Equity In Education Beliefs
- We believe ISD 728 must make decisions that ensure all students have what they need to accomplish their dreams and contribute positively to our local and global communities.
- We promote conversations and experiences that highlight personal stories, create empathy, and recognize the diverse talents that students, staff, and community members bring.
- Making sure all learners have what they need is part of our mission, as ISD 728 aspires to educate, inspire and empower a diverse community of learners, to shape their futures, to accomplish their dreams and to contribute positively to our local and global communities.
- We recognize this means we must remove barriers that prevent students from attaining high levels of academic achievement and growth.
- We believe that every student and staff member has the right to learn and grow in a safe space and deserves a space to show up as their authentic selves.
- All staff and students, each and every one of us, have a collective responsibility to ensure our schools provide a caring, supportive, and welcoming environment.
- We know our best work emerges when we engage with others. We believe in and value partnerships with families and the community that include respectful engagement, authentic listening, and shared decision-making.
- We acknowledge that ISD 728 occupies and operates on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Dakota and Anishinabe people. We believe it is the responsibility of all ISD 728 students and staff to commit to ongoing efforts to recognize, support, and advocate for American Indian Nations and peoples.
- We believe the practices used in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, supporting, and promoting staff must honor those who represent the diverse identities of our schools and community.
- We believe it is the responsibility of all ISD 728 students and staff to be anti-racist.
- We believe that one’s gender and sexuality are important parts of one’s identity which deserve to be genuinely accepted and valued.
- We believe that speaking different languages is an asset, and something that should be promoted and celebrated.
- We believe students receiving special education and gifted services are an important part of our educational responsibility, and we must welcome the opportunity to be inclusive, make appropriate accommodations and celebrate their talents.
August 16, 2021