Beyond Diversity Steering Committee Expectations
Thank you for your interest in the Beyond Diversity Committee. Those who serve on the committee are focused on the question of how well our current school system works to provide all students and staff with equitable access to an education that embodies the mission and goals of Teaneck Public Schools. This year we look to establish subcommittees to build out the Beyond Diversity recommendations offered at the conclusion of last year’s initial planning. Stakeholders representing Teaneck parents, 8th - 12th grade students, educators, staff and community members are welcome to apply.
To ground our work the committee will:
- Examine the District Strategic Plan 2019-2024
- Refer to the findings of the 2006 Teaneck Achievement Gap Study conducted by the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. This will provide some understanding of the history of effort made to move toward equity.
- Review current school district demographics and other relevant data to discuss factors that impact student achievement
- Discuss how systems have the power to shape outcomes and perpetuate institutional oppression which contributes to disparate student outcomes
The committee chair will continue an action research process over the course of the 2019-2020 school year. Values, beliefs and theoretical perspectives held by the committee related to educational equity and restorative justice will be identified. A concrete action plan will be presented to the Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education by Spring 2020.
2019-2020 BEYOND DIVERSITY SUBCOMMITTEES
Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education/Inclusive Curriculum
Reconceptualizing the Foundations Program/Faculty Meeting Time
Special Education Corrective Action Plan
Institutionalizing Equity & Justice in Schools
Relationship with Law Enforcement in Schools/School Discipline
Teacher/Staff Evaluation System
Lesson Plan Protocol
Each subcommittee will meet in-person one time between November 2019 and February 2020 to create an outline of actionable steps needed to elevate the specific recommendation. Communication will continue electronically as needed.