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Board Briefs: February 22, 2024

Hickory Point Students Celebrate Diversity

Several Hickory Point students visited the Board of Education meeting on February 22 to talk about how they celebrate their diverse school community. More than 50 percent of Hickory Point students speak a language other than English. The topics of identity, comfort, and connection were highlighted in the presentation.

4 Hickory Point students and 3 staff

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update

Following the student presentation, Superintendent Dr. John Deiter updated the Board on the District’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plans. Goal areas include promoting cultural proficiency and creating and sustaining an inclusive school community where students, staff, and families feel seen, heard, and have a sense of belonging. Dr. Deiter said the District’s staff committee continues to provide customized professional development at each school, and teachers have been auditing their classroom materials to ensure an inclusive representation of student demographics within the physical classroom. In addition, the District has been working with its parent committee to review its School Perceptions Satisfaction Survey data broken down by demographics, and a student committee has been meeting at Wood Oaks to discuss topics such as the National Heritage and Awareness Months.

Professional Development Report

Dr. Katharine Olson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment provided the Board with a report on the professional development day held on January 26. The day was set up in a conference format with 46 unique learning sessions, Dr. Olson said. All staff attended a diversity, equity, and inclusion session led by staff committee members at each building, and most teachers attended a student engagement session focused on collaborative protocols for use within the classroom. The rest of the day was split into department, grade-level, and technology sessions. Dr. Olson thanked the Board for its ongoing support of staff professional development days.