Equity and Inclusion
Posted November 2020 -
The Parkland School District has had a focus on Equity and Inclusion for a number of years and is pleased to continue its work in 2020-2021 by taking a deeper look at our culture, curriculum and community via a recently developed Equity and Inclusion Goals and Action Plan and Timeline.
Parkland started this work about 11 years ago when it formed a Cultural Awareness Committee aimed at breaking down stereotypes by educating Parkland staff on the many cultural backgrounds that exist in Parkland. The goal of that Committee has been to increase awareness and understanding of the many traditions that our students and staff participate in and how Parkland staff may demonstrate compassion and awareness to ALL PEOPLE so that all students and staff feel welcome and able to share concerns. The Cultural Awareness Committee meets quarterly and has included guest speakers from faith-based and cultural institutions as well as provided workshops for all levels of Parkland staff. For the last two years, Parkland school leaders participated in Lehigh University’s Greater Lehigh Valley Consortium for Excellence and Equity via their School Study Council where national consultants and District leaders came together monthly to discuss systemic racism and how it has contributed to culture and influenced the framework for our nation’s current public education system. It was here that the District was first introduced to Ken Shelton, a passionate trainer, national speaker, and ed tech professional with a worldly breadth of practical experience, knowledge and perspective.