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Professional Development

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Professional development is the strategy schools and school districts use to ensure that educators continue to strengthen their practice throughout their career. The most effective professional development engages teams of teachers to focus on the needs of their students. They learn and problem solve together in order to ensure all students achieve success. The Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Department can help leaders with a multitude of training on various topics. 


Teacher Resources: 

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  • February


BLACK HISTORY MAKERS MONTH by Utah State Board of Education. List of 40 inspiring stories for our young history makers.

 Amazing African American Pioneers by Analytic Orange        The Civil Rights Movement Timeline by Analytic Orange. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s took place across the US. Peaceful protests, community engagement, and ordinary people worked to make the change happen. What is a boycott? What is a sit in? What is a Freedom Rider? 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education. 1955 Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. 1960 Sit-in at Woolworth's lunch counter. 1961 Freedom Riders Luvahn Brown, John Lewis, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Hank Thomas.     

 U.S. Constitutional 13th Amendment by Analytic Orange Fast Facts. 1863 The Emancipation Proclamation. Passed by Congress January 31, 1865, Ratified on December 6, 1865.1619 to 1865: From 1619, when the first kidnapped, enslaved people arrived in Colonial America to 1865, enslaved people survived unbelievable torture and abuse. The 13th Amendment was the beginning of a long road toward equal rights for African Americans.        U.S. Constitutional 14th Amendment by Analytic Orange Fast Facts. Passed by Congress on June 13, 1866, ratified on July 9, 1868. From 1896 until 1954, the 14th Amendment was not followed by many state and local governments. Racial segregation (separating people by the color of their skin) was legal and allowed. Segregation was outlawed in 1954.       U.S. Constitutional15th Amendment By Analytic Orange Fast Facts. Passed by Congress, February 26, 1869, Ratified on February 3, 1870. Intimidation and violence were used to prevent African Americans and others (like American Indians and Latinos) from exercising their right to vote. The 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870, but many African American people were disenfranchised (denied the right to vote) until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed.

 2.8 Black History Month Expository Experience by Analytic Orange        5.6 Black History Month Expository Experience by Analytic Orange       8.1 Black History Month Expository Experience by Analytic Orange 

[Answer Key: Level 2.8 here]           [Answer Key: Level 5.6 here]          [Answer Key: Level 2.8 here]


  • January





  • September-October (Hispanic Heritage Month)



  • November (National Native American Heritage Month)


UTAH EDUCATION NETWORK: American Indian Resources


First Thanksgiving      Expository Experience      Thanksgiving Geography

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:59

Interpretation and Translation Services

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Family and Community Resources

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Weber School District’s Family Resource Center

Located at Burch Creek Elementary

(The center is located through the front doors to the left)

4300 S. Madison Ave. South Ogden, UT 84403     

801.476.5311    Public Welcome!



The Family Resource Center follows Weber School District’s calendar.
Center hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, when school is in session.
The Center is closed during the summer.




Centro de Recursos Familiares del Distrito Escolar de Weber

Situado en la Primaria Burch Creek

(El centro se encuentra a la izquierda, pasando las puertas principales)

4300 S. Madison Avenue, South Ogden, UT 84403

801.476.5311 El public es Bienvenido


El Centro de Recursos Familiares sigue Calendario del Distrito Escolar Weber.
El horario del centro es de 7:30 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. Lunes a jueves, cuando la escuela está en sesión.
El Centro está cerrado durante el verano. 


Monday, 29 July 2019 15:58

Equity, Social Justice and Inclusion Library

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 Book of the Month Review


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



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.



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.



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.





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 Council Members

Jackie Thompson - Governor's Multicultural Commission and Retired Educator

Forrest Crawford - Retired Professor, Weber State University

Kathleen Christy - Retired Educational Equity Director

Betty Sawyer - Co-founder, Project Success Coalition and Retired Program Director, Weber State University


WSD Equity Committee Members

Dr. Jeff Stephens - WSD Superintendent

Lori Rasmussen - WSD Assistant Superintendent

Art Hansen - WSD Assistant Superintendent

Jan Burrell - Board Member, WSD Board of Education

Gina Butters - Executive Director, WSD Secondary Education Dept.

Cami Alexander - Executive Director, WSD Elementary Education Dept.

Jamie Ellis - Director, WSD Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Dept.

Karla Porter - Director, WSD Student Services

Clyde Moore - Supervisor, WSD Secondary Education Dept.

Karen Miller - Coordinator, WSD Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Dept.

Brandon Baca - Teacher, Social Studies - Sand Ridge Jr. High

Lorena Hernandez - Teacher, Spanish Immersion - Freedom Elementary

Barb Whitman - Director, Ogden-Weber UniServ

Sandy Lambert - Secretary, WSD Equity Department

Heidi Alder - WSD Legal Counsel


WSD Equity Teams

Community Engagement Team 

^^Adam Toledo - Rocky Mountain Jr. High / History Teacher

*Alexandra Smith - Sand Ridge Jr. High / English Teacher

Amy Herrick - Roy High / ESL, LIA Teacher

Anneke Petersen - Two Rivers High / Counselor

Denise Jimenez - Roy High / ESL Aide

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

*Melanie Malan - Weber High / Spanish Teacher

Mindi Lima - Roy High / Photography Teacher

^^Preston Warren - Bonneville High / English Teacher

*Samantha Bills - Canyon View High / ATC, Post High Teacher

Soundra Fehr - North Park Elementary / Special Education Aide

^^ AI/AN Cultural Liaison
* EJI Mentors


Equity Learning Team 

Caysie Bowden - Rocky Mountain Jr. High / Counselor

Clay Dyer - Washington Terrace Elementary / 6th Grade Teacher

Julie VanOrden - Weber High / English Teacher

Kelsey Hearrell - Roy High / History Teacher

Marian Doman - Orion Junior High / History Teacher

Melinda Stimpson - Roy High / US Government Teacher

Natasha Davis - Sand Ridge Jr. High / Counselor

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


Restorative Practices Team 

Amanda Morris - Canyon View High / Special Education Counselor

Crystal Stringham - Canyon View High / Special Education Teacher

Dani Gilsdorf - Canyon View High / Special Education Counselor

Nikki Wolthuis - Canyon View High / Special Education Social Worker



Monday, 29 July 2019 15:58

Celebrating Diverse Weber

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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

Monday, 29 July 2019 15:58

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. 



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 20, 2021

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



It is the responsibility of Weber School District (WSD) to identify any child who is a resident of WSD who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability. Children eligible for Section 504 accommodations or services include those children who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.

If you suspect your child has a disability and does not qualify special education services,
please contact your child’s teacher, or call the District’s 504 Coordinator, Karen Miller at 801-476-7830 to ask about 504 accommodations or for additional information. 


Resources for parents:

Section 504 Parent Guide of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [ENGLISH]
Section 504 Parent Guide of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [SPANISH]
Post-Secondary 504 Accommodation Plans
Section 504 Parent & Student Rights and Safeguards [ENGLISH]
Section 504 Parent & Student Rights and Safeguards [SPANISH]
Section 504 Complaint Form
Section 504 Letter to Health Care Professionals
Section 504 Consent for Evaluation Form
Sección 504 Formulario De Consentimiento Para Evaluación


Resources for school administrators:

Section 504 Consent for Evaluation Form [ENGLISH]
Section 504 Consent for Evaluation Form [SPANISH]
Section 504 Eligibility and Planning Worksheet
Section 504 Teacher Input Form
A Parent Guide to Section 504 - Tri-fold Brochure [ENGLISH]
A Parent Guide to Section 504 - Tri-fold Brochure [SPANISH]


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Monday, 29 July 2019 15:46

Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

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Jamie Ellis Equity Director (801) 476-7888

Jamie Ellis

Equity Director

(801) 476-7888

Karen Miller Restorative Practices and 504 Coordinator (801) 476-7830

Karen Miller

Restorative Practices and 504 Coordinator

(801) 476-7830

Sandy Lambert Equity Secretary (801) 476-7865

Sandy Lambert

Equity Secretary

(801) 476-7865

OGDEN, UT 84405


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.


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


WSD Demographics

Weber School District is home to 34,150 students, with 5999 students of racial diversity and 1592 students identified as English Language Learners.

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