The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) unveiled its plan to increase educational equity for students at a recent county Board of Education meeting.
The SDCOE Plan for Improving Educational Equity (Equity Plan) connects the challenges for students in our county to specific efforts to be spearheaded by the SDCOE Equity department to make lasting change.
"Equity is an urgent need for our districts and, as a service organization, we must be on the forefront of those conversations on race, socioeconomic status, and implicit bias in our systems," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold.
The Equity Plan was developed in part through input from SDCOE employees, district and school leaders, community and higher education partners, and other stakeholders. Through that engagement, plus research-proven practices, the plan focuses on four priorities:
- Build and expand the SDCOE Equity department
- Develop and cultivate district, school, and community partnerships
- Design and facilitate professional learning opportunities for equity education
- Create pathways to recruit, retain, and support ethnically diverse educators
With those priorities in mind, the three-year plan is designed so that each year builds on the work of the previous year with research and development followed by implementation.
The plan includes developing models and frameworks so that SDCOE's work can be expanded and replicated by other educational organizations. SDCOE is one of the lead agencies on equity for the state and was recently awarded a grant to implement efforts that will support and accelerate learning for students who are English learners and students who are African American.
There are three public meetings scheduled for those interested in reviewing the plan and coming together on a regular basis to promote educational equity. The Equity Leaders Network meetings are Feb. 19 in San Marcos, Feb. 26 in San Diego, and March 6 in National City. Click the dates for more information and to register to attend.