AE(LOCAL) - EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
Values Underlying Mission
The District has identified the following beliefs underlying the values of its educational philosophy:
- Every individual has intrinsic worth and is able to contribute to society.
- Every student has a right to a high-quality, equitable education.
- Every individual has the ability to learn and an innate desire to succeed.
- A safe, healthy, and orderly environment is critical for learning.
- A community holding high academic expectations will reap educational, economic, cultural, and societal benefits.
- High morals, strong character, and personal integrity are essential for the betterment of society.
- Honoring diversity and building on individual strengths contribute to growth.
- School-community partnerships are vital for success.
- Change is essential for continuous improvement.
- Every learner must be prepared to compete globally.
- Education immeasurably enriches quality of life.
- Learning is a life-long quest.
Accordingly, the mission of the District is:
Believing in excellence for all, the District will guarantee the highest level of academic achievement and character development of each learner by providing challenging curriculum and exemplary instruction within a safe environment.
District Racial and Ethnic Equity Policy
The District recognizes that major historical and societal factors in our nation impact the inequity that exists within public schools. Purposeful action can be taken to identify, acknowledge, and overcome racial and ethnic disparities between students. The responsibility for addressing these disparities among students rests with the adults, not with the students.
All students deserve a safe and respectful learning environment. Students shall receive an education that maximizes their potential for success in college, a career, and community leadership. The District shall focus on improving its practices in order to ensure equity in education. Any achievement gap between white students and students of color (historically defined as black or African Americans, Africans, American Indians or Alaska natives, Asians, Latinos, native Hawaiian, or Pacific islanders) and any other race or ethnicity, or any student identified as low socioeconomic shall be unacceptable.
In order to advance racial and ethnic equity and improve student achievement for all students in District schools, the Board establishes the following goals:
- The District shall provide every student with equitable access to high-quality, culturally and personally relevant instruction, curricula, support, facilities, and other educational resources, even when this means differentiating resources to accomplish this goal.
- The District shall actively monitor practices, including assessment practices, in special education. The District shall analyze and present annually the data regarding the representation and achievement of all students receiving special education services, regardless of race or ethnicity.
- In order to ensure equitable practices regardless of race or ethnicity, the District shall actively monitor and work to eliminate the loss of instructional time due to disciplinary referrals. The District shall analyze and present annually the data regarding the number of students who lose instructional time due to disciplinary referrals.
- The District shall actively work to encourage advanced academic opportunities. The District shall examine enrollment process and data annually to ensure no inequitable impact on students of color.
- All employees and all students shall be given the opportunity to develop critical racial, ethnic, and cultural competence so that they may understand the contexts in which they teach, work, and learn.
- The District shall create opportunities for all students and families—including families of students of color and those whose first language may not be English—for leadership development and empowerment as partners in education, planning, and decision-making.
- The District shall create welcoming environments that reflect support for racial and ethnic diversity.
- The District shall include partners who have demonstrated culturally specific expertise in meeting educational outcomes.
- The District shall develop employees' personal, professional, and organizational skills and knowledge in order to empower employees to address racial and ethnic disparities.
- The District shall not tolerate lower academic achievement for any student racial or ethnic group compared to peers.
- The District shall model racial and ethnic equity in business and operational practices.
- The District shall include cultural responsiveness in reviews of the curriculum, instructional practices, and assessment design.
- The District shall report annually on the recruitment, employment, placement, and retention of persons from under-represented racial and ethnic groups at all organizational levels.
The Board shall hold the Superintendent, District administration, campus staff, and Board members accountable for implementation of this policy. The Superintendent shall develop procedures to implement this policy and metrics to measure achievement of the stated goals and shall report on progress at the beginning, middle, and end of each academic year.