The ISD 728 Equity and Integration Department is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the components of the Achievement and Integration plan for Minnesota under MN Statute 124D.861. The Achievement and Integration for Minnesota is established to pursue racial and economic integration and increase student achievement, create equitable educational opportunities, and reduce academic disparities based on students' racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in Minnesota Public schools.
We currently have four educators who contribute to the mission of the district by building bridges at all school sites to promote culturally competent learning environments. Student Advocate & Support Specialists provide services throughout the school district working primarily with students, families and assisting staff members, working to close the achievement gap at all levels. Specialists construct partnerships between families, communities and schools in the elementary levels to develop and implement programs to facilitate cultural exploration and develop awareness. Students in the secondary schools participate in various groups lead by the Student Advocate & Support Specialists to increase understanding of social issues and influences, access to resources and opportunities as well as build capacity for leadership and advocacy for self and others.
"AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society."
Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness system is a schoolwide transformational effort focused on systems, leadership, culture and instruction and is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school. ISD 728 has implemented AVID instructional strategies schoolwide, providing ongoing training for all 6-12 grade teachers. AVID is also offered as an elective class to support students in achieving their dream of attaining a college education. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.
NorthWest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) works with districts in the collaborative to provide programs and services that promote integrated learning environments and enhance diversity and cultural awareness. Resources for ISD 728 Staff are available for use at the NWSISD Multicultural Resource Center.