2 What does it mean to put the skunk on the table? Overcoming the fear of making practice publicTalking to all stakeholders, especially studentsRecognizing that identifying problems is the first step towards solutionContinuous improvement: as one problem is solved another may arise
3 Mountain View High School Meridian, IdahoSuburb of Boise (largest city in Idaho)Experiencing enormous growth1990 = 9,5962006 = 59,832Opened in 2003Built to accommodate 1,800 students2006/2007 enrollment = 2,400 students (Largest H.S. in the state of Idaho)36:1 student teacher ratio is commonRecipient of Small Learning Communities Grant (Cohort 5)Wall-to-Wall Academies
5 Who are the Mavericks? 90 +% white Growing immigrant population: Bosnian, Serbian, Ukranian, Sudanese, Latino, and many moreOver 50 languages spokenELL magnet for the districtSocioeconomic differencesMajority of disadvantaged not signing up for Free and Reduced LunchChildren of addicts, Student addictsSub-cultures
6 Reality at MVHS RESULT: Low College Attendance Resentment Student groups underserved, under-recognized and under-representedRESULT: Low College Attendance ResentmentApathyDespair
8 Perspectives Defining Your Diversity LOCAL view= OUTSIDER view = REALITY=
9 Unpacking with Questions What are the needs & strengths of our diverse students?How well are we meeting their needs? Utilizing their strengths?What do we do when their needs are not met?Who is (or feels) underserved?What opportunities are available for all?Who is celebrated?Who is involved in decision making?What is the impression of the school?Students, Parents, Teachers/Staff, Administration, Community
10 Using Data to Promote Equity What kinds of data do you use to illuminate these questions?Do you have access to the data you need?
11 Inclusive Programs and Practices SLC Membership based on student & staff interestFlexible use of time and spaceTailored instruction to meet learning needsTeacher specialists integral on teamsCounselors integral on teamsTeams advise/mentor studentsTeams collaborate with parents
12 Meaningful Access for All Students Rigor Across the Curriculum Elements of EquityUnpacking the ProblemMeaningful Access for All StudentsRigor Across the CurriculumUsing Data to Promote Equity
13 Unpacking the ProblemThe school community has hard conversations about who is and isn’t served.The school community examines their commitment to equity.The school community makes the tradeoffs that flow from their commitment to serve all students.
14 Meaningful Access for All Students All students have unfettered access to all courses. There are barriers from school policy or culture.Supports for students to succeed in rigorous courses, even when there are gaps in skills, are in place.
15 Rigor Across the Curriculum All students participate in higher order thinking across the core curriculumCore classes prepare all students for post secondary options
16 Using Data to Promote Equity The school community frequently collects and examines a broad range of data that provides insight into questions of equityThe school community uses that data to shape policy and instruction to help all students succeed