Closing persistent opportunity gaps requires a commitment to; educational equity, protecting access for all learners and continual professional learning for staff. This commitment begins with the Board of Education and Superintendent and transcends throughout every position across our District. The Temple City Unified School District will ensure that the importance of promoting equity, access and inclusion for all members of our educational community and it is absolutely vital to closing opportunity / achievement gaps and in the promoting positive social / emotional wellness for all.
The California School Board Association recognizes that educational excellence requires a commitment to equity. California students bring a wide range of assets, abilities, backgrounds and needs to their educational experience. Schools have an obligation to provide all students with the access and opportunities necessary for college, career and life success. This requires school leaders to address practices, policies and barriers that perpetuate inequities which lead to opportunity and achievement gaps. Effective school boards are equity-driven, making intentional governance decisions that combat institutional discrimination and bias (both explicit and implicit) and eliminate disparities in educational outcomes based on socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or family background.
California Department of Education (CDE) Educator Excellence and Equity Division
The Educator Excellence and Equity Division has developed a new web page that provides guidance regarding school health and safety requirements to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) in planning for the upcoming school year. It includes updated information and resources related to school health screening requirements, comprehensive sexual health education instruction, school safety plans, and mandated reporter training.
The guidance, developed in collaboration with staff in the California Department of Public Health Immunization and Tuberculosis Branches, the California School Nurses Organization, select School Health Directors and School Nurses, and members of the California Healthy Youth Act state team, is located on the CDE COVID-19 School Health and Safety Guidance web page at...
Drawing inspiration from the Tolerance organization (tolerance.org), anti- bias education promotes practical strategies for creating a space where academic and social-emotional goals are accomplished simultaneously. Teachers will provide culturally responsive pedagogy and encourage anti-bias values in everyday life by
- building and drawing on intergroup awareness, understanding and skills;
- creating classroom environments that reflect diversity, equity and justice;
- engaging families and communities in ways that are meaningful and culturally competent;
- encouraging students to speak out against bias and injustice;
- including anti-bias curricula as part of larger individual, school and community action;
- supporting students’ identities and making it safe for them to fully be - themselves; and
- using instructional strategies that support diverse learning styles and allow for deep exploration of anti-bias themes.
This will be accomplished through; Instruction, Classroom Culture, Family and Community Engagement, and Teacher Leadership. The TCUSD is committed to providing a learning environment that values the whole child and promotes visibility, inclusion, acceptance and accountability.