator – Elem
- Johanna Wong, Psychologist – Middle
- Melody Birch, Instructional Mentor
- Ivan Duran, Superintendent
- John Harrison, Executive Director of Schools
- Shomari Jones, Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement
- Pat Hughes, Group Facilitator, Trillium Leadership Consulting