The Springfield Public Schools Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access is an initiative to support listening, acknowledging, learning, building, and celebrating the diverse community that makes our schools special.
Springfield Public Schools is committed to supporting an academic environment that recognizes each member of our learning community brings unique experiences, strengths, and ideas to enrich learning within our classrooms AND empowers them to meet their full potential. These differences can be along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, ability, religion, personal beliefs, or other different ideologies.
Our schools engage students from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. In 2020-2021 school year, our schools are 55% White, 18 % Hispanic, 13% Black/African-American, 8% Asian, 5% 2 or more races, and 1% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
During the 20-21 school year, our district goals and objectives includes a commitment to engage in district-wide learning to collaboratively learn and implement culturally responsive practices across all grades and content areas that celebrate the uniqueness of all students and the diverse experiences that serve as an integral part of our learning environment. This requires that all levels of the district work to support equitable learning opportunities and expectations for student achievement.
While we have begun this work in our schools, we recognize that in order to support learning and growth, it is essential that we include voices that represent the experiences of staff, students, and parents.
The Council will have a leadership team that meets on a regular basis to set an agenda for our work and identify opportunities to support courageous conversations and learning experiences that will move the district forward. If you are interested in being considered for a leadership position, or you want to share your thoughts regarding diversity in our schools, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/PhPhWizuURKwhguQA.
This page will become a hub to share information about the Council, so please check in again soon!
Superintendent's Report - February 8, 2021