Districts from across the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga region and beyond joined Natalie McGee, CEO of Progression Partners, Inc. for an introduction to Equity Learning Walks, a practical tool for supporting diverse and inclusive school environments.
The Equity Learning Walk Tool provides an examination of school practices to reflect on school improvement processes and self-evaluation of how well, and how systematically, they ensure the environment is culturally inclusive. The tool assesses demonstrated value in the school environment and discovers the celebration of diversity.
“The purpose of the walk is to examine school environment and review policies, communications and procedures for consistency, inclusivity and equality,” said TST BOCES Coordinator of Professional Learning Emily Wemmer.
McGee serves as a lead cultural proficiency consultant helping school districts and organizations respond in healthy ways to diversity by developing inclusive policies and practices.
“Educational Equity work is not adding more to your plate, it is your plate!” she said during the event.
Participants engaged in interactive activities that explored concepts in the school audit tool and in courageous conversations around issues that emerge in diverse environments.
Sponsored by TST BOCES Regional School Success Services, individualized support is available to the districts that participated in the regional event through Progression Partners.
For more information on TST RSS offerings, visit TSTboces.org/RSS.