Improving Educational Outcomes for Three Student Groups:
African American, American Indian, and Latinx
The mission of the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is inspiring and leading innovation in education. In alignment with this mission, the SDCOE’s Equity Blueprint for Action document aims to provide educational leaders and stakeholders with community-informed and research-based guidance to improve equitable outcomes for historically marginalized students.
This dynamic, companion website provides practical tools and resources for educators to improve outcomes for three student groups: African American, American Indian, and Latinx. It integrates community and research informed practices that are common among these three student groups, as well as actions and metrics, and recommendations specific to each group.
These aligned resources offer overlapping and interconnected entry points for educators to take immediate action in their districts, schools, and classrooms. To support this parallel, multilayered work, there are two interrelated components. The first component highlights the significance of the four themes (focus areas or needs) and recommendations from our three communities. The second component is a LCAP equity tool designed to provide guidance for integrating California State Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Priorities while incorporating essential elements of the Equity Blueprint for Action. These recommendations are essential for the development of LCAPs, schools’ School Plan for Student Achievement(SPSA), and classroom unit/lesson plans.
Equity holds the promise of making our educational systems work for every student –– and all students are at the center of this important work. This graphic illustrates the responsive and evolving relationship across the student experience, LCFF priorities, equity themes, and overarching areas. Together, the Equity Blueprint for Action document and this dynamic website proposes responsive and evolving equity-centered tools and resources to support educators to actualize equitable outcomes for all students.
Socially conscious leaders serve, inspire, and empower through their own examples. They explore their own intersecting identities, analyze their mindsets, and hone their skills. They seek to create equity-centered, asset-based systems by implementing and sustaining positive changes that benefit those they serve. They focus their efforts on creating equitable access with consistently strong outcomes for all students, paying special attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations.In order to honor the concerns addressed and to lead through the action points listed in the four themes, we believe that socially conscious leadership development is an important marker for this work.
Equity Blueprint for Action LCAP Tool
The following is an equity tool designed to provide guidance for integrating the recommendations from this document into districts’ LCAPs, schools’ School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), and classroom unit/lesson plans. We have included all pertinent data available in order to understand both the need for changing our practice and also consider this baseline county data as we forge to implement classroom and systemic change towards equity. As per our stakeholders’ requests, strategies have been aligned to LCAPs. This will ensure public commitment, funds associated with implementation, monitoring measures, and continued public engagement.
Too often, district and school equity plans do not align with leaders’ (administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff) day-to-day actions. Leadership attrition and transition frequently contribute to this frequent misalignment. To address this issue, district and school communities need to integrate anti-bias policies and practices into their culture and clearly articulate how they will implement asset-based practices in the LCAPs for each school every day.