Equity

  • Seeking members to serve on Equity Advisory Council; application deadline Nov. 22

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is committed to providing access to an excellent education for each student. As one of the fastest growing school districts in Pierce County, our demographics are changing at a rapid pace. This change requires our ongoing focus and a strategic approach to the increasing diversity in our schools and communities.

    Through our Equity Advisory Council (EAC), we are continuing to draw together key stakeholders to examine equity in our schools and identify ways that will improve the educational experience and sense of belonging for students. We are looking for new EAC members to play a critical role in providing input that will help direct future actions and decisions of the District.

    About the Equity Advisory Council

    • Purpose: Examine issues surrounding racial equity within SBLSD and identify ways that will improve the educational experience for every student.

    • Member Role: Contribute individual perspective on racial equity and provide input that will help direct future actions and decisions of the District on equity-related issues.

    • Member Minimum Commitments:

      • Complete a full term from November 2021 to June 2022

      • Attend approximately five EAC meetings via zoom (held 4:30-5:30 pm)

      • Participate in one or more EAC working groups that may be held between full EAC meeting dates

    How to apply

    EAC membership is open to community members, families, staff, students – who represent diversity in language, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and ability and who seeks to examine equity in our schools and identify ways that will improve the educational experience and sense of belonging for students.

    To apply to become a member of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Equity Advisory Council, complete this application by midnight on Nov. 22. Applicants will be notified about the status of their role with the Equity Advisory Council by email or phone no later than Dec. 3. For more information, email equity@sumnersd.org.



    Equity Staff Training

    Equity Advisory Council

    Equity Action Map

    Superintendent Messages

    Resources

    21-Day Equity Challenge

    Completed in 2020, the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge was an optional activity open to high school students and adult community members.

     



    Leading with Racial Equity

    Equity Initiative goals

    • Ensuring safe environments for our students (physically, socially, emotionally)
    • Responding to incidents of hate and bias in a clear, consistent manner
    • Ensuring equitable access to education and addressing barriers of racism and bias that would preclude this
    • Continuing to identify barriers to equitable access to education, including examples of racism, institutional and structural racism, and individual bias.

    Why lead with race

    • Race Matters. Almost every indicator of well-being shows troubling disparities/disproportionalities by race.
    • Disparities are often created and maintained inadvertently through policies and practices that contain barriers to opportunity
    • It’s possible-- and only possible-- to close equity gaps by using strategies determined through an intentional focus on race 
    • If opportunities in all key areas of well-being are equitable, then equitable results will follow
    • Given the right message, analysis, and tools, people will work toward racial equity

    Racial equity is

    • Removing the predictability of success and failure that currently correlates with race or any social/cultural factor.
    • Interrupting inequitable practices, examining biases, and creating inclusive school environments for all students, especially our historically marginalized ones.
    • Discovering and cultivating the unique gifts, talents and interests that every human possesses, especially our historically marginalized ones.

    Racial equity in education

    Definition: Raising the achievement of all students while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing students and eliminating the racial predictability and disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories.