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Strategy C

Develop and implement culturally inclusive standards, curriculum and comprehensive system of assessment

Related directions recommended in inter-district work sessions.

• Embed equity competencies and content into curricula

• Hold high expectations for all and remove practices and beliefs that marginalize learners

• Use equity lens to examine and develop curriculum that is culturally relevant

• Develop inclusive standards/success measures for students and create pathways for achieving them

• Ensure more racially and culturally inclusive curricula

• Develop inclusive standards, success measures and supports for student progress

Phase 1

A. Create equity rubric for culturally inclusive curriculum, instruction, assessment and grading

B. Reinstate Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (T + l) licensure

C. Begin process to review and revise standards to be culturally inclusive and relevant

Phase 2

D. Re-evaluate the standardized assessments used for inclusion and appropriate rigor

E. Conduct audit for equity-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, and grading in districts

F. Include growth measurements with proficiency measures in system evaluation

G. Provide PD to support culturally-relevant, standards-based teaching

H. Eliminate tracking and use of data and assessments that is perpetuating racial segregation

Desired Outcomes

     • Shared understanding and commitment to all kids

     • Trained, knowledgeable leaders

     • Culturally relevant standards

     • Assessments appropriately aligned

     • Understanding of growth opportunities

     • Comprehensive view of assessment system change

     • Culturally –relevant, standards-based teaching

     • Equitable growth and improvement opportunities for all

On April 15, 2019, AMSD held a strategy session that addresses components of Strategy C

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Improved Student Relationships

We know the student’s day-to-day experience in the classroom has the highest impact on the student’s emotional and academic success. Systemically strengthening the skillset of our teachers can address many of our Reimagine MN strategies: Cultural Competence, Personalized Education, Student Voice, Cultural Inclusivity, and Adult Behaviors.

This session highlighted successes from districts systematizing learning from the National Urban Alliance and AFT’s Professional Development Program. Representatives from Education Minnesota’s equity team will share the systemic work of their FIRE equity leaders program.


8:30 Greeting and Context-Setting – Dr. Jean Lubke

8:40 Community Builder – Dawn Fedora and Ann Schwartz

8:55 Success Stories in the Classroom and in Districts – the Teachers’ Perspective

• Jackie Roehl, Edina, HS ELA

• Elizabeth Hillstrom, Edina, HS ELA

• Dawn Fedora – former Eden Prairie GT, instructional coach

• Ann Schwartz – student support specialist, Wayzata

• Dr. Allison LaBree – Education MN, Education Issues Specialist (MN Educator Academy Professional Development (MEA PD))

• Jonathan Kim – Education MN, Education Issues Specialist (FIRE equity)

10:20 BREAK

10:30 Success Stories in Districts – the Administrators’ Perspective
• Dr. Aldo Sicoli, Superintendent, Roseville Area Schools
• Dr. Rev PM Crowley Hillstrom, Director of Educational Equity, Osseo Area Schools

11:00 Pedagogy of Confidence
• Dr. Eric Cooper, Founder and President, National Urban Alliance

11:30 Opportunity to Collaborate
• Dr. Aldo Sicoli, Superintendent, Roseville Area Schools

• Dr. Jean Lubke, Executive Director, Equity Alliance MN

12:00 Adjournment



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