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Equity, Social Justice and Inclusion Library

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 Book of the Month Review

August/September

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
by Zaretta Hammond   Published in 2014

To close the achievement gap, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement. Culturally responsive instruction has shown promise, but many teachers have struggled with its implemention - until now. 

In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cultting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction. The book includes:

  • Information on how one's culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships.
  • Ten "key moves" to build students' learners operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners
  • Prompts for action and value self-reflection

 

October/November

Blind Spot
by Banaji and Greenwald   Published 2013

"I know my own mind.
I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way."

These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.

“Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups―without our awareness or conscious control―shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.

In Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot.

 

December/January

Excellence Through Equity - Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student
by Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera with Lorena Kelly   Published 2016

Excellence Through Equity is an inspiring look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students are able to thrive. In these schools, educators understand that equity is not about treating all children the same. They are deeply committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential—and succeed.

To help educators with what can at times be a difficult and challenging journey, Blankstein and Noguera frame the book with five guiding principles of Courageous Leadership:

  • Getting to your core
  • Making organizational meaning
  • Ensuring constancy and consistency of purpose
  • Facing the facts and your fears
  • Building sustainable relationships

They further emphasize that the practices are grounded in three important areas of research that are too often disregarded: (1) child development, (2) neuroscience, and (3) environmental influences on child development and learning.

 

February/March

We Can't Teach What We Don't Know
by Gary Howard  Published 2016

Gary Howard outlines what good teachers know, what they do, and how they embrace culturally responsive teaching. Change Begins With Us: School transformation begins with the teachers' willingness to change their classroom structures, school structures, and themselves. It is crucial that teachers make the commitment to look deep inside themselves to see how they can better their attitudes, practices, and beliefs related to race and cultural differences. This book is a reminder to teaching is more than a job; it is a vocation in which we must dedicate our entire self.

 

April/May

June/July/August 

 

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:58

EJI Committees and Mission Statement

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WSD Equity, Justice and Inclusion Mission Statement

Help create a safe and inclusive climate throughout the district
wherein diversity/differences are embraced and celebrated,
every student and employee is inspired to achieve, thrive and grow,
and where each is empowered to act against any form of intolerance, bigotry (and/or) injustice.
 

 

WSD Equity Advisory Committee Members

Kilo Zamora - Social Change Facilitation, CEO; Gender Studies Faculty, University of Utah

Jackie Thompson - Governor's Multicultural Commission and Retired Educator

Forrest Crawford - Professor, Weber State University

Kathleen Christy - Retired Educational Equity Director

 

WSD Equity Committee Members

Dr. Jeff Stephens - Superintendent

Lori Rasmussen - Assistant Superintendent

Art Hansen - Assistant Superintendent

Jan Burrell - Board Member, WSD Board of Education

Gina Butters - Executive Director, Secondary

Cami Alexander - Executive Director, Elementary

Jamie Ellis - Director, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

Karla Porter - Director, Student Services

Clyde Moore - Supervisor, Secondary Education

Karen Miller - Coordinator, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

Ray Long - Retired Administator, WSD

Brandon Baca - Teacher, Social Studies; President, WEA

Lorena Hernandez - Teacher, Spanish Immerison

Barb Whitman - Director, Ogden-Weber UniServ

Heidi Alder - WSD Legal Counsel

Sandy Lambert - Support Staff

 

WSD Equity Team

Roy Cone 

Melinda Stimpson - Roy High School/Social Studies Teacher

Amy Herrick - Roy High School/LIA and EL Teacher

Anneke Petersen - Two Rivers High/Counselor

Jenny Stone - Two Rivers High/Language Arts Teacher

Alexandra Smith - Sand Ridge Jr. High/Spanish, ESL Teacher

 

Bonneville Cone 

Natasha Davis - Bonneville High School/Counselor

Cedric Smith - T.H. Bell Jr. High/Science Teacher

Clay Dyer - Washington Terrace Elementary/6th Grade Teacher

Craig Pitts  - H Guy Elementary/2nd Grade Teacher

 

Weber Cone 

Melanie Malan - Weber High School/Spanish Teacher

Marian Doman - Orion Junior High/History Teacher

Julie Smith - Bates Elementary/Counselor

Melissa LeeMaster - North Ogden Elementary/Reading Specialist

Amy Ogle - Valley Elementary/5th Grade Teacher

 

Fremont Cone 

Trudy Sportsman - Rocky Mountain Jr. High/Library, Media Specialist

Caysie Bowden - Rocky Mountain Junior High/Counselor

Sher Elliott - Plain City Elementary/Counselor

 

Flex Team 

Jennifer Warren – District/SpEd Supervisor

Quinn Talbot - T. H. Bell Junior High School/Asst. Principal

Nick Reyes - Bonneville High School/Asst. Principal

Brandon Lott - Freedom Elementary/Principal

Christy Wagner - District Curriculum Specialist

Juliana Woodbury - Canyon View/Principal

Nichole Warren-Doman - Bonneville High/Asst. Principal

Justin Skeen - Lomond View/Principal

Alicia Mitchell - Fremont High School/Asst. Principal

Phil Nestoryak - Valley View Elementary/Principal

 

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:58

Equity In Motion

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Restorative Practices

Latinos In Action (LIA)

Title VI

Immigrant/Migrant/Refugee Education

 

Highlighting schools in Weber School District working towards Equity, Justice, and Inclusion. 

Valley View Elementary School


Riverdale Elementary School

Schoolwide assembly for students on "See Something. Do Something." Assembly was led by Bonneville High School studentbody officers, with performance by the Bonneville High School Drumline. 

 Riverdale ELementary "See something, do something" assemblyRiverdale Elementary "See something, do something" assembly #2Riverdale Elementary "See something, do something" assembly #2

 

Orion Junior High School

Latinos In Action Parent Night

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Culturally Responsive Teaching

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Planting Seeds of Equity

Planting Seeds of Equity

Change is a continuous process. You cannot assess it with the static yardstick of a limited time frame. When a seed is sown into the ground, you cannot immediately see the plant. You have to be patient. With time, it grows into a large tree. And then the flowers bloom, and only then can the fruits be plucked. - Mamata Banerjee

Culturally Responsive Teaching 

Culturally Responsive Teaching is teaching and leading in such a way that more of your students, across more of their differencing, achieve at a high level and engage at a deeper level. It is knowing and understanding your students.

Cultural Competence 

Cultural Competence is the will and ability to form authentic and effective relationships across differences. 

 

Resources 

The 7 principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching - .pdf document  - Gary Howard 

  1. Students are affirmed in their cultural connections
  2. Teachers are personally inviting 
  3. The classroom is physically and culturally inviting 
  4. Students are reinforced for academic development
  5. Instructional changes are made to accommodate differences
  6. The classroom is managed with a firm, consistent, loving control
  7. Interactions stress collectivity as well as individuality

 

Culture Responsive Teaching & The Brain - website

Culturally responsive pedagogy can be a game-changer in a school’s pursuit of educational equity. There are misconceptions about what culturally responsive pedagogy is and how it works. CRT is more than just a set of multicultural activities, social justice lessons, or kinesthetic learning strategies. It is so much more. Check out the resources at this site.

 

Teaching Tolerance - website 

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

 

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:57

Community Events

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Hispanic Heritage Month - September/October

Bullying Prevention Month - October

Unity Day - October 21, 2020

LGBT History Month - October

National American Indian Heritage Month - November

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27

American History Month - February

Black History Month - Feburary

Greek-American Heritage Month - March

Gender Equality Month - March

National Women's History Month - March

World Autism Awareness Day - April 2

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - May

Jewish American Heritage Month - May

LGBT Pride Month - June

 

Community Connections

 

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:46

Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

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Jamie Ellis

Equity Director

(801) 476-7869

Karen Miller

Restorative Practices and 504 Coordinator

(801) 476-7830

Sandy Lambert

Equity Secretary

(801) 476-7865

5320 ADAMS AVE PARKWAY
OGDEN, UT 84405

Equity

Every community, at some point, must confront issues of racial diversity. Oftentimes, the active response addresses only the immediate crisis, is done in isolation, and without strategies and tools. This may attend to the immediate need but often is not inclusive of the culture of the community or school as a whole.

Weber School District has taken a much more comprehensive and systemic approach to develop a shared vision of educational equity. School and district officials have carefully examined data from multiple stakeholders regarding equity concerns. This data was gathered from focus groups, teachers, parents, and student surveys, and has been formulated into a framework with meaningful indicators. This equity work began in 2018 with the formulation of the Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Committee (EJIC). The Equity Committee is comprised of key district level leadership, including Superintendent Jeff Stephens and Assistant Superintendents Lori Rasmussen and Art Hansen, as well as teachers and building level administrators. The EJIC has been guided by social change facilitator Kilo Zamora, with state leadership advisors included in the discussion on educational equity for Weber School District. Through this thoughtful process and the commitment of equity, the committee recommended the hiring of an Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Director in 2019.

During the 2019-2020 school year, an Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Team (EJIT) was formed. This team is led by EJI Director, Jamie Ellis, and includes educators and staff from Weber School District, with representation from all district geographic areas. This past school year, both the EJIC and EJIT reviewed the framework based on stakeholder input, and listed priorities to WSD equity work. One of the top priorities from stakeholders is providing a Safe Learning Environment. In the 2019-2020 school year, the EJI Director has focused training staff in this area including topics on unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, and building an inclusive school culture. Currently, the EJIC is working on an action plan, based on the data set listed above, to be released for fall of 2020. We will have resources and strategies in place to support our students and staff returning to school this fall. With our hearts full of humanity, we will walk through this together.

It is important in equity work to distribute leadership. The adoption of this framework was essential to the cultural transformation process. Understanding that this is a learning journey that necessitates staff to stretch and learn about race and racism, to managing discomfort with difficult conversations, and building capacity among all for this work to thrive and grow. When it comes to racial equity, such efforts often carry an extra level of pressure. This is because efforts seeking to enhance equity and inclusion can trigger both conscious and unconscious anxieties when individuals examine values, norms, behaviors, and perceptions. When a framework is implemented effectively, racial equity work can be the catalyst to exploring lived experience, as well as individual transformation. Interactions that make us want to shut down are moments where we are being challenged to think differently. Too often, we cloud this healthy stretch zone with our personal discomfort zone. As a result, we tend to shut down. Committing to staying engaged through the uncomfortable stretch is necessary to push through to real change.

Weber School District is committed to ongoing learning. The work of building and maintaining an inclusive, racially equitable culture is never done. This work is not easy. It will take the support of all to move this work forward. However, we have the framework to guide us and the heart to achieve a positive, safe culture in our schools.


Jeff Stephens; Superintendent

Lori Rasmussen; Assistant Superintendent

Art Hansen; Assistant Superintendent

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Mission Statement

Help create a safe and inclusive climate throughout the district wherein diversity/differences are embraced and celebrated, every student and employee is inspired to achieve, thrive and grow, and where each is empowered to act against any form of intolerance, bigotry (and/or) injustice. 

WSD Demographics

Weber School District is home to 32,588 students, with 5999 students of racial diversity and 1198 students identified as English Language Learners.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:18

Utah AHEC Triumphs!

We enjoyed hosting Roy High School for their Career Exploration activity at WSU. The students spent 4 hours with us as they rotated in groups through a campus tour, a hands-on Anatomage table demonstration, tours of the plasticized cadaver lab, and the simulations lab. There were 45 students (one which happened to be a NUAHEC Scholar, to our surprise). 

We're excited about our NUAHEC Scholars upcoming high school graduations. They complete our program on May 17th and will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of congratulations from Dean Simonian, Dr. Magill, and Dr. Briesacher as well as the coveted first edition NUAHEC Scholar graduation medal. Just in time to wear their medal during their (8 different) high school graduations the following week. It's been a privilege to have them in our program and to develop what we hope will be lifelong relationships with each of them. 

Students tour hospital roomStudents tour hospital room

Students talking together in a computer lab.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:08

Orion FACS Serves the Community

Heather Smith Orion FACS teacher shows off the projects that she has been working on with her FACS students. She and her students made these for patients at Primary Children's Hospital. They also made some awesome Chromebook cases for Orion Jr. High. These projects benefited others.    

Pink stuffed animal that was made by Orion FACSTwo FACS Students show stuffed animal projects

Friday, 22 March 2019 12:41

March Rockstars

Russ Porter - Visionary - Lori Bosely - Determination -

Emily Ruesch - Go Getter - Dale Pollard, Tori Pollard, Leanne Nauta - Go Getters -

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