Equity policy focus group launch

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Equity policy focus group launch
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Virtual Equity Policy Focus Groups Update:

Students, Parents/Families, and Community Members can now sign up for virtual equity policy focus groups to share your thoughts with the District to help inform the development of the District’s equity policy.

 

To be added as a participant to an upcoming virtual focus group, select an available date and time here or select the link below. The virtual focus groups are scheduled as follows:

 

  • Dates: 2/14, 2/16, 2/22, 2/28, 3/2, 3/8
  • Start Time: 6:00 pm
  • End Time: 7:30 pm
  • Format: Zoom
  • Maximum # of Participants per Focus Group: 20
  • Registration: Google Form

 

After you signup, the Zoom meeting invitation will be sent to the email address you provided. Please try to join the meeting a few minutes early to ensure the Zoom application is up-to-date and so we can honor each other’s time.

 


  

The Olympia School District is excited to announce the launch of the Equity Policy Stakeholder Focus Groups - a series of discussions and data collection to inform the development of our Equity Policy, which will be presented to the school board in Spring 2023.

 

Starting January 9, 2023, the District will begin taking requests to schedule Stakeholder Focus Groups from January 17, 2023 - March 31, 2023. Students, staff, families, and community members or groups can submit a request to have the District lead a focus group at a mutually agreeable date, time, and location or decide to self-moderate a focus group and share the information with the District. We also developed a Focus Group Toolkit to support moderators and have scheduled one-hour REQUIRED training sessions with the District's lead Equity Facilitator, Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong, In Lead Out, LLC.

 

We believe in serving ALL students well. Critical to our success, the District's Equity Policy Steering Committee consisting of students, staff, family, community members, and district leaders, was formed to provide valuable insight, counsel, and feedback on moving a draft policy forward, guiding the initiative toward success. The Committee decided that structured focus groups and feedback sessions with stakeholders would be informative, add context to existing data, and provide personalized opportunities to hear from those we partner with and serve. This collective community effort will help ensure the Equity policy is grounded in our pursuit of creating a more inclusive school and work culture and addressing long-standing systemic barriers.

 

An Equity Policy, once created, will serve as a guide for OSD staff when drafting other policies and procedures and making decisions related to high-quality instructional materials, technologies, funding allocations, facilities, staffing, and decisions that affect students, families, and staff.

 

Stay tuned the week of January 17, 2023 for the launch of OSD Student Created Surveys for OSD students, educators, and families.

 

Visit the OSD Equity Policy Development webpage for more information or select one of the links below.