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Subcommitte 2/C/1 Essential Question:
What are our district policies and practices that ensure diverse perspectives and representation within our school community?

9/28/2009: What data will be collected to reveal current reality?

In order to address,
"What are our district policies and practices that ensure diverse perspectives and representation within our school community?"

Our group will ask the following question:

  • What practices, events, lessons, or clubs represent or encourage diversity and awareness in your building?

The question will be asked to building principals, as well as one teacher, counselor, and student from each school in our effort to guage how effectively Parkway schools are "practicing" the policies in place.

3/1/2010: Key Findings

A. Positive Observations Revealed by the Data

Our committee surveyed schools to determine what practices, events, lessons, or clubs represent or encourage diversity or awareness in individual buildings. We determined that each building had a large variety of ideas and activities to encourage diversity awareness. It should also be noted that Parkway has a large number of activities and organizations formed to help minority students feel comfortable among like peers.

B. Identified Needs

To meet Parkway's vision goal for students to "seek to understand the views, cultures, and values of others, we recommend the following steps:

1. A core group, such as the newly formed Diversity in Action organization, should be responsible for eliminating barriers between our diverse student population. We need a group responsible for integrating lessons about various cultures into daily activities so that all students understand the perspectives of all races, colors, origins, genders, religions, sexual orientations, and students with disabilities.

2. This group also should be responsible for organizing diversity awareness and understanding efforts. A new student should be able to come into a school and immediately be directed to an organization that meets his need to work with students like him. This new student should also understand what opportunities he has to get to know students different from him.

3. Culture in Action, or a similar organization, should work district wide to "guarantee" some activities in all Parkway high schools.

C. (If Necessary) Additional Data Needed

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