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Strategy H

Create and sustain consistent shared understanding of equity and high level of skill application for leaders

Related directions recommended in inter-district work sessions.

• Continue and intensify equity-related training for all school stakeholders

•  Unify accountable system-wide planning and action in school, districts, across districts, statewide

• Educate to assure equity-aware decision-making by school boards and/or leaders

• Build school boards representative of the community with equity decision-making lenses & practices

• Implement proactive district/inter-district strategies and metrics that disrupt racial bias in the education system

• Seek school board leaders that support education equity goals

Phase I

A. Develop an equity definition by engaging all education associations and stakeholders

B. Provide school boards opportunities to build and grow their equity knowledge/beliefs

Phase II

C. Build local PD and T&L plans aligned with the statewide equity definition

D. Identify and promote MN district-approved teacher and principal preparation programs

E. Tie tenure/Q-comp to cultural competencies

Desired Outcomes

• Statewide definition of equity endorsed by these associations and stakeholders

• Personal mind shifts/changed practices

• Cultural competency embedded in teachers’ PD requirements

• Cultural competency embedded in teacher education and evaluation

AMSD hosted a strategy session on Feb. 4, 2019 for Reimagine Minnesota Strategy Session H: Create and sustain consistent shared understanding of equity and high level of skill application for leaders at all levels

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Sourcewell (Formerly TIES) Conference Center

1640 Larpenteur Avenue West, Falcon Heights


Reimagine Minnesota leadership encouraged AMSD Superintendents to invite school board members and/or district leadership to the Reimagine Minnesota Strategy Review Session. We believed this session will benefit many leaders in our schools including superintendents, board members, and district leaders. We asked each Superintendent to limit their team to no more than 3 members. We closed the work session at 120 participants. The event was held in the Grand Hall at the TIES/Sourcewell event center Monday, Feb. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This strategy session focused on creating and sustaining consistent shared understanding of equity and high level of skill application for leaders at all levels. This workshop was facilitated by Gordon Goodwin from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE).  Mr. Goodwin describes this workshop as an introduction to the role, responsibilities and opportunities for government to advance racial equity.

The focus was on normalizing racial equity as a core value with clear definitions of key terminology, operationalizing racial equity via new policies and institutional practice, and organizing, both internally and in partnership with other institutions and the community.

Participants gained awareness of the history of race and of implicit and explicit bias and individual, institutional, and structural racism and how it impacts the workplace; gained skill at identifying and addressing institutional and structural racism; and increased capacity to advance racial equity. This workshop included facilitated discussion, exercises and video.